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Royal Naval Air Stations

Royal Naval Air Stations. AIRFIELDS SEAPLANE STATIONS BALLOON STATIONS AIRSHIP STATIONS AIRSHIP SUB STATIONS COMBINED STATIONS. CLICK TO ADVANCE. The idea for this slideshow is based on the map on the left produced by the Fly Navy Heritage Trust. One hundred years of

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Royal Naval Air Stations

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  2. The idea for this slideshow is based on the map on the left produced by the Fly Navy Heritage Trust. One hundred years of Royal Naval Air Stations. Maps used in our production are prior to the 1974 boundary changes. While every care has been taken in the preparation of this slideshow, accuracy cannot be guaranteed.

  3. Royal Naval Air Stations Over The Past 100 Years The Admiralty ordered its first airship on 7 May 1909 and it is from this single standing point that naval aviation progressed so rapidly. The first four naval pilots learned to fly on the Isle of Sheppey in 1911, home of the first Royal Naval Air Station at Eastchurch. Once their wings had been awarded, naval pilots put their new skills to use very quickly. The Fleet experienced its first take offs and landings to mention just one aspect of aerial warfare and by the end of World War 1 in 1918 the Royal Naval Air Service could boast 67,000 officers and men, 2949 aircraft, 103 airships and 126 coastal stations. Many of these coastal or naval air stations along with those that came into being during World War 2 still exist today, a few still in use by the Royal Navy. Others have become civil airports or have been taken over by the RAF and Army whilst some have, sadly, fallen into disuse and either left to fall down or have become industrial estates, business parks, leisure facilities or supermarkets; one has even become a reservoir. The Fly Navy Heritage Trust has identified and is keen to identify even more of these former sites and to formally designate them as Naval Aviation Heritage Sites. Gill Charles 2010

  4. HMS Tern II, Skeabrae, Dounreay, Hatston 11944 – 1954. To Air Ministry 1954 SCOTLAND HMSSparrowhawk, Hatston, Orkney 1939-1945, Became Tern II Orkneys HMS Robin, Grimsetter Kirkwall, Orkney 1943-1945, Ex RAF - tender toSparrowhawk - back to RAF Airfields HMS Tern, Twatt, Orkney 1942-1946. Satellite to Sparrowhawk 1941 Smoogroo, Scapa Flow 1915-1919 Caithness 1 Sutherland HMS Fulmar Lossiemouth 1946-1972 Ex RAF and returned to RAF HMS Owl Fearn/Evanton, Ross-shire 1942-1946 Transferred from RAF 2 HMS Fulmar II Milltown 1946-1972 Ex RAF and returned to RAF – satellite of Fulmar 2 1 Ross & Cromarty Morayshire HMS Merganser Crimmond/Rattery 1944-1946 Known as Crimmond until 1945 then Rattery Nairn Banffshire 2 2 Aberdeenshire HMS Condor, Arbroath, Angus, 1940-1970, Became RM Barracks Kincardineshire 2 Inverness-shire HMS Fieldfare Evanton Ross-shire 1920-1946 RNAS lodger between the wars HMS Peewit East Haven Angus 1943-1946 Was to have been named Dotterel 3 Angus Perthshire Leuchers Fife 1914-1918 Then to RAF - lodger basis 1935-38 & 1972-79 3 HMS Sanderling Abbotsinch 1943-1963 Lodger basis from 1939 -transferred from RAF - to Min of Av HMS Jackdaw Crail, Fife 1940-1947 RNAS 3 Argyllshire Fife KRS CLK Stirlingshire 3 HMS Jackdaw II Dunino, Fife 1942-1946 Ex RAF DNB . WL 3 East Lothian Renfrewshire HMS Landrail II Campbeltown 1941-1945 Mid Lothian 3 HMS Merlin Donibristle, Fife 1917-18,1939-59 Ex RAF between the wars Berwickshire Lanarkshire Peebles 3 HMS Landrail Campbeltown 1940-1941 Civil airport requisitioned by Air Ministry Roxburhshire HMS Nighthawk Drem/MacMerry, E Lothian 1945-1946 Tender to Merlin - on loan from RAF and both returned Selkirk Ayrshire HMS Gannet Prestwick, Ayr 1971-Lodger airfield 1940/41 Dumfries Turnhouse, Midlothian -1918 RNAS - RAF lodger 1942-1944 Kirkcudbrightshire Wigtown HMS Wagtail Heathfield, Ayr 1944-1946 Transferred from RAF on loan DNB - Dunbartonshire CLK - Clackmannanshire KRS - Kinross-shire WL - West Lothian

