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:

B.C.A.S. - British Commonwealth Air Station

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

R.A.F. - Royal Air Force

R.A.A.F. - Royal Australian Air Force

R.C.A.F. - Royal Canadian Air Force

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

R.N.A.Y. - Royal Naval Air Yard

R.N.A.M.Y. - Royal Naval Aircraft Maintenance Yard

R.N.A.R.Y. - Royal Naval Aircraft Repair Yard

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

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

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

S.A.A.F. - South African Air Force

T.A.M.Y. - Transportable Aircraft Maintenance Yard

U.S.A.F. - United States Air Force

U.S.N.A.S. - United States Naval Air Station

U.S.N.A.F. - United States Naval Air Facility



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This index covers all Fleet Air Arm establishments, both at home and overseas which were commissioned with a Ship's name or whose accounts were borne on the 'Books of' a commissioned ship.

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Ship name Name Type Location
On Books of 'Afrikander' Durban R.N. Air Section (S.A.A.F.) Durban, S. Africa
On Books of 'Afrikander III' Wynberg R.N. Air Section (S.A.A.F.) Wynberg, Cape Province, South Africa
H.M.S. Arial (1) Culcheth R.N.A.T.E. Warrington, Lancashire, England
H.M.S. Ariel (2) Worthy Down R.N.A.S. Hampshire, England
H.M.S. Ariel (3) Lee-On-Solent R.N.A.S. Hampshire, England
H.M.S. Asbury Quonset Point R.N.A.S. Rhode island, U.S.A.
On Books of 'Avalon III' Argentia R.N. Air Section (US NAS) Newfoundland
On books of 'Baldur II' Hvittanes R.N. Air Section Iceland
On books of 'Baldur II' Kaldadarnes R.N. Air Section (R.A.F.) Iceland
H.M.S. Bambara Trincomalee R.N.A.S. Ceylon
H.M.S. Bambara Clappenburg Bay


