Latitude 56°01'19"N Longitude 02°47'38"W

   
ACQUISITION Lodger facility for R.N. Air Section at R.A.F. Station.

Transferred to Admiralty on indefinite Loan from R.A.F. No. 13 Group 21.4.1945

 

COMMISSIONED 21.4.1945 as NIGHTHAWK, a tender to RNAS Donibristle with accounts held in MERLIN

01.6.1945 became independent command

 

PAID OFF 5.3.1946 Transferred back to R.A.F. control.

 

   
C.O./O.I.C.  
   
FUNCTION Naval Night Fighter School and Night Fighter Direction Centre.

 

Remarks: The Fighter School, comprising No. 784 Squadron,-comes under C.Q,N.A.S for training and Com. N.A.S.(N) for administration.
The Direction Centre, at Cockburnspath lying near the coast 15 miles E.S.E. of the airfield, is under the general administration of Corn. N.A.S.(N): through the Commanding Officer No. 784 Squadron, but under the control of the Fighter Direction Centre, Yeovilton, as regards instructional methods

 

PARENT STATION TO: R.N.A.S. MacMerry

 

ADDRESS R.N. Air Section

R.A.F. Station Drem,
East Lothian,

Scotland.

 

R.N. Air Station

Drem,
East Lothian,

Scotland.

 

LOCALITY

The airfield lies near the S. shore of the Firth of Forth, 3 miles S.W. of North Berwick and I mile N.N.W. of the village of Drem. Edinburgh lies 14 miles W..by S.

 

LANDMARKS Bass Rock and Berwick Law, (613 ft). The Peffer Burn stream which forms the S. boundary of the airfield. RAF Station East Fortune  3½ miles S.W.

 

ROAD AND RAIL ACCESS Railway Station at Drem (LNER) with service s to Edinburgh, 18 miles W. and Dunbar 11 miles W. and North Berwick 5 miles N.
   
   
CONTROL Control Building

 

ELEVATION  52' above M.S.L.

 

RUNWAYS None.

 

 

LANDING AREA Irregular grass surface
      Extensibility
E/W ..... 1,850 yds. 2,300 YDS.
NW/SE .....  1.400 yds.  Nil.
NE/SW ...... 1.400 yds.  Nil.

     

TRACKS A taxi track encircles the landing area connecting the dispersed hangars to the technical area.

 

OBSTRUCTIONS Navigation Not known.
Circuit RAF Station East Fortune  3½ miles S.W.
Approach Not known.
   
APPROACH Not known.

 

WIND INDICATOR Not known.
   
   
HOMING - VISUAL By day None.
By night None.

 

HOMING--RADIO D/F Not known.
Beacons Not known.

 

APPROACH - VISUAL By day None.
By night Airfield lighting Mk.II

 

APPROACH - RADIO Not known.

 

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

 

   
GROUND RADAR Not known.

   
   
ACCOMMODATION Living quarters

 

Capacity: Figures for R.A.F. personnel

Officers: 104
S.NC.O.s: 198
Other ranks: 1505

 

ARMOURIES  

 

COMPASS BASE  

 

DISPERSAL 7 on S.E. side of the landing area.

 

HANGARS Hangars

 

Number /Type Size Door Height Door Width
3 Bellman      
10  Blister      
3 Extended Over Blister      
       
 
MEDICAL  

 

METEOROLOGICAL  

 

FUEL AND OIL
Aviation: Not known.
M/T: Not known.
Oil : Not known.
   
TEST BASE  

 

TEST BUTT  

 

WORKSHOPS  

 

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

 
732

 

Night Fighter Training School

Formed at Drem 15.05.1945. Disbanded here 07.11.1945 to become 'B' fly of 784 squadron.

Equipped with  6 Anson flying classrooms, 6 Harvard, 9 Hellcat and an unknown number of Firefly I.NF.


770

 

Fleet Requirements Unit

Moved here from RNAS Dunino 25.07.1944. Disbanded here 01.10.1945

Equipped with various A/C types including Seafire, Hurricane, Beaufighter, Blenheim, Mosquito,  Martinet, and Reliant.


784

 

Night Fighter Training Squadron.

Moved here from RNAS Lee-on-Solent 13.10.19432.Moved to RNAS Dale 15.01.1946.

Operated various small detachments embarked in carriers or attached to front-line squadrons. 

Equipped Initially with 2 Chesapeake and 6 Fulmars, later Proctor, Anson, Reliant, Hurricane, Firefly, and Hellcat.


801 Single Seat Fighter Squadron

Detachment (4) disembarked from H.M.S. FURIOUS 11 - 14.06.1944

Equipped with Seafire L.III.


880 Single Seat Fighter Squadron

Detachment (8) disembarked from H.M.S. FURIOUS 11 - 17.06.1944

Equipped with Seafire L.III.


881 Single Seat Fighter Squadron

Detachment (8) disembarked from H.M.S. PURSUER 11 - 16.06.1944

Equipped with Wildcat V


884 Single Seat Fighter Squadron

Moved here from Machrihanish 10.04.1943. Moved to RNAS Grimsetter by 06.05.1943.

Equipped with  Seafire II.c


892 Single Seat Fighter Squadron

Disembarked from H.M.S. PREMIER 06.07.1945. Moved to RNAS Machrihanish 02.11.1945.

Equipped with Hellcat NF.II


1791 Night Fighter Squadron.

Disembarked from H.M.S. PUNCHER 18.06.1945 Moved to RNAS Burscough 18.08.1945

Equipped with 12 Firefly I.NF.


1792 Night Fighter Squadron.

Moved here from RNAS Inskip 29.08.1845  Moved to RNAS Machrihanish 27.11.1945

Equipped with 12 Firefly I.NF.


 

 

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Additional sources:

 

 

 

Admiralty Fleet Orders:

3450/45 R.N. Air Station Drem - Commissioning as Independent Command

 

Confidential Admiralty Fleet Orders:

811/45 R.A.F. Stations Drem and MacMerry transfer to R.N.

2370/46 R.N. Air Stations, Drem and Macmerry (H.M.S. "NIGHTHAWK) return to R.A.F.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Drem, 27 August 1943

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