  5. SCOTLAND Steness, Scapa Flow 1915-1919 Catfirth Zetland, Shetlands -1918 RNAS Seaplane Balloon Airship Airship Sub Stations Orkneys Caldale Scapa Flow 1915-1919 Caithness Houton Bay, Scapa Flow 1915-1919 Was also Kite Balloon Station 1 Ross & Cromarty Sutherland 2 Strathbeg Aberdeen -1918 1 Ross & Cromarty 2 Morayshire Longside Aberdeen 1915-1918 Nairn Banffshire 2 2 Aberdeenshire Auldbar, Angus, 1917-1918, To RAF 2 Inverness-shire Kincardineshire HMS Condor II Dundee, Scotland 1941-1944 3 Angus Perthshire Hawkscraig, Fife 1912-1919 RNAS - Seaplane station 3 3 Argyllshire Fife KRS CLK Stirlingshire North Queensferry Forth 1917-1918 Balloon station DNB East Lothian WL 3 Renfrewshire Mid Lothian 3 Berwickshire Rosyth Forth 1917-1918 Lanarkshire East Fortune East Lothian 1916-1918 RNAS Peebles 3 Selkirk Roxburhshire Ayrshire Dumfries Luce Bay Wigtownshire 1916-1918 RNAS Kirkcudbrightshire Wigtown DNB - Dunbartonshire CLK - Clackmannanshire KRS - Kinross-shire WL - West Lothian

  6. Additional Information… Lerwick Shetlands 1915-1918 RNAS - To RAF Scapa Bay Scapa Flow 1915-1919 RNAS *** HMS Icarus Houton Bay Scapa/Caldale 1917-1918 Central depot for air services Orkney Swarbacks Minn Scapa Flow 1915-1919 RNAS *** HMS Campania Scapa Flow 1914-1918 Used as Scapa seaplane base, sunk in 1918 Orkneys HMS Siskin Dounreay, Caithness 1944 Ex RAF transferred to RN but little used Caithness 1 Ross & Cromarty Sutherland Fort George Cromarty 1912-1915 RNAS - Closed 1916 Rattray, Aberdeen WW1 RNAS *** HMS Rattray Crimond 1945-1946 Ex Merganser 2 Banff, Morayshire   Lent to RNAS for bombing 1947 - presumably Lossiemouth 1 Ross & Cromarty 2 Morayshire Nairn Banffshire 2 Lossiemouth Morayshire WW1 RNAS - Combined station 2 Aberdeenshire HMS Dotterel East Haven, Angus 1943 Original name selected but opened as Peewit *** Stannergate Dundee, 1914-1918 RN seaplane site 2 Inverness-shire Kincardineshire 3 Angus HMS Sanderling II Macrihanish 1946 Landrail paid off and re commissioned as tender to Sanderling *** HMS Landrail Strabane/Machrihanish 1941 -1963 Strabane replaced by Machrihanish -Transferred to Air Min *** Macrihannish Argyll 1915-1918 RNAS *** HMS WaterrailCampbeltown RNAS Campbeltown was Landrail? Perthshire 3 3 Argyllshire Fife HMS Bruce Crail, Fife 1947-1949 Ex Jackdaw - listed as reserve air station until at least 1960 *** Leven, Fife 1913 Naval airfield and camp *** HMS Merlin III Dunino, Fife 1945 Ex HMS Jackdaw II KRS CLK Stirlingshire DNB East Lothian WL 3 Renfrewshire Mid Lothian 3 Berwickshire Lanarkshire Peebles 3 Selkirk Roxburhshire Ayrshire Dumfries Kirkcudbrightshire Inchinnan Renfrewshire WW1 RNAS Roxburgh, Kelso, Roxburgshire WW2 Transferred to Air Ministry 1942 Wigtown DNB - Dunbartonshire CLK - Clackmannanshire KRS - Kinross-shire WL - West Lothian

