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

 


 
 

JR Parish RNVR
Born 
Rank: Lt Cdr (A) 
Honours and Awards 
Died 
Other information 
- commanded the reformed swordfish sqdn at Donibristle
- took part in Atlantic and North Russian convoy duties, HMS  Campania, 4.1944

Commands:

813

Nov 1943

Sept 1944

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

DG Parker RNVR
Born 
Rank: Lt Cdr (A) 
Honours and Awards DSC (1945) 
Died 
Other information 
-first CO of 1845 corsair sqdn at Donibristle
-joined British Pacfic Fleet, HMS Slinger, 3.1945 but saw no action.
- commanded 1842 after previous CO Lt Cdr Garland, was killed 18.4.1945 in the Sakishima Gunto raids
- involved in the Sakishima Gunto raids, HMS Formidable, 4-5.1945
- involved in strikes against Tokyo, 7.1945 

Commands:

1845

June 1944

April 1945

 disbanded

1842

April 1945

End of WW2

 

 


 
 

RT Partridge RM
Born 
Rank: Captain Royal Marines 
Honours and Awards: DSO 
Died 
Other information 
- in command of 800 sqdn durring Norwegain Campaign, HMS Ark Royal, 4.1940 
- Leading strike in attack on German warship Konigsberg in Norway, 4.1940 (800 sdqn)
- shot down 27.4.190 during the Norwegian campaign but eventually returned to sqdn.
- took up command of squadron after return fron Norway, HMS Ark Royal 23.5.1940 
- POW, shot down by Bf109s after attack on German battleship Scharnhorst at Trondheim, 13.6.1940 (800 sqdn)
- Seniority 12.1946 (Maj)

See autobiography

Commands:

804

Nov 1939

Dec 1939

 

800

April 1940

May 1940

 POW June 1940

 


 

O Patch RM
Born 
Rank: Captain Royal Marines 
Honours and Awards: DSO, DSC (Taranto
Died 
Other information 
- took part in Taranto strike 11.11.1940
- took command of 816 swordfish sqdn at Palisadoes, Jamaica
- involved in English Channel operations under RAF Coastal Command, 9.1942
- Seniority 12.1947 (Maj)

Commands:

816

Feb 1942

Oct 1942

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

AF Paterson RN
Born 
Rank: Lt 
Honours and Awards 
Died 
Other information 
- in command of 814 sqdn for 4 months at China bay and Katukurunda
- Seniority 12.1