Fleet Air Arm Archive 1939-1945


 


 The Fleet Air Arm squadrons taking part in the Battle of Britain under RAF Fighter Command

The Fleet Air Arm played an active part in the fight against the Axis forces during the Battle of Britain, not more so than the two FAA squadrons and 50 or so men who served under RAF Fighter Command. This page is dedicated to their dedication and bravery.

BATTLE OF BRITAIN CLASP TO THE 1939-45 STAR
Issues of silver-gilt rose emblems denoting a clasp to the 1939-45 Star  may be made to flying personnel who flew in fighter aircraft engaged in the Battle of Britain between  10th July 1940 and 31st October  1940.



As ever the Royal Navy was Britain's first and last line of defence, but things had changed since Napoleon had attempted to invade England from across the Channel. The German navy was too small to control the Channel long enough for an invasion fleet to cross in the face of determined Royal Navy resistance. The Luftwaffe, however, could. To destroy the Royal Navy, the Luftwaffe had to secure command of the air and that meant the neutralizing of RAF Fighter Command airspace over southern England. The Germans had many, many more aircraft than the RAF.  More important than the machines were the men to fly them and the RAF was critically short of fighter pilots. They had little more than 800 and as the Battle progressed the RAF shortage worsened. There were not enough pilots, not enough ground crew, never enough sleep and too many enemy aircraft.  With this desperate situation the RAF was forced to call upon the Admiralty for Fleet Air Arm assistance.

The unsung heroes of Fighter Command were the Fleet Air Arm crews who served under RAF Fighter Command, either loaned directly to RAF fighter squadrons or as with 804 and 808 naval units, entire squadrons were loaned to RAF Fighter Command. No 804 Squadron were to fly dockyard defence during the Battle of Britain with Sea Gladiators.

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Battle of Britain Timeline



The Fleet Air Arm Squadrons flying with RAF Fighter Command in the Battle of Britain 




 

804 squadron aircrew

 

 

M.A.Birrell

R.A.Birch

S.H.Bunch

R.H.P.Carver

P.S.C.Chiltern

J.P.Coates

J.C.Cockburn

M.D.Grant

D.A.Hutchinson

R.R.Lamb

A.M.Mackinnon

T.J.Mahoney

A.E.Marsh

W.R.Nowell

T.R.V.Parke

B.Paterson

N.H.Patterson

J.Reardon-Parker

G.F.Russell 

F.J.Shaw

J.W.Sleigh

W. E. J.Stockwell

Lt. A.J.Wright

 


 




804 squadron aircrew

 

 

R.C.Cockburn

R.E.Dubber

G.C.M.Guthrie

P.Guy

A.T.L.Kindersley

R.M.S.Martin

G.W.Roberts

R.C.Hay

D.E.Taylor

E.W.T.Taylour

R.C.Tillard

 


The Fleet Air Arm pilots flying with RAF Fighter Command Squadrons in the Battle of Britain


242 (Canadian) hurricane squadron RAF under the celebrated command of Sqdn Leader Douglas RS "Tinlegs" Bader which included three Fleet Air Arm pilots, Sub Lt RJ Cork, RN (Bader's wingman),  Sub Lt RE Gardner RNVR and Mid PJ Patterson, RN

List of FAA pilots loaned to RAF Fighter Command squadrons in the Battle of Britain


Sub Lt AG Blake RN seconded to 19 sqdn RAF, 1940

Aircrews:

Baker-Falkner, RS Lt

812 sqdn (and? 600 sqdn RAF listed as "Baker"?)(see further information under Wynn, below) 

killed 18.7.44

 

Beggs, HW Sub Lt 

151 sqdn RAF

killed 15.11.40 HMS Avenger

 

Blake, AG Sub Lt 

19 sqdn RAF

killed 29.10.40

 

Bramah, HGK Sub Lt

213 sqdn RAF

died 1973

 

Bulmer, GGR Sub Lt 

32 sqdn RAF

killed 20.7.40

 

Carpenter, JC Sub Lt RN (Canada)

229 and 46 sqdns 

killed 20.7.40

 

Cork, RJ Sub Lt RN

242 sqdn RAF

killed 14.4.44

 

Gardner, RE Sub Lt 

242 sqdn RAF

 

 

Gilbert, PRJ Mid 

111 sqdn RAF

 

 

La Fone Greenshield, H Sub Lt 

266 sqdn RAF

killed 16.8.40

 

Jeram, DM Sub Lt 

213 sqdn RAF

died 1977

 

Kestin, IH Sub Lt 

145 sqdn RAF

killed 1.8.40

 

Lennard, PL MID 

501 sqdn RAF 

killed 26.3.42

 

Moss, WJM Sub Lt 

213 sqdn RAF

killed 27.8.40

 

Patterson, PJ Mid 

242 sqdn RAF

killed 20.8.40

 

Paul, FD Sub Lt 

64 sqdn RAF

missing 26.7.40;
died as POW 30.7.40

 

Pudney, GB Sub Lt 

64 sqdn RAF

killed in Egypt 26.8.41

 

Richards, DH Sub Lt 

111 sqdn RAF

died 1955

 

Smith, FA Sub Lt 

145 sqdn RAF

killed 8.8.40

 

Sykes, JHC Sub Lt 

64 sqdn RAF

 

 

Walsh, RWM Sub Lt

111 sqdn RAF

 

 

Wightman, OM Mid

151 sqdn RAF

killed 30.6.41 in 807 sqdn

 

Worrall, TV Sub Lt 

111 sqdn RAF

killed 20.2.1941 in 809 sdqn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FURTHER INFORMATION

 

Official Battle of Britain website by the Royal Air Force

Excellent site

Men of the Battle of Britain 

Includes short biographies of Battle of Britain aircrew

Squadrons of the Battle of Britain

A wealth of detailed information on the pilots, squadrons and aircraft that took part in the battle

The Battle Of Britain Historical Society

If there is one site on the web about the Battle of Britain that stands out, it has to include battleofbritain.net

Fighter Command Aircrew and Casualties

 

Battle of Britain Website Directory

Battle of Britain web site  includes BoB signed itemsRAF Fighter Command's Battle of Britain Squadrons including FAA sqdns and RAF sqdns with FAA aircrew. See  804 and 808 sdqns. 

The Battle of Britain Fighter Association

C/O RAF MOD

Battle of Britain

Good site which highlights that we are not meant to glorify war. They are dedicated to the men and women throughout the world who fought and, in many cases, died for what they believed in Freedom

242 Squadron website. 

Recollections of 242 sqdn by Douglas Bader including:

  • Douglas Bader tells of his first meeting with the pilots of 242 squadron.
  • Douglas Bader tells the reunion of his first talk with the pilots of 242 squadron in his office after showing them what he could do in a Hurricane.

Christopher Shores and Clive Williams, Aces High: a tribute to the most notable fighter pilots of the British and Commonwealth Forces in WWII, Grub Street publishers, 1994

 

Ministry of Information (1943). Battle of Britain. Published by His Majesty's Stationary Office, 1943.

 


Wynn, KG (1999). Men of the Battle of Britain, a biographical directory of the Few.. 
Published by CCB Associates, 1999. ISBN: 1 902074 10 6

Biographies of all the Battle of Britain aircrews, including each of the Fleet Air Arm personnel. Baker-Falkner was confirmed as a Batttle of Britain pilot by the Battle of Britain Fighter assopciation and the MOD after this publication went to press. 

Sturtivant, R. & Burrow, M (1995) 

 'Fleet Air Arm Aircraft 1939 to 1945'  Published by Air Britain (Historians) Ltd, 1995 ISBN: 0 85130 232 7 

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