  7. ENGLAND New Haggerston, Northumberland WW1, RNAS Seahouses Northumberland WW1, RNAS Airfields Part 1 From Northumberland across to Lancashire, to Berkshire in the south. Ashington Northumberland WW1, RNAS Northumberland HMS Nuthatch Anthorn, Cumberland 1944-1960, RN lodger unit 1940 - NATO radio station from 1964 Tynemouth Northumberland 1918, RNAS Durham Cumberland Seaton Carew ,Co Durham WW1, RNAS Redcar, Co Durham 1916-1918 RNAS West Ayton, Yorkshire WW1, RNAS Westmoreland HMS Urley Ronaldsway, IOM 1944-1946 Ex civil airport 1 IOM Atwick, Yorkshire 1914-1918 RNAS Yorkshire HMS Nightjar, Inskip, Lancs, 1943-1946 Originally called RNAS Elswick - later became radio station 1 Lancashire HMS Ringtail Burscough, Ormskirk 1943-1946 RNAS Owthorne , Yorks, 1917, RNAS Greenland Top Lincs 1914-1918 RNAS HMS Ringtail II, Woodvale, Formby 1945-1946 Ex RAF on indefinite loan North Coates, Lincolnshire 1915-1918 RAF lodger 1940-41 Lincolnshire Cheshire Nottinghamshire Derbyshire Holt , Norfolk 1916-1918 RNAS - Night landing ground HMS Blackcap Stretton, Lancs 1942-1958 Facilities no longer required by RAF, transferred to RN Staffordshire Bacton, Norfolk 1916-1918 Night landing ground Leicestershire HMS Godwit Ollerton/Hinstock, Salop 1942-1947 Known as Ollerton until 1943 then as Hinstock RUT Norfolk Shropshire HMS Godwit II Peplow/Weston Park, Salop 1945-1949 Ex RAF - satellite landing ground at Weston Park HMS Flycatcher Ludham, Norfolk 1944-1945 Returned to RAF in 1945, exchanged for Middle Wallop Cambridgeshire HUN Warwickshire Suffolk Northamptonshire Worcestershire Covehithe, Suffolk 1916-1918 RNAS BDF Herefordshire Hertfordshire Essex Oxfordshire Buckinghamshire HMS Gamecock Bramcote, Nuneaton 1943-1959 Ex RAF - transferred to Army (Royal Artillery) Pulham, Norfolk 1916-1918 RNAS - Airship station Gloucestershire MDX London HMS Sparrowhawk Halesworth, Suffolk 1945-1946 Transferred from RAF and returned to them Berkshire HMS Hornbill Culham, Berkshire 1944 – 1953 Wiltshire Kent Surrey Hampshire Somerset Sussex Aldeburgh ,Suffolk RNAS 1916-1918 Dorset Devonshire Bush Barn Berkshire 1944-1945 Out station airfield for Kestrel IOW Butley, Suffolk WW1 RNAS Became RAF Bentwaters then to USAF Cornwall Chingford Essex 1913-1918 RNAS - Now a reservoir RUT – Rutland HUN – Huntingdonshire BDF – Bedfordshire MDX - Middlesex

