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Over 102 squadrons and 12 Flights have been stationed at Lee on Solent over its long history. Perhaps the longest resident, was 781 squadron which was still being used for VIP and SAR work with Wessex HU.5s finally disbanded on 31 March 1981 after 41 years residing at Lee on Solent.
SQUADRONS AND FLIGHTS AT LEE ON SOLENT

The following list includes profile histories of each of the squadrons stationed at HMS Daedalus (click on the underlined hypertext links to review the profile histories):

No. 440 Flight (formerly No 205 squadron RAF), No. 443 Catapult Flight, Floatplane Training Flight, Fleet Reconnaissance Flight, Fleet Requirements Unit (later numbered 771 sqdn), 712 Flight, 713 Flight, 714 Flight, 718 Flight, 716 Flight, 700H, 700W, 701, 702, 703, 705, 708, 710, 712, 716, 728C, 737X, 739, 746, 752, 753, 754, 760, 763, 764, 764B, 765, 770, 771, 772, 773, 776, 778, 780, 781, 782, 783, 784, 787, 793, 798, 799, 799, 800, 801, 802, 803, 804, 805, 807, 808, 809, 810, 811, 812, 813, 814, 815, 816, 817, 818, 819, 820, 821, 823, 824, 825, 826, 827, 828, 829, 830, 831, 832, 833, 835, 836, 837, 841, 842, 845, 847, 848, 849, 849B, 850, 854, 855, 878, 881, 884, 885, 886, 887, 888, 891, 892, 894, 895, 897, 1700, 1701, 1702, 1703, 1791, 1792, 1831, Search and Rescue (SAR) Flight, JOAC Flight.

RAF  - REPRESENTATIVE UNITS
 
RAF unit Arrival/Departure  RAF unit Arrival/Departure
Naval Seaplane Training School
(became 209 TDS)
Established 30 July 1917. Closed 1 January 1919. Flew Short 827 Floatplanes then Short 184/187/FBA/NT2B 63 Squadron Arrived 28 Amy 1944, departed  2 July 1944. Flew Spitfire VB
RAF and Naval Co-operation School (name changed to RAF Seaplane School July 1919) Formed 6 June 1919. Station closed December 1919. Flew Short 184 63 Squadron Arrived  30 August 1944, departed  20 September 1944. Flew Spitfire VB
School of Naval Co-operation and Air Navigation
(renamed as School of Naval co-operation May 1923).
Opened 1 June 1920, renamed RAF Seaplane Training School April 1921. Flew Fairey IIID 202 Squadron (detachment) Arrived  April 1988, departed May 1988. Flew Sea King HAR3
Floatplane Training Flight Arrived April 1938 268 Squadron  Arrived June 1944, departed June 1944. Flew Mustang II,
2AACU Formed December 1936 414 Squadron Arrived June 1944, departed June 1944. Flew Mustang II.
407 Flight Formed 1920/30s, departed June 1935. Flew Osprey
1320 Flight
Arrived June  1944, departed  June 1944. Flew Typhoon 
443 Flight Formed 1920s, extant 1930. Flew Fairey IIIF
444 Flight Formed January 1925. Flew Fairey IIID
444 Flight  Arrived July 1929, departed June 1935. Flew Fairey IIIF
2 Squadron Arrived June 1944,departed June 1944. Flew Mustang II
16 Squadron Arrived 6 June 1941, departed September 1941. Flew Spitfire VA
26 Squadron Arrived 29 April 1944, departed  6 October 1944. Flew Spitfire VA / Hurricane IIC
42 Squadron Detachment 11 March 1938. Flew Vildebeeste