R.N.A.M.Y. Trincomalee, Ceylon
H.M.S. Berhunda Colombo Racecourse R.N.A.S. Ceylon
On Books of 'Bherunda' Ratmalana Lodger facility (R.A.F.)/R.N.A.Y. Ceylon
H.M.S. Blackcap Stretton R.N.A.M.Y. Cheshire, England
On Books of 'Blackcap' Speke Lodger facility/R.N. Air Section (R.A.F.) Speke, Liverpool
On Books of 'Blackcap' Hinstock R.N.A.S. Shropshire, England
H.M.S. Buzzard (1) Lympne R.N.A.S. Kent, England
H.M.S. Buzzard (2) Palisadoes R.N.A.S. Jamaica
On Books of 'Canada' Yarmouth R.N. Air Section (R.C.A.F.) Nova Scotia
H.M.S. Condor Arbroath R.N.A.S. Angus, Scotland
On Books of 'Condor' Dundee R.N.A.S. Angus, Scotland
On books of 'Commonwealth' Iwakuni Lodger facility (B.C.A.S./R.A.A.F./U.S.A.F.) Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan.
On Books of 'Cormorant' North Front R.N. Air Section (R.A.F.) Gibraltar
On Books of 'Cormorant II' Tafaraoui R.N. Air Section (R.A.F.) Oran, Algeria.
H.M.S. Corncrake Ballyhalbert R.N.A.S. County Down, N. Ireland
H.M.S. Corncrake II Kirkistown R.N.A.S. County Down, N. Ireland
H.M.S. Daedalus Lee-on-Solent R.N.A.S. Hampshire, England
H.M.S. Daedalus II (1) Lympne R.N.A.T.E. Kent, England
H.M.S. Daedalus II (2) Newcastle-Under-Lyme R.N.A.T.E. Staffordshire, England
H.M.S. Daedalus III Bedhampton Camp F.A.A. Transit Camp Hampshire, England
On Books of 'Daedalus' Cowdray Park R.N.A.S. Sussex, England
On books of 'Daedalus' Defford R.N. Air Section (R.A.F.) Worcestershire, England
On Books of 'Daedalus' Fulham R.N.A.T.E. Fulham. London
On Books of 'Daedalus' Lawrenny Ferry R.N.A.S. Pembrokeshire, Wales
On Books of 'Daedalus' Pembroke Dock R.N. Air Section (R.A.F.) Pembrokeshire, Wales
On Books of 'Daedalus' Sandbanks R.N.A.S. Bournemouth, Dorset, England
On Books of 'Daedalus' Ford Lodger facilities (R.A.F.) Sussex, England
On Books of 'Daedalus' Heathrow Lodger facilities Surrey, England
H.M.S. Dipper Henstridge R.N.A.S. Dorset, England
On Books of 'Drake' Roborough R.N.A.S. Plymouth, Devon, England
H.M.S. Europa II Bungay R.N.A.S. Suffolk, England
H.M.S. Falcon Hal Far R.N. Air Section (R.A.F.)/R.N.A.S. Malta
On books of 'Falcon' Kalafrana R.N.A.M.Y. Malta
H.M.S. Fieldfare Evanton R.N.A.M.Y. Ross and Cromarty, Scotland
H.M.S. Fledgling Millmeece R.N.A.T.E. Staffordshire, England
H.M.S. Flycatcher (1) Ludham R.N.A.S. Norfolk, England
H.M.S. Flycatcher (2) Middle Wallop R.N.A.S. Hampshire, England
H.M.S. Flycatcher (3) Kai Tak R.N. Air Section Hong Kong
H.M.S. Fulmar Lossiemouth R.N.A.S. Morayshire, Scotland
H.M.S. Fulmar II Milltown R.N.A.S. Morayshire, Scotland
On Books of 'Fulmar' Dounreay R.N.A.S. Caithness, Scotland
On Books of 'Fulmar' Banff R.N.A.S./Bombing range Morayshire, Scotland
H.M.S. Gannet (1) Eglinton R.N.A.S. County Londonderry, N. Ireland
H.M.S. Gannet (2) Prestwick R.N.A.S. Ayrshire, Scotland
H.M.S. Gannet  II Maydown R.N.A.S. County Londonderry, N. Ireland
H.M.S. Gannet  III Belfast R.N.A.M.Y Belfast, N. Ireland.
On Books of 'Gannet' Cluntoe R.N.A.S. County Tyrone, N. Ireland
On books of 'Gannet'  Limavady R.N.A.S. County Londonderry, Northern Ireland
On Books of 'Gannet' Toome R.N.A.S. County Antrim, N. Ireland
H.M.S. Gadwall Belfast R.N.A.M.Y. County Antrim, N. Ireland
H.M.S. Gamecock Bramcote R.N.A.S. Warwickshire, England
H.M.S. Garuda Coimbatore R.N.A.R.Y. S. India
On Books of 'Garuda' Cochin R.N. Air Section S. India
H.M.S. Godwit (1) Hinstock R.N.A.S. Shropshire, England
H.M.S. Godwit (2) Peplow R.N.A.S. Shropshire, England
H.M.S. Godwit II Weston Park R.N.A.S. Shropshire, England
On Books of 'Godwit' Bratton Lodger facility (R.A.F.) Shropshire, England
H.M.S. Goldcrest (1) Angle R.N.A.S. Pembrokeshire, Wales
