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RAF Angle
RNAS Angle
HMS Goldcrest
Ensign of the Royal Air Force.svgNaval Ensign of the United Kingdom.png
Angle, Pembrokeshire, Wales
The majority of the squadrons at RAF Angle flew the Supermarine Spitfire VB, like these planes at RAF Catterick
Type Royal Air Force station
Coordinates Latitude: 51.672
Longitude: -5.095
Built 1941 (1941)
In use 1941-1950 (1950)
Air Ministry
Controlled by  Royal Air Force
Naval Ensign of the United Kingdom.png Royal Navy
Battles/wars Second World War

Royal Air Force station Angle or more simply RAF Angle is a former Royal Air Force station located 3.9 miles (6.3 km) south east of Dale, Pembrokeshire and 8.1 miles (13.0 km) west of Pembroke, Pembrokeshire, Wales.

It was opened on 1 December 1941 and closed in the 1950s after being used by both the Royal Air Force (RAF) and the Royal Navy.

History[edit | edit source]

It was initially used by No. 32 Squadron RAF flying the Hawker Hurricane I. In November 1941 they were replaced by 615 Squadron, and the Hurricane IIC. Several Squadrons followed: 312 Squadron flew the Supermarine Spitfire VB and 263 Squadron with the Westland Whirlwind.[1]

Next No. 152 Squadron RAF, No. 412 Squadron RCAF and No. 421 Squadron RCAF squadrons occupied the base, flying the Spitfire VB.[1]

During May 1943 794 Naval Air Squadron were posted here conducting target towing and the control of the airfield was transferred to the Royal Navy[2] with the site being renamed RNAS Angle (HMS Goldcrest).[3] However in September 1943 the Royal Navy moved from RNAS Angle to the RNAS Dale, and the RAF swapped sites in the other direction with the Coastal Command Development Unit moving in.[2]

The airfield was used as the base for trials of the prototype Highball bouncing bomb on 6 October 1943 using a tunnel at Maenclochog as a target. Highball was a spherical design with dimples by Barnes Wallis and were dropped by de Havilland Mosquito aircraft.[4]

Other units based at Angle were:

  • No. 1 (Coastal) Engine Control Demonstration Unit[3]
  • Coastal Command Development Unit from 1943 [2]
  • Engine Control Instructional Flight[3]

Between 1945 and the 1950s Angle was used as a Relief Landing Ground for Fleet Air Arm aircraft based at RNAS Brawdy.[3]

Posted squadrons[edit | edit source]

Squadron Aircraft Variant From To To Notes
No. 32 Squadron RAF Hawker Hurricane I/IIB 1 June 1941 27 November 1941 RAF Manston [5]
No. 152 Squadron RAF Supermarine Spitfire VB 16 August 1942 27 September 1942 RAF Collyweston [6]
No. 263 Squadron RAF Westland Whirlwind I 18 April 1942 15 August 1942 RAF Colerne Detachment at RAF Portreath.[7]
No. 312 Squadron RAF Spitfire IIB/VB 24 January 1942 18 April 1942 RAF Fairwood Common Detachment at RAF Fairwood Common.[8]
No. 412 Squadron RCAF Spitfire VB 29 January 1943 8 February 1943 RAF Fairwood Common [9]
No. 421 Squadron RCAF Spitfire VB 26 October 1942
14 November 1942
4 December 1942
1 November 1942
30 November 1942
29 January 1943
RAF Zeals
RAF Charmy Down
RAF Kenley
No. 615 Squadron RAF Hurricane IIB/IIC 27 November 1941 23 January 1942 RAF Fairwood Common [11]
759 Naval Air Squadron [3]
794 Naval Air Squadron May 1943 September 1943 RNAS Dale Target Towing.[2]

Current use[edit | edit source]

The site is currently used for farming[3] and only a few huts and the perimeter track are left.[2]

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

Citations[edit | edit source]

Bibliography[edit | edit source]

  • Jefford, C.G, MBE, BA, RAF (Retd). RAF Squadrons, a Comprehensive Record of the Movement and Equipment of all RAF Squadrons and their Antecedents since 1912. Shrewsbury, Shropshire, UK: Airlife Publishing, 2001. ISBN 1-84037-141-2.

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