  8. ENGLAND RUT – Rutland HUN – Huntingdonshire BDF – Bedfordshire MDX - Middlesex Airfields Part 2 From the South East across to the South West Northumberland Durham Cumberland Westmoreland 1 IOM Yorkshire HMS Dipper Henstridge, Somerset 1941-1946 Early 1950's re-opened as satellite to Heron 1 Lancashire HMS Humming Bird Zeals, Wiltshire 1945-1946 Ex RAF HMS Flycatcher Middle Wallop, Hants 1945-1946 HQ MONAB Org.- returned to RAF HMS Heron II Charlton Horthorne 1942-1945 To RAF in exchange for Zeals Lincolnshire Cheshire Nottinghamshire Derbyshire Walmer Kent -1918 RNAS HMS Heron, Yeovilton Somerset 1940- RAF Merrifield used as satellite Eastchurch, Sheppey 1913-1918 RNAS Staffordshire Norfolk Leicestershire RUT Shropshire Dover Kent 1916-1919 Also RNAS Guston Merryfield, Somerset 1958-60,1972- RNAS out field for Heron - also RAF Merryfield Cambridgeshire HUN Warwickshire Suffolk Northamptonshire Worcestershire HMS Buzzard Lympne, Kent 1939 Ex 22 Gp RAF - handed back to RAF May 1940 BDF Herefordshire Westward Ho, Devon WW1 RNAS Hertfordshire Essex Oxfordshire Buckinghamshire Gloucestershire MDX Cowdray Park, Sussex 1941 Out station airfield for Daedalus HMS Vulture II Treligga, Cornwall 1916-1918 RNAS London Berkshire RNAS Trevose Head Padstow, Cornwall 1917-1918 Kent Somerset Surrey Wiltshire Telscombe Cliffs, Sussex WW1 Hampshire HMS Vulture, St Merryn, Cornwall 1940-1953 Renamed Curlew in 1953 Sussex HMS Peregrine Ford, Sussex 1939-1958 Ex RAF - returned 1940 with RN as lodger - back to RN 1945 Dorset Devonshire IOW HMS Heron II Haldon, Devon 1941-1946 Ex RAF HMS Seahawk Culdrose, Cornwall 1947- Was to have been named Chough Cornwall HMS Siskin Gosport, Hants 1945-1956 Was to have been named Woodpecker, lent by RAF originally HMS Raven Eastleigh, Southampton 1939-1947 Included lodger facilities at RAF Christchurch HMS Kestrel Worthy Down , Hampshire 1939-1952 Ex RAF - included airfields at Bush Barn, Haslemere, Jersey Bembridge Isle of Wight WW1 RNAS Chickerell ,Dorset WW1 RNAS and between the wars Predannock, Cornwall 1958- Satellite to RNAS Culdrose Prawle Point Devon 1917-1918 RNAS

