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2006 (© Robert Truman)
HMS Heron II, RNAS Merryfield airfield
Airfield Today:
Royal Navy helicopter training airfield
Tower Type:
Watch Office for all Commands 343/43
Tower:
In use for air traffic control
Other Buildings:
Only a few original buildings survive
History:
02/44 to 11/44, 99th, 100th, 301st and 302nd Troop Carrier Squadrons, 441st Troop Carrier Group with Douglas C-47s and Hadrian gliders from Langar.
11/44 to 10/46, Airfield transferred to RAF Transport Command and used by 53, 187, 238, 242, 243 and 246 Squadrons until RAF closure.
/49 to ?, Airfield used by Westland Aircraft for testing Meteors, Sabres and Wyverns.
11/51 to 02/55,
9 FTS Vampires and Meteors. 04/55 to 11/56, 231 OCU Canberras from Bassingbourn, moved to Wyton.
11/56 to 01/58, 766 Sqn Sea Venoms from Yeovilton. Airfield then closed and on Care and Maintenance, used from 01/60 to 10/60 by 700 Sqn. Airfield reopened 22/05/72 as HMS Heron, satellite to Yeovilton.
HMS Heron II, RNAS Merryfield airfield
1956 (© via Merryfield control tower photo exhibition)
2006 (© Robert Truman)
HMS Heron II, RNAS Merryfield airfield
Airfield:
Troop Carrier, Transport Command, Royal Navy helicopter
Opened:
1943 to 1946, 1951 to 1958, 1972 to present
Closed:
N/A
Code:
HI, MF
USAAF Station:
464
Runways:
3x - concrete, tarmac
Hangars:
2x - T2
County:
Somerset
Location:
8 miles SE of Taunton
OS Ref:
ST342186
©:
All photographs copyright © as stated
HMS Heron II, RNAS Merryfield airfield
1980s (© via Merryfield control tower photo exhibition)
RN Merryfield - 441st Troop carrier Group -
2006 (© Robert Truman)
Royal Naval Air Service - Merryfield airfield, HMS Heron
2006 (© Robert Truman)
Royal Naval Air Service - Merryfield airfield, HMS Heron
RAF Merryfield - RNAS Merryfield - airfield + control tower = www.controltowers.co.uk © robert truman 2007 - Merryfield -