AND THE FLEET AIR ARM
Salute to India and the Indian men
and women who played such an important role in
the history of the FAA and warime Naval Aviation
Corsair ground support Elephant, India
Countries of the British Empire, Dominions, Commonwealth, Dependent Territories and the rest of the World involved with the FAA
View the Commonwealth Secretariat webpage for current information and direct
link to Commonwealth countries today in alphabetical order.
Index of RN Fleet Air Arm
Air Stations in the Commonwealth & the World
Naval Aviation Museums in
the UK and Commonwealth
Naval Aviation Research in
the UK and Commonwealth
Australia and the Royal
Navy Fleet Air Arm
Canada and the Royal Navy
Fleet Air Arm
India and the Royal Navy
Fleet Air Arm
New Zealand and the
Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm
South Africa and the
Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm
USA and the Royal Navy Fleet
This page provides an introduction to
information on India's contribution to the Royal Navy's Fleet Air Arm
air war effort, which was primarily through Indians serving directly within
the Royal Navy ship's, air and ground crews. The IAF
& RAF loaned RN Air Stations which formed a vital land bridge for the
Fleet Air Arm's activities in the Indian Ocean and
the British Pacific Fleet .
Many Fleet Air Arm squadrons stationed in India had a high proportion of Indian ground support
crew. However, only one Indian Officer served in a Fleet Air Arm squadron in WW2, although India went on to build up a large Naval Aviation and auircraft carrier force after the war with up to two
Fleet Carriers, INS Viraat and INS Vikrant.
The single Indian officer
who flew in a FAA squadron, Capt. Y N Singh
served in No. 804 hellcat squadron. The Indian Air Force fielded ten
squadrons during World War 2. Flying in
the China-Burma-India theatre, these squadrons flew a
variety of aircraft The initial years of the war, the squadrons
were equipped with obsolete aircraft like the Wapiti, Hart, Audax and the Lysander. As the war progressed, relatively modern aircraft like the Hawker
Hurricane, the Vultee Vengeance, and the Supermarine Spitfire found
their place in the IAF squadrons at the front.
Fleet Air Arm
Fleet Air Arm portway to information and worldwide links about naval
aviation and FAA history, the squadrons, aircraft, ships, and men and women
who served with the Fleet Air Arm 1939-1945. Includes Associations, Museums,
and Roll of Honour to the Men of the FAA. Directory of
Fleet Air Arm Naval Squadrons, Air Wings and Carrier Air Groups 1943-1945,
including British, Australian, Canadian and New Zealand units.
Naval History and India
Naval aviation history and
links to India
FAA Squadrons and India
- 804 squadron - the only FAA wartime
squadron with an Indian FAApilot
FAA Aircraft and India
Aircraft Carriers and India
Roll of Honour to the Indians of the FAA. The only Indian to fly with the the Royal Navy's Fleet Air Arm in World War 2 was Capt. Y N Singh. Awarded wings in September 1944, He flew
with FAA No. 804 Squadron flying Grumman Hellcats. Y N Singh operated out of
Aircraft carriers long before anyone in the Indian Navy had ever dreamed of
Aircraft Carriers. In the early 1950's when plans were being made to acquire
the Vikrant, His expertise proved a valuable
about the Indian Air Force)
A-Z Directory of Indian and
Commonwealth FAA Commanding Officers
There were no Indian
Commanding Officers of the wartime front-line squadrons (800-1800 squadrons),
Naval Air Wings, or Carrier Air Groups in 1939-1945.
Honours and Awards to
Indians in the FAA
A-Z of FAA Personnel and Honours of awards including personnel winning the
VC, DSO, DSC, GC and MID. A-Z of FAA Personnel and Honours of awards
including personnel winning the VC, DSO, DSC, GC and MID. Also see the official website of
the Indian Navy for Gallantry awards and also thewebsite
and Medals of the Republic of India
There were no WW2 Indian FAA air aces.
