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ROYAL NAVY MONABS 1944-1945

Mobile Naval Operating Air Bases

 

An aerial view of Sembawang Airfield taken in 1945. IX MONAB (HMS NABROCK Mobile Naval Air Base)
SEMBAWANG, Singapore
 

Mobile Naval Operating Air Bases, MONABs, were a series of mobile, self-contained units able to repair, and prepare for service, aircraft, engines, and components as required for ships of the British Pacific Fleet. Each were initially assembled at at the MONAB HQ at HMS Flycatcher (Ludham then Middle Wallop). In total 10 MONABS were established and one Transportable Aircraft Maintenance Yard (TAMY)



I MONAB (HMS Nabbington), Warwick Farm, Sydney (1944), Nowra (1945), Australia

  • HMS FLYCATCHER, LUDHAM, NORFOLK, UK 10.44
  • WARWICK FARM 20.12.44-22.12.44 Race Course Temp Huts Hume Hwy. SYDNEY
  • NOWRA 22.12.44-15.11.45 Airfield Temp Huts 10 MILES S.W NOWRA
  • Paid Off 15.11.1945

Commanding Officers

  • Cdr NUNNELEY G.A 20.12.44-22.12.44
  • Cdr NUNNELEY G.A 22.12.44-1.3.45
  • Capt DICKINSON H.G 1.3.45- 15.11.45

II MONAB (HMS Nabberley), Bankstown, Australia

  • HMS FLYCATCHER, LUDHAM, NORFOLK, UK 11.44
  • BANKSTOWN 26.1.45-31.3.46 Airfield Temp Huts ENDEAVOUR Rd. BANKSTOWN
  • Paid off 31.3.1946


Commanding Officers


III MONAB (HMS Nabthorpe), Warwick Farm, Sydney (1945), Schofields, Sydney (1945)

  • HMS FLYCATCHER, LUDHAM, NORFOLK, UK 10.44
  • WARWICK FARM 27.1.45-5.2.45 Race course Temp Huts Hume Hwy. SYDNEY
  • SCHOFIELDS 5.2.45-15.11.45 Airfield Temp Huts Quaker Road SYDNEY
  • Paid off 15.11.1945


Commanding Officers
Cdr KENTON E.W 27.1.45-5.2.45
Cdr KENTON E.W 5.2.45-15.11.45


IV MONAB (HMS NABARON Mobile Naval Air Base), Warwick Farm, Sydney (1945), Mayborough (1945)

  • HMS FLYCATCHER, LUDHAM, NORFOLK, UK 11.44
  • WARWICK FARM 21.2.45-5.3.45 Race Course Temp Huts Hume Hwy. SYDNEY
  • MARYBOROUGH 1.9.45-10.11.45 Airfield Temp Huts PIALBA ROAD MARYBOROUGH
  • PONAM, US. Navy airstrip, Admiralty Islands
  • PITYILU, satellite airfield to MONAB IV at Ponam, a US. Navy built coral airstrip, 22 Miles East of Ponam.
  • Paid off 1946


Commanding Officers
No information


V MONAB (HMS NABSWICK Mobile Naval Air Base), Warwick Farm, Sydney (1945), Jervis Bay (1945), Nowra (1945-1946), Australia

  • HMS FLYCATCHER, LUDHAM, NORFOLK, UK 2.45
  • WARWICK FARM 29.03.45 01.05.45 Race Course Temp Huts Hume Hwy. SYDNEY
  • JERVIS BAY, NSW 1.5.45-15.9.45 Airfield Temp Huts JERVIS BAY
  • NOWRA 15.9.45-18.3.46 Airfield Temp Huts 10 MILES S.W NOWRA
  • Paid off 18.3.1946; Became RAN Albatross


Commanding Officers

  • Cdr MASTERMAN I.K 29.3.45-1.5.45
  • Cdr MASTERMAN I.K 1.5.45-15.9.45
  • Cdr MASTERMAN I.K 15.9.45-18.3.46

VI MONAB (HMS NABSTOCK Mobile Naval Air Base) Warwick Farm, Sydney (1945), Mayborough (1945), Schofields (1945-1946)

  • HMS FLYCATCHER, MIDDLE WALLOP, UK 3.45
  • WARWICK FARM 23.5.45-1.6.45 Race Course Temp Huts Hume Hwy. SYDNEY
  • MARYBOROUGH, QLD 1.06.45-15.11.45 Airfield Temp Huts PIALBA ROAD MARYBOROUGH
  • SCHOFIELDS 15.11.45-8.6.46 Airfield Temp Huts Quaker Road SYDNEY


Paid off 9.6.1946 to RAAF as RAN Nirimba 1953

Commanding Officers

  • Capt McCLINTOCH H.V.P 23.05.45-1.06.45
  • Capt McCLINTOCH H.V.P 1.06.45-15.11.45
  • Capt McCLINTOCH H.V.P 15.11.45-8.06.46

VII MONAB (HMS NABREEKIE Mobile Naval Air Base) Archerfield (1945), Meendah (1945), Australia
The men at Archerfield included those of Mobile Naval Operating Air Base (MONAB) No.7, HMS NABREEKIE, which was based at Royal Australian Army Camp, Meeandah on the outskirts of Brisbane, commissioning there 9.8.45. The unit was employed in assisting TAMY I, HMS NABSFORD in aircraft erection duties until paying off 5.11.45.

  • HMS FLYCATCHER, MIDDLE WALLOP, UK 6.45
  • ARCHERFIELD 9.8.45-5.11.45 Airfield Temp Huts BEATTY ROAD BRISBANE
  • MEEANDAH, Brisbane
  • Paid Off 5/11/1945


Commanding Officers

  • Capt FRAI F.P 9.8.45-5.11.45

VIII MONAB (HMS NABCATCHER Mobile Naval Air Base), Warwick Farm, Sydney, Australia (1945), Kai Tak (Hong Kong 1946)
 

  • HMS FLYCATCHER, MIDDLE WALLOP, UK 7.45
  • WARWICK FARM 1.8.45-1.9.45 Race Course Temp Huts Hume Hwy. SYDNEY
  • KAI TAK, Hong Kong 1946
  • Paid off 1946 (RNAS renamed RNAS Flycatcher in April 1947 and paid off 3.12.1947)


Commanding Officers

  • Capt SURTEES V.N 01.08.45-1.09.45

IX MONAB (HMS NABROCK Mobile Naval Air Base), Warwick Farm, Sydney, Australia (1945), SEMBAWANG, Singapore

 

  • HMS FLYCATCHER, MIDDLE WALLOP, UK 6.45
  • WARWICK FARM 05.10.45 10.10.45 Race Course Temp Huts Hume Hwy. SYDNEY
  • SEMBAWANG, Singapore
  • Paid of 1946 (RNAS Sembawang Paid off 30-9-1971, To ANZAC force 1-9-1971)


Commanding Officers

  • Capt SALTER J.S 5.10.45-10.10.45

X MONAB (HMS NABHURST Mobile Naval Air Base), Middle Wallop (1945)

  • HMS FLYCATCHER, MIDDLE WALLOP, UK, 7.45
  • Paid off 10.10.45


Commanding Officers
Cdr TS Jackson, RN 1.9.45-12.10.45


TRANSPORTABLE AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE YARD

1 TAMY (HMS NABSFORD Transportable Aircraft Maintenance Yard), Archerfield, Australia (1945-46)

  • ARCHERFIELD 1.02.45 31.03.46 Airfield Temp Huts BEATTY ROAD BRISBANE
  • Paid off 31/3/1946


Commanding Officers

  • Capt ROGERS-TILLSTONE BJL 1.2.45-31.03.46

FURTHER INFORMATION

 

A HISTORY OF THE MOBILE AIRFIELDS OF THE ROYAL NAVY

A very complete and detailed history and organisation of the MONABs. This site is an attempt to tell the story of the Mobile Operational Naval  Air Bases of the Royal Navy. The author served in the modern day Fleet Air Arm for the period 1976 - 1985, working as an Air Engineering Mechanic.  Medically retired from the service, he is now engaged in researching aspects of Fleet Air Arm history.
                                                       tonydrury@monabhistory.freeserve.co.uk

British Forces.com The Royal Navy: Australia and New Zealand Bases

 

The Mobile Operational Naval Air Bases Photograph album by MONAB-history@zing
(alternate webpage http://www.nikonnet.com/member/?name=MONAB-history&c=1)

This album contains image from the 10 Mobile Operational Naval Air Bases and 1 Transportable Aircraft Maintenance
Yard operated by the Royal Navy between 1944 and 1955. Email: MONAB-history@zing

ROYAL NAVY FLEET AIR ARM IN AUSTRALIA DURING WW2 - Squadrons, MONMABs, TAMY and Station Flights
(alternative webpages http://home.star.brisnet.org.au/~dunn/navy/rnfaa.htm)

 

Archerfield today in ROYAL NAVY FLEET AIR ARM IN AUSTRALIA DURING WW2

 

E-mails regarding Mobile Operating Air Bases in Australia during WW2

Including photos by a MONAB veteran

Sturtivant, R & Ballance, T  (1994). 'The Squadrons of the Fleet Air Arm' Published by Air Britain (Historians) Ltd, 1994 ISBN: 0 85130 223 8

 

"Directory of Royal Australian Air Force Squadrons and Units of
World War 11 1939-1946". by Dennis Whiley

 

 

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