  9. ENGLAND RUT – Rutland HUN – Huntingdonshire BDF – Bedfordshire MDX - Middlesex Chathill Northumberland WW1 RNAS Seaplane Balloon Airship Combined Airship Sub Stations Northumberland Seaton Carew Co Durham WW1 Ramsay Isle of Man WW1 Kirkleathan Yorks WW1 RNAS Durham Cumberland Lowthorpe Yorks WW1 RNAS Hornsea Mere Yorks 1915-1919, to close 1919 and transferred to Killingholme Westmoreland 1 IOM Yorkshire Howden Yorks 1915-1918 RNAS - Airship station HMS Daedalus Lee-on-Solent, Hants 1917-18,1939-96 39 back from RAF - renamed Daedalus 1965 ex Ariel • Tipner , Portsmouth • -1918 • Balloon station • Closed 1919 and not • required by Air Ministry 1 Lancashire Killingholme Haven , Lincs 1914-1918 To USN 1918 - vacated by USN 1919 - RAF station WW2 Immingham Lincolnshire 1916-1918 Lincolnshire Cheshire Nottinghamshire Derbyshire Cranwell Lincs 1915-1918 Transferred to RAF Calshot, Hants 1913-1918 To RAF between the wars Hickling Broad Norfolk 1916-1918 Staffordshire Norfolk Leicestershire South Denes Great Yarmouth, Norfolk 1911-1918 RUT Lowestoft Suffolk WW1 Shropshire Torquay Devon 1918 Cambridgeshire HUN Warwickshire Shotley Suffolk 1912-1919 Suffolk Northamptonshire Worcestershire Cattewater Laira, Plymouth 1918 BDF Merifield, Cornwall 1919 At Wilcove with detachment at Torquay Felixstowe Harwich Suffolk 1912-1918 Seaplane station - Became radio station in 1920 Herefordshire Hertfordshire Essex Oxfordshire Isle of Grain, Medway 1911-1918 Buckinghamshire Gloucestershire Laira, Devon WW1 Sub station for Mullion MDX Sheerness Medway 1912-1919 Not required by Air Ministry Bude Cornwall 1915-1918 To RAF 1918-1919 - out station to Mullion London Berkshire Kingsnorth,Kent 1912-1918 RNAS Wiltshire Kent Surrey Mullion Cornwall 1915-1918 To RAF - First known as Lizard Airship Westgate, Kent 1916 Hampshire Somerset Dover/Marine, Kent WW1 Sussex Godmersham Park Kent WW1 Dorset Devonshire West Mersham Kent WW1 IOW Slindon, Sussex WW1 RNAS Lands End Newlyn, Cornwall 1917-1918 To RAF Newhaven Sussex 1917-1919 RNAS Capel Nr. Folkestone, Kent 1915-1920 RNAS Bridport, Dorset 1917-1918 Cornwall Upton, Dorset WW1 HMS Osprey (Sarepta) Portland, Dorset 1916-1918 To RAF as seaplane base - closed 1919 Tresco, Nr New Grimsby, Scilly Is 1917-1918 Transferred to RAF HMS Daedalus II Sandbanks, Dorset 1940-1943 Polegate,Sussex 1916-1918 Transferred from Dover to Portsmouth Command 1917 Richmond Park Surrey WW1 Bembridge Harbour Isle of Wight 1916-1918 St Mary's Scilly Is 1917-1918 RNAS

