On May 24th 1939 administrative control of the Fleet Air Arm was transferred to the Board of Admiralty from the Royal Air Force.  Four airfields in the UK were transferred to the Fleet Air Arm, these were the stations at Donibristle, Lee-on-Solent, Ford, and Worthy Down, but they still relied entirely on lodger facilities at RAF stations when operating overseas. During the early days of the war the navy took steps to obtain its own airfields both in the UK and near to strategic bases abroad; some were to be purpose built and others taken over from the RAF.

 

Key to abbreviations:

B.C.A.S. - British Commonwealth Air Station

M.O.N.A.B. - Mobile Naval Air Base

R.A.F. - Royal Air Force

R.A.A.F. - Royal Australian Air Force

R.C.A.F. - Royal Canadian Air Force

R.N.A.S. - Royal Naval Air Station

R.N.A.Y. - Royal Naval Air Yard

R.N.A.M.Y. - Royal Naval Aircraft Maintenance Yard

R.N.A.R.Y. - Royal Naval Aircraft Repair Yard

R.N.A.D.C. - Royal Naval Aircraft Direction Centre

R.N.A.E. - Royal Naval Air Establishment

R.N.A.T.E. - Royal Naval Aircraft Training Establishment

R.N.T.E. - Royal Naval Training Establishment

S.A.A.F. - South African Air Force

T.A.M.Y. - Transportable Aircraft Maintenance Yard

U.S.A.F. - United States Air Force

U.S.N.A.S. - United States Naval Air Station

U.S.N.A.F. - United States Naval Air Facility

 

 

 

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13 June 2017

 

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R.N.A.S./R.N.A.M.Y. Katukurunda

RN Air Sect China Bay/RNAS Trincomalee/RNAMY Clappenburg Bay

R.N.A.S. Grimsetter

R.N.A.S. Hatston

R.N.A.S. Stretton

R.N. E.L.G. Treligga

R.N.A.S. Twatt

 

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This index covers all Fleet Air Arm establishments, both at home and overseas. I t includes Air Stations, Air Sections, Air Maintenance & Repair Yards, Lodger units at RAF bases, and training establishments. Bases are listed alphabetically by location. There are currently 187 locations listed.

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Name Ship name Type Location
Abbotsinch H.M.S. Sanderling R.N.A.S. Renfrewshire, Scotland
Aboukir H.M.S. Nile II R.N. Air Section (R.A.F.) Abu Qir, Egypt
Addu Atoll On books of 'Haitian'/'Maraga' R.N.A.S. Gan. Addu Atoll, Maldive Islands
Almondbank ? R.N. Aircraft Workshops Perth, Scotland
Andrakaka On Books of 'Ironclad' R.N. Air Section (R.A.F.) Diego Suarez, Madagascar
Angle H.M.S. Goldcrest R.N.A.S. Pembrokeshire, Wales
Anthorn H.M.S. Nuthatch R.N.A.S. Cumberland, England
Arbroath H.M.S. Condor R.N.A.S. Angus, Scotland
Archerfield H.M.S. Nabsford & H.M.S. Nabreekie R.N.A.M.Y.

(T.A.M.Y. No.1) & (M.O.N.A.B. No. VII)

Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Argentia On Books of 'Avalon III' R.N. Air Section (US NAS) Newfoundland
Ayr H.M.S. Wagtail R.N.A.S. Ayrshire, Scotland
Ballyhalbert H.M.S. Corncrake Lodger facility (R.A.F.)/R.N.A.S. County Down, N. Ireland
Ballykelly On Books of 'Sea Eagle' Lodger facility (R.A.F.) County Londonderry, N. Ireland
Banff On Books of 'Fulmar' R.N.A.S. Morayshire, Scotland
Bankstown H.M.S. Nabberley R.N.A.S.

