Latitude 56°02'20"N Longitude 03°21'05"W

   

ACQUISITION

Transferred from R.A.F.  24.5.1939

 

COMMISSIONED

24.5.1939

 

CLOSED

 

 

PAID OFF

4.11.1953 to C & M.

23.10.1959

   

C.O./O.I.C.

Captain H.J. Johnstone R.N.

Commodore C.V. Robinson

   

PARENT STATION TO:

RNAS Campeltown

RNAS Drem

RNAS Evanton

RNAS Fern

RN Ancillary Repair Depot, Dunfermline.

RN Component Recovery Depot, Fourthbank, Alloa.

RN Aircraft Propeller Works, Dundee.

Engine Storage Depot, Alloa.

 

FUNCTION

Headquarters of Flag Officer, Flying Training (F.O.F.T.).

R.N. Aircraft Repair & Storage Yard.

Communications Squadron.

Pre-flight training.

All-weather airfield.

Emergency List Pilots Training.

 

ADDRESS

R.N. Air Station

Donibristle,

Dunfermline,
Fifeshire.

Scotland.

 

LOCALITY

The airfield lies on the N. shore of the Firth of Forth 2½ miles NE. of North Queensferry and the Forth Bridge. Inverkeithing lies 1½ miles WSW. with Rosyth Dockyard distant a further 1½ miles.
Dunfermline lies 4 miles WNW.

 

LANDMARKS

The Firth of Forth with Rosyth Dockyard and the Forth Bridge. Donibristle and Dalgety bays immediately S. of the airfield.

 

ROAD AND RAIL ACCESS

Main road passing the N. Boundary to Inverkeithing, 1¾ miles (R). Rosyth and Dunfermline, 4¾ miles (R). Loading platform at the W. end of the airfield which is served through a siding, by British Railways to Inverkeithing.

   

 

   

CONTROL

Control Building on apron loo yds. S. of the intersection of the runways.

 

ELEVATION

 125' above M.S.L.

 

RUNWAYS

Two,

                                                                Extensibility
08/26 QDM. 081°/261° .... 800 X 50  yds.   Nil

10/28 QDM. 097°/277° .... 950 X 50  yds.    Nil

 

 

TRACKS

5o' taxi tracks connect the runways with the N. hangar area and the apron fronting the Control building.
3o' taxi tracks lead off to the dispersal hangars and worksheds.

 

OBSTRUCTIONS

Navigation

Land rises to 700' within 2¼ miles NNE.

Circuit

Pirinelhill Wood summit, 25o', distant 85o yds. N. of the E. end of the runways.

Approach

None.

 

APPROACH

Recommended Sector, mean QDM. :

 

WIND INDICATOR

Windsock in SE. corner of airfield.

   
   

HOMING - VISUAL

By day

None.

By night

None.

 

HOMING--RADIO

D/F

M/17, H/F and VH/F.

Beacons

YG. and 251MS.

 

APPROACH - VISUAL

By day

None.

By night

None.

 

APPROACH - RADIO

None.

 

COMMUNICATION EQUIPMENT

M/F & H/F

5 transmitters, 3 receivers.

VH/F

 4 transmitters, 4 receivers.

 

CALL SIGNS

R/T

DONIBEE

W/T

GZF

Identity letters

DO

   

GROUND RADAR

None.

   

 

   

ACCOMMODATION

Living quarters in NE. corner of the airfield.

 

Capacity:

Officers:

112

Chiefs, P.O.s and ratings:

754

W.R.N.S. Officers:

8

W.R.N.S.  Chiefs, P.O.s and ratings;

159

 

ARMOURIES

Not known.

 

COMPASS BASE

Two, diameter 70'. Compass platform near Control building.

 

DISPERSAL

Aircraft are dispersed on the S. side of the airfield, S. of the squadron hangars.

 

HANGARS

Communications squadron and storage hangars on the S. side of the airfield.

 

Number /Type

Size

Door Height

Door Width

4 Bellman

187i' x 105'

25'

195'

 

MEDICAL

Sick bay in NE. corner of airfield.

 

METEOROLOGICAL

Office in the Control building. Full service by Naval personnel.

 

FUEL AND OIL

Aviation:

10,000 gallons in one tank. 5,00o gallons in one tank.
8,000 gallons in 4 tanks of 2,000 gallons each (for Test Benches).
15,000 gallons in 3 tanks of 5,00o gallons each in Storage Section.

M/T:

8,000 gallons.

Oil :

2,00o gallons.

   

TEST BASE

Not known.

 

TEST BUTT

Test butts on N. and S. sides of airfield.

 

WORKSHOPS

Hangars and workshops to R.N. Aircraft Repair Yard scale.

VISITORS

Visitors' parking area.

 

BOMBING AND FIRING RANGES

 

 

None.

   
   

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

 

700

 

 

701

 

 

739

 

 

758

 

 

767

 

 

769

 

 

770

 

 

772

 

 

780

 

 

782

 

 

784

 

 

800

 

801

 

802

 

803

 

804

 

805

 

806

 

807

 

808

 

810

 

811

 

812

 

813

 

814

 

816

 

817

 

818

 

819

 

820

 

821

 

822

 

823

 

824

 

825

 

827

 

828

 

830

 

860

 

881

 

882

 

884

 

886

 

888

 

890

 

891

 

892

 

893

 

1770

 

1820

 

1830

 

1830A

 

1841

 

1842

 

 

 

 

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