Latitude 50°30'15"N Longitude 04°58'40"W

   

 

ACQUISITION  

 

COMMISSIONED 10.08.1940 as 'VULTURE

15.10.1953 as 'CURLEW'

 

CLOSED  

 

PAID OFF 14.10.1953 as 'VULTURE'
 

 

   
C.O./O.I.C.  
   
FUNCTION School of Naval Air Warfare: No.s 709 Fighter Ground Attack School, 715 Fighter Air Combat School, 719 Fighter Air Firing training squadron, 725 Air Target Towing Unit, 736 Fighter Combat School.

Nucleus A.F.S.

No. 796 Squadron for conversion of T.A.G.'s to aircrewman standard.

Training of R.N. (A) Emergency List Officers.

Treligga Ranges.

No. 1 Planned Inspection Application Team,

No. 70 Admin. A.L. Section.

No. 12 C.B.A.L. Section.

Operational Research Unit.

All-weather airfield.

 

ADDRESS R.N. Air Station,
St. Merryn,
Nr. Padstow,
Cornwall.

 

LOCALITY

The airfield lies 3½ miles SE. by S. of Trevose Head, and 1½ miles S. of the village of St. Merryn.
Padstow lies 2½ miles NE. by N. and Wadebridge 5½ miles E. by N. Bodmin lies 10 miles E. by S.

 

LANDMARKS Padstow Bay and the mouth of the River Camel.
Trevose Head. A small river flows past the airfield's S. corner.

 

ROAD AND RAIL ACCESS A secondary road, running SE. from the airfield, joins the main Padstow road 1 mile (R) distant.
Railway station at Padstow, 4½ miles (R) ; on the S.R. Padstow¬Wadebridge-Launceston line.
   
   
CONTROL Control Building 150 yds. inside perimeter track near centre of N. side of landing area. Keeps watch on H/F and VH/F cross country and local control frequencies from 0800 until 1800 or sunset, whichever is the earlier. Caution to be exercised at all times owing to proximity of R.A.F. St. Eval.

 

ELEVATION  260' above M.S.L.

 

RUNWAYS Four, tarmac
  Extensibility
01/19 QDM. 014°-194° .... 1,000 X 30  yds.  

06/24 QDM. 056°-234° .... 1,009 X 30  yds.   

10/28 QDM. 105°-285° .... 1,030 X 30  yds.    

15/33 QDM. 137°-327° .... 1,270 X 30  yds.  

Extensions require extensive “Fill"

                  

TRACKS 40' perimeter track.

 

OBSTRUCTIONS Navigation Rising ground 420' above the airfield 34 miles ESE. and 345' above at 2 miles SSE.
Circuit None.
Approach None.

 

APPROACH Recommended sector, mean Q.D.M. :

 

WIND INDICATOR Windsocks on E. side, inside perimeter track, and on W. side outside perimeter track.
   
   
HOMING - VISUAL By day None.
By night None.

 

HOMING--RADIO D/F H/F and VH/F.
Beacons YG and AN/CPN6.

 

APPROACH - VISUAL By day None.
By night None.

 

APPROACH - RADIO None.

 

COMMUNICATION EQUIPMENT M/F & H/F 6 transmitters, 7 receivers.
VH/F  6 transmitters,  6 receivers.

 

CALL SIGNS R/T CORNWALL
W/T MGF
Identity letters JB
   
GROUND RADAR Aircraft direction using G.C.I. and Interrogator, and Aircraft direction using low cover Radar set with Interrogator.

   
   
ACCOMMODATION Living quarters on the N. and W. sides of the landing area.

 

Capacity:

Officers: 156
Chiefs, P.O.s and ratings: 1,265
W.R.N.S. Officers: 4
W.R.N.S.  Chiefs, P.O.s and ratings; 210
   
ARMOURIES  

 

COMPASS BASE Two, diameter 70' and two, diameter 100'

 

DISPERSAL Eight A/c standings, four of which are suitable for heavy bombers. Four aprons off perimeter track and in hangar areas.

 

HANGARS Hangar areas on N., E. and S. of the airfield.

 

Number /Type Size Door Height Door Width
1 Callender Hamilton .. 185' x 11O' 25′ 110′
2 Pentad .. .. .. .. .. .. 185' x 105' 25' 105'
4 Tee Side "S" .. .. .. .. 6o' x 70' 20' 60'
13 Mains* . . . . . . .  .. 6o' x 70' 17' 55'
13 Mains* . . . . . . . .. 6o' x 84' 17' 55'
* built in 1943 when the station was expanded

 

MEDICAL Sick Bay on W. side of airfield. Sick Quarters at "Woodlands", Padstow
6½ miles (R) North.

 

METEOROLOGICAL Office in the Control building. Limited service by Naval personnel

 

FUEL AND OIL Aviation - 73,200 gallons
M/T - 4,600 gallons.
Oil - 4,600 gallons.

 

TEST BASE A/c Radar base in SE. hangar area.

 

TEST BUTT Test butt on N. side of N. dispersal.

 

WORKSHOPS Workshops to 4-6 squadron scale.

 

VISITORS Visitors' parking area on apron adjacent to Control Building.