  10. Additional Information… HMS Ariel II (Culcheth) Warrington, Lancs J ul-Dec1952 RNAS *** Barrow in Furness Lancs 1916-1918 RNAS *** Barlow Nr Selby, Yorkshire 1916-1920 Airship construction station RNAS *** Scarborough Yorkshire 1915-1916 RNAS • Sedgeford Norfolk • 1915-1917 • Night landing ground • To RFC 1917 • *** • Narborough Norfolk • 1912 -1916 • To War Office - later became RAF Marham • *** • Burgh Castle Norfolk • -1918 Night landing ground - RNAS Cramlington Northumberland WW1 RNAS not completed *** Whitley Bay Northumberland 1916 RNAS Ramsay Isle of Man WW1 Airship sub station Northumberland HMS Humming Bird, Zeals, Wiltshire WW1 RNAS *** Stonehenge Wiltshire 1918 RNAS Durham Cumberland HMS Hornbill II Beccles/Halesworth, Suffolk 1945-1953 Ex RAF - lodger facilities Westmoreland 1 IOM Mount Batten, Plymouth 1917-1918 To RAF - Used by RN between wars *** Teignmouth Devon 1940 RNAS *** RNAS Tregantle Ft Plymouth 1917 RNAS *** Tregantle & Withnoe Plymouth 918 RNAS Fairlop, Essex 1913-1918 Sub station to Chingford - Now a Leisure Centre *** Chelmsford, Essex 1915-1918 RNAS Yorkshire Cardington, Cambs WW1 RNAS 1 Lancashire Stratford London 1917-1918 To be Admiralty Establishment *** HMS Victory VI Crystal Palace, London 1918 RNAS *** Roehampton London 1918 RNAS *** Wormwood Scrubs London 1915-1917 RNAS Lincolnshire Cheshire Nottinghamshire Derbyshire HMS Heron II Henstridge Marsh Som. 1941-1957 Commissioned as HMS Dipper - tender to Heron Staffordshire Eastcote, Ruislip WW1 RNAS Norfolk Leicestershire RUT Shropshire Cambridgeshire HUN Warwickshire Suffolk Northamptonshire Worcestershire Fort Grange Gosport, Hants 1914-1918 RNAS - Became No 1 Naval Air Squadron *** HMS Ariel Worthy Down , Hampshire Jul 1952-1959 Transferred from Warrington *** HMS Daedalus III Lee/Bedhampton, Hants 1943-1947 Also release centre - known as Bedhampton Camp *** Arnold House Farnborough, Hants 1912-1918 RNAS HMS Woodpecker Gosport, Hants 1945 Name proposed for RNAS Gosport but Siskin used instead *** HMS Ariel Lee-on-Solent, Hants 1959-1965 Daedalus renamed Ariel when ground training moved there *** Lee-on-Solent Portsmouth -1918 RNAS *** Gosport Portsmouth -1918 RNAS  BDF Herefordshire Hertfordshire Essex Oxfordshire Buckinghamshire Gloucestershire • Lympne Kent • 1914-1918 • RNAS • *** • HMS Daedalus II • Lympne, Kent • 1939-1940 • EX RAF and transferred back to them • *** • Rochford, Kent • WW1 • Transferred to War Office 1916 • ***Detling Maidstone, Kent 1916-1918 to Military 1917 • RAF lodger 1940-1941 - RNAS HMS Pembroke II Eastchurch, Sheppey 1913-1918 Transferred to RAF *** Folkestone Kent 1915-1918 RNAS - Also naval base during WW1 - closed 1919 *** HMS Bluebird III Folkestone, Kent 1942-1944 Ex Air Sea Rescue Folkestone *** Wittersham, Kent WW1 RNAS *** Ramsgate, Kent 1914-1918 RNAS MDX London Berkshire Wiltshire Kent Surrey Hampshire Somerset Sussex Dorset Devonshire IOW Moreton, Dorset WW1 RNAS - Not completed Cornwall Lands End Nr St Just, Cornwall 1940 Temporary RNAS HMS Curlew St Merryn, Cornwall 1953-1956 Transferred to Air Ministry HMS Chough Culdrose, Cornwall 1944-1947 Name whilst under construction, changed on completion RUT – Rutland HUN – Huntingdonshire BDF – Bedfordshire MDX - Middlesex

  11. WALES Airfields Seaplane Balloon Airship Conway Anglesey 1916 RNAS Additional Information… Bangor Caernarvonshire WW1 RNAS Anglesey Flintshire Denbighshire Caernarvonshire Merionethshire Fishguard ,Pembs 1917-1918 RNAS HMS Goldcrest Brawdy, Pembrokeshire 1952-1971 Ex Goldcrest II - transferred to RAF Montgomeryshire HMS Goldcrest Angle, Pembs 1943 Ex RAF and transferred back to RAF *** HMS Goldcrest II Brawdy, Pembs 1946-1952 Ex RAF - Satellite to Goldcrest (Dale) Radnorshire Cardiganshire Brecknok Pembrokeshire Carmarthenshire HMS St David Pembs 1947-1961 Relief airfield for Brawdy Monmouthshire Glamorgan Pembroke Dock Pembrokeshire WW1 Milford Haven Pembrokeshire 1916 HMS Goldcrest Dale, Pembrokeshire 1943-1948 From Angle to Ex RAF Station - became Harrier in 1948 HMS Daedalus II Lawrenny Ferry, Pembsrokeshire 1942-1943 Ex RAF and detached from Pembroke dock

