Latitude 56°02'20"N Longitude 03°21'05"W

   
ACQUISITION Transferred from R.A.F.  24.5.1939

 

COMMISSIONED 24.5.1939

 

CLOSED  

 

PAID OFF 4.11.1953 to C & M.

23.10.1959

   
C.O./O.I.C. Captain H.J. Johnstone R.N.

Commodore C.V. Robinson

   
PARENT STATION TO: RNAS Campeltown

RNAS Drem

RNAS Evanton

RNAS Fern

RN Ancillary Repair Depot, Dunfermline.

RN Component Recovery Depot, Fourthbank, Alloa.

RN Aircraft Propeller Works, Dundee.

Engine Storage Depot, Alloa.

 

FUNCTION Headquarters of Flag Officer, Flying Training (F.O.F.T.).

R.N. Aircraft Repair & Storage Yard.

Communications Squadron.

Pre-flight training.

All-weather airfield.

Emergency List Pilots Training.

 

ADDRESS R.N. Air Station

Donibristle,

Dunfermline,
Fifeshire.

Scotland.

 

LOCALITY

The airfield lies on the N. shore of the Firth of Forth 2½ miles NE. of North Queensferry and the Forth Bridge. Inverkeithing lies 1½ miles WSW. with Rosyth Dockyard distant a further 1½ miles.
Dunfermline lies 4 miles WNW.

 

LANDMARKS The Firth of Forth with Rosyth Dockyard and the Forth Bridge. Donibristle and Dalgety bays immediately S. of the airfield.

 

ROAD AND RAIL ACCESS Main road passing the N. Boundary to Inverkeithing, 1¾ miles (R). Rosyth and Dunfermline, 4¾ miles (R). Loading platform at the W. end of the airfield which is served through a siding, by British Railways to Inverkeithing.
   
   
CONTROL Control Building on apron loo yds. S. of the intersection of the runways.

 

ELEVATION  125' above M.S.L.

 

RUNWAYS Two,

                                                                Extensibility
08/26 QDM. 081°/261° .... 800 X 50  yds.   Nil

10/28 QDM. 097°/277° .... 950 X 50  yds.    Nil

 

 

TRACKS 5o' taxi tracks connect the runways with the N. hangar area and the apron fronting the Control building.
3o' taxi tracks lead off to the dispersal hangars and worksheds.

 

OBSTRUCTIONS Navigation Land rises to 700' within 2¼ miles NNE.
Circuit Pirinelhill Wood summit, 25o', distant 85o yds. N. of the E. end of the runways.
Approach None.

 

APPROACH Recommended Sector, mean QDM. :

 

WIND INDICATOR Windsock in SE. corner of airfield.
   
   
HOMING - VISUAL By day None.
By night None.

 

HOMING--RADIO D/F M/17, H/F and VH/F.
Beacons YG. and 251MS.

 

APPROACH - VISUAL By day None.
By night None.

 

APPROACH - RADIO None.

 

COMMUNICATION EQUIPMENT M/F & H/F 5 transmitters, 3 receivers.
VH/F  4 transmitters, 4 receivers.

 

CALL SIGNS R/T DONIBEE
W/T GZF
Identity letters DO
   
GROUND RADAR None.

   
   
ACCOMMODATION Living quarters in NE. corner of the airfield.

 

Capacity:

Officers: 112
Chiefs, P.O.s and ratings: 754
W.R.N.S. Officers: 8
W.R.N.S.  Chiefs, P.O.s and ratings; 159

 

ARMOURIES Not known.

 

COMPASS BASE Two, diameter 70'. Compass platform near Control building.

 

DISPERSAL Aircraft are dispersed on the S. side of the airfield, S. of the squadron hangars.

 

HANGARS Communications squadron and storage hangars on the S. side of the airfield.

 

Number /Type Size Door Height Door Width
4 Bellman 187i' x 105' 25' 195'
 
MEDICAL Sick bay in NE. corner of airfield.

 

METEOROLOGICAL Office in the Control building. Full service by Naval personnel.

 

FUEL AND OIL
Aviation: 10,000 gallons in one tank. 5,00o gallons in one tank.
8,000 gallons in 4 tanks of 2,000 gallons each (for Test Benches).
15,000 gallons in 3 tanks of 5,00o gallons each in Storage Section.
M/T: 8,000 gallons.
Oil : 2,00o gallons.
   
TEST BASE

Not known.

 

TEST BUTT Test butts on N. and S. sides of airfield.

 

WORKSHOPS Hangars and workshops to R.N. Aircraft Repair Yard scale.
VISITORS Visitors' parking area.

 

BOMBING AND FIRING RANGES  

 

None.
   
   
Information taken from B.R. 1807 Admiralty Handbook of Naval Air Stations Dec. 48.


 

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

 
700

 

 
701

 

 
739

 

 
758

 

 
767

 

 
769

 

 
770

 

 
772

 

 
780

 

 
782

 

 
784

 

 
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1770  
1820  
1830  
1830A  
1841  
1842  

 

 

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