FLEET AIR ARM - REPRESENTATIVE UNITS
 
Fleet Air Arm Unit Arrival/Departure Fleet Air Arm Unit Arrival/Departure
Naval Seaplane Training School
(became 209 TDS)
Established 30 July 1917. Closed 1 January 1919. Flew Short 827 Floatplanes  800 Squadron Seafire XVII. Arrived 1946, departed Sept 1946.
700 Squadron (Helicopter Flt)  Formed 18 March 1957, disbanded 26 September 1957. Whirlwind HAs 7, 802 Squadron Sea Furies. Extant July 1948
701 Squadron Extant July 1958. Dragonfly 807 Squadron Arrived Jan 1947
702 Squadron Formed December 1940. Reformed 1957, departed 1957. Seafox 808 Squadron Seafires. Arrived Jan 1944. Departed August 1944 
703 Squadron Sea Hornets
Arrived 1948. Absorbed 778 Squadron. Departed April 1950
810 Squadron Barracuda. Departed Oct 1943.
705 Squadron HTE-1/Dragonfly/Whirlwind.
Arrived November 1955.
811 Squadron Chesapeake/Sea Hurricane. Formed July 1941, departed 1941.
708 Squadron Formed from 764B Squadron 2 October 1944. Flew Fireband. 813 Squadron Firebrand. Arrived 1948, departed Feb 1953. 
710 Squadron Walrus.Formed August 1939, departed 1939. 814 Squadron Firefly. Present April 1948, departed  10 May 1948
739 Squadron (BADU) Swordfish/Fulmar/Anson/Oxford.
Formed 1942, departed February 1943.
820 Squadron
Firefly. Arrived October 1955
753 Squadron Shark. Formed 1939, departed October 1940.
826 Squadron
Gannet. Formed 17 Jan 1955, departed May 1955.
754 Squadron Shark. Formed 1939, departed December 1940 827 Squadron Barracuda. Arrived 1943. 

Firefly. Arrived 1946, departed Sept 1946 

763 (TBR Pool) Squadron Arrived June 1940. departed October 1940. 829 Squadron  Albacore. Formed June 1940, departed 1940.

829 Squadron 
Barracuda II, Reformed December 1943, departed December 1943.

764 Squadron Walrus. Formed March 1940, departed July 1940.

764B Squadron. Firebrand, formed September 1944, renumbered 708 Sq 2 October 1944

845 Squadron  Whirlwind 22/HAS7,
Reformed November 1955. Departed August 1957
765 Squadron Walrus/Swordfish/Seafox.
Formed from Seaplane Training Flt

885 Squadron
Seafire IB. Arrived 1942, departed 1942.

885 Squadron Seafire. Arrived October 1943.  Disbanded November 1943.

885 Squadron Seafire LIII/Spitfire VB. Formed March 1944, departed August 1944

770 Squadron Moth/Skua,Sea Gladiator.
Arrived November 1939
886 Squadron Seafire. Arrived Jan 1944, absorbed by 885 Squadron July 1944.
771 FRU Various types.
Formed January 1941, departed  April 1950.

771 Squadron Firefly TTIV. Present November 1951, departed 1 September 1952.

1791 Squadron. Firefly IF. Formed March 1945. Departed June 1945
772 Squadron (SAR Flt)  Wessex.
Departed 31 March 1988
1792 Squadron Formed May 1945. Departed June 1945
778 Squadron (Service Trials Unit) Swordfish/Roc/Skua/Fulmar.
Formed 1939, departed July 1940.

778 Squadron Firefly Mk5. Present May 1948

1831(RNR)Sq, Chipmunk/Wasp, extant 1980
780 Squadron Arrived December 1940 2 Observer School  Swordfish/Walrus/Shark.
Extant 1939
781 Squadron Disbanded 1945.

781 (Comms) Squadron - flew various types. Reformed June 1946, disbanded 31 March 1981

Interservice Hovercraft Trials Unit  Formed 1962, renamed Naval HTU 1 December 1975.
782(comms) Squadron Extant 1945. Night Fighter School Fulmar/Anson. Formed June 1942
783 Squadron Mosquito/Anson. Arrived May 1947 Service Trials Unit Seafire/Firefly.
Arrived mid 1947
799 Squadron SeaOtter/Expeditor/Avenger.
Departed 1948
School of Aircraft Handling  Arrived 1956, departed 1958

OTHER MILITARY UNITS
 
Other unit Arrival/Departure  Other unit Arrival/Departure
US Navy Squadron
VCS-7
Spitfire VB. Arrived June 1944, departed June 1944
US Navy 
USS Texas Ship's Flight
Arrived June 1944, departed June 1944

 
HMS Daedalus site from the air looking north, 2000, Lee-on-Solent
 

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