P.O.Ws and India..
There were no Indian FAA men in captivity with Axis forces in
Indian Debt of
Indian FAA Officers who lost their lives during 1939-1945.
A gallery of photographs and squadron profiles.
Contacts and who's where?
Details of squadrons associations, including the Fleet Air Arm Association,
Fleet Air Arm Officers Association, FAA TAG Association, Battle of Britain
Fighter Pilots Association, Arctic Convoy Association and the British
and Commonwealth Air Register.
(ex Naval Aviation Service and Development Organisation (NASDO)
Fora and Discussion
- Fora in India.The Bharat Rakshak Military Forum
Virtual Library and Autobiographies
Key bibliographic sources. Includes
online purchases (coming soon).
The official website of the Indian Navy
The Indian Navy website by L N
Subramanian and Mrityunjoy Majumdar
at Bharat-Rakshak. The site also includes a page
with details about the Indian Naval Air Arm
The Naval Aircraft Servicing and Development
Organisation (NASDO)'s Official Site.
The Indian Air Force Unofficial History Web Site
The History, The Men, Warbirds, Attrition and
Photos. Including links to sources in India, info including
on the single FAA pilot from India, and Roll of
Warbirds of India
Links to Indian Defence and Aviation Related Sites
Site dedicated to the last of the formaer
Royal Navy wartime carriers. The INS Vikrant (ex
HMS Hercules) was the fifth ship in a series of six Majestic class light
aircraft carriers built for the Royal Navy during the Second World War.
Extensive site with information about history, battles, important dates,
aircraft, photo gallery and preservation campaign..
General British Empire Links and Resources
Fleet Air Arm Museum Yeovilton (UK) Europe's premier naval
IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUM the multi-branch
national museum of the history of war and wartime life from 1914
This site is an attempt to chronicle the development, equipment and
achievement of the British armed forces, since their inception to
the present day. It covers the period from the beginning of the 17th Century
when the Royal Navy came into being and the British Army was legislated into
existence, upto present day which sees the United
Kingdom fielding a small, efficient but overstretched and underfunded
army, navy and air force.
The British Pacific Fleet: 15 August 1945
The East Indies Fleet: 15 August 1945
United States Lend-Lease aid to the British
Commonwealth Forces: These pages are
a tribute to the Commonwealth soldiers who have given served with both
British and multi-national efforts to combat the forces arrayed against
freedom. They have served in every major conflict since the formation of the
Dominions of Canada, Australia and New Zealand in the last
years of the 19th and the first years of the 20th Century. From the shores of
Gallipoli and the Trenches of The Great War to the desert fighting of World
War Two, the battle for Crete in 1941 and
onto D-Day and the island-hopping campaign against the Japanese.
contain links to the battles they fought during the two World Wars and to Britain's Small Wars
where their involvement in conflicts between 1945-1992 forms part of that
site. These pages also contain links to various sites related to the
Commonwealths Armed Forces, listed by Country.
"Land Forces of Britain, the Empire and Commonwealth"
website, a major resource designed to make some sense of military history and
help you navigate the web. This site strives for
comprehensiveness, bringing together all internet resources pertaining to
land forces that were at any time part of the British Empire or
Commonwealth. Naval and air forces are not included, with the exception of
their more notable land force elements (e.g. Royal Marines, RAF Regiment),
and a link or two to main Ministry sites by way of explaining how land forces
fit into the overall armed forces structure of each country. There are
several thousand links on these pages. The focus is generally on
manifestations of the British regimental system throughout the world.
The Commonwealth War Graves Commision was
established by Royal Charter in 1917. Its duties are to mark and maintain the
graves of the members of the forces of the Commonwealth who were killed in
the two world wars, to build memorials to those who have no known grave and
to keep records and registers. It maintains graves and memorials in some 150
countries throughout the World.
