Latitude 56°28'00"N Longitude 02°55'20"W

   
ACQUISITION First World War seaplane base retained on care & Maintenance basis until reactivated at the start of World War Two.

 

COMMISSIONED 15 July 1940

 

CLOSED 15 June 1944 to Care & Maintenance status

 

PAID OFF Not known.

 

   
C.O./O.I.C. Not known.
   
FUNCTION Seaplane school for Observer training

Satellite to RNAS Arbroath

 

ADDRESS R.N. Air Station,

Dundee,

Angus,

Scotland

 

LOCALITY

The base is located on  the N. shore of the Firth of Tay, 1 mile E. of Dundee docks and 2½ miles N.E. of the Tay Bridge.

 

LANDMARKS The Firth of Tay, the city of Dundee, and the the Tay Bridge.

 

ROAD AND RAIL ACCESS Main road to Dundee were there are full rail and shipping facilities.
   
   
CONTROL Air watch office.

 

ELEVATION  ' above M.S.L.

 

WATER RUNWAYS Details not known.

 

SLIPWAY One 60' aircraft slipway leading directly off the hangar apron.

One 40' boat slipway leading directly to boatshed.

 

TRACKS three 25' dispersal tracks leading off the hangar apron.

 

OBSTRUCTIONS Navigation Not known.
Circuit Not known.
Approach Not known.
   
APPROACH No special approach recommended.
   
WIND INDICATOR Not known.
   
   
HOMING - VISUAL By day Not known.
By night Not known.

 

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

 

APPROACH - VISUAL By day Not known.
By night Not known.

 

APPROACH - RADIO  

 

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

 

   
GROUND RADA None.

   
   
ACCOMMODATION Living quarters on site for

 

Capacity:

Officers, Chiefs, P.O.s and ratings: 346
W.R.N.S. Officers, Chiefs, P.O.s and ratings: 66

 

ARMOURIES Not known.

 

COMPASS BASE

One, 40' diameter.

 

DISPERSAL Tarmac apron in front of hangar.

 

HANGARS One aircraft storage hangar and one workshop:

 

Number /Type Size Door Height Door Width
1 x unknown 205' x 105' ? ?
1 x Workshop 170' x 90' ? ?
 
MEDICAL Small sick bay on site.

 

METEOROLOGICAL Full service from RNAS Arbroath

 

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

 

TEST BUTT Not known.

 

WORKSHOPS Limited workshop facilities on site.

 

EXPLOSIVES Not known.

 

BOMBING AND FIRING RANGES  

Not known.

   
   
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

 
703

Det.

Long Range Catapult Squadron

Detachment,  from parent unit at RNAS Lee-on-0Solent, operated here 003.06.42. Disbanded here 01.05.44.

Equipped with Vought Sikorsky Kingfishers.


751

 

Seaplane Observer training Squadron

Moved here from, the parent station RNAS Arbroath 13.08.41. Disbanded here 02.05.44.

Equipped with Walrus


 

 

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War time photos July 1943

Craigie; Dundee; ANGUS; SCOTLAND

 

Craigie; Dundee; ANGUS; SCOTLAND

 

Post war photos 1953

Craigie, Dundee, ANGUS, Scotland

 

Craigie, Dundee, ANGUS, Scotland

 

 

 

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