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Royal Navy Research Archive projects need your help!
« on: 17 January 2013 03:26:20 pm »

The Royal Navy Research Archive is planning to launch another sub-site  dedicated rto the shore bases of the Fleet Air Arm, and the shell of this is available for a preview at (
At present the home page and three sample pages are active with basic functions. The master index on the home page is not complete - if you think one or more bases should be added please contact the editor.

Did you serve at any of these bases? Do you have an interest in the history of any of these bases and could write an account for the site? Photos and other ephemera relating to these bases are needed to help illustrate each base - can you help with these?
Please contact me through the web site of the forum if you can help.

One of our other sub-sites has the same urgent need for assistance - the East Indies & British Pacific Fleets web site ( hundreds of ships and establishments that need histories and photographs, can anyone help with this?
« Last Edit: 30 September 2014 05:20:17 pm by spooks1959 »


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Re: Royal Navy Research Archive projects need your help!
« Reply #1 on: 30 September 2014 03:49:54 pm »

I came to this entry hoping you would be able to help me.... However I may be able to give some 2nd hand, anecdotal information for Dekheila and Aboukir for 1938/9.
My late father was in the RAF, but seconded to the Fleet Air Arm (with 802 Sqn on Hms Glorious) late 1937 - early 1940, and then with the RNAS 1940-44 in Gibraltar. Sorting and labeling his photos has snowballed into amateur research.
I have been trying to obtain activity records for the shore bases of Dekheila, Aboukir, Hal Far (Malta) and Gibraltar (equivalent to RAF Station diaries, Squadron records, Operational Records Books). Neither the RAF nor FAA museums/archives could help, and they directed me to the National Archives in Kew. All I could find were FAA Sqn. ORB's, but they are missing completely for 1939 for all the Sqns with Glorious.
I consulted the original logbooks for Hms Glorious, but as the Sqns were not always on board, I do not have much information for 1939.
Do such activity records exist?
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