H.M.S. Goldcrest (2) Dale R.N.A.S. Pembrokeshire, Wales
H.M.S.  Goldcrest (3) Brawdy R.N.A.S. Pembrokeshire, Wales
H.M.S.  Goldcrest II Brawdy R.N.A.S. Pembrokeshire, Wales
H.M.S. Goldfinch Takali R.N. Air Section (R.A.F.)/R.N.A.S. Malta
H.M.S. Goshawk Piarco R.N.A.S. Trinidad
H.M.S. Gosling Risley R.N.A.T.E. Lancashire, England
H.M.S. Grebe Dekheila R.N.A.S. Egypt
On books of 'Haitian' Addu Atoll R.N.A.S. Gan. Addu Atoll, Maldive Islands
H.M.S. Harrier Kete R.N.A.D.C. Pembrokeshire, Wales
H.M.S. Heron Yeovilton R.N.A.S. Somerset, England
H.M.S. Heron II (1) Haldon R.N.A.S. Devon, England
H.M.S. Heron II (2) Charlton Horethorne R.N.A.S. Somerset, England
On Books of 'Heron' Haldon R.N.A.S. Devon, England
On Books of 'Heron' Henstridge R.N.A.S. Dorset, England
On Books of 'Heron' Merryfield R.N.A.S. Somerset. England
H.M.S. Hornbill Culham R.N.A.S. Oxfordshire, England
H.M.S. Hornbill II Beccles R.N.A.S. Suffolk, England
H.M.S. Hummingbird Zeals R.N.A.S. Wiltshire, England
On Books of 'Ironclad' Andrakaka R.N. Air Section (R.A.F.) Diego Suarez, Madagascar
H.M.S. Jackdaw Crail R.N.A.S. Fife, Scotland
H.M.S. Jackdaw II Dunino R.N.A.S. Fife, Scotland
H.M.S. Kalugu Cochin R.N. Air Section (R.A.F.) S. India
H.M.S. Kestrel Worthy Down R.N.A.S. Hampshire, England
On books of 'Kestrel' Jersey R.N.A.S. St Peter, Jersey. Channel Islands.
On Books of 'Kestrel' Bush Barn R.N.A.S. Hampshire, England
H.M.S. Kilele Tanga R.N.A.S. Tanganyika, E. Africa
H.M.S. Kipanga Kilindini R.N.A.S./.R.N.A.Y. Kenya
On Books of 'Kipanga' Port Reitz R.N. Air Section (R.A.F.) Mombasa, W. Africa
On Books of 'Kipanga II' Mackinnon Road R.N.A.S. Kenya, E. Africa
On Books of 'Kipanga II' Voi R.N. Air Section (R.A.F.) Voi, Kenya
H.M.S. Kongoni Stamford Hill R.N. Air Section (S.A.A.F.) Durban, S. Africa
H.M.S. Korongo Nairobi R.N.A.R.Y. Kenya
H.M.S. Landrail Machrihanish R.N.A.S. Argyllshire, Scotland
H.M.S. Landrail II Campeltown R.N.A.S. Argyll, Scotland
On Books of 'Lanka' China Bay [Trincomalee] R.N. Air Section (R.A.F.) Ceylon
H.M.S. Macaw Wellbank F.A.A. Transit Camp Bootle, Cumberland, England
On Books of 'Malabar' Bermuda R.N.A.S. Bermuda
H.M.S. Malagas Wingfield R.N.A.S./R.N.A.R.Y. Cape Town, S. Africa
On books of 'Maraga' Addu Atoll R.N.A.S. Gan. Addu Atoll, Maldive Islands
H.M.S. Medina Puckpool F.A.A. Transit Camp Isle of Wight, England
H.M.S. Merlin Donibristle R.N.A.S./R.N.A.M.Y. Fife, Scotland
On Books of 'Merlin' Campeltown R.N.A.S. Argyll, Scotland
H.M.S. Mentor II Stornoway R.N.A.S. Isle of Lewis
On Books of 'Mentor' Stornoway Lodger facility (R.A.F.) Isle of Lewis
H.M.S. Merganser Rattray R.N.A.S. Aberdeenshire, Scotland
H.M.S. Monara Maharagama R.N.A.T.E. Ceylon
H.M.S. Nabaron Ponam R.N.A.S.
(M.O.N.A.B. No. IV)
Admiralty Islands
On Books of 'Nabaron' Pityilu Lodger facility (U.S.N.) Admiralty Islands
H.M.S. Nabberley   Bankstown R.N.A.S.
(M.O.N.A.B. No. II)
Sydney, N.S.W., Australia
H.M.S. Nabbington Nowra R.N.A.S.
(M.O.N.A.B. No. I)
N.S.W. Australia
H.M.S. Nabcatcher Kai Tak R.N.A.S.
(M.O.N.A.B. No. VIII)
Hong Kong
H.M.S. Nabreekie Archerfield & Meeandah Receipt & Despatch Unit(M.O.N.A.B. No. VII) Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
H.M.S. Nabrock Sembawang R.N.A.S.
(M.O.N.A.B. No. IX)
H.M.S. Nabsford Archerfield R.N.A.M.Y.
(T.A.M.Y. No.1)
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
H.M.S. Nabstock (1) Maryborough R.N.A.S.
(M.O.N.A.B. No. VI)
Queensland, Australia
H.M.S. Nabstock (2) Schofields R.N.A.S.
(M.O.N.A.B. No. VI)
New South Wales, Australia
H.M.S. Nabswick (1) Jervis Bay R.N.A.S.
(M.O.N.A.B. No. V)
New South Wales. Australia
H.M.S. Nabswick (2) Nowra R.N.A.S.
(M.O.N.A.B. No. V)
