SCHOFIELDS AIRFIELD, NSW
IN AUSTRALIA DURING WWII

 

Schofields airfield in central New South Wales was used extensively by the Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm (RN FAA) of the British Pacific Fleet during WW2. 

Station Flight Schofields Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm, was based at Schofields from 1 March 1945 to 1 July 1945.

No. 6 Mobile Naval Air Base (6 MONAB), HMS Nabstock, was based at Schofields from 15 November 1945 to 8 June 1946.

No. 3 Mobile Naval Air Base (3 MONAB), HMS Nabthorpe, was based at Schofields from 5 February 1945 to 15 November 1945.

 

SQUADRON ARRIVED SCHOFIELDS DEPARTED SCHOFIELDS
702 Squadron RN FAA 4 Jul 1945 10 Sep 1945
706 Squadron RN FAA 6 Mar 1945 28 Aug 1945
  18 Jan 1946 31 May 1946
723 Squadron RN FAA 21 Jan 1946 31 May 1946
724 Squadron RN FAA 31 Mar 1946 31 May 1946
801 Squadron RN FAA 9 Sep 1945 16 Jan 1946
  15 Mar 1946 29 Apr 1946
812 Squadron RN FAA 12 Jan 1946 19 Mar 1946
814 Squadron RN FAA 21 Jul 1945 13 Aug 1945
  22 Jan 1946 13 Mar 1946
820 Squadron RN FAA 5 Jun 1945  1 Jul 1945
  31 Dec 1945  31 Jan 1946
837 Squadron RN FAA 16 Aug 1945  1 Sep 1945
880 Squadron RN FAA 25 Aug.1945  11 Sep 1945
885 Squadron RN FAA 20 Mar 1945  4 Apr 1945
  18 Sep 1945  27 Sep 1945
887 Squadron RN FAA 10 Feb 1945  27 Feb 1945
  5 Jun 1945  7 Jul 1945
  18 Sep 1945  15 Nov 1945
  22 Dec 1945  31 Jan 1946
894 Squadron RN FAA 10 Feb 1945  27 Feb 1945 
  05 Jun 1945  7 Jul 1945
  18 Sep 1945  23 Nov 1945
  22 Dec 1945  31 Jan 1946
899 Squadron RN FAA 23 Apr 1945  27 Jul 1945
1770 Squadron RN FAA 5 Jun 1945  29 Aug 1945
1772 Squadron RN FAA 18 Mar 1945  7 Jul 1945
  18 Sep 1945  18 Nov 1945
  22 Dec 1945  31 Jan 1946
1790 Squadron RN FAA 13 Aug 1945  16 Jan 1946
  28 Mar 1946  29 Apr 1946
1831 Squadron RN FAA 16 Aug 1945  1 Sep 1945
1834 Squadron RN FAA 5 Jun 1945  20 Jun 1945
  5 Jun 1945  26 Jun 1945
1836 Squadron RN FAA 5 Jun 1945  26 Jun 1945 
1840 Squadron RN FAA 23 Feb 1945  9 Mar 1945
1843 Squadron RN FAA 1 May 1945  20 May 1945 
1845 Squadron RN FAA 25 Feb 1945  11 Mar 1945
1850 Squadron RN FAA 12 Jan 1946  19 Mar 1946
1851 Squadron RN FAA 21 Jul 1945 13 Aug 1945
  24 Jan 1946  22 Mar 1946 

 

The units mostly lived in Airfield Temporary Huts at Quaker Hill, Sydney.

Woy Woy airfield was constructed as a satellite field of Schofields airfield.

Geoff Russell told me that he had spoken to a gentleman back around 1999 who related a story that in late 1945 or early 1946, he witnessed a Royal Navy Corsair make a wheels up forced landing near the intersection of New Windsor Road and Old Windsor Road at what is now know as Kellyville, NSW. This is almost within the circuit area of Schofields airfield.

He said that the aircraft shed a lot of metal from underneath as the ground was rough and there were a lot of tree stumps. Pieces from the aircraft were scattered along the landing path. The pilot was unhurt. The gentleman stated that he and his friends found a starter cartridge that had been dislodged from the aircraft during the belly landing and they hid the cartridge inside a tree stump for later retrieval. Once the aircraft was recovered, he and his friends searched for the cartridge but as they could not work out which tree stump they had placed it in. They never found it. It was probably a blessing in disguise that they never did as they may have been injured by it anyway. As far as Geoff Russell can determine from the description, the crash site was on the slight rise to the south west of the intersection behind where the electricity substation is located, somewhere around where the model aircraft club held its flying days during the 80's and 90's. As of 2007, the site is being developed for medium density housing.

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

I'd like to thank Dennis Whiley and Geoff Russell for their assistance with this home page.

 

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