(M.O.N.A.B. No. II)

Sydney, N.S.W., Australia
Beaulieu  ? R.N. Air Section (R.A.F.) Brockenhurst, Hampshire
Beccles H.M.S. Hornbill II R.N.A.S. Suffolk, England
Bedhampton Camp H.M.S. Daedalus III F.A.A. Transit Camp Hampshire, England
Belfast H.M.S. Gadwall/H.M.S. Gannet III R.N.A.M.Y. County Antrim, N. Ireland
Benbecula  - Lodger facility (R.A.F.) Outer Hebrides, Scotland
Benson  - Lodger facility (R.A.F.) Oxfordshire, England
Bircham Newton  - Lodger facility (R.A.F.) Norfolk, England
Bermuda On Books of 'Malabar' R.N.A.S. Bermuda
Boscombe Down  ? R.N. Air Section (R.A.F.) Salisbury, Wiltshire
Bramcote H.M.S. Gamecock R.N.A.S. Warwickshire, England
Bratton On Books of 'Godwit' Lodger facility (R.A.F.) Shropshire, England
Brawdy H.M.S.  Goldcrest/H.M.S.  Goldcrest II R.N.A.S. Pembrokeshire, Wales
Bridgnorth  ? R.N. Air Section (R.A.F.) Bridgnorth, Shropshire
Brunswick On Books of 'Saker' R.N.A.S. Maine. USA
Bungay H.M.S. Europa II R.N.A.S. Suffolk, England
Burscough H.M.S. Ringtail R.N.A.S. Lancashire, England
Bush Barn On Books of 'Kestrel' R.N.A.S. Hampshire, England
Campeltown H.M.S. Landrail (II) R.N.A.S. Argyll, Scotland
Charlton Horethorne H.M.S. Heron II R.N.A.S. Somerset, England
China Bay [Trincomalee] On Books of 'Lanka' R.N. Air Section (R.A.F.) Ceylon
Cholavaram  - R.N. Air Section (R.A.F.) Madras, S. India
Christchurch On Books of 'Raven' R.N. Air Section (R.A.F.) Dorset, England
Clappenburg Bay

[Trincomalee]

