Latitude 56°17'25"N Longitude 02°42'20"W

   
ACQUISITION Transferred from R.A.F. 1.12.1942

 

COMMISSIONED 15.12.1942

Became 'MERLIN II' 1.10.45.

 

PAID OFF 2.4.1946 to C & M.

 

   
C.O./O.I.C.  
   
FUNCTION Satellite to R.N. Air Station, Crail.

No. 5 Barracuda Servicing Unit.

No. 770 Fleet Requirements Unit.

Reserve Aircraft Storage.

 

ADDRESS R.N. Air Station,
Dunino,
St. Andrews,
Fife,

Scotland.

 

LOCALITY

The airfield lies 3¾ miles W. by N. of Fife Ness; the N, entrance point, of the Firth of Forth, and 1½ miles E. of the scattered buildings of Dunino.
R.N.A.S. Crail lies 3½ miles ESE.

St. Andrews lies 4 miles NW. and the village of Kingsbarns 1½ miles E.

 

LANDMARKS The Firth of Forth, with the Isle of May lying 8¾ miles SE. of the airfield. The coastal railway, running from Crail to St. Andrews, passes the eastern end of the airfield.

 

ROAD AND RAIL ACCESS Stations at St. Andrews and Crail. Trains stop, by special arrangement only, at Kingsbarns station distant ½ mile SE., to which station goods weighing under one ton can be consigned.
   
   
CONTROL Control building 160 yds. inside the landing area on the S. side.

Ground signals area adjacent W. of the Control building,

 

ELEVATION 250' above M.S.L.

 

RUNWAYS One B.R.C. track and Sommerfeld track.

09/27 QDM. 090° -270° .... 1,284 x 50 yds.

 

LANDING AREA

Irregular Grass surface.

QDM. 051° -231° .... 1,200 yds.
QDM. 090° -270° .... 1,400 yds. 

QDM. 156° -336° ....... 900 yds. 

 

TRACKS A 10-ft. track with 10 passing bays, surrounds the landing area.

 

OBSTRUCTIONS Navigation None.
Circuit Law Drum (317 ft.) adjoining the perimeter on the NW. side of the airfield and the main water tank, 25 ft., on Afeikle Hill (255 ft.) distant 200 yds. NE.
Approach None.

 

APPROACH No special approach recommended.

 

WIND INDICATOR Windsocks near the edge of the landing area on the N. and SE. sides. 
   
   
HOMING - VISUAL By day None.
By night None.

 

HOMING--RADIO D/F Use of RNAS Crail's equipment
Beacons  

 

APPROACH - VISUAL By day None.
By night Glim lights, sector and pillar lights.

 

APPROACH - RADIO None.

 

COMMUNICATION EQUIPMENT M/F & H/F  Reception only
VH/F None.

 

GROUND RADAR None.

   
   
ACCOMMODATION

Living quarters in three camp sites adjacent E. of the airfield.

 

Capacity:

Officers: 88
Chiefs, P.O.s and ratings: 647
W.R.N.S. Officers: 5
W.R.N.S.  Chiefs, P.O.s and ratings; 135

 

ARMOURIES To accommodate 2 squadrons.

 

COMPASS BASE One, 70-ft. diameter, at the W, end of the landing area.

 

DISPERSAL  

 

HANGARS Dispersed around the landing area;

 

Number /Type Size Door Height Door Width
8 (Squadron)

(Super Blister).

91' x 45' 20' (at centre) -
4 (Squadron) 60' x 70' 17' 55'
4 (Storage) 60' x 70' 17' 55'
 
MEDICAL Sick Bay at corner of access road, 300 yds. NE. of the airfield.

 

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

 

FUEL AND OIL
Aviation: Not 24,000 gallons.
M/T: 600 gallons.
Oil : 2,000 gallons.
   
TEST BASE One A/c Rest base.

 

TEST BUTT  

 

WORKSHOPS One A.R.S. hangar (185' x 119' x 25'' x' 10') and Workshops to 2 -3 squadron scale.

 

EXPLOSIVES Explosives area between A.R.S. hangar and main water tak. Practice stocks to provision T.B.R. squadrons.

 

BOMBING AND FIRING RANGES  
Practice bombing: One.
   
   
Information taken from CB 4368 B. Admiralty Handbook of Naval Air Stations Aug. 44


 

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

 
737

 

 
770

 

 
785

 

 
786  
813  
820  
824  
835  
827  
833  
837  
838  
860  

 

 

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Additional sources:

 

Admiralty Fleet Orders:

6674/45 R.N. Air Station Dunino - Transfer of Parent Station Duties from Crail to Donibristle

 

Confidential Admiralty Fleet Orders:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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