Latitude 35°08′48″S  Longitude 150°41′48″E

   
ACQUISITION Transferred on loan from Royal Australian Air Force 02 January 1945.

 

COMMISSIONED 01 May 1945

 

CLOSED 18 March 1946, returned to R.A.A.F. control.

 

PAID OFF 15 November 1945  - commission transferred to RNAS Nowra

 

   
C.O. Captain H. G. Dickinson D.S.C.
   
FUNCTION Tender to RNAS Nowra.

Mobile Naval Air Base (MONAB) No. 5 installed

Mobile Air Torpedo Maintenance Unit No. 6

Accommodation for disembarked squadrons.

 

ADDRESS R.N. Air Station

Jervis Bay,

New South Wales,

Australia

 

LOCALITY

The airfield lies one mile S. of R.A.N. college, Jervis Bay, on the S. shore of Jervis Bay, and 15 miles SE. of Nowra airfield (MONAB 1)

Sydney lies 80 miles NNE.

 

LANDMARKS  

 

ROAD AND RAIL ACCESS Access to the metalled road running NNW. form R.A.N. college to Nowra township, distant 25 miles (R); main road thence to Sydney.

There is a railway terminus on the line from Sydney at Bonaderry,1¾ miles (R) of Nowra.

   
   
CONTROL Mobile flying control provided by MONAB 5.

 

ELEVATION  200' above M.S.L.

 

RUNWAYS Two, sealed gravel.


08/26 QDM. 085° -265° .... 1665 x 50yds. 

15/33 QDM. 154° -334° .... 1665 x 50 yds. 

 

TRACKS Taxi tracks run parallel to the NE. side of runway 15/33 and the S. side of runway 08/26.

 

OBSTRUCTIONS Navigation Hill (650') 1½ miles ESE. of the E. end of the runways.
Circuit Land rising to 300' above runways distant 2000 yds. ESE. from the "33" end of runway 15/33.
Approach None.

 

APPROACH No special approach recommended.

 

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

 

HOMING--RADIO D/F Equipment supplied by MONAB 5
Beacons Equipment supplied by MONAB 5

 

APPROACH - VISUAL By day None.
By night None.

 

APPROACH - RADIO None.

 

COMMUNICATION EQUIPMENT M/F & H/F Equipment supplied by MONAB 5
VH/F Equipment supplied by MONAB 5

 

   
GROUND RADAR None.

   
   
ACCOMMODATION No dedicated living quarters on site, what few permanent buildings are on site can accommodate approximately 400 personnel. Tented accommodation available from MONAB 5.

 

Capacity:

Officers: Unknown.
Chiefs, P.O.s and ratings: Unknown.
W.R.N.S. Officers: None.
W.R.N.S.  Chiefs, P.O.s and ratings; None.

 

ARMOURIES None.

 

COMPASS BASE Not kinown.

 

DISPERSAL Two aprons, each 250 x 60 yds. two about 250 x 30 yds, and one about 150 x 50 yds.

 

HANGARS No permanent hangers, portable Dorland hangars supplied by MONAB 5.

 

Number /Type Size Door Height Door Width
4 x Dorland      
 
MEDICAL Not known.

 

METEOROLOGICAL Service from RNAS Nowra.

 

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

 

TEST BUTT Not known.

 

WORKSHOPS Mobile workshops only provided by MONAB 5.

 

EXPLOSIVES  

 

BOMBING AND FIRING RANGES  

Live &  practice torpedo

One

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

 
Station flight A small number of Stinson Reliant were operated  as a station flight.
706

 

Crew Pool & Refresher Flying Training Squadron

Personnel assembled here at the beginning of March 1945 before moving to RNAS Schofields (MONAB 3) 06.03.45 to form up and commission.


723

 

Fleet Requirements Unit

Moved here from RNAS Bankstown 01.05.45. Moved to RNAS Nowra 04.06.45.

Equipped with 8 x Martinet TT.1 and 8 x Corsair.


801 Single Seat Fighter Squadron

Disembarked from HMS IMPLACABLE 07-25.05.45.

Equipped with 24 x Seafire L.III


812 Torpedo, Bomber, Reconnaissance Squadron

Disembarked from HMS VENGEANCE 22.07-13.08.45.

Equipped with 18 x Barracuda II


827 Torpedo, Bomber, Reconnaissance Squadron

Disembarked from HMS COLOSSUS 22.07-13.08.45.

Equipped with 18 x Barracuda II


828 Torpedo, Bomber, Reconnaissance Squadron

Disembarked from HMS IMPLACABLE 07-24.05.45.

Equipped with 21 x Avenger I & II

 
837 Torpedo, Bomber, Reconnaissance Squadron

Disembarked from HMS GLORY 22.07-11.09.45. Moved to RNAS Nowra 29.10.45.

Equipped with 18 x Barracuda II


848 Torpedo, Bomber, Reconnaissance Squadron

Disembarked from HMS FORMIDABLE 01-22.06.45.

Equipped with 21 x Avenger I & II


880 Single Seat Fighter Squadron

Disembarked from HMS IMPLACABLE 07-25.05.45.

Equipped with 24 x Seafire L.III


1771 Two seat Fighter Squadron

Disembarked from HMS IMPLACABLE 07-24.05.45.

Equipped with 12 x Firefly I.


1831 Single Seat Fighter Squadron

Disembarked from HMS GLORY 22.07-11.09.45. Moved to RNAS Nowra 29.10.45.

