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

 


 
 

MA Lacayo RN
Born 
Rank: Lt Cdr (A) 
Honours and Awards 
Died 
Other information 
- Seniority 1956 (Lt Cdr)
- took command of the reformed barracuda sqdn  at Rattray in preparation for joining the 21st Carrier Air Group. Still at Fearn, VJ-Day- 

Commands:

817

April 1945

Aug 1945

 disbanded

 

 

 

 

 


 

CB Lamb RN
Born 
Rank: Lt (A)(1940), Lt Cdr (A) 
Honours and Awards: DSO (pre March 1943), DSC (pre March 1943) 
Died 
Other information 
- took part in the first FAA operations under RAF Coastal Command in the English Channel, 25.4.1940 (815 sqdn)
- took part in the Taranto strike, 11.11.1940 
- POW French Tunisia after mission to drop off secret agent in Tunisia, 17.9.1941 (830 sdqn) 
- Seniority  12.1949 (Cdr) 

- See Autobiography

Commands:

842

March 1943

April 1943

 

 

 

 

 

 


 
 

HJF Lane RN
Born 
Rank: Lt Cdr 
Honours and Awards 
Died 
Other information 
-  led sqdn in attacks on Madagascar, in Operation Ironclad, 5-7.5.1942 

Commands:

882

Sept 1941

Sept 1942

 disbanded

 

 

 

 

 


 
 

JR Lang RN
Born 
Rank: Lt 
Honours and Awards 
Died 
Other information 
- took command of 835 sqdn at Lee-on-Solent
- took part in convoy escort duties, HMS Battler, 3.1943
- Seniority 6.1949 (Cdr)

Commands:

835

April 1942

Sept 1943

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

DE Langmore RN
Born 1910 England 
Rank: Lt Cdr 
Honours and Awards: DSC (1941) 
Died 18.12.1941 
Other information 
- led sqdn in the FAA attack on Kirkenes, HMS Victorious, 7.1941 (828 sqdn)
- from Oct 1941 based at Hal Far, Malta attacking enemy shipping supplies to North Africa (828 sqdn).
- Killed whilst in command 828 sqdn in Malta, 18.12.1941

Commands:

828

May 1941

Dec 1941

 Killed 18.12.1941

 

 

 

 

 


 

JG Large RNVR
Born 
Rank: Lt (A) 1943, Lt Cdr (A) 1944 
Honours and Awards 
Died 
Other information 
-convoy escort duties, HMS Archer, 3-4.1943
- commanded the reformed swordfish sqdn aboard HMS Activity
- took part ion arctic convoys to Russia, carried out anti-submarine patrols, HMS Activity
- carried out Atlantic convoy duties, HMS Activity 5-6.1944
-caasried out convoy duties to Gibraltar, HMS Activity, 7-8.1944 

Commands:

892

March 1943

June/Aug 1943

 disbanded

833 

April 1944

Sept 1944

disbanded

 


 
 

RG Large RNVR
Born 
Rank: Lt Cdr (A) 
Honours and Awards 
Died 
Other information 
- took up command of 838 sqdn for MAC-ship duties, including trials on MV Rapana, but in 8.943 the sqdn ceased to exist. 

Commands:

838

June 1943

Aug 1943

 disbanded

 

 

 

 

 


 

ME Lashmore RN
Born 
Rank: Lt Cdr 
Honours and Awards: DSO, DSC (post Feb 1943) 
Died 
Other information 
- took command of 828 sqdn at Hal Far, Malta
- involved in strikes against enemy targets in the Mediterranean.

OBE
- Seniority 12.1948 (Cdr)

Commands:

828 

Nov 1942

Feb 1943

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

DB Law RN
Born 
Rank: Lt Cdr (A) 
Honours and Awards: DSC (pre Dec 1944) 
Died 
Other information 
-took command of 800 sqdn at Long Kesh
- embarked on HMS Emperor for the Far East, 2.1945
participated in the recapture of Rangoon, sqdn dts on HMS Shah and HMS Khedive 5.1945
- - involved in attacks on Sumatran airfields and operations off Phuket island, HMS Ameer, 6.1945
- CBE
- AFRAeS
- Seniority 12. 1957 (C)

Commands:

800

Dec 1944

May 1945

 

