Transferred from Air Ministry to Admiralty 01 January
1946 on loan.
01 January 1946 as H.M.S. GOLDCREST II, satellite to
1952 as H.M.S. GOLDCREST.
31 March 1948 to Care and Maintenance Status as War
Reserve. Reopened 1952.
Transferred to R.A.F. control
01 March 1971.
31 March 1948 (GOLDCREST II)
01 March 1971
Culdrose, later St. Merryn (while on C & M)
Satellite to R.N.A.S. Dale 1946 - 48
In use by Airwork
for flying training by 1949
Working up of front-line squadrons and Armament Training Ranges.
All weather airfield.
R.N. Air Station,
The airfield lies one mile inland from the NE. shores of
St. Bride's Bay, and 7 miles ESE. of St. David's Head.
Haverfordwest lies 7 miles SE., and Fishguard 8½
miles NE. The village of Brawdy is adjacent SE.
St. David's peninsula, with the town of St. David's and
Ramsey I. W/T masts 3 miles E. and 4 miles ESE. of the
ROAD AND RAIL ACCESS
Access to main road to Haverfordwest 10 miles (R)
Passenger and goods to Haverfordwest, W.R.
Bus service from Haverfordwest to the airfield.
Control Building inside perimeter track on W. side of
airfield S of runway intersection.
360' above M.S.L
Three, concrete and woos chippings.
1200 x 50 yds.
1420 x 50 yds.
1990 x 50 yds.
50' perimeter track.
W/T masts (725') 3 miles E. and W/T masts (580') 4 miles
Recommended approach. sector. mean QDM. o4o
Three. First 30 yards N. of Control Building, second on
NW. boundary of airfield and third on SE. boundary of
HOMING - VISUAL
None. Post 1952 Identity beacon flashing BY (red).
None. Post 1952 Cathode Ray VDF. (F.V.10)/
None. Post 1952 YG.
APPROACH - VISUAL
None. Post 1952 High intensity and Calvert type Approach
Lighting on Runway '21. 'T' Approach Lighting on all
Sodium Flare path on runways 15 and 21.
None. Post 1952 Mark V airfield lighting.
lighting as by day.
APPROACH - RADIO
None. Post 1952 GCA (AN/CPN4) Precision Approach on
runway '21'. Search approach on all runways.
M/F & H/F
Post 1952 HF only - 5 transmitters, 5
Post 1952 16 transmitters, 17 receivers, 2
Post 1952 Aircraft direction using C.G.I. and
Interrogator and Aircraft direction using low cover
radar ser with Interrogator (provided by H.M.S.
Harrier). AV/CPN4 Controlled approach.
Living quarters in communal and dispersed sites.
Post 1952 RN manning
Chiefs, P.O.s and ratings:
W.R.N.S. Chiefs, P.O.s and ratings:
One. Diameter 80', power supplied.
30 loop type hardstandings.
One main site SW. of runway intersection.
3 x T.2 (one as A.R.S.)
239' 7" x 113' 6"
2 halves of Pentad (side by side)
220' x 92' 6"
3 x Mainhill Type 3
185' x 105'
1 Dope shop
83' 10" x 60' 3"
Sick bay in dispersed site W. of '08' end of runway
Office in Control Building. Full service by Naval
FUEL AND OIL
AVGAS ... 12.000 gallons in one installation.
AVCAT ... 20,000 gallons in two installations.
MTGAS ... 3,500 gallons
DERV ... 1,ooo gallons.
AVOUIL ... 750 gallons.
25 yards range for M.G. and Cannon. Post 1952 - None.
None. Post 1952 - Limited squadron support.
Visitors parking area on hard standing to rear of
BOMBING AND FIRING RANGES
Air to air
West of Smalls.
Air to ground and R. p. Firing
Castlemartin. R/P Firing (Dummy heads), Practice Bombs
Air to sea
St. Bride's Bay. R/P Firing (Dummy heads), Strafing,
Information taken from BR. 1807
Admiralty Handbook of Royal Naval Air Stations Home and
Abroad, Mar. 1949 & Sep. 1955
List of first and second line squadrons, station
flight and other flying units based at this location
Night Fighter Training Squadron
Moved here from RNAS Drem 15.01.46. Disbanded
Operated Firefly I.NF, Hellcat II.NF. Harvard II.
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