  12. HMS Gannet II Maydown, Londonderry1945-1953 Ex HMS Shrike *** HMS Sea Eagle Eglinton, Co Londonderry 1959-1970 Ex Gannet *** HMS Sealion Ballykelly , Londonderry   RNAS Ballykelly (Sea Eagle?) Ballyliffan Co. Donegal WW1 RNAS HMS Shrike Maydown, Co .Down 1943-1945 Ex RAF - became Gannet II HMS Gannet Eglinton, Co. Londonderry 1943-1959 Lent by RAF, transferred to RN 1947, reopened as Sea Eagle Rathmullan Co. Donegal -1918 Antrim Londonderry Donegal Larne Co. Antrim 1916-1918 RNAS HMS Corncrake Ballyhalbert, Co. Down 1945 Transferred to RAF in 1946 with RN lodger facilities Lough Foyle Co. Donegal 1915-1919 RNAS Tyrone Lough Neough HMS Gannet II Sydenham, Co. Antrim 1946-1973 Ex HMS Gadwall - to RAF Down Fermanagh Armagh Monaghan Sligo HMS Corncrake II Kirkistown, Co. Down 1945-1946 On loan from RAF Leitrim Cavan Lough Neough N Ireland WW1 RNAS Not completed Mayo Louth HMS Gadwall Sydenham, 1943-1946 Ex RAF Became Gannet III Roscommon Longford Meath Westmeath HMS Mermaid Dublin 1916-1919 Closed 1919 Malahide Co. Dublin WW1 RNAS HMS Pintail Nutts Corner, Crumlin 1945-1946 From RAF - to RAF transport command Galway Dublin Offaly Kildare Wexford Ireland WW1 Used by USN HMS Mermaid Co. Dublin 1916-1919 Closed 1919 Laois Wicklow Clare Carlow IRELAND Queenstown Co. Cork WW1 Used by USN not returned 1919 closed 1921 *** Whiddy Island Co. Cork WW1 Used by USN Tipperary Kilkenny Limerick Wexford Airfields Balloon Airship Sub Stations Waterford Kerry Cork Additional Information… Under the Government of Ireland Act 1920, "Home Rule" institutions were created in two divisions of Ireland, 26 counties forming Southern Ireland and six counties forming Northern Ireland. This partition was copper fastened by the 1922 Anglo-Irish Treaty, under which Ireland left the United Kingdom, Northern Ireland rejoining two days later. Southern Ireland, which had never functioned as a separate entity, became the Irish Free State, now the Republic of Ireland. Killeagh Co. Cork WW1 RNAS

  13. Royal Naval Air Stations throughout the rest of the world. Researched and compiled by Gill Charles. Mobile Naval Operating Air Bases, MONABs, were a series of mobile, self-contained units able to repair, and prepare for service, aircraft, engines, and components as required for ships of the British Pacific Fleet. Each were initially assembled at the MONAB HQ at HMS Flycatcher (Ludham then Middle Wallop). In total 10 MONABS were established and one Transportable Aircraft Maintenance Yard (TAMY)

  14. HMS Seaborn Dartmouth, Nova Scotia 1939-1946 Pre-war RCAF station - transferred to RCN --- HMS Saker Dartmouth, Nova Scotia 1941-1942 Ex Seaborn HMS Force Profit Iceland 1940 Comprised aircraft at Iceland - on books Daedalus Murmansk Russia 1914-1917 Transferred to Royal Marines 1917 St Pol, France 1917 RNAS Boulogne France 1915-1919 RNAS Dunkirk France 1916-1918 Closed 1919 - RNAS Marquise France 1915-1919 RNAS Cherbourg, France 1917-1918 RNAS RNAS Saker Brunswick Maine 1943-1945 RN/USN Vendome La Rochelle 1918 RNAS HMS Moga Jamaica 1943-1944 RNAS Hyeres Toulon France 1940 - RNAS HMS Buzzard Kingston, Jamaica 1940-1945 Naval Base became HMS Morgan, RNAS remained Buzzard HMS Queen II Taranto, S. Italy 1917-1918 Parent Ship RNAS Southern Italy at Pizzone HMS Goshawk Piarco, Trinidad 1940-1946 Originally known as Malabar II HMS Cormorant II Gibraltar 1940-1944 RAF North Front, transferred to RN then back to RAF Gibraltar   1915-1918 Seaplane base - To RAF Kite Balloon station evacuated 1919 HMS Eleusis Maleme, Crete WW2 RNAS --- RNAS Imbros Aegean 1917-1919 Abandoned and then closed in 1919 RNAS TafarOui Oran 1943 Under Cormorant II RNAS Calafrana, Malta 1916-1919 To RAF - Seaplane base --- HMS Falcon Hal Far, Malta 1946-1965 Ex RAF- Shore base for a/c of Med Fleet 1923-RN use WW2 --- HMS Goldfinch Takali, Malta 1943-1953 Civil airport pre WW2 --- RNAS Kalafrana, Malta 1946-1965 To Air Ministry HMS Wara , KomendaTakoraal, G. Coast 1942-1943 RNAS HMS Spurwing, Hastings, Sierra Leone 1943-1944 Transferred from RAF HMS Grebe, Dekheila, Alexandria 1940-1946 Returned to Egytian control in 1946 RNAS ‘The Rest of the World’ PART 1