 

EXPLOSIVES On the south of the airfield, adjacent to the '01' end of runway 01/19 .

 

BOMBING AND FIRING RANGES

 

 

Air to air

One. Two towlines.

Air to Sea

One (incorporated in Air to Air Range).

Practice bombing

Three. R.P. and Air to Ground.

TRELIGGA

Land Range with marking facilities open all year round. R.P., D.B., A.G.

HARLYN BAY

Sea Range with marking facilities (open 1st Oct.-3 x st May). D.B., R.P

PORT QUINN

Sea Range with marking facilities (open 1st June-3oth Sept.). D.B., R.P.


Information taken from B.R. 1807 Admiralty Handbook of Naval Air Stations Dec. 48

 

 

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

 
709

 

Fighter Ground Attack School (Part of the School of Naval Air Warfare)

Formed here 15.09.44. Disbanded here 09.01.46

Equipped with Seafire L.III, Hellcat I, & II, Harvard IIb & III.


715

 

Fighter Air Combat School (Part of the School of Naval Air Warfare)

Formed here 17.08.44. Disbanded here 31.03.46 and absorbed by 736 squadron.

Equipped with Seafire L.III & XVII, Corsair II & IV, Harvard IIb & III.


719

 

Fighter Air Firing training squadron (Part of the School of Naval Air Warfare)

Formed here 15.06.44. Disbanded here 02,01.45.

Equipped with Corsair III, Master II, Seafire Ib & IIc, Spitfire Vb, Wildcat IV,


725

 

Air Target Towing Unit (Part of the School of Naval Air Warfare)

Moved here from RNAS Eglinton 04.08.45. Disbanded here 27.12.45 and absorbed by 736 squadron.

Equipped with Martinet TT.I.


736

 

Fighter Combat School (Part of the School of Naval Air Warfare)

Moved here from RNAS Yeovilton 02.09.43. Moved to RNAS Culdrose 01/02.50.

Equipped with Avenger II, Barracuda II, Corsair III, Firebrand TF.IV, Firefly FR.I , FR.4 & T.I, Harvard III, Master II, Seafire Ib, III, F.15, F.17 & F.46, Spitfire Va, Wellington XI.


738

 

(Part of the School of Naval Air Warfare, based at RNAS Culdrose)

The squadron used the station for Aerodrome Dummy Deck Landing training from January 1953.

Equipped with Sea Fury FB.11.


741

 

Operational Flying Training Unit

Formed here 12.08.46. Disbanded here 25.11.47.

Equipped with Firefly FR.I, Seafire L.III, Harvard III.


748

 

Fighter Pool Squadron

Formed here 12.10.42. Moved to RNAS Henstridge 04.02.44.

Moved here from RNAS Dale 14.08.45. Disbanded here 11.02.46.

Equipped with Corsair II, III  & IV, Firefly I, Hellcat I, Hurricane I, Fulmar I & II, Master I & II, Spitfire I, Va & Vb, Seafire Ib, IIc & III, Wildcat V & VI.


750

 

Observer School Part II.

Formed here 17.04.52 out of 796 squadron. Moved to RNAS Culdrose 30.11.43.

Equipped with Barracuda TR.3.


762

 

Advanced Flying Training School

Moved here from RNAS Yeovilton 15.04.42.  Returned to RNAS Yeovilton 08.09.42.

Equipped with Fulmar I & II, Martlet I,Master I.


774

 

Armament Training Squadron

Moved here from R.N.A.S. Evanton 17.09.1940. Moved to R.N.A.S. Rattray 24.10.1944

Equipped with Albacore I, Roc, Shark IIIT, Skua II, Swordfish I/II,  Barracuda II, Sea Hurricane Ib,


787

Z Flt.

 

Fleet Fighter Development Unit

Moved here from RNAS Lee-on-Solent 24.02.43. Moved to RNAS Inskip 16.11.54,

Returned from RNAS Inskip 14.01.44 and operated at the satellite airfield at Treligga.  Flight disbanded here 01.07.44.

Equipped with Fulmar & II, Hurricane IV, Sea Hurricane Ia & IIc, Swordfish I & II.


792

 

Air Target Towing Unit

Formed here 15.08.40. Disbanded here 02.01.45 and absorbed by 794 squadron.

Equipped with Anson I, Defiant TT.III, Lysander III, Martinet 1TT, Master I, Proctor Ia,Roc TT.I, Sea Gladiator, Sea Hurricane Ia, Skua II, Whitney Straight.


794

 

School of Air Firing

Formed here 02.01.45. Moved to RNAS Eglinton 09.08.45.

Equipped with Corsair III, Fulmar II, Harvard IIb & III, Martinet TT.I, Master II, Seafire L.III, Spitfire Vb, Wildcat IV.


796

 

Aircrewmans School (Observer School Part II from 1850)

Formed here 13.11.47. Moved to RNAS Culdrose 09.02.54.

Equipped with Barracuda III, Firefly FR.I, AS.5, AS.6, T.3 & T.7, Tiger Moth T.2.


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Officers of the School of Naval Air Warfare March 41st 1945. Photo from the collection of Third officer Clare Nepean.

 

 

 

 

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