Equipped with 21 x Corsair IV


1841 Single Seat Fighter Squadron

Disembarked from HMS FORMIDABLE 01-22.06.45.

Equipped with 18 corsair IV.


1842 Single Seat Fighter Squadron

Disembarked from HMS FORMIDABLE 01-22.06.45.

Equipped with 18 corsair IV.


1843 Single Seat Fighter Squadron

Moved here from RNAS Maryborough 14.07.45. Moved to RNAS Nowra 22.07.45.

Equipped with 18 x Corsair IV.


1850 Single Seat Fighter Squadron

Disembarked from HMS VENGEANCE 22.07-13.08.45.

Equipped with 18 x Corsair IV.


 

 

The airfield at Jervis Bay was built for the Royal Australian Air Force as a satellite to R.A.A.F Nowra, 15 miles to the North-West. The airfield was still under construction when Nowra was transferred on loan to the RN January 2nd 1945, only runways, taxi ways and aircraft parking areas were completed before transfer to RN control. This transfer was part of an agreement with the Australian government to loan airfield facilities to the Admiralty (there were six in total) to support the naval aviation elements of the newly formed British Pacific Fleet which was to arrive in Australian waters at he the in February 1945.

The airfield was first used by units from RNAS Nowra (MONAB 1) from March 1st when the personnel of 706 Crew Pool & Refresher Flying Training Squadron assembled there before moving to RNAS Schofields (MONAB 3) to form up on the 6th. From the 7th all operational flying from MONAB 1 was done from Jervis Bay while emergency repairs were carried out on the runways & taxiways at Nowra; this contused until April 28th 1945. Meanwhile the airfield had been nominated to house another Mobile Naval Air Base, MONAB 5. The personnel for this unit arrived in Sydney on March 26th and were transported to RNAS Nowra, the equipment and vehicles arrived a week later. Once collected together at Nowra the personnel of MONAB V began transporting equipment and erecting the various MONAB components at Jervis Bay; during this period of installation the personnel were accommodated at Nowra, there being hardly any permanent buildings or facilities on the airfield at Jervis Bay

The airfield at Jervis Bay was commissioned as H.M.S. NABSWICK, Royal Naval Air Station Jervis Bay on May 1st 1945. The unit’s commanding officer, Captain H. G. Dickinson D.S.C., had arrived in Australia by air at the start of March and he temporally assumed command of MONAB I at Nowra on March 7th; he resumed command of MONAB 5 on commissioning at Jervis Bay.

The unit received its first squadron on May 1st when 723 Fleet Requirements Unit arrived from RNAS Bankstown (MONAB 2) flying a mix of 8 Corsairs and 8 Martinet Target Tugs. Four front-line squadrons arrived on May 7th when the elements of 30 Wing disembarked from HMS IMPLACABLE; this included the Fireflies of 1771 squadron, Avengers of 828 squadron, and Seafires of 801 & 880 squadron. They were to spend two weeks ashore before re-embarking in IMPLACABLE, 1771 & 828 on May 24th, and 801 & 880 joining them the following day.

The station was not to remain quiet for long, the Avengers of 848 Squadron and Corsairs of 1841 & 1842 Squadrons disembarked from HMS FORMIDABLE on June 1st. 723 FU moved to RNAS Nowra on the 4th leaving the airfield to FORMIDABLE 's air win until they too re-embarked on June 22nd

The next unit to arrive was 1843 squadron which flew in their Corsairs from RNAS Maryborough MONAB VI) on July 12th, the squadron was intended for the new No. 3 Carrier Air Group, which was to form at Nowra and was located at Jervis Bay until room was available at Nowra; the squadron moving there on the 20th. A further four squadrons arrived on the station on June 22nd when 812 squadron's Barracuda s & 1846 squadron's Corsairs, disembarked from HMS COLOSSUS, along with 827 squadron's Barracudas & 1850 squadron's Corsairs disembarked from HMS VENGEANCE. These units were to stay until August 13th when they re-embarked in their carriers.

On August 15th the Japanese surrendered and VJ Day was celebrated at Nowra by members of both MONABs I & V. This was to mark the beginning of a quite period at Jervis Bay, a situation which was to continue into early September when 837 squadron's Barracuda s & 1831 squadron's Corsairs disembarked from HMS GLORY on September 11th. They were to remain until October 29th when they moved to Nowra.

As part of a review of the naval air support in the Pacific theatre the Admiralty announced that four Mobile Units were to close in early November 1945, these were to be MONAB 1, 3, 4 and 7; MONABs 2, 5 & 6 plus Transportable Aircraft Maintenance Yard (TAMY) 1 would continue operations in support of the fleet and the reception and disposal of aircraft arising from the disbandment of squadrons as the BPF began to reduce it's size. The airfield at Jervis Bay was no longer required to operate at the same level as during the war, consequently as part of the reorganisation and scaling down of the RN presence in Australia MONAB V was transferred to RNAS Nowra replacing MONAB I which was to pay off..

MONAB V transferred to RNAS Nowra on November 15th 1945. Decommissioning the station as HMS NABSWICK, Jervis Bay airfield reverted to a tender to RNAS Nowra. When HMS NABSWICK, paid off at Nowra on March 18th 1946, both airfields were returned to R.A.A.F control.

 


 

Click here for a list of Primary sources


Additional sources:

The MONAB Story web site - history of MONAB 5 pages Accessed 010 February 2015

 

Admiralty Fleet Orders:

 

Confidential Admiralty Fleet Orders:

2387/46 Mobile Naval Air Base No. V (H.M.S. "Nabswick") - Paid Off

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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