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  • united kingdom Donibristle

    Rosyth, Scotland

    United Kingdom


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    3.6239GBINK Inverkeithing, Fife, Scotland
    6.4254GBROY HMD Rosyth, Scotland
    10.1184EGPH Edinburgh, Scotland
    11.4265GBCMP Crombie, Scotland
    12.3120GBLEI Leith Docks, Scotland
    12.6120 Robb Caledon (Leith), Scotland

    1917 to 1959

    56° 2' 25'' N - 3° 21' 0'' W
    2.5nm NE of North Queensferry
    Elevation: 125 feet

    History of this Location

    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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    List of aircraft and events at Donibristle

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    1953-mar-10 HR.3 conversion705 NAS HR.1 VZ963
    1954-apr RepairRN HR.3 WP504
    1954-jun HR.5 conversionRN HR.3 WG664
    1954-aug Repair705 NAS HR.1 VZ962
    1955-sep-30 RepairRN HR.3 WN492
    1956-nov HR.5 conversionETPS HR.1 VX595
    1956-nov HR.5 conversionRN HR.3 WP494
    1957-jan Conv HR.5RN HR.3 WG667
    1957-feb HR.5 conversionRN HR.3 WN499
    1957-may Conv HR.5RN HR.3 WP504
    1957-jun HR5 conversionRN HR.3 WP495
    1957-jul RN HRS-2 WV198
    1957-oct Conv. HR.5RN HR.3 WG752
    1957-nov HR.5 conversionRN HR.3 WP493
    1957-dec Conv HR.5RN HR.3 WN492
    1957-dec-06 Conv HR.5RN HR.3 WN493
    1958-jan-21 Accident701 NAS HAR3 XG581
    1958-mar HR.5 conversionRN HR.3 WN500
    1958-mar Conv HR.5RN HR.3 WG718
    1958-apr HR.5 conversionRN HR.3 WG751
    1958-apr-02 HR.5 conversionRN HR.3 WG724
    1958-jul HR.5 conversionRN HR.3 WG722

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