Admiralty surveyors looking at airfield sites in Orkney

One month later (date unknown) Twatt is chosen to be the location of a station to accommodate one reinforcing fighter squadron. This is later changed to be one and a half squadrons.

At the start of construction the farm of Hyval is demolished, followed by Festigarth, Skogar, Newhall and North Newhall.

The airfield is very close to RAF Skeabrae which causes some concern that with the wind in north-westerly or south-easterly directions aircraft taking off from one might get in the way of aircraft landing at the other. Inter-service cooperation is difficult as the Navy would not allow an RAF controller to overrule a Fleet Admiral who might want to immediately embark aircraft onto his carrier, they also rejected the RAF's suggestion that they locate the station at Grimsetter.


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