Naval Air Stations

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Naval Air Stations
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Active1939-1963
CountryFlag United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.gif United Kingdom
AllegianceBritish Empire
BranchNaval Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg Royal Navy
Commanders
FirstRear-Admiral Richard Bell-Davies VC.
LastVice-Admiral Cloudesley Varyl Robinson.

Naval Air Stations was a major command of the British Royal Navy created in May, 1939 as one of the geographical divisions into which the Royal Navy administered its worldwide responsibilities. This command was responsible for the control and direction of all Royal Naval Air Stations in the United Kingdom. It was defined so by the Department of Admiralty to identify the area jurisdiction of the Rear-Admiral, Naval Air Stations then later Flag Officer, Naval Air Stations and existed until 1963.

For command purposes the Royal Navy was divided into a number of major or local stations, fleets or other formations, each normally under an admiral or senior officer.[1]

History

In May, 1939 Naval Air Stations command was established to provide land based support for the Fleet Air Arm, that was transferred from the RAF to the Royal Navy. The command was responsible for building and developing naval air stations with different capabilities. It was placed under control and direction of the Rear-Admiral, Naval Air Stations until April, 1943 when that office holders tile was altered to Flag Officer, Naval Air Stations. It existed until 1963 when it was renamed Naval Air Command.[2]

Naval HQ

Rear-Admiral, Naval Air Stations (1939-1943)

Chief Staff Officer to Rear-Admiral, Naval Air Stations

  1. Captain H. T. T. Baylis, 30 September, 1941 - December, 1942.[3]

Flag Officer, Naval Air Stations (1943-1945)

Second in Command Naval Air Stations (1943-1945)

  1. Commodore, First Class Henry Cecil Bovell, 14 May – December, 1943
  2. Rear-Admiral Henry Cecil Bovell, 8 January 1944 – 17 March, 1944
  3. Commodore, First Class Arthur Robin Moore, 17 March, 1944 – July, 1945

Commodore Naval Air Stations (North) (1943)

  1. Commodore, First Class Henry Cecil Bovell, 14 May – December, 1943

Rear-Admiral Naval Air Stations (North) (1944)

  1. Rear-Admiral Henry Cecil Bovell, 8 January 1944 – 17 March, 1944

Commodore Naval Air Stations (North) (1944-45)

  1. Commodore, First Class Arthur Robin Moore, 17 March, 1944 – July, 1945

Admiral, (Air) (1945-1947)

Flag Officer, Air (Home) (1947-63)

Chief of Staff to Flag Officer, (Air) Home (1948-1963)

  1. Captain Sir Anthony W. Buzzard, Bt.: January 1948-December 1949
  2. Captain Alexander N.C. Bingley: December 1949-July 1952
  3. Captain Kenneth S. Colquhoun: July 1952-May 1954
  4. Captain Arthur S. Bolt: May 1954-April 1956
  5. Captain David G. Goodwin: April 1956-July 1957
  6. Captain Sidney Grattan Cooper: July 1957-October 1959
  7. Captain Hugh S. Barber: October 1959-June 1962
  8. Captain Frederick Stovin-Bradford: June 1962-1963

Flag Officer, Flying Training (1947-63)

Flag Officer, Ground Training (1949-57)

Flag Officer, Reserve Aircraft (1949-57)

  1. Rear-Admiral (E): W. S. Jameson, January 1949 – January 1951.
  2. Rear-Admiral (E): J. D. N. Ham, February 3 October 1955 – 8 July 1957.[4][5]

Components

At various times it encompassed RN Air Stations, RN Air Sections, RN Aircraft Repair Yards at Home, This were based within number of major naval commands.[6][7][8]

Nore Command

Establishment From To Ref
Royal Naval Air Station, Ludham 1943 1944 [9]
Royal Naval Section, Royal Air Force Station, Defford 1943 1944 [10]

Portsmouth Command

Establishment From To Ref
Royal Naval Air Station, Eastleigh 1939 1945 [11]
Royal Naval Air Station, Lee-on-Solent 1939 1945 [12]
Royal Naval Air Station, Sandbanks 1939 1945 [13]
Royal Naval Air Station, Worthy Down 1939 1945 [14]
Royal Naval Section, Royal Air Force Station, Christchurch 1943 1944 [15]
Royal Naval Section, Royal Air Force Station, Ford 1939 1945 [16]
Royal Naval Aircraft Repair Yard, Fleetlands 1939 1945 [17]