  15. RNAS ‘The Rest of the World’ PART 2 HMS BambaraTrincomalee, Ceylon 1944-1947 Transferred to RAF 1951 - known as RNAS Trinco HMS Vairi, Sular, Coinbatore, India 1944-1946 Transferred from RAF RNAS Kantali Ceylon 1944-1950 Returned to RAF HMS Rajaliya Puttalam, Ceylon 1943-1945 Transferred to local civil authority Langata Nairobi, Kenya WW2 RNAS HMS Kipanga II Voi, Pt. Reitz, Mackinnon Rd 1942 -1944/45 RNAS HMS Rapax, Hiswa, Aden 1944-1945 RNAS at RAF Station HMS Flycatcher Kai Tak, Hong Kong 1947 Ex Nabcatcher (MONAB VIII) --- HMS Nabcatcher Middle Wallop/Kai Tak, Hong Kong 1945-1947 MONAB VIII HMS Maraga Addu Atoll 1944-1946 RNAS HMS Kipanga Killindini, Kenya 1942-1944 Depot for RN air personnel ashore in East Africa HMS NabaronLudham/Manus, Adm Is 1944-1945 MONAB IV HMS Kilele, Tanga, Tanganyika 1942-1945 RNAS HMS London Zanzibar -1918 Closed 1919 - given in exchange for Heligoland in 1890 HMS Bherunda Colombo, Ceylon 1943-1945 Was Colombo racecourse, RAF Station taken over by RN HMS Nabstock Middle Wallop/Marybrough 1945-1946 MONAB VI HMS Nabreekie Middle Wallop/Meeandah 1945 MONAB VII HMS MalagasWingfield/Wynberg, SA 1942-1946 Ex Union Government airfield which was developed HMS Ukussa Katakurunda, Ceylon 1942-1946 RNAS HMS NabberleyLudham/Bankstown, Sydney 1944-1946 MONAB II --- HMS NabthorpeLudham/Schofields, NSW 1944-1945 MONAB III HMS Sheathbill Pt San Carlos, Falkland Is 1982 Unofficial name for Forward Operating Base HMS Rajawali Morib, Malaya 1941-1942 --- Sembawang Malaya 1940-1971 RNAS --- RNAS Selangor Malaya WW2 HMS Albatross Nowra, New South Wales 1944-1946 Used by Nabbington & Nabswick then to RAAF & RAAN --- HMS NabbingtonLudham/Nowra, NSW 1944-1945 MONAB I HMS Nasar Sembawang, Singapore. 1941-1942, RNAS --- HMS SimbangSembawang, Singapore 1945-1971 Administration transferred to ANZAV Force 1971 --- HMS Nasar Sembawang, Singapore. 1941-1942, RNAS Morib Malaya WW2 RNAS HMS Nabswick Ludham/Jervis Bay/Nowra 1944-1946 MONAB V

  16. Acknowledgements ‘Shore Establishments of the Royal Navy’ by Lieutenant Commander Ben Warlow R.N. Fly Navy Heritage Trust. Research and Map of the World - GWC Compiled on behalf of Cloud Observers by MIS 2010

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