RNAS Dale (HMS Goldcrest)
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|RNAS Dale (HMS Goldcrest)
|Near Dale, Pembrokeshire in Wales|
Shown within Pembrokeshire
|Type||Royal Naval Air Station|
|Elevation||59 metres (194 ft) AMSL|
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. 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.
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:
- 748 Naval Air Squadron.
- 762 Naval Air Squadron.
- 784 Naval Air Squadron.
- 790 Naval Air Squadron.
- 794 Naval Air Squadron.
- 809 Naval Air Squadron.
- 861 Naval Air Squadron.
- 897 Naval Air Squadron.
- 1770 Naval Air Squadron.
- Coastal Command Development Unit.
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.