Latitude 51°52'57"N Longitude 05°07'15"W

   
ACQUISITION  Transferred from Air Ministry to Admiralty 01 January 1946 on loan.

 

COMMISSIONED  01 January 1946 as H.M.S. GOLDCREST II, satellite to R.N.A.S. Dale.

04 September 1952 as H.M.S. GOLDCREST.

 

CLOSED  31 March 1948 to Care and Maintenance Status as War Reserve. Reopened 1952.

Transferred to R.A.F. control 01 March 1971.

 

PAID OFF  31 March 1948 (GOLDCREST II)

01 March 1971 (GOLDCREST)

 

SATELLITE TO R.N.A.S. Dale

R.N.A.S. Culdrose, later St. Merryn (while on C & M)

 

C.O./O.I.C.  
   
FUNCTION Satellite to R.N.A.S. Dale 1946 - 48

In use by Airwork for flying training by 1949

 

Post 1952

Working up of front-line squadrons and Armament Training Ranges.

All weather airfield.

 

ADDRESS R.N. Air Station,

Brawdy,

Haverfordwest,

 Pembrokeshire

 

LOCALITY

The airfield lies one mile inland from the NE. shores of St. Bride's Bay, and 7 miles ESE. of St. David's Head.

Haverfordwest lies 7 miles SE., and Fishguard 8½ miles NE. The village of Brawdy is adjacent SE.

 

LANDMARKS St. David's peninsula, with the town of St. David's and Ramsey I. W/T masts 3 miles E. and 4 miles ESE. of the airfield.

 

ROAD AND RAIL ACCESS Access to main road to Haverfordwest 10 miles (R)

Passenger and goods to Haverfordwest, W.R.

Bus service from Haverfordwest to the airfield.

   
   
CONTROL Control Building inside perimeter track on W. side of airfield S of runway intersection.

 

ELEVATION  360' above M.S.L.

 

RUNWAYS Three, concrete and woos chippings.
          Extensibility
03/21

QDM. 128° -208°

1200 x 50 yds.  2100  
08/268

QDM. 082° -262°

1420 x 50 yds.  -
15/33

QDM. 153° -333°

1990 x 50 yds. 2010
       
TRACKS 50' perimeter track.

 

OBSTRUCTIONS Navigation W/T masts (725') 3 miles E. and W/T masts (580') 4 miles ESE.
Circuit None.
Approach None.

 

APPROACH Recommended approach. sector. mean QDM. o4o° .

 

WIND INDICATOR Three. First 30 yards N. of Control Building, second on NW. boundary of airfield and third on SE. boundary of airfield.
   
   
HOMING - VISUAL By day None.
By night None. Post 1952 Identity beacon flashing BY (red).

 

HOMING--RADIO D/F None.  Post 1952 Cathode Ray VDF. (F.V.10)/
Beacons None.  Post 1952 YG.

 

APPROACH - VISUAL By day None. Post 1952 High intensity and Calvert type Approach Lighting on Runway '21. 'T' Approach Lighting on all runways.

Sodium Flare path on runways 15 and 21.

By night None. Post 1952 Mark V airfield lighting.

Approach lighting as by day.

 

APPROACH - RADIO None. Post 1952 GCA (AN/CPN4) Precision Approach on runway '21'. Search approach on all runways.

 

COMMUNICATION EQUIPMENT M/F & H/F Not known.

Post 1952 HF only - 5 transmitters, 5 receivers.

VH/F

Not known.

Post 1952  16 transmitters,  17 receivers, 2 Transceivers.

 

CALL SIGNS R/T BRAWDY
W/T MJR
Identity letters BY
   
GROUND RADAR None.

Post 1952 Aircraft direction using C.G.I. and Interrogator and Aircraft direction using low cover radar ser with Interrogator (provided by H.M.S. Harrier). AV/CPN4 Controlled approach.

   
   
ACCOMMODATION Living quarters in communal and dispersed sites.
Capacity: RAF manning Post 1952 RN manning
Officers: 80 140
Chiefs, P.O.s and ratings: 2116 994
W.R.N.S. Officers:. 1 0
W.R.N.S.  Chiefs, P.O.s and ratings: 185 0
     
ARMOURIES Not known.

 

COMPASS BASE One. Diameter 80', power supplied.

 

DISPERSAL 30 loop type hardstandings.

 

HANGARS One main site SW. of runway intersection.

 

Number /Type Size Door Height Door Width
3 x T.2 (one as A.R.S.) 239' 7" x 113' 6" 25' 113' 6"
2 halves of Pentad (side by side) 220' x 92' 6" 25' 110'

'

3 x Mainhill Type 3 185' x 105' 25' 105'
1 Dope shop 83' 10" x 60' 3" 17' 3" 55'
       
MEDICAL Sick bay in dispersed site W. of '08' end of runway 08/28.

 

METEOROLOGICAL Office in Control Building. Full service by Naval personnel.

 

FUEL AND OIL
Aviation: Not known.

Post 1952

AVGAS ... 12.000 gallons in one installation.

AVCAT ... 20,000 gallons in two installations. 

M/T: Not known.

Post 1952

MTGAS ... 3,500 gallons

DERV ... 1,ooo gallons. 

Oil : Not known.

Post 1952

AVOUIL ... 750 gallons. 

   
TEST BASE None.

 

TEST BUTT 25 yards range for M.G. and Cannon. Post 1952 - None.

 

WORKSHOPS None. Post 1952 - Limited squadron support.

 

VISITORS Visitors parking area on hard standing to rear of Control Building.

 

EXPLOSIVES Not Known.
BOMBING AND FIRING RANGES  

Air to air

West of Smalls.
Air to ground and R. p. Firing Castlemartin. R/P Firing (Dummy heads), Practice Bombs and O.R.S.

Talbenny.O.R.S. only

Air to sea St. Bride's Bay. R/P Firing (Dummy heads), Strafing, Practice bombing.
   
   

Information taken from BR. 1807 Admiralty Handbook of Royal Naval Air Stations Home and Abroad, Mar. 1949 & Sep. 1955


 

List of first and second line squadrons, station flight and other flying units based at this location

 
727

 

 
736

 

 
738

 

 
751

 

 
759

 

 
767  
773

 

 
784

 

Night Fighter Training Squadron
Moved here from RNAS Drem 15.01.46. Disbanded  10.09.46
Operated Firefly I.NF, Hellcat II.NF. Harvard II.
800

 

 
801

 

 
802

 

 
804  
806  
807  
811  
813  
824  
831  
846  
849  
849A  
849B  
849C  
849D  
891  
892  
893  
895  
897  
898  
1831  

 

 

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stephen j beck (tipton, UK) says...
SmileI was in 849d flight at brawdy mid 60s Had a great time and lived with my wife in the caravan site: just outside main gate great site keep up the good work.S J Beck steward 849d
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