H.M.S. Bambara R.N.A.M.Y. Trincomalee, Ceylon
Cluntoe On Books of 'Gannet' R.N.A.S. County Tyrone, N. Ireland
Cochin H.M.S. Kalugu R.N. Air Section (R.A.F.) S. India
Coimbatore H.M.S. Garuda R.N.A.R.Y. S. India
Colombo Racecourse H.M.S. Berhunda R.N.A.S. Ceylon
Coventry ? R.N. Aircraft Workshops Coventry, England
Cowdray Park On Books of 'Daedalus' R.N.A.S. Sussex, England
Crail H.M.S. Jackdaw R.N.A.S. Fife, Scotland
Cranfield  ? R.N. Air Section (R.A.F.) Cranfield, Bletchley, Buckinghanshire
Culcheth H.M.S. Arial R.N.A.T.E. Warrington, Lancashire, England
Culdrose H.M.S. Seahawk R.N.A.S. Redruth, Cornwall, England
Culham H.M.S. Hornbill R.N.A.S. Oxfordshire, England
Dale H.M.S. Goldcrest R.N.A.S. Pembrokeshire, Wales
Dartmouth H.M.S. Seaborn R.N. Air Section (R.C.A.F.) Halifax, Nova Scotia
Defford On books of 'Daedalus' R.N. Air Section (R.A.F.) Worcestershire, England
Dekheila H.M.S. Grebe R.N.A.S. Egypt
Donibristle H.M.S. Merlin R.N.A.S. Fife, Scotland
Dounreay H.M.S. Tern III/On books of 'Fulmar' R.N.A.S. Caithness, Scotland
Drem H.M.S. Nighthawk R.N.A.S. East Lothian, Scotland
Dundee On Books of 'Condor' R.N.A.S. Angus, Scotland
Dunino H.M.S. Jackdaw II R.N.A.S. Fife, Scotland
Durban On books of 'Afrikander' / H.M.S. Kongoni R.N. Air Section (S.A.A.F.) Durban, S. Africa
Eastchurch  ? R.N. Air Section (R.A.F.) Rochester, Kent
East Haven H.M.S. Peewit R.N.A.S. Angus, Scotland
Eastleigh H.M.S. Raven R.N.A.S. Hampshire, England
Eglinton H.M.S. Gannet R.N.A.S. County Londonderry, N. Ireland
Evanton H.M.S. Fieldfare R.N.A.M.Y. Ross and Cromarty, Scotland
Fayid H.M.S. Phoenix R.N.A.R.Y. Egypt
Fearn H.M.S. Owl R.N.A.S. Ross-shire, Scotland
Fleetlands  - R.N.A.Y. Gosport, Hampshire, England
Floyd Bennett Field On Books of 'Saker' R.N. Air Section (U.S.N.) Brooklyn, New York City, USA
Ford On Books of 'Daedalus'/H.M.S. Peregrine R.N. Air Section (R.A.F.)/R.N.A.S. Sussex, England
Forton Barracks H.M.S. St. Vincent R.N.A.T.E. Gosport, Hampshire. England.
Gosport H.M.S. Siskin R.N.A.S. Hampshire, England
Grimsetter H.M.S. Robin R.N.A.S. Kirkwall, Orkney
Haldon H.M.S. Heron II/On Books of 'Heron' R.N.A.S. Devon, England
Halesworth H.M.S. Sparrowhawk R.N.A.S. Suffolk, England
Hastings H.M.S. Spurwing R.N.A.S. Freetown, Sierra Leone
Hal Far H.M.S. Falcon R.N. Air Section (R.A.F.)/R.N.A.S. Malta
Hatston H.M.S. Sparrowhawk/H.M.S. Tern II R.N.A.S. Kirkwall, Orkney
Heathrow On books of 'Daedalus' Lodger facilities Surrey, England
Henstridge H.M.S. Dipper R.N.A.S. Somerset, England.
Hinstock On Books of 'Blackcap'/H.M.S. Godwit R.N.A.S. Shropshire, England
Hiswa On Books of 'Sheba'/H.M.S. Rapax R.N. Air Section (R.A.F.)/R.N.A.S. Aden
Hullavington  ? R.N. Air Section (R.A.F.) Chippenham, Wiltshire
Hvittanes On books of 'Baldur II' R.N. Air Section Iceland
Hyères Le Palyvestre  - Lodger facility (French Navy) Toulon, Southern France
Inskip H.M.S. Nightjar R.N.A.S. Lancashire, England
Iwakuni On books of 'Commonwealth' Lodger facility (B.C.A.S./R.A.A.F./U.S.A.F.) Iwakuni, Japan
Jersey On books of 'Kestrel' R.N.A.S. St Peter, Jersey. Channel Islands.
Jervis Bay H.M.S. Nabswick R.N.A.S.

(M.O.N.A.B. No. V)

New South Wales. Australia
Juhu ? Lodger facilities (R.A.F.) Bombay, India
Kai Tak H.M.S. Nabcatcher/H.M.S. Flycatcher R.N.A.S.

(M.O.N.A.B. No. VIII)

R.N. Air Section

Hong Kong
Kalafrana On books of 'Falcon' R.N.A.M.Y. Malta
Kaldadarnes On books of 'Baldur II' R.N. Air Section (R.A.F.) Iceland
Kantalai Construction suspended R.N.A.S. Ceylon
Katukurunda H.M.S. Ukussa R.N.A.S./R.N.A.M.Y. Ceylon, Yemen
Kete H.M.S. Harrier R.N.A.D.C. Pembrokeshire, Wales
Khormaksar On Books of 'Sheba' Lodger facility (R.A.F.) Aden
Kilindini H.M.S. Kipanga R.N.A.S./.R.N.A.Y. Kenya
Kirkistown H.M.S. Corncrake II R.N.A.S. County Down, N. Ireland
Komenda H.M.S. Wara R.N.A.S. Gold Coast, W. Africa
Lawrenny Ferry On Books of 'Daedalus' R.N.A.S. Pembrokeshire, Wales
Lee-On-Solent H.M.S. Daedalus/H.M.S. Ariel R.N.A.S. Hampshire, England
Lewiston On books of 'Saker' R.N.A.S. Maine, USA
Limavady  On books of 'Gannet' R.N.A.S. County Londonderry, Northern Ireland
Linton-on-Ouse  ? R.N. Air Section (R.A.F.) York, Yorkshire
Little Rissington  ? R.N. Air Section (R.A.F.) Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
Llangennech ? R.N. Aircraft Workshops Carmarthen. Wales
Lossiemouth H.M.S. Fulmar R.N.A.S. Morayshire, Scotland
Ludham H.M.S. Flycatcher R.N.A.S. Norfolk, England
Lympne H.M.S. Buzzard/H.M.S. Daedalus II R.N.A.S./R.N.A.T.E. Kent, England
Machrihanish H.M.S. Landrail/Sanderling II R.N.A.S. Argyllshire, Scotland
Mackinnon Road On Books of 'Kipanga II'/'Tana' R.N.A.S. Kenya, E. Africa
MacMerry H.M.S. Nighthawk II R.N.A.S. East Lothian, Scotland
Maharagama H.M.S. Monara R.N.A.T.E. Ceylon
Manby  ? R.N. Air Section (R.A.F.) Louth, Lincolnshire
Maryborough H.M.S. Stock R.N.A.S.

