History of St Merryn

1937 - 1956 RNAS St Merryn

The Royal Naval Air Station at St Merryn Airfield was also known as HMS Curlew and HMS Vulture.

Originally the airfield was built with one airstrip and a hangar to use for civil purposes but it became a training centre for training for airborne observers and for pilots to practice aircraft carrier flight manoeuvres. This started in the summer of 1940. The four runways were designed for short take-offs into the prevailing wind to replicate take-off from aircraft carriers.

RNAS St Merryn was an important site associated with the Pacific air carrier battles. Activity at the bases in late 1944 as the aircrews of the torpedo bombers and fighters who flew from Britain's aircraft carriers in these battles, were trained here and at its satellite bombing and gunnery range, HMS Vulture II at Treligga, near Delabole.



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