Debt of Honour Register and database
of the Commonwealth War Graves Commision. This
Register provides personal and service details and places of commemoration
for the 1.7 million members of the Commonwealth forces who died in the First
or Second World Wars. (A record some 60,000 civilian casualties of the Second
World War is provided without details of burial
The British Empire website: The British
Empire is the largest formal empire the world has ever known. As such, its
power and influence stretched all over the globe; shaping it in all manner of
ways.This site is not a rigourous
academic site! This site is dedicated to analysing
the history of the British Empire: The triumphs,
the humiliations, the good that it brought and the bad that it inflicted. For
better or worse the British Empire had a massive
impact on the history of the world. It is for this reason that this site
tries to bring to life the peoples, cultures, adventures and domination that
made the Empire such a powerful institution. The site has a complete section
on the histories and composition of the Armed Forces: the Land Forces, Sea Forces and Air
The Sun Never Set on the British Empire, circa 1937
A short history and dates of possession of tyhe British Empire colonies and
Dominions. Includes a 81.9K animated GIF file of
locations and time zones of the British Empire, 1937.
Marlborough House, Pall Mall, London SW1Y 5HX, UK.
Tel: 020-7839 3411 - Fax: 020-7930 0827
NGO Desk Tel: 020-7747 6125 - e-mail: email@example.com
Information & Public Affairs Division Tel: 020-7747 6385 - Fax: 020-7839
The Secretariat is the main agency through which the Commonwealth countries
The British Empire and Commonwealth Museum
is under construction in the famous Brunel railshed in Bristol. The Museum's
first galleries include an exhibition titled "Together: The Commonwealth
at War 1914-1953", a collection of photographs illustrating the vital
wartime role played by men and women from Australia, Canada, India, Jamaica,
New Zealand, Nigeria, Malta, South Africa, and many other Commonwealth
countries. If you'd like more information, please contact the British Empire and
Commonwealth Museum Project Office, Clock Tower Yard, Temple Meads, Bristol BS1 6QH, U.K.
The Commonwealth Foundation: Marlborough House, Pall Mall, London SW1Y 5HY, UK. Tel: 020-7930
3783 - Fax: 020-7839 8157 - e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Foundation promotes professional co-operation and works closely with
non-governmental organisations. It makes grants to assist professional people
to take part in conferences, study visits and training attainments within the
The Commonwealth of Learning is an
intergovernmental organisation created by Commonwealth Heads of Government to
encourage the development and sharing of open learning/distance education knowledge,
resources and technologies. COL is helping
developing nations improve access to quality education and training.
COL's library service On-line access to COL's Information Resource Centre
Commonwealth schools network: Commonwealth Electronic Network for Schools and
Education – CENSE
The Institute of Commonwealth Studies is
the only Postgraduate academic institution in the United Kingdom devoted to the
study of the Commonwealth. Its purpose is to promote inter-disciplinary and
inter-regional research on the Commonwealth and its member nations in the
fields of history, politics, economics and other social sciences, and in
subjects like development, environment, health, migration, class, race, and
The ICS Library is an international
resource holding more than 160,000 items, with particularly impressive Caribbean, Southern
African and Australian holdings and 200 archival collections.
Department for International Development
94 Victoria Street, London SW1E 5JL 9HY
Tel: 020-7917 7000 - Fax: 020-7917 0019 - e-mail: email@example.com
The Department for International Development is the UK government
department responsible for all aspects of international development policy.
Its principal aim is to contribute to the elimination of poverty in poorer
countries and to enable poor people to achieve sustained improvement in their
living standards. The Secretary of State for International Development is The
Rt Hon Clare
The Oriental and India Indian Office Collections
This is the official website for the British Library's Oriental and Indian
section. They hold all the official documents
pertaining to the Honourable East India Company and
the subsequent pre-1947 India Office records. The scope of these
organisations spread far further than just the Indian subcontinent. The Middle East, East Africa, Far Eastern
Asia all had strong connections with the India office.
