Latitude 50°41'15"N Longitude 1°56'40"W

   
ACQUISITION  

 

OPENED May 1940

 

COMMISSIONED 15th May 1940 as 'DAEDALUS II' 1

 

PAID OFF 9th October 1943 to Care & Maintenance status

 

CLOSED  

 

O..I.C. Lt Cdr G.R. Brown, DSC from 12 Aug 41
Lt Cdr C. R. Bateman (act) from 26 Apr 43
   
FUNCTION Seaplane Flying Training Part I

 

ADDRESS R.N. Air Station,

Sandbanks,

Bournemouth,

Hampshire,

England

 

LOCALITY The seaplane station is situated on the N.W. side of Sandbanks, the narrow promontory which forms the N. entrance point of Poole Harbour.

Poole lies 2½ miles N.W. across he harbour. Bournemouth lies 3 miles N.E.

 

LANDMARKS Not known

 

ROAD AND RAIL ACCESS Southern Railway station Bournemouth West, 6 miles, Southern Railway station Poole, 5 miles.

 

 

   
CONTROL Not known

 

ELEVATION ?' above M.S.L.

 

RUNWAYS /LANDING AREA Not known

 

TRACKS Not known

 

SLIPWAY One, width 18ft leading to hanger apron. Hauling out by hand.

 

OBSTRUCTIONS Not known 

 

WIND INDICATOR Not known 
   
   
HOMING - VISUAL None

 

HOMING--RADIO None

 

APPROACH - VISUAL None

 

APPROACH - RADIO None

 

COMMUNICATION EQUIPMENT Not known

 

GROUND RADAR None

 

   
ACCOMMODATION

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 Not known 

 

COMPASS BASE Not known 

 

DISPERSAL Concrete hanger apron extending below low waterline and suitable for use as a slipway.

 

HANGARS One,  capacity 14 Walrus (folded).

 

Number /Type Size Door Height Door Width
1 boat shed 292' x 87' n/k   n/k
 
MEDICAL Sick bay in Fowey Cottage

 

METEOROLOGICAL From RAF

 

FUEL AND OIL
Aviation: Two 500 gallons aviation petrol tanks with pumps
M/T: Not known.
Oil : Not known.

 

TEST BASE None.

 

TEST BUTT None

 

WORKSHOPS Small workshop equipped for overhaul I.C.E.

 

EXPLOSIVES None.

 

BOMBING AND FIRING RANGES None.
   
   
Information taken from CB 4368 A. 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

 
700 'W' 'W' flight of 700 catapult squadron formed at Sandbanks on July  12th 1943 with  6 Walrus and 4 Swordfish Floatplanes.  Moved to RNAS Machrihanish on July 27th.
765 Basic Seaplane Training and Pool Squadron

Moved here from RNAS Lee-on-Solent 26.08.40. Disbanded 25.10.43.

Operated Walrus, Swordfish and Kingfisher seaplanes


 

 

PAGE UNDER CONSTRUCTION

 

In May 1940 the premises of the Royal Motor Yacht Club (RMYC) at Sandbanks, Poole Harbour, and various others nearby locations were requisitioned by the Admiralty for use as a seaplane base. RNAS Sandbanks commissioned as HMS DAEDALUS II on May 15th, an out-station of RNAS Lee-on-Solent operating as a Basic Seaplane flying school, part 1 of the Seaplane training course; part 2 was done at RNAS Lawrenny Ferry. The 'DAEDALUS II' was later dropped and the station was borne 'on the books of Daedalus'.

On August 26th 765 squadron moved here from RNAS Lee-on-Solent with a mix of Supermarine Walrus, with a small number of Fairey Swordfish and Fairey Seafox floatplanes; at least one Roc floatplane is believed to have been operated by the squadron. The squadron was under the command of Commander (A) ..(P) J. B. Wilson and comprised of a handful of pilots and observers. From December 1942 Commander Wilson is listed as Officer in Charge of RNAS Sandbanks as well as Commanding Officer of 765 squadron.

 

 

 

Notes:
1 Reference to 'DAEDALUS II' is probably spurious; the name has been linked to Sandbanks, Lawrenny Ferry, Lympne, and Newcastle-under-Lyme. Only one establishment bore this name RN Aircraft Training Establishment  Lympne/Newcastle-under-Lyme, which commissioned 01 January 1940, paid off 31.01.46.  .RNAS Sandbanks does not appear in the Navy List until the April 1941 edition where it is listed under Portsmouth Command Establishments as part of 'Daedalus', in the June 1941 edition this has changed to  'on books of Daedalus'.


 

Click here for a list of Primary sources


Additional sources:

Poole Flying Boats Celebration (Charity No.1123274) . 2012. "Newcomers and New Beginnings at Poole". [ONLINE] Available at: http://archive.pooleflyingboats.com/03 Newcomers-at-Poole-with-RNAS-Sandbanks.pdf. [Accessed 16 December 13].

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Location map and airfield plan go here

 

Map showing the various locations in use by the RN at Sandbanks - reproduce by permission of Poole Flying Boats Celebration Click to enlarge

 


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 © 2013 Tony Drury www.royalnavyresearcharchive.org.uk


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