Plymouth Command

Establishment From To Ref
Royal Naval Air Station, Charleton Horithorne 1943 1944 [18]
Royal Naval Air Station, Hestridge 1943 1944 [19]
Royal Naval Air Station, St Merryn 1939 1945 [20]
Royal Naval Air Station, Yeovilton 1939 1945 [21]

Western Approaches Command

Establishment From To Ref
Royal Naval Air Station, Campbelltown 1939 1945 [22]
Royal Naval Air Station, Lawrenny Ferry 1939 1945 [23]
Royal Naval Air Station, Machrihanish 1939 1945 [24]
Royal Naval Air Station, Hinstock 1939 1945 [25]
Royal Naval Air Station, Stretton 1939 1945 [26]

Rosyth Command

Establishment From To Ref
Royal Naval Air Station, Arbroath 1939 1945 [27]
Royal Naval Air Station, Crail 1939 1945 [28]
Royal Naval Air Station, Donibristle 1939 1945 [29]
Royal Naval Air Station, Fearn 1939 1945 [30]
Royal Naval Section, Royal Air Force Station, Evanton 1939 1945 [31]
Royal Naval Aircraft Repair Yard, Donibristle 1939 1945 [32]

Orkneys and Shetland Command

Establishment From To Ref
Royal Naval Air Station, Halston 1939 1945 [33]
Royal Naval Air Station, Twatt 1939 1945 [34]

Footnotes

  1. "Records of Stations and Fleets". discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk. Kew, Surrey, England.: National Archives UK. 1702–1969. Retrieved 14 November 2019.
  2. "Naval Air Command New Title". The Naval Review. London. 52: 73. 1964.
  3. Admiralty, British, (Dec 1942) The Navy List. Flag Officers in Commission. H.M.S.O. London. p.1334.
  4. Admiralty, British (April 1956). "Flag Officers, Officers Commanding Squadrons and Senior Naval Officers". The Navy List. London: H.M.S.O. p. 301.
  5. "The London Gazette: Issue 41134" (PDF). London: H.M.S.O. 23 July 1957. p. 4380. Retrieved 26 May 2021.
  6. Admiralty, British, (Dec 1941) The Navy List. pp.1198-1199.
  7. Admiralty, British, (Dec 1942) The Navy List. pp.1341-1342.
  8. Admiralty, British, (Oct 1944) The Navy List. pp.2265-2268.
  9. Admiralty, British, (Oct 1944) The Navy List. pp.2265-2268.
  10. Admiralty, British, (Oct 1944) The Navy List. pp.2265-2268.
  11. Admiralty, British, (Dec 1942) The Navy List. pp.1341-1342.
  12. Admiralty, British, (Dec 1942) The Navy List. pp.1341-1342.
  13. Admiralty, British, (Dec 1942) The Navy List. pp.1341-1342.
  14. Admiralty, British, (Dec 1942) The Navy List. pp.1341-1342.
  15. Admiralty, British, (Oct 1944) The Navy List. pp.2265-2268.
  16. Admiralty, British, (Dec 1942) The Navy List. pp.1341-1342.
  17. Admiralty, British, (Dec 1942) The Navy List. pp.1341-1342.
  18. Admiralty, British, (Oct 1944) The Navy List. pp.2265-2268.
  19. Admiralty, British, (Oct 1944) The Navy List. pp.2265-2268.
  20. Admiralty, British, (Dec 1942) The Navy List. pp.1341-1342.
  21. Admiralty, British, (Dec 1942) The Navy List. pp.1341-1342.
  22. Admiralty, British, (Dec 1942) The Navy List. pp.1341-1342.
  23. Admiralty, British, (Dec 1942) The Navy List. pp.1341-1342.
  24. Admiralty, British, (Dec 1942) The Navy List. pp.1341-1342.
  25. Admiralty, British, (Dec 1942) The Navy List. pp.1341-1342.
  26. Admiralty, British, (Dec 1942) The Navy List. pp.1341-1342.
  27. Admiralty, British, (Dec 1942) The Navy List. pp.1341-1342.
  28. Admiralty, British, (Dec 1942) The Navy List. pp.1341-1342.
  29. Admiralty, British, (Dec 1942) The Navy List. pp.1341-1342.
  30. Admiralty, British, (Dec 1942) The Navy List. pp.1341-1342.
  31. Admiralty, British, (Dec 1942) The Navy List. pp.1341-1342.
  32. Admiralty, British, (Dec 1942) The Navy List. pp.1341-1342.
  33. Admiralty, British, (Dec 1942) The Navy List. pp.1341-1342.
  34. Admiralty, British, (Dec 1942) The Navy List. pp.1341-1342.