Latitude 51°41'44"N  Longitude 04°57'11"W

   

ACQUISITION

Lodger facilities for an RN Air Section and a single Seaplane squadron from R.A.F. Coastal Command.
 

OPENED

 

COMMISSIONED

 

PAID OFF

 

CLOSED

 
   

FUNCTION

Seaplane training
 

ADDRESS

R.A.F. Station
Pembroke Dock,
Pembrokeshire,
Wales
 

LOCALITY

 

LANDMARKS

 

ROAD AND RAIL ACCESS

 

 

   

CONTROL

Air traffic control 24 hours service by R.A.F. personnel.

 

 

ELEVATION

 0' above M.S.L.

 

LANDING AREA

4 Seaplane landing runs in the River Cleddau opposite Angle Bay, 5½ miles down river from R.A.F. Station Pembroke Dock.:-


15/33 QDM. ---° ----° .... --- x -- yds. 

07/26 QDM. ---° ----° .... --- x -- yds. 

10/28 QDM. ---° ----° .... --- x -- yds. 

20/02 QDM. ---° ----° .... --- x -- yds. 

 

TRACKS

None.

 

OBSTRUCTIONS

Navigation

Three W/T masts (200') on St Patrick's hill, S. of dock barrack hill, 5 miles. Hills (350') N., N.E., and N.W. within 5 miles. Hill range N.E. (673') within 10 miles. Hill range N.N.E. (1760')  within 20 miles.

Circuit & Approach

Mudflats and buoys in channel

 

 

APPROACH

No special approach recommended.

 

WIND INDICATOR

 
   
   

HOMING - VISUAL

By day:

By night:

 

Not known

Not known

 

HOMING--RADIO

D/F:

Beacon:

 

Not known

Not known

 

APPROACH - VISUAL

By day:  

 

Not known
 

By night:   Fixed flare path buoys, show pilot lights when not in use. Obstruction lights around Haven. Lead-in funnels on all flare paths except No,2.

APPROACH - RADIO

Not known

 

COMMUNICATION EQUIPMENT

W/T and R/T:

VH/F:

 

Not known

Not known

 

GROUND RADAR

Not known 

 

   

ACCOMMODATION

Living quarters

 

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

 

 

COMPASS BASE

 

 

DISPERSAL

one on opposite bank of River Cleddau

 at Neyland, served by a single slipway.
 

MOORINGS

Limited moorings adjacent to the landing area, multiple moorings in the River Cleddau, opposite and up river from, R.A.F. Station. Beaching area in Angle Bay.

 

HANGARS

 

Number /Type

Size

Door Height

Door Width

Not Known      
2 x 'B' type      
1 x 'T' type      
 

SLIPWAYS

3, two at R.A.F. Station (1,121' and 199'), the third at remote dispersal on opposite bank of River Cleddau.

 

MEDICAL

Not Known.

 

METEOROLOGICAL

24 hours service by R.A.F. personnel.

 

FUEL AND OIL

Aviation:

Not known.

M/T:

Not known.

Oil :

Not known.

   

TEST BASE

Not known.

 

TEST BUTT

Not known.

 

WORKSHOPS

Equipped to service all Flying Boats and Seaplanes.

 

BOMBING AND FIRING RANGES

 

Practice bombing:

One, Sprinkle Pill
   

 

 

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

 

764

Advance Seaplane Training Squadron
Moved here from RNAS Lee0on-Solent 03.07.1940. Moved to RNAS Lawrenny Ferry 04.10.1941.
Equipped Walrus amphibians and Swordfish floatplanes.

 

 

 

 The Royal Air Force arrived in Pembroke Dock on 1 January 1930 and developed facilities for Seaplane servicing using a floating dock to lift individual aircraft for maintenance. It was developed further in 1938 when two 'B' and one 'T' hangars were built together with two large slipways to enable aircraft to taxi or be winched ashore for servicing. At its operational peak during the Second World War it was host to 99 aircraft.

Located on the south bank of the River Cleddau 5 miles upriver from Milford Haven the station operated a Seaplane landing, mooring and beaching area at Angle Bay 5½ miles down river; after water taxiing up river aircraft could be moored mid channel opposite the RAF Station and along the banks up river.


RN use

BThe Royal Navy was granted lodger facilities for an RN Air Section and a single Seaplane squadron in 1940 and No. 764 squadron arrived from RNAS Lee-on-Solent on July 3rd. The squadron had had formed at Lee-on-Solent as an Advanced Seaplane Conversion Squadron operating a mix of Walrus amphibians, Seafox and Swordfish floatplanes, trainees embarking in the Seaplane Carrier HMS PEGASUS for catapult training. Most of the Seafoxes were left behind when the squadron moved to Pembroke Dock.

No. 764 squadron began operating from another site, up river at Lawrenny Ferry, from May 1941 but in October 1941 the Air Section was withdrawn in response to enemy air raids on Pembroke Docks and relocated to the Lawrenny Ferry site. This became a Royal Naval Air Station under the control of HMS DAEDALUS at Lee-on-Solent on February 1st 1942 and. 764 transferred to its control.  

 


 

Click here for a list of Primary sources


Additional sources:

 

Admiralty Fleet Orders:

 

Confidential Admiralty Fleet Orders:

 

 

 

 

On 'Books of DAEDALUS'
 




 

Formation of Walrus amphibians

 

 

 

 


Comments

No comments yet.

Add Comment

 

Click to refresh the page after posting your comment or to hide the form