804

May 1945

End of WW2

 

 


 

RG Lawson RNVR
Born 
Rank: Lt Cdr (A) 
Honours and Awards 
Died 
Other information 
- took command of the reformed barracuda sqdn at Lee-on-Solent, 
- operations with the Eastern Fleet, 12th Naval TBR Wing, HMS Indomitable, 7.1944 
- took part in attack on Emma Haven, Sumatra, 8.1944
- involved in attack on Sigli, 9.1944
- led sqdn in attack on Nicobar islands, 10.1944 

Commands:

815

Oct 1943

Dec 1944

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

AG Leatham RN
Born 
Rank: Lt Cdr (1943) 
Honours and Awards 
Died 
Other information 
- took command of 831 sqdn at mackinnon road, the sqn embarked on HMS Indomitable, 7.1942
-took part in Malta convoy, HMS Indomitable, 8.1942
- furtherduties on HMS Indomitable, 3-5.1943
- Seniority 11.1943 (Lt Cdr)

Commands:

831

July 1942

May 1943

 

 

 

 

 

 


 
 

PJP Leckie RN
Born 
Rank: Lt Cdr 
Honours and Awards 
Died 
Other information 
- took command of 1844 hellcat sqdn HMS Indomitable
- involved in attack on Sakishima Gunto islands, 1945 

Commands:

1844

May 1945

End of WW2

 

 

 

 

 

 


 
 

K Lee-White RN (RAF)
Born 
Rank: Sqdn Ldr RAF 
Honours and Awards 
Died 
Other information 
- two weeks after VJ-Day took command of the reformed 813 firebrand sqdn at Ford 

Commands:

813

Sept 1945

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EDG Lewin RN
Born 
Rank: Lt Cdr 
Honours and Awards: DSO, DSC & Bar (post Feb 1942) 
Died 
Other information 
-  took up commannd of sqdn as part of Force H in the Mediterranean, HMS Ark Royal 
- took part in Malta convoys. 
- sqdn saw much action, with 15 enemy aircraft claimed as being shot down in 7-8.1941. 
- survived sinking of HMS Ark Royal, 13.11.1941 
- took command of the newly reformed 885 sea hurricane sqdn at Yeovilton 
- CB, CBE
- Seniority 6. 1949 (C)

Commands:

808

May 1941

Nov 1941

 disbanded

885

Dec 1941

Feb 1942

 

 


 

AC Lindsey RN
Born 
Rank: Lt 
Honours and Awards 
Died 
Other information 
- took command of 806 sqdn 2 weeks before VJ-Day, at Machrihanish 

Commands:

806

Aug 1945

End of WW2

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

RW Little RN
Born 
Rank: Lt 
Honours and Awards 
Died 
Other information 
- given command of 827 sqdn immediately after HMS Indomitable was bombed in Operation Pedestal convoy to Malta.
- re-equipped with some of the first barracuda dive bomber to see FAA service, 1.1943

Commands:

827

Sept 1942

Feb 1943

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WH Lloyd RNVR
Born 
Rank: Lt Cdr (A) 
Honours and Awards 
Died 
Other information 
- took part in searches for enemy shipping in the Bay of Biscay, HMS Unicorn, 7.1943
- invasion of Sicily duties, 8.1943
- joined Eastern Fleet, HMS Unicorn, 11.1943 

Commands:

818

July 1943

Oct 1944

 disbanded

 

 

 

 

 


 

FKA Low RN
Born 
Rank: Lt Cdr (A) 
Honours and Awards 
Died 
Other information 
- involved in the North African landings, HMS Victorious, 11, 1942
- one of first sqdns with avengers, 1.1943
- sweep in Coral Sea, 5.1943
- operations from USS Saratoga in support of landings in the Mid Solomons, 6.1943
- bombing attack on Sourabaya, HMS Illustrious, 17.5.1944
trade protection duties, HMS Begum in Indian Ocean, 5-10.1944 

Commands:

832

Nov 1942

Oct 1944

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

ILF Lowe RN
Born 
Rank: Lt Cdr (A) (May 1941) 
Honours and Awards DSC (1941) 
Died 
Other information 
- Air ace with 1 destroyed enemy aircraft and 5 shared destroyed
- operated from HMS Illstrious in the Mediterranean (806 sqdn).
- 1 victory, Cant Z501, himself hit, ditched, rescued HMAS Stuart, 29.9.1940 (806 sqdn)
- 1 victory, ju87, himself hit, ditched, rescued by HMS Jaguar, 10.1.1941 (806 sqdn)
- led sqdn in North Africa landings, HMS Victorious (882 sqdn)
- with sqdn on HMS Victorious joined US Pacific Fleet, Feb 1943
- sqdn supported landings of US troops in Middle Solomons, June 1943
- Seniority 5.1941 (Lt Emy) 
- WSR (Lt Cdr) 

See biography in "Aces High" and see Obituary summary

Commands:

882

Sept 1942

Dec 1942

 

898

Nov 1942

Oct 1943

 

 


 
 

NS Luard RN (RAF)
Born 
Rank: Lt Cdr (Sqdn Ldr RAF), Cdr (1945)(temp) 
Honours and Awards: DSC (pre Dec 1940) 
Died 
Other information 
- first CO of 814 swordfish sqdn, formed at Southampton.
- on the outbreak of war embarked HMS Hermes searching for the German battleship Graf Spee 
- attacked Vichy French battlership Richelieu at Dakar, HMS Hermes 8.7.1940
- second Air Group Commander 3rd Carrier Air Group.

Commands:

814

Dec 1938

Dec 1940

 

700

May 1941

Feb 1942

 

3rd Carrier Air Group (1843, 1845 sqdns/spare Group)

Aug 1945

Sept 1945

 

 


 

WJ Lucas RN
Born 
Rank: Lt Cdr (1941) 
Honours and Awards 
Died 
Other information
- took up command of 811 sqdn for duties at Arbroath 
- given command of 832 sqdn after loss of the previous CO, Lt Cdr Plugge,
HMS Victorious
- involved in Arctic convoys to Russia, 3.1942
- participated in an unsuccessful attack on the German battleship Tirpitz, 3.1942
- involved in Malta convoy duties, Operation Pedestal, 7.1942
- involved in the North African landings , 10.1942 
- Seniority 10.1941 (Lt Cdr) 

Commands:

811

Oct 1941

Feb 1942

 

832

Feb 1942

Nov 1942

 

 


 

WP Lucy RN
Born 1910 England 
Rank: Lt (1939), Lt Cdr (A) 
Honours and Awards: DSO (1940) 
Died: 14.5.1940 
Other information 
- Air Ace with 7 shared destroyed enemy aircraft, 1 probable, 3 shared damaged.
-  took part in Norwegian operations, 1940 
- led the attack on the German cruiser Konigsberg, April 1940, the first major warship to ever hhaver been sunk by aircraft  (803 sqdn). Awarded DSO.
- took part in the shooting down of 6 aircraft. 
- killed when his aircraft blew up whilst attacking He111, HMS Ark Royal, 14.5.1940.

Commands:

803

Feb 1940

May 1940

 killed 14.5.1940

 

 

 

 

 


 

SP Luke RN
Born 
Rank: Lt Cdr (A) 
Honours and Awards 
Died 
Other information 
- joined the 9th Naval TBR brracuda Wing, joined HMS Indefatigable for Operation Mascot, strike against German battleship Tirpitz, 17.7.1944
- took part in Operations Goodwood against the Tirpitz, HMS Formidable, 8.1944
- joined No 2 Strike Wing, HMS Indefatigable with avengers.
- led sqdn in attacks against Japanese forces in Operation Meridian, Palembang, 29.1.1945 (820 sqdn)
- the sqdn flew 100 sorties in strikes against airfields Sakishima Gunto islands, 3-4.1945
- first Air Group Comander for 51sr Training Air Group,1946 
- Seniority 10.1948 (Lt Cdr)

Commands:

826

Jan 1944

Oct 1944

 disbanded

820

Oct 1944

May 1945

 

 


 

AV Lyle RN
Born 
Rank: Lt Cdr 
Honours and Awards 
Died 
Other information 
- involved in convoy operations to deliver RAF spitfires to Malta, HMS Eagle, 1.1942 
- Seniority 6.1948 (Cdr)
- foreign order

Commands:

813

Nov 1941

March 1942

 

 

 

 

 

 

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