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:

R.N.A.E. - Royal Naval Air Establishment

R.N.A.D.C. - Royal Naval Aircraft Direction Centre

R.N.A.T.E. - Royal Naval Aircraft Training Establishment


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This index covers all Royal Naval Air Establishments, 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
Almondbank ? R.N. Aircraft Workshops Perth, Scotland
Bedhampton Camp H.M.S. Daedalus III FAA Transit Camp Hampshire, England
Coventry ? R.N. Aircraft Workshops Coventry, England
Culcheth H.M.S. Arial R.N.A.T.E. Warrington, Lancashire, England
Forton Barracks H.M.S. St. Vincent R.N.A.T.E. Gosport, Hampshire. England.
Fulham On Books of 'Daedalus' / H.M.S. Turnstone R.N.A.T.E. Fulham. London
Kete H.M.S. Harrier R.N.A.D.C. Pembrokeshire, Wales
Llangennech ? R.N. Aircraft Workshops Carmarthen. Wales
Lympne H.M.S. Buzzard/H.M.S. Daedalus II R.N.A.S./R.N.A.T.E. Kent, England
Maharagama H.M.S. Monara R.N.A.T.E. Ceylon
Millmeece H.M.S. Fledgling R.N.A.T.E. Staffordshire, England
Newcastle-Under-Lyme H.M.S. Daedalus II R.N.A.T.E. Staffordshire, England
Ratmalana On Books of 'Bherunda'/H.M.S. Seruwa FAA Transit Camp Ceylon
Puckpool H.M.S. Medina FAA Transit Camp Isle of Wight, England
Risley H.M.S. Gosling R.N.A.T.E. Lancashire, England
Townhill H.M.S.Waxwing FAA Transit Camp Fife, Scotland
Treligga H.M.S. Vulture II F.A.A. live firing range & emergency landing ground Cornwall, England
Watford H.M.S. Turnstone R.N.A.T.E. Hertfordshire, England
Wellbank H.M.S. Macaw F.A.A. Transit Camp Bootle, Cumberland, England
Worthy Down H.M.S. Ariel R.N. Air Electrical School Hampshire, England