N.S.W. Australia
H.M.S. Nabthorpe Schofields R.N.A.S.
(M.O.N.A.B. No. III)/
New South Wales, Australia
H.M.S. Nighthawk Drem R.N.A.S. East Lothian, Scotland
H.M.S. Nighthawk II MacMerry R.N.A.S. East Lothian, Scotland
H.M.S. Nightjar Inskip R.N.A.S. Lancashire, England
H.M.S. Nile II Aboukir R.N. Air Section (R.A.F.) Abu Qir, Egypt
H.M.S. Nuthatch Anthorn R.N.A.S. Cumberland, England
H.M.S. Osprey Portland R.N.A.S. Portland, Dorset, England
H.M.S. Owl Fearn R.N.A.S. Ross-shire, Scotland
H.M.S. Peewit East Haven R.N.A.S. Angus, Scotland
H.M.S. Peregrine Ford /R.N.A.S. Sussex, England
H.M.S. Phoenix Fayid R.N.A.R.Y. Egypt
H.M.S. Pintail Nutts Corner R.N.A.S. County Antrim, N. Ireland
H.M.S. Rajaliya Puttalam R.N.A.S. Ceylon
H.M.S. Rapax Hiswa R.N.A.S. Aden
H.M.S. Raven Eastleigh R.N.A.S. Hampshire, England
On Books of 'Raven' Christchurch R.N. Air Section (R.A.F.) Dorset, England
H.M.S. Ringtail Burscough R.N.A.S. Lancashire, England
H.M.S. Ringtail II Woodvale Lodger facility (R.A.F.)/R.N.A.S. Lancashire, England
H.M.S. Robin Grimsetter R.N.A.S. Kirkwall, Orkney
H.M.S. St. Vincent Forton Barracks R.N.A.T.E. Gosport, Hampshire. England.
H.M.S. Sanderling Abbotsinch R.N.A.S. Renfrewshire, Scotland
H.M.S. Sanderling II Machrihanish R.N.A.S. Argyllshire, Scotland
H.M.S. Saker II Quonset Point R.N.A.S. Rhode island, U.S.A.
On books of 'Saker' Lewiston R.N.A.S. Maine, USA
On Books of 'Saker' Brunswick R.N.A.S. Maine. USA
On Books of 'Saker' Floyd Bennett Field R.N. Air Section (U.S.N.) Brooklyn, New York City, USA
On Books of 'Saker' Halifax R.N.A.S. Nova Scotia
On Books of 'Saker' Norfolk R.N. Air Section (U.S.N.) Norfolk, Virginia, USA
On Books of 'Saker' Roosevelt Field Lodger facility (U.S.N.A.F.) Long Island, New York, USA
On Books of 'Saker' Squantum R.N.A.S. Quincy, Massachusetts, USA
H.M.S. Sambur Plaisance R.N.A.S. Mauritius
H.M.S. Seaborn Dartmouth R.N. Air Section (R.C.A.F.) Halifax, Nova Scotia
On Books of 'Sea Eagle' Ballykelly Lodger facility (R.A.F.) County Londonderry, N. Ireland
H.M.S. Seahawk Culdrose R.N.A.S. Helston, Cornwall, England
H.M.S. Seruwa Ratmalana F.A.A. Transit Camp Ceylon
On Books of 'Sheba' Hiswa R.N. Air Section (R.A.F.) Aden
On Books of 'Sheba' Khormaksar Lodger facility (R.A.F.) Aden
H.M.S. Shrike Maydown R.N.A.S. County Londonderry, N. Ireland
H.M.S. Simbang Sembawang R.N.A.S. / R.N.A.R.Y. Singapore
H.M.S. Siskin Gosport R.N.A.S. Hampshire, England
H.M.S. Sparrowhawk (1) Hatston R.N.A.S. Kirkwall, Orkney
On Books of 'Sparrowhawk' (1) Sullom Voe Lodger facility (R.A.F.) Shetland Isles
H.M.S. Sparrowhawk (2) Halesworth R.N.A.S. Suffolk, England
H.M.S. Sparrowhawk (3) Skeabrae Lodger facility (R.A.F.) Orkney
H.M.S. Spurwing Hastings R.N.A.S. Freetown, Sierra Leone
On Books of 'Tana' Mackinnon Road R.N.A.S. Kenya, E. Africa
On Books of 'Tana' Voi R.N. Air Section (R.A.F.) Voi, Kenya
H.M.S. Tern Twatt R.N.A.S. Orkney
H.M.S. Tern II Skeabrae


H.M.S. Tern II Hatston R.N.A.S. Kirkwall, Orkney
H.M.S. Tern III Dounreay R.N.A.S. Caithness, Scotland
H.M.S. Turnstone Watford & Fulham R.N.A.T.E. Hertfordshire, England
H.M.S. Ukussa Katukurunda R.N.A.S./R.N.A.M.Y. Ceylon, Yemen
H.M.S. Urley Ronaldsway R.N.A.S. Isle of Man
H.M.S. Vairi Sulur R.N.A.S. Coimbatore, S. India
H.M.S. Valluru Tambaram R.N.A.S./R.N.A.M.Y. Madras, S. India
H.M.S. Vulture St. Merryn R.N.A.S. Cornwall, England
H.M.S. Vulture II Treligga F.A.A. live firing range & emergency landing ground Cornwall, England
H.M.S. Wagtail Ayr R.N.A.S. Ayrshire, Scotland
H.M.S. Wara Komenda R.N.A.S. Gold Coast, W. Africa
H.M.S. Waxwing Townhill F.A.A. Transit Camp Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland