RNAS Dale (HMS Goldcrest)

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RNAS Dale (HMS Goldcrest)
RAF Dale
Air Force Ensign of the United Kingdom.svgNaval Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg
Near Dale, Pembrokeshire in Wales
RNAS Dale is located in Pembrokeshire
Shown within Pembrokeshire
Coordinates 51°42′55″N 005°11′30″W / 51.71528°N 5.19167°W / 51.71528; -5.19167Coordinates: 51°42′55″N 005°11′30″W / 51.71528°N 5.19167°W / 51.71528; -5.19167
Type Royal Naval Air Station
Site information
Owner Air Ministry
Operator Royal Navy
Site history
Built 1942 (1942)
In use 1942-1948 (1948)
Airfield information
Elevation 59 metres (194 ft) AMSL
Direction Length and surface
00/00  Concrete
00/00  Concrete
00/00  Concrete

Royal Naval Air Station Dale or more simply as RNAS Dale is a former Fleet Air Arm base located 6.5 miles (10.5 km) west of Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire, Wales.


RAF Dale

Construction of the airfield began between the villages of Dale and Marloes in 1941. It became operational in June 1942. Initially it was to be named RAF Marloes, planned as a satellite to nearby RAF Talbenny, but the name was changed to RAF Dale instead.[citation needed] The only RAF unit to use RAF Dale was No. 304 Squadron RAF between 30 December 1942 and 2 April 1943 using the Vickers Wellington IC.[1]


Following cessation of activities in the Second World War, RAF Dale was decommissioned, and the site became occupied by the Fleet Air Arm as RNAS Dale (HMS Goldcrest), a satellite of HMS Goldcrest at RNAS Brawdy.

The following squadrons were posted to RNAS Dale at some point:

Current use[edit]

Now owned privately by a local farmer, in May 2010, an illegal rave was held on the site, attracting 2,500 people. Dyfed-Powys Police were forced eventually to create road blocks to stop further attendees joining, and release an announcement on local media. After the rave ended on Monday 31 May, six men aged between 23 and 52 were charged with offences under Section 136 of the Licensing Act for carrying out unlicensed licensable activity.[3]

See also[edit]



  1. ^ Jefford 1988, p. 85.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Dale". Airfields of Britain Conservation Trust. Retrieved 20 November 2014. 
  3. ^ "Six men charged over illegal Pembrokeshire rave". BBC Wales. 2 June 2010. Retrieved 2 June 2010. 


  • Jefford MBE, Wg Cdr C G (1988). RAF Squadrons. A comprehensive record of the movement and equipment of all RAF squadrons and their antecedents since 1912. Shrewsbury: Airlife. ISBN 1-85310-053-6.