List of all Fleet Air Arm 
Commanding Officers 1939-1945

A - B - C - D - E - F - G - H - I - J - K - L
M - N - O - P - Q - R - S - T - U - V - W

- X - Y - Z

 


 
 

S Keane RN
Born 
Rank: Lt (A)(1941), Lt Cdr (A)(1942) 
Honours and Awards 
Died 
Other information 
- took part in the strike against the German battleship Bismarck, 26.5.1941 (HMS Ark Royal) 
- built up 825 sqdn which had earlier in the month been decimated when the previous CO, Ltr Cdr Esmonde, had been killed trying to torpedo the Gernan battlecruisers Scharnhorst and Gneisenau in the English Channel
- involved in operations under RAF Coastal Command 

Commands:

825

Feb 1942

Dec 1942

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

RW Kearsley RN
Born 
Rank: Lt Cdr (A) 
Honours and Awards 
Died 
Other information 
- took command of 898 hellcat sqdn when it was reformed at Wingfield, South Africa
-operated from HMS Attacker, 6.1945 

Commands:

898

Jan 1945

End of WW2

 

 

 

 

 

 


 
 

JM Keene-Miller RN
Born 
Rank: Cdr 
Honours and Awards 
Died 
Other information 
- POW, shot down by Bf109s over Normandy, D-Day+1, 7.6.1944 (Cdr Flying Lee-on-Solent) 

Commands:

Cdr Flying 
Lee-on-Solent

1944

June 1944

POW 

 

 

 

 

 


 
 


Keighly-Peach after landing on flight-deck in Sea Gladiator N5517, HMS Eagle, 1940

Charles Lindsay Keighly-Peach RN
Born 
Rank: Cdr (1938), Capt 1943 
Honours and Awards DSO, OBE 
Died 
Other information 
- Air Ace with 3 confirmed destroyed enemy aircraft, 1 shared destroyed, 1 probable
- qualified to fly in 1926
- set up HMS Eagle Fighter Flight, the early defence of the Mediterranean Fleet, 1940
- the flight claimed 8 aircraft shot down, 5 involving K-P
- led attack on Italian destroyers threatening Port Sudan, assisting sinking all but one destroyer.
- loaned to Royal Canadian Navy, 1951-1953
- Seniority 12.1943 (C)

See bibliographic summary for Keighly-Peach

Commands:

CO RNAS Lee-on-Solent 

3.1939

3.1940

 

Cdr Flying 
HMS Eagle

6.1940

 

 

Naval Assistant (Air) to 
2nd Sea Lord

1941

1944

 

CO RNAS Yeovilton

1944

1945

 

 


 

BHM Kendall RN
Born 
Rank: Lt Cdr
Honours and Awards 
Died 
Other information
- took command of 804 sqdn at Skaebrae
- foreign award
- OBE 
- seniority 5.1937 (Lt Cdr)

Commands:

804

Nov 1940

March 1941

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

AS Kennard RN
Born 
Rank: Lt 
Honours and Awards: DSC (pre 1943) 
Died 
Other information 
- immediately after taking command of  811 sqdn, was involved in attacking and damaging the German submarine U-203 26.4.1943, HMS Biter
- involved in attacking U-89 which was later sunk, 12.5.1943
- seniority 2.1946 (Lt Cdr)

Commands:

811

April 1943

Nov 1943

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

N Kennedy RN (RAF)
Born 
Rank: Lt Cdr (Sqdn Ldr RAF)(1938), Cdr (1943) 
Honours and Awards DSC 
Died 
Other information 
-commanding 813 sqdn onboard HMS Eagle in the China Station and subsequently on the outbreak of war searched for enemy raiders in the Indian Ocean.
- in command when sqdn destroyed 2 Italian bombers, and during and attack on Tobruk sank 1 destroyer and 1 merchant ship and damaged another destroyer and 2 merchant ships, 5.7.1940
- involved in sunking 1 destroyer in attack on Port Augusta, Sicily, 8.7.1940 

- seniority 6.1943 (Cdr)

Commands:

813

Sept 1938

Jan 1941

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

The Hon WAC Keppel RN
Born 
Rank: Lt Cdr (1945) 
Honours and Awards DSC 
Died 
Other information 
- family name of Earl of Albemarle
- commanded the reformed 86 barracuda sqdn at Lee-on-Solent, and then at Fearn.

