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.


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This index covers all Royal Naval  Air Sections,  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
Aboukir H.M.S. Nile II R.N. Air Section (R.A.F.) Abu Qir, Egypt
Andrakaka On Books of 'Ironclad' R.N. Air Section (R.A.F.) Diego Suarez, Madagascar
Argentia On Books of 'Avalon III' R.N. Air Section (US NAS) Newfoundland
Beaulieu  ? R.N. Air Section (R.A.F.) Brockenhurst, Hampshire
Boscombe Down  ? R.N. Air Section (R.A.F.) Salisbury, Wiltshire
Bridgnorth  ? R.N. Air Section (R.A.F.) Bridgnorth, Shropshire
China Bay [Trincomalee] On Books of 'Lanka' R.N. Air Section (R.A.F.) Ceylon
Cholavaram  - R.N. Air Section (R.A.F.) Madras, S. India
Christchurch On Books of 'Raven' R.N. Air Section (R.A.F.) Dorset, England
Cochin H.M.S. Kalugu R.N. Air Section (R.A.F.) S. India
Cranfield  ? R.N. Air Section (R.A.F.) Cranfield, Bletchley, Buckinghanshire
Dartmouth H.M.S. Seaborn R.N. Air Section (R.C.A.F.) Halifax, Nova Scotia
Defford On books of 'Daedalus' R.N. Air Section (R.A.F.) Worcestershire, England
Eastchurch  ? R.N. Air Section (R.A.F.) Rochester, Kent
Floyd Bennett Field On Books of 'Saker' R.N. Air Section (U.S.N.) Brooklyn, New York City, USA
Ford On Books of 'Daedalus'/H.M.S. Peregrine R.N. Air Section (R.A.F.)/R.N.A.S. Sussex, England
Hal Far H.M.S. Falcon R.N. Air Section (R.A.F.)/R.N.A.S. Malta
Hiswa On Books of 'Sheba'/H.M.S. Rapax R.N. Air Section (R.A.F.)/R.N.A.S. Aden
Hullavington  ? R.N. Air Section (R.A.F.) Chippenham, Wiltshire
Hvittanes On books of 'Baldur II' R.N. Air Section Iceland
Juhu ? Lodger facilities (R.A.F.) Bombay, India
Kai Tak H.M.S. Nabcatcher   /H.M.S. Flycatcher R.N. Air Section (R.A.F.) Hong Kong
Kaldadarnes On books of 'Baldur II' R.N. Air Section (R.A.F.) Iceland
Linton-on-Ouse  ? R.N. Air Section (R.A.F.) York, Yorkshire
Little Rissington  ? R.N. Air Section (R.A.F.) Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
Manby  ? R.N. Air Section (R.A.F.) Louth, Lincolnshire
Minneryia  - R.N. Air Section (R.A.F.) Ceylon
Norfolk On Books of 'Saker' ? R.N. Air Section (U.S.N. Norfolk, Virginia, USA
North Front H.M.S. Cormorant II/On Books of 'Cormorant' R.N.A.S./R.N. Air Section (R.A.F.) Gibraltar
Old Sarum  ? R.N. Air Section (R.A.F.) Salisbury. Wiltshire
Pembroke Dock On books of 'Daedalus' R.N. Air Section (R.A.F.) Pembrokeshire, Wales
Port Reitz On Books of 'Kipanga' R.N. Air Section (R.A.F.) Mombasa, E. Africa
St. Thomas Mount  - R.N. Air Section (R.A.F.) Madras, S. India
Santa Cruz  - R.N. Air Section (R.A.F.) Bombay, India
Shawbury  ? R.N. Air Section (R.A.F.) Shrewsbury, Shropshire
Sigriya  - R.N. Air Section (R.A.F.) Ceylon
Speke   R.N. Air Section (R.A.F.) Speke, Liverpool
Stamford Hill On books of 'Afrikander' / H.M.S. Kongoni R.N. Air Section (S.A.A.F.) Durban, S. Africa
Tafaraoui On Books of 'Cororant II' R.N. Air Section (R.A.F.) Oran, Algeria.
Takali H.M.S. Goldfinch R.N. Air Section (R.A.F.)/R.N.A.S. Malta
Vavuniya  - R.N. Air Section (R.A.F.) Ceylon
Vizagapatam - R.N. Air Section (R.A.F.) S. India
Voi On Books of 'Kipanga II'/'Tana' R.N. Air Section (R.A.F.) Voi, Kenya
Watchfield  ? R.N. Air Section (R.A.F.) Swindon, Wiltshire
Watton On Books of 'Daedalus' R.N. Air Section (R.A.F.) Thetford, Norfolk
Wynberg On Books of 'Afrikander III' R.N. Air Section (S.A.A.F.) Wynberg, Cape Province, South Africa
Yarmouth On Books of 'Canada' R.N. Air Section (R.C.A.F.) Nova Scotia