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Also known as: HMS Jackdaw II / RAF Dunino / RNAS Dunino
County: Fife
Current Status: Farmland
Date: April 1941 - 1957
Current Use: Disused
Used By: RAF / FAA

Land at Dunino in Fife was acquisitioned for use as a satellite airfield for Leuchars in 1939. However, it was not until May 1941 that the only major RAF users of the site moved here, Westland Lysanders of No 309 (Polish) Squadron. This unit flew from various airfields around Scotland, as well as Gatwick further south, carrying out training in army co-operation. The Lysanders were replaced with North American Mustangs by the summer of 1942 before moving to Findo Gask in November 1942.

Dunino was transferred next month to the Royal Navy to become HMS Jackdaw II, primarily for Torpedo Bomber Reconnaissance use. Fairey Barracudas and Swordfish carried out this role from the airfield. Air-Sea Rescue Supermarine Walrus aircraft were also based here, as well as Dunino seeing use by Fleet Requirements Unit No 770 Squadron, though from mid-1944 aircraft storage became the primary use of this airfield. Although closure occurred in 1946 the site was retained by the Navy until 1957.

Dunino was equipped with a single surfaced metal runway and three grass strips. Most of the site has now been demolished leaving just part of the perimeter track, the control tower, at least two hangars and a few other miscellaneous buildings.


The following organisations are either based at, use and/or have at least potentially significant connections with the airfield (as at 01/07/2013):

  • Boarshills and Dunino Community Council
  • Kingsbarns Community Council

Main unit(s) present:

  • No 309 Sqn

  • No 737 Sqn

  • No 770 Sqn

  • No 785 Sqn

  • No 786 Sqn

  • No 813 Sqn

  • No 820 Sqn

  • No 824 Sqn

  • No 825 Sqn

  • No 827 Sqn

  • No 833 Sqn

  • No 837 Sqn

  • No 837A Flight

  • No 837D Flight

  • No 838 Sqn

  • No 860 Sqn


Plan of Dunino, c. 1940s. © Royal Navy Research Archive. Click here for more information.

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