(M.O.N.A.B. No. VI)

Queensland, Australia
Maydown H.M.S. Shrike/H.M.S. Gannet II R.N.A.S. County Londonderry, N. Ireland
Merryfield On Books of 'Heron' R.N.A.S. Somerset. England
Middle Wallop H.M.S. Flycatcher R.N.A.S. Hampshire, England
Millmeece H.M.S. Fledgling R.N.A.T.E. Staffordshire, England
Milltown H.M.S. Fulmar II R.N.A.S. Morayshire, Scotland
Minneryia  - R.N. Air Section (R.A.F.) Ceylon
Nairobi H.M.S. Korongo R.N.A.R.Y. Kenya
Newcastle-Under-Lyme H.M.S. Daedalus II R.N.A.T.E. Staffordshire, England
Norfolk On Books of 'Saker' ? R.N. Air Section (U.S.N. Norfolk, Virginia, USA
North Front H.M.S. Cormorant II/On Books of 'Cormorant' R.N.A.S./R.N. Air Section (R.A.F.) Gibraltar
Nowra H.M.S. Nabbington/H.M.S. Nabswick R.N.A.S.

(M.O.N.A.B. No. I)/(M.O.N.A.B. No. V)

N.S.W. Australia
Nutts Corner H.M.S. Pintail R.N.A.S. County Antrim, N. Ireland
Old Sarum  ? R.N. Air Section (R.A.F.) Salisbury. Wiltshire
Palisadoes H.M.S. Buzzard R.N.A.S. Jamaica
Pembroke Dock   Lodger facility (R.A.F.) Pembrokeshire, Wales
Peplow H.M.S. Godwit R.N.A.S. Shropshire, England
Piarco H.M.S. Goshawk R.N.A.S. Trinidad
Pityilu On Books of 'Nabaron' Lodger facility (U.S.N.) Admiralty Islands
Plaisance H.M.S. Sambur

Construction suspended

R.N.A.S. Mauritius
Ponam H.M.S. Nabaron R.N.A.S.

(M.O.N.A.B. No. IV)

Admiralty Islands
Portland H.M.S. Osprey R.N.A.S. Portland, Dorset, England
Port Reitz On Books of 'Kipanga' R.N. Air Section (R.A.F.) Mombasa, W. Africa
Predannack  - R.N.A.S. Cornwall, England
Prestwick H.M.S. Gannet R.N.A.S. Ayrshire, Scotland
Puckpool H.M.S. Medina F.A.A. Transit Camp Isle of Wight, England
Puttalam H.M.S. Rajaliya R.N.A.S. Ceylon
Quonset Point H.M.S. Asbury R.N.A.S. Rhode island, U.S.A.
Ratmalana On Books of 'Bherunda'/H.M.S. Seruwa Lodger facility (R.A.F.)/R.N.A.Y./F.A.A. Transit Camp Ceylon
Rattray H.M.S. Merganser R.N.A.S. Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Risley H.M.S. Gosling R.N.A.T.E. Lancashire, England
Ronaldsway H.M.S. Urley R.N.A.S. Isle of Man
Roosevelt Field On Books of 'Saker' Facilities (U.S.N.A.F.) Long Island, New York, USA
St. Merryn H.M.S. Vulture R.N.A.S. Cornwall, England
St. Thomas' Mount  - R.N. Air Section (R.A.F.) Madras, S. India
Sandbanks On Books of 'Daedalus' R.N.A.S. Bournemouth, Dorset, England
Santa Cruz  - R.N. Air Section (R.A.F.) Bombay, India
Schofields H.M.S. Nabthorpe/H.M.S. Nabstock R.N.A.S.

