Unit History: RN Air Station Dunino

RN Air Station Dunino
Dunino Airfield was a World War II airfield located about five miles north west of Crail, Fife. Opened in 1941, it only ever had grass runways.
It was occupied from April 1941 to November 1941 by 309 and 614 squadrons RAF flying Lysanders in cooperation with the army. Their principle role was to support I Polish Company, which was tasked with defending the east coast of Scotland in case of invasion. They carried out reconnaissance and artillery spotting flights, coastal patrols which included the Firth of Clyde, and took part in mock gas raids on east coast towns. 614 Squadron was involved in army training. 309 Squadron was raised at Abbotsinch in 1940 and was the only Polish Squadron to be formed in Scotland.
The airfield was then handed over to the Royal Navy and it became HMS Jackdaw II, an offshoot of HMS Jackdaw near Crail.
After 1944 the field was no longer used for active service and became a storage site until 1946, when it was closed, although it remained in Royal Naval hands until 1957 when it was finally sold off.

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