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2002 (© John Edmunds)
RNAS St Merryn airfield control tower - HMS Vulture - HMS Curlew -
Airfield Today:
Agriculture, aviation
Tower Type:
1. Pre-war civil watch office
2. Naval 3 storey Control Tower 3860/42 with Air Watch Office built in 1944
Tower:
1. Derelict
2. Demolished
Other Buildings:
Not known
History:
14/01/1937, St Merryn Aerodrome Ltd formed and on 10/1937 opened as a 52 acre civil airport.
12/1939, Surveyed by the Admiralty and rebuilt as a Fleet Air Arm Station.
10/08/1940 to /1952, Reopened as HMS Vulture and used by many first and second line Naval Squadrons for flying, armament, combat and ground attack training as well as aircraft storage and workshops.
Rebuilt and extended in 1942 to include the School of Air Combat. Extended again in 1944 when a new control tower was built.
Postwar used by the RNVR as well as various training schools.
12/1952, Re-commissioned as HMS Curlew, now mainly used for ground training including the FAA Observer School. Flying ceased 12/1953 and airfield finally closed 10/01/1956 and sold off in 1959.
RNAS St Merryn airfield control tower - HMS Vulture - HMS Curlew -
1978 (© Andrew Ayers)
1981 (© Aldon P. Ferguson)
St Merryn Royal Naval Air Station - HMS Vulture - HMS Curlew -
Airfield:
Operational Training
Opened:
10/1937
Closed:
10/01/1956
ID Code:
Post-war; MGF
USAAF Station:
N/A
Runways:
4x - tarmac
Hangars:
1- 185' x 105', 12- 60' x 84', 18- 60' x 70', 2- Pentad, 4- Teeside S, 13- Mains, 15- Mainhill
County:
Cornwall
Location:
3 miles SW of Padstow
OS Ref:
SW888715
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Photographs copyright © as stated
RNAS St Merryn airfield control tower - HMS Vulture - HMS Curlew -
St Merryn's Naval control tower 1950 (© via Steve Ward)
RNAS St Merryn airfield control tower - HMS Vulture - HMS Curlew -
2002 (© John Edmunds)
RNAS St Merryn airfield control tower - HMS Vulture - HMS Curlew -
RNAS St Merryn airfield + control tower = www.controltowers.co.uk © robert truman 2003 -
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