On May 24th 1939 administrative control of the Fleet Air Arm was transferred to the Board of Admiralty from the Royal Air Force.  Four airfields in the UK were transferred to the Fleet Air Arm, these were the stations at Donibristle, Lee-on-Solent, Ford, and Worthy Down, but they still relied entirely on lodger facilities at RAF stations when operating overseas. During the early days of the war the navy took steps to obtain its own airfields both in the UK and near to strategic bases abroad; some were to be purpose built and others taken over from the RAF.


Key to abbreviations:

M.O.N.A.B. - Mobile Naval Air Base

R.N.A.S. - Royal Naval Air Station


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This index covers all Royal Naval Air Stations, listed alphabetically by location.

See the master index for a full list of all Fleet Air Arm establishments

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Name Ship name Type Location
Archerfield H.M.S. Nabreekie R.N.A.S.
(M.O.N.A.B. No. VII)
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Abbotsinch H.M.S. Sanderling R.N.A.S. Renfrewshire, Scotland
Addu Atoll On books of 'Haitian'/'Maraga' R.N.A.S. Gan, Addu Atoll, Maldive Islands
Angle H.M.S. Goldcrest R.N.A.S. Pembrokeshire, Wales
Anthorn H.M.S. Nuthatch R.N.A.S. Cumberland, England
Arbroath H.M.S. Condor R.N.A.S. Angus, Scotland
Ayr H.M.S. Wagtail R.N.A.S. Ayrshire, Scotland
Ballyhalbert H.M.S. Corncrake R.N.A.S. County Down, N. Ireland
Banff On Books of 'Fulmar' R.N.A.S. Morayshire, Scotland
Bankstown H.M.S. Nabberley R.N.A.S.
(M.O.N.A.B. No. II)
Sydney, N.S.W., Australia
Beccles H.M.S. Hornbill II R.N.A.S. Suffolk, England
Bermuda On Books of 'Malabar' R.N.A.S. Bermuda
Bramcote H.M.S. Gamecock R.N.A.S. Warwickshire, England
Brawdy H.M.S.  Goldcrest/H.M.S.  Goldcrest II R.N.A.S. Pembrokeshire, Wales
Bungay H.M.S. Europa II R.N.A.S. Suffolk, England
Burscough H.M.S. Ringtail R.N.A.S. Lancashire, England
Bush Barn On Books of 'Kestrel' R.N.A.S. Hampshire, England
Campeltown H.M.S. Landrail (II) R.N.A.S. Argyll, Scotland
Charlton Horethorne H.M.S. Heron II R.N.A.S. Somerset, England
Cluntoe On Books of 'Gannet' R.N.A.S. County Tyrone, N. Ireland
Colombo Racecourse H.M.S. Berhunda R.N.A.S. Ceylon
Cowdray Park On Books of 'Daedalus' R.N.A.S. Sussex, England
Crail H.M.S. Jackdaw R.N.A.S. Fife, Scotland
Culdrose H.M.S. Seahawk R.N.A.S. Helston, Cornwall, England
Culham H.M.S. Hornbill R.N.A.S. Oxfordshire, England
Dale H.M.S. Goldcrest R.N.A.S. Pembrokeshire, Wales
Dekheila H.M.S. Greebe R.N.A.S. Egypt
Diego Suarez On Books of 'Ironclad' R.N.A.S. Madagascar
Donninristle H.M.S. Merlin R.N.A.S. Fife, Scotland
Dounreay H.M.S. Tern III/On books of 'Fulmar' R.N.A.S. Caithness, Scotland
Drem H.M.S. Nighthawk R.N.A.S. East Lothian, Scotland
Dundee On Books of 'Condor' R.N.A.S. Angus, Scotland
Dunino H.M.S. Jackdaw II R.N.A.S. Fife, Scotland
Eastleigh H.M.S. Raven R.N.A.S. Hampshire, England
East Haven H.M.S. Peewit R.N.A.S. Angus, Scotland
Eglinton H.M.S. Gannet R.N.A.S. County Londonderry, N. Ireland
Evanton H.M.S. Fieldfare R.N.A.S. Ross and Cromarty, Scotland
Fearn H.M.S. Owl R.N.A.S. Ross-shire, Scotland
Ford H.M.S. Peregrine' / On Books of 'Daedalus'  Lodger facility  (R.A.F.)/R.N.A.S. Sussex, England
Gosport H.M.S. Siskin R.N.A.S. Hampshire, England
Grimsetter H.M.S. Robin R.N.A.S. Kirkwall, Orkney
Haldon H.M.S. Heron II/On Books of 'Heron' R.N.A.S. Devon, England
Halifax On Books of 'Saker'/H.M.S. Canada R.N.A.S. Nova Scotia
Halesworth H.M.S. Sparrowhawk R.N.A.S. Suffolk, England
Hastings H.M.S. Spurwing R.N.A.S. Freetown, Sierra Leone
Hatston H.M.S. Sparrowhawk R.N.A.S. Kirkwall, Orkney
Henstridge H.M.S. Dipper R.N.A.S. Dorset, England
Hinstock H.M.S. Godwit R.N.A.S. Shropshire, England
Hiswa On Books of 'Sheba'/H.M.S. Rapax R.N. Air Section (R.A.F.)/R.N.A.S. Aden
