united kingdom Donibristle

Rosyth, Scotland
united kingdom

3.6239 Inverkeithing, Fife, Scotland
6.4254 HMD Rosyth, Scotland
10.1184EGPH Edinburgh, Scotland
12.3120 Leith Docks, Scotland
12.6120 Robb Caledon (Leith), Scotland
17.8 26EGPJ Fife, Scotland

1917 to 1959

56 2 25 secs N - 3 21 W
2.5nm NE of North Queensferry
Elevation: 125 feet

First used by Royal Flying Corps by 1917, Donibristle became an RN Air Station by Aug 1917, only to be handed to the RAF when it was created on 1 Apr 1918. Largely inactive from 1921, it reopened in 1925 and in May 1939, it was commissioned as HMS Merlin for aircraft refit, refurbishment and parts recovery as an Aircraft Yard (RNAY). Hoverfly were repaired at Donibristle as early as 1947 .

HMS Merlin was decommissioned in Nov 1953 when routine flying ceased and the site became HMS Cochrane, which took on much of the Dragonfly conversion work. During 1958 its closure was announced, most work ceased on 28 Aug 1959 and the site closed in Oct 1959, although there was still some minor activity until c 1963.

The site was re-developed for light industry and by Jul 1965 house building had begun for the New Town to become Dalgety Bay.

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1953-mar-10 HR.3 conversionFleet Air ArmDragonfly HR.1VZ963
1954-jun HR.5 conversionFleet Air ArmDragonfly HR.3WG664
1954-aug RepairFleet Air ArmDragonfly HR.1VZ962
1956-nov HR.5 conversionMinistry of Defence (MoD)Dragonfly HR.1VX595
1957-feb HR.5 conversionFleet Air ArmDragonfly HR.3WN499
1957-jun HR.5 conversionFleet Air ArmDragonfly HR.3WP495
1957-nov HR.5 conversionFleet Air ArmDragonfly HR.3WP493
1958-mar HR.5 ConversionFleet Air ArmDragonfly HR.3WN500
1958-apr HR.5 conversionFleet Air ArmDragonfly HR.3WG751
1958-jul HR.5 conversionFleet Air ArmDragonfly HR.3WG722

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