Latitude 56°17'25"N Longitude 02°42'20"W

   

ACQUISITION

Transferred from R.A.F. 1.12.1942

 

COMMISSIONED

15.12.1942

Became 'MERLIN II' 1.10.45.

 

PAID OFF

2.4.1946 to C & M.

 

   

C.O./O.I.C.

 
   

FUNCTION

Satellite to R.N. Air Station, Crail.

No. 5 Barracuda Servicing Unit.

No. 770 Fleet Requirements Unit.

Reserve Aircraft Storage.

 

ADDRESS

R.N. Air Station,
Dunino,
St. Andrews,
Fife,

Scotland.

 

LOCALITY

The airfield lies 3¾ miles W. by N. of Fife Ness; the N, entrance point, of the Firth of Forth, and 1½ miles E. of the scattered buildings of Dunino.
R.N.A.S. Crail lies 3½ miles ESE.

St. Andrews lies 4 miles NW. and the village of Kingsbarns 1½ miles E.

 

LANDMARKS

The Firth of Forth, with the Isle of May lying 8¾ miles SE. of the airfield. The coastal railway, running from Crail to St. Andrews, passes the eastern end of the airfield.

 

ROAD AND RAIL ACCESS

Stations at St. Andrews and Crail. Trains stop, by special arrangement only, at Kingsbarns station distant ½ mile SE., to which station goods weighing under one ton can be consigned.

   

 

   

CONTROL

Control building 160 yds. inside the landing area on the S. side.

Ground signals area adjacent W. of the Control building,

 

ELEVATION

250' above M.S.L.

 

RUNWAYS

One B.R.C. track and Sommerfeld track.

09/27 QDM. 090° -270° .... 1,284 x 50 yds.

 

LANDING AREA

Irregular Grass surface.

QDM. 051° -231° .... 1,200 yds.
QDM. 090° -270° .... 1,400 yds. 

QDM. 156° -336° ....... 900 yds. 

 

TRACKS

A 10-ft. track with 10 passing bays, surrounds the landing area.

 

OBSTRUCTIONS

Navigation

None.

Circuit

Law Drum (317 ft.) adjoining the perimeter on the NW. side of the airfield and the main water tank, 25 ft., on Afeikle Hill (255 ft.) distant 200 yds. NE.

Approach

None.

 

APPROACH

No special approach recommended.

 

WIND INDICATOR

Windsocks near the edge of the landing area on the N. and SE. sides. 

   
   

HOMING - VISUAL

By day

None.

By night

None.

 

HOMING--RADIO

D/F

Use of RNAS Crail's equipment

Beacons

 

 

APPROACH - VISUAL

By day

None.

By night

Glim lights, sector and pillar lights.

 

APPROACH - RADIO

None.

 

COMMUNICATION EQUIPMENT

M/F & H/F

 Reception only

VH/F

None.

 

GROUND RADAR

None.

   

 

   

ACCOMMODATION

Living quarters in three camp sites adjacent E. of the airfield.

Capacity:

Officers:

88

Chiefs, P.O.s and ratings:

647

W.R.N.S. Officers:

5

W.R.N.S.  Chiefs, P.O.s and ratings;

135

 

ARMOURIES

To accommodate 2 squadrons.

 

COMPASS BASE

One, 70-ft. diameter, at the W, end of the landing area.
 

DISPERSAL


 

HANGARS

Dispersed around the landing area;

Number /Type

Size

Door Height

Door Width

8 (Squadron)

(Super Blister).

91' x 45'

20' (at centre)

-

4 (Squadron)

60' x 70'

17'

55'

4 (Storage)

60' x 70'

17'

55'

 

MEDICAL

Sick Bay at corner of access road, 300 yds. NE. of the airfield.

 

METEOROLOGICAL

Office in the Control building. Full ,meteorological service by Naval personnel available.
 

FUEL AND OIL

Aviation:

Not 24,000 gallons.

M/T:

600 gallons.

Oil :

2,000 gallons.

   

TEST BASE

One A/c Rest base.
 

TEST BUTT

 

 

WORKSHOPS

One A.R.S. hangar (185' x 119' x 25'' x' 10') and Workshops to 2 -3 squadron scale.

 

EXPLOSIVES

Explosives area between A.R.S. hangar and main water tak. Practice stocks to provision T.B.R. squadrons.
 

BOMBING AND FIRING RANGES

 

Practice bombing:

One.

   
   

Information taken from CB 4368 B. 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

 

737

 

 

770

 

 

785

 

 

786

 

813

 

820

 

824

 

835

 

827

 

833

 

837

 

838

 

860

 

 

 

 

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Click here for a list of Primary sources


Additional sources:

Admiralty Fleet Orders:

6674/45 R.N. Air Station Dunino - Transfer of Parent Station Duties from Crail to Donibristle

 

Confidential Admiralty Fleet Orders:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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