Inskip H.M.S. Nightjar R.N.A.S. Lancashire, England
Jervis Bay H.M.S. Nabswick R.N.A.S. (M.O.N.A.B. No. V) New South Wales. Australia
Jersey On books of 'Kestrel' R.N.A.S. St Peter, Jersey. Channel Islands.
Kai Tak H.M.S. Nabcatcher/H.M.S. Flycatcher R.N.A.S.
(M.O.N.A.B. No. VIII)R.N. Air Section
Hong Kong
Kantalai Construction suspended R.N.A.S. Ceylon
Katukurunda H.M.S. Ukussa R.N.A.S. Ceylon, Yemen
Kilindini H.M.S. Kipanga R.N.A.S. Kenya
Kirkistown H.M.S. Corncrake II R.N.A.S. County Down, N. Ireland
Komenda H.M.S. Wara R.N.A.S. Gold Coast, W. Africa
Lawrenny Ferry On Books of 'Daedalus' R.N.A.S. Pembrokeshire, Wales
Lee-on-Solent H.M.S. Daedalus/H.M.S. Ariel R.N.A.S. Hampshire, England
Lewiston On books of 'Saker' R.N.A.S. Maine, USA
Limavady  On books of 'Gannet' R.N.A.S. County Londonderry, Northern Ireland
Lossiemouth H.M.S. Fulmar R.N.A.S. Morayshire, Scotland
Ludham H.M.S. Flycatcher R.N.A.S. Norfolk, England
Lympne H.M.S. Buzzard/H.M.S. Daedalus II R.N.A.S./R.N.A.T.E. Kent, England
Lympne H.M.S. Buzzard R.N.A.S. Kent, England
Machrihanish H.M.S. Landrail/Sanderling II R.N.A.S. Argyllshire, Scotland
Mackinnon Road On Books of 'Kipanga II'/'Tana' R.N.A.S. Kenya, E. Africa
MacMerry H.M.S. Nighthawk II R.N.A.S. East Lothian, Scotland
Maryborough H.M.S. Stock R.N.A.S.
(M.O.N.A.B. No. VI)
Queensland, Australia
Maydown H.M.S. Shrike R.N.A.S. County Londonderry, N. Ireland
Merryfield On Books of 'Heron' R.N.A.S. Somerset. England
Middle Wallop H.M.S. Flycatcher R.N.A.S. Hampshire, England
Milltown H.M.S. Fulmar II R.N.A.S. Morayshire, Scotland
North Front H.M.S. Cormorant II/On Books of 'Cormorant' R.N.A.S./R.N. Air Section (R.A.F.) Gibraltar
Nowra H.M.S. Nabbington/H.M.S. Nabswick R.N.A.S.
(M.O.N.A.B. No. I)/(M.O.N.A.B. No. V)
N.S.W. Australia
Nutts Corner H.M.S. Pintail R.N.A.S. County Antrim, N. Ireland
Plaisance H.M.S. Sambur
Construction suspended
R.N.A.S. Mauritius
Palisadoes H.M.S. Buzzard R.N.A.S. Jamaica
Peplow H.M.S. Godwit R.N.A.S. Shropshire, England
Piarco H.M.S. Goshawk R.N.A.S. Trinidad
Ponam H.M.S. Nabaron R.N.A.S. (M.O.N.A.B. No. IV) Admiralty Islands
Predannack  - R.N.A.S. Cornwall, England
Prestwick H.M.S. Gannet R.N.A.S. Ayrshire, Scotland
Puttalam H.M.S. Rajaliya R.N.A.S. Ceylon
Quonset Point H.M.S. Asbury R.N.A.S. Rhode island, U.S.A.
Rattray H.M.S. Merganser R.N.A.S. Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Roborough On Books of 'Drake' R.N.A.S. Plymouth, Devon, England
Ronaldsway H.M.S. Urley R.N.A.S. Isle of Man
St. Merryn H.M.S. Vulture R.N.A.S. Cornwall, England
Sandbanks On Books of 'Daedalus' R.N.A.S. Bournemouth, Dorset, England
Schofields H.M.S. Nabthorpe/H.M.S. Nabstock R.N.A.S.
(M.O.N.A.B. No. III)/(M.O.N.A.B. No. VI)
New South Wales, Australia
Sembawang H.M.S. Simbang R.N.A.S. Singapore
Skeabrae On Books of 'Sparrowhawk' / H.M.S. Tern II Lodger facility (R.A.F.)/R.N.A.S. Orkney
Squantum On Books of 'Saker' R.N.A.S. Quincy, Massachusetts, USA
Stornoway H.M.S. Mentor II / On books of 'Mentor' R.N.A.S. / Lodger facility (R.A.F.) Isle of Lewis
Stretton H.M.S. Blackcap R.N.A.S./R.N.A.M.Y. Cheshire, England
Sulur H.M.S. Vairi R.N.A.S. Coimbatore, S. India
Takali H.M.S. Goldfinch R.N. Air Section (R.A.F.)/R.N.A.S. Malta
Tambaram H.M.S. Valluru R.N.A.S./R.N.A.M.Y. Madras, S. India
Tanga H.M.S. Kilele R.N.A.S. Tanganyika, E. Africa
Toome On Books of 'Gannet' R.N.A.S. County Antrim
Trincomalee H.M.S. Bambara R.N.A.S. Ceylon
Twatt H.M.S. Tern R.N.A.S. Orkney
Voi On Books of 'Kipanga' R.N.A.S.  
Weston Park H.M.S. Godwit II R.N.A.S. Shropshire, England
Wingfield H.M.S. Malagas R.N.A.S./ R.N.A.R.Y. Cape Town, S. Africa
Worthy Down H.M.S. Kestrel / H.M.S. Ariel R.N.A.S. Hampshire, England
Yeovilton H.M.S. Heron R.N.A.S. Somerset. England
Zeals H.M.S. Hummingbird R.N.A.S. Wiltshire, England