|Dundonald, Ayrshire, Scotland|
|Type||Royal Air Force station|
|Controlled by||Royal Air Force|
|Battles/wars||Second World War|
|Garrison||RAF Fighter Command|
The airfield opened in March 1940 as a relief landing ground (RLG) for nearby RAF Prestwick. At that time Prestwick was occupied by No. 12 Elementary Flying Training School (12 EFTS) and the RLG was mainly used by novice pilots practising circuits and bumps in de Havilland Tiger Moth trainers. For this purpose only the most basic airfield facilities were required, and RAF Dundonald had two short grass runways which were later reinforced with Sommerfeld Tracking. After 12 EFTS was disbanded in March 1941 Dundonald saw little use until April 1943 when 516 (Combined Operations) Squadron formed at the airfield. The squadron operated a mixed collection of aircraft, mainly Mustang and Hurricane fighter-bombers as well as some Blenheim, Lysander, Anson and Proctor aircraft. The role of the squadron was to support commando and assault training exercises by providing realistic simulation air attacks and numerous other army support functions. Detachments from a number of other RAF and Fleet Air Arm squadrons also operated from Dundonald for brief periods in support of combined operations training exercises.
Following the success of the Normandy landings the need for combined operations training diminished, and 516 Squadron was disbanded in December 1944. Thereafter RAF Dundonald was placed on care and maintenance and saw only occasional use until the end of the war. The airfield closed in August 1945 but the site was retained for use by the army until 1952.
- No. 2 Squadron RAF.
- No. 12 Elementary Flying Training School.
- No. 26 Squadron RAF.
- No. 63 Squadron RAF.
- No. 268 Squadron RAF.
- No. 414 Squadron RAF.
- No. 516 Squadron RAF (formerly 1441 Flight).
- 808 Naval Air Squadron.
- 879 Naval Air Squadron.
- 885 Naval Air Squadron.
- 886 Naval Air Squadron.
- 897 Naval Air Squadron.
- No. 1441 (Combined Operations Development) Flight.
A Monsanto Nylon plant was built on part of the former airfield in the 1960s, but it closed in 1979 and was redeveloped as an industrial estate named Olympic Business Park. The balance of the site reverted to farmland. None of the temporary wartime buildings survive and there is now little evidence of the former airfield, however the outlines of parts of the runways can still be discerned on satellite images.
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- Jefford, C.G, MBE, BA, RAF (Retd). RAF Squadrons, a Comprehensive Record of the Movement and Equipment of all RAF Squadrons and their Antecedents since 1912. Shrewsbury, Shropshire, UK: Airlife Publishing, 2001. ISBN 1-84037-141-2.