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Royal Naval Air Stations

AIRFIELDS

SEAPLANE STATIONS

BALLOON STATIONS

AIRSHIP STATIONS

AIRSHIP SUB STATIONS

COMBINED STATIONS

CLICK TO ADVANCE

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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)

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HMS Seaborn Dartmouth,

Nova Scotia

1939-1946

Pre-war RCAF station - transferred to RCN

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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

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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

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HMS Falcon Hal Far, Malta

1946-1965

Ex RAF- Shore base for a/c of Med Fleet 1923-RN use WW2

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HMS Goldfinch Takali, Malta

1943-1953

Civil airport pre WW2

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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

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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)

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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

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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

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Sembawang Malaya 1940-1971

RNAS

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RNAS Selangor

Malaya

WW2

HMS Albatross

Nowra, New South Wales 1944-1946

Used by Nabbington & Nabswick then to RAAF & RAAN

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HMS NabbingtonLudham/Nowra, NSW

1944-1945

MONAB I

HMS Nasar

Sembawang, Singapore. 1941-1942, RNAS

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HMS SimbangSembawang, Singapore 1945-1971 Administration transferred to ANZAV Force 1971

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HMS Nasar

Sembawang, Singapore. 1941-1942, RNAS

Morib

Malaya

WW2

RNAS

HMS Nabswick

Ludham/Jervis Bay/Nowra

1944-1946

MONAB V

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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