united kingdom RNAS St Merryn / HMS Curlew

Padstow, Cornwall
United Kingdom

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1937 to 1956

50° 30' 14.75'' N - 4° 58' 41.75'' W
St Merryn
Elevation: 260 feet

History of this Location

Built as a civil airfield in 1937, it was partly re-built with 4 hard (but short) runways by the Royal Navy in 1940 as HMS Vulture to be a training base for carrier-borne fixed wing fighters. After WWII, the carrier fleet began to shrink rapidly and the site recommissioned as HMS Curlew in 1952 as a location for ground training. It was closed for most flying operations in Dec 1953. All flying had ceased by Jan 1956 and it was sold off in 1959.

A two aircraft SAR Flt with Dragonfly was based here between Jun 1953 and c Apr 1954. The base tail code changed from MF to SR around Oct 1953.

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List of aircraft and events at St Merryn

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1953-jun SAR FltFleet Air ArmDragonfly HR.3WP494
1953-jul SAR FltFleet Air ArmDragonfly HR.3WH992

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