Latitude 56°16'11"N Longitude 02°36'13"W

   
ACQUISITION  

 

COMMISSIONED 1.10.1940 as 'JACKDAW'

29.4.1947 as 'BRUCE'

26.10.1949 as 'JACKDAW'

 

CLOSED  

 

PAID OFF 'JACKDAW' 28.4.1947

'BRUCE' 25.10.49

   
C.O./O.I.C.  
   
FUNCTION Torpedo Trading School

T.B.R. Operational Training Unit

770 Fleet Requirements unit.

Mobile Air Torpedo Unit No.1

Accommodation for disembarked front-line squadrons.

 

Loaned as Boys training establishment 1947-49 the Reserve airfield until at least 1960.

 

ADDRESS R.N. Air Station, Crail,
Fifeshire,
Scotland.

 

LOCALITY

The airfield lies on the coast, ¾mile SW. of Fife Ness, the N. entrance point of the Firth of Forth, and ½mile NE. of the coastal village of Crail. St. Andrews lies 72 miles NW. by W.
Edinburgh lies 27 miles SW. on the S. side of the Firth of Forth.
 
LANDMARKS The Firth of Forth, with the Isle of May lying 5 miles SSE. of the airfield.

 

ROAD AND RAIL ACCESS A secondary road from Fife Ness traverses the airfield, and leads SW. to Crail railway station, distant 1½ miles (R) on the S.R.

 

   
   
CONTROL Control building on the W. side of the landing area, inside the perimeter track.

 

ELEVATION 75 ' above M.S.L.
RUNWAYS Four, tarmac

                                                     Extensibility

03/21 QDM. 029°-209° .. 1000 x 33 yds.   -
07/25 QDM. o67°-247° .. 120o x 33 yds.   *17oo yds.
12/30 QDM. 117°-297° .. moo x 33 yds.     -
16/34 QDM. 157°-337° .. 1000 x 33 yds.     -

 

*Runway extension not recommended

 

TRACKS All runways are connected to the main hangar area by 40' track. Complete perimeter track.

 

OBSTRUCTIONS Navigation None.
Circuit & Crail Church, distant goo yds. from runway 07/25 on approach QDM. 067°.
Pittowie Plantation distant 1250 yds. 282, and Balcomie Castle, distant 86o yds. 354, respectively, from the control building.

 

Approach
APPROACH Recommended sector, mean QDM. :

 

WIND INDICATOR Mot Known
   
   
HOMING - VISUAL By day None.
By night None.
HOMING--RADIO D/F  
Beacons  
APPROACH - VISUAL By day None.
By night  
APPROACH - RADIO  
COMMUNICATION EQUIPMENT M/F & H/F  

Not known.

VH/F
   
GROUND RADAR Not known.

   
   
ACCOMMODATION Officers and ratings living quarters on W. side of the airfield.

 

Capacity:

Officers: 197
Chiefs, P.O.s and ratings: 952
W.R.N.S. Officers: 13
W.R.N.S.  Chiefs, P.O.s and ratings; 148

 

ARMOURIES  

 

COMPASS BASE Two, diameter 70'.

 

DISPERSAL Areas to NW. and NE. served by 40' tracks leading off the perimeter track. Three aprons.
 
HANGARS Main area on NW. side of the airfield, reserve hangars on the E.

 

Number /Type Size Door Height Door Width
7 Bellman 187½' x 105' 25' 105' 
1 A.R.S. 25o' X 110' 25' 1I0'
 
MEDICAL  
METEOROLOGICAL  
FUEL AND OIL
Aviation: Not known.
M/T: Not known.
Oil : Not known.
   
TEST BASE A/c Radar base available.

 

TEST BUTT M.G. test butt N. of main hangar area.

 

WORKSHOPS On the W. side of the landing area. Workshops to 4-6 Squadron scale.

 

VISITORS  

 

EXPLOSIVES  

 

BOMBING AND FIRING RANGES

 

 

Air to air

 
Air to ground and R. p. Firing  
Live and practice bombing  
Practice bombing  

Assault training

 
   
   
Information taken from CB 4368 B. Admiralty Handbook of Naval Air Stations Aug. 45


 

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

 
711

 

 
747

 

 
758

 

 
770

 

 
778

 

 
780

 

 
785

 

 
786

 

 
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810  
811  
812  
816  
817  
819  
820  
822  
823  
826  
827  
828  
829  
831  
832  
833  
834  
836  
837  
846  

 

 

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