HG&UW Naval History Information Center.
World warship Lists And Photo Gallery from 1913 to 2000.
The Center provides warship data as a comprehensive,
detailed listing of all the world's battleships, cruisers, aircraft carriers
and seaplane tenders, from the start of naval aviation into the 21st century.
Every warship, battleship, carrier and seaplane tender ever built or planned
is listed, with complete technical data, historical sketches and photographs
for virtually every ship. There are nearly 1000 high-quality photos linked to
the respective ship histories. This is perhaps one of the most comprehensive
websites for information about the ships used by all the World's Navies
during WWII and after. Includes details for the American, Australian,
Brazilian, British, Canadian, Dutch, Free French, Indian, New Zealand,
Norwegian, Polish, South African Navies, ships and links to other web
Warships of the world.
This site includes information and links to all the main Allies.
ROYAL NAVY MUSEUM (UK)
The Royal Marines Museum (UK)
is dedicated to the preservation and presentation of all aspects of Royal
Marines history for the education and enjoyment of the general public.
Shearwater Aviation Museum of Maritime Military
Aviation (Canada) Home of the Canadian Swordfish
Naval Aviation Museum of Australia/Museum of Flight
American National Museum of Naval Aviation
NATIONAL MARITIME MUSEUM
The Royal Air Force Museum,
National Museum of Aviation, celebrates the story of aviation from before the
Wright Brothers to the RAF of the 21st Century with one of the world's finest
collections of legendary aircraft and associated exhibits. The Museum stands
on 15 acres of the historic former Hendon Aerodrome at RAF Hendon, one of the
oldest aviation centres in the country.
CANADIAN NAVAL AIR NET
NAVAL MUSEUM OF ALBERTA CALGARY, ALBERTA, CANADA An
excellent site showcasing the Naval Museum of Alberta located in Calgary. Good stories and
photos, many featuring aspects of naval aviation. The Museum commemorates the
prairie men and women who served in the Royal Canadian Navy since its
formation in 1910. It is dedicated to the memory of Lieutenant Robert Hampton
Gray, VC, DSC, MiD, RCNVR; the Royal Canadian
Navy's only recipient of the Victoria Cross in World War II.
Naval Museum of Manitoba
Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum
is a non-profit, charitable organization founded and operated by volunteers.
The Museum is dedicated to preservation of the history of the British
Commonwealth Air Training Plan and honoring those airmen who trained and
served, and especially those who died while serving their country in the
conflict of 1939 - 1945. This is the only Museum in Canada dedicated
solely to this goal and we think it is fitting that it is located in Manitoba where so much of the
training was carried out.
Canadian war museumThe Canadian War Museum (CWM) is an affiliated museum of
the Canadian Museum
of Civilization. The CWM has its own collections, its own programmes and its
Alex's Royal Navy Page
Aircraft Carriers of the Royal Navy. Service and class technical details of
all RN Aircraft Carriers. Part 1 - 1920-1939 Furious, Hermes, Eagle,
Courageous & Ark Royal classes. Part 2 - 1940-1949 Illustrious, Implacable,
Colossus & Majestic classes. Part 3 - 1950-2000 Audacious, Centaur,
Invincible & Ocean classes
HG&UW World Aircraft Carrier Lists And Photo Gallery
from 1913 to 2000.
The World Aircraft Carriers Lists are a comprehensive,
detailed listing of all the world's aircraft carriers and seaplane tenders,
from the start of naval aviation into the 21st century. Every carrier and
seaplane tender ever built or planned is listed, with complete technical
data, historical sketches and photographs for virtually every ship. There are
nearly 1000 high-quality photos linked to the espective
ship histories. This is perhaps one of the most comprehensive websites for
information about the ships used by the Fleet Air Arm and the Commonwealth.
Includes a Master list of RN Carriers and an
extensive list of links to other web resources.
Created: 3-04-2001, Last Modified 3-06-2005