- seniority 4.1945 (Lt Cdr)

Commands:

816

Feb 1945

June 1945

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

LJ Kiggell RN
Born 
Rank: Lt (A)(1940), Lt Cdr (A)(1942) 
Honours and Awards: DSC (pre Oct 1942) & Bar 
Died 
Other information 
- took part in the first FAA minelaying operation under RAF Coastal Command  in  English Channel, 25.4.1940 (815 sqdn) 
- took part in strike against Italian Fleet at Taranto, 11.11.1940
- took command of 841 albacore sqdn at Manston, attached to RAF Fighter Command
- involved in night ops against shipping in the Dover Straits and English Channel
seniority 12.1948 (Cdr)

Commands:

841

Oct 1942

Dec 1942

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

RA Kilroy RN
Born 
Rank: Lt Cdr 
Honours and Awards: DFC 
Died 
Other information 
- Led first squadron to join RAF Coastal Command  in minelaying operations in English Channel, 25.4.1940 (815 sqdn) 
- provided suport during the Dunkirk evacuation, 5.1940
- operated from HMS Illustrious but left the sqdn before it sailed for the Mediterranean in August, 1940 
- involved in chasing itaainan seaplanr but stopped firing when red cross markings seen, 2.9.1940
- shated shooting down z501 in flames near Malta, 2.9.1940

Commands:

815

April 1940

Aug 1940

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

PF King RN
Born 
Rank: Lt Cdr (A) 
Honours and Awards: 
Died 
Other information 
- took command of 822 sqdn on HMS Furious for Arctic convoy duties, 
- commanded 822 one of the first sqdns to reform with the new FAA divebomber, barracuda, 7.1943
joined the 45th Naval TBR Wing for duties in the Eastern Fleet. 

Commands:

822

March 1943

Aug 1943

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

RA Kingdon RNVR
Born 
Rank: Lt Cdr (A) 
Honours and Awards: DSC 
Died 
Other information 
- took command of 830 sqdn as part of No 8 TBR Wing at Hatston
- led the sqdn in the first strike on the german battleship Tirpitz, in Kaa Fjord, Norway, Operation Tungsten, HMS Furious 3.4.1944
- took part in operaytion ridge Able against shipping off Norway, 194
- took part in operations Mascot and Goodwood against the Tirpitz 7-8.1944, when the Wing Leader, Lt Cdr Baker Falkner, was lost on 18.7.1944 

Commands:

830

Jan 1944

Oct 1944

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

TJA King-Joyce RN
Born 
Rank: Lt Cdr (A) 
Honours and Awards 
Died 
Other information 
- in command of the reformed corsair sqdn at Brunswick
- disbanded the sqdn at Nutts Corner, 9.1945 

Commands:

1835

Dec 1944

Sept 1945

 disbanded

883

Sept 1945

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DW Kirke RN
Born 
Rank: Lt Cdr 
Honours and Awards 
Died 
Other information 
- involved with malta convoys, HMS Unicorn, 5.1943
- provided fighter cover for the Salerno landings, 9.1943

-awarded CB, CBE, MBIM 

Commands:

887

Aug 1942

Jan 1944

 

 

 

 

 

 


 
 

JH Kneale RNVR
Born 
Rank: Lt Cdr (A) 
Honours and Awards 
Died 
Other information 
- first CO of 1790 firefly sqdn at Burscough
- embarked on HMS Vindex for the British Pacific Fleet but saw no action before VJ-Day.

Commands:

1790

Jan 1945

End of WW2

 

 

 

 

 

 

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