(M.O.N.A.B. No. III)/(M.O.N.A.B. No. VI)

 

New South Wales, Australia
Sembawang H.M.S. Nabrock/H.M.S. Simbang R.N.A.S.

(M.O.N.A.B. No. IX)

Singapore
Shawbury  ? R.N. Air Section (R.A.F.) Shrewsbury, Shropshire
Skeabrae H.M.S. Tern II Lodger facility (R.A.F.)/

R.N.A.S.

Orkney
Sigriya  - R.N. Air Section (R.A.F.) Ceylon
Speke On Books of 'Blackcap' Lodger facility/R.N. Air Section (R.A.F.) Speke, Liverpool
Squantum On Books of 'Saker' R.N.A.S. Quincy, Massachusetts, USA
Stornoway H.M.S. Mentor II R.N.A.S. Isle of Lewis
Stretton H.M.S. Blackcap R.N.A.M.Y. Cheshire, England
Sullom Voe On Books of 'Sparrowhawk' Lodger facility (R.A.F.) Shetland Isles
Sullur H.M.S. Vairi R.N.A.S. Coimbatore, S. India
Tafaraoui On Books of 'Cororant II' R.N. Air Section (R.A.F.) Oran, Algeria.
Takali H.M.S. Goldfinch R.N. Air Section (R.A.F.)/R.N.A.S. Malta
Tambaram H.M.S. Valluru R.N.A.S./R.N.A.M.Y. Madras, S. India
Tanga H.M.S. Kilele R.N.A.S. Tanganyika, E. Africa
Toome On Books of 'Gannet' R.N.A.S. County Antrim, N.Ireland
Townhill H.M.S.Waxwing F.A.A. Transit Camp Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland
Treligga H.M.S. Vulture II F.A.A. live firing range & emergency landing ground Cornwall, England
Trincomalee H.M.S. Bambara R.N.A.S. Ceylon
Twatt H.M.S. Tern R.N.A.S. Orkney
Vavuniya  - R.N. Air Section (R.A.F.) Ceylon
Vizagapatam - R.N. Air Section (R.A.F.) S. india
Voi On Books of 'Kipanga II'/'Tana' R.N. Air Section (R.A.F.) Voi, Kenya
Watchfield  ? R.N. Air Section (R.A.F.) Swindon, Wiltshire
Watford H.M.S. Turnstone R.N.A.T.E. Hertfordshire, England
Watton On Books of 'Daedalus' R.N. Air Section (R.A.F.) Thetford, Norfolk
Wellbank H.M.S. Macaw F.A.A. Transit Camp Bootle, Cumberland, England
Weston Park H.M.S. Godwit II R.N.A.S. Shropshire, England
Wideawake Field - Facilities (U.S. Army) Ascension Island
Wingfield H.M.S. Malagas R.N.A.S./ R.N.A.R.Y. Cape Town, S. Africa
Woodvale H.M.S. Ringtail II Lodger facility (R.A.F.)/R.N.A.S. Lancashire, England
Worthy Down H.M.S. Kestrel/H.M.S. Ariel R.N.A.S. Hampshire, England
Wroughton  - R.N.A.Y. Swindon, Wiltshire, England
Wynberg On Books of 'Afrikander III' R.N. Air Section (S.A.A.F.) Wynberg, Cape Province, South Africa
Yarmouth On Books of 'Canada' R.N. Air Section (R.C.A.F.) Nova Scotia
Yeovilton H.M.S. Heron R.N.A.S. Somerset, England
Zeals H.M.S. Hummingbird R.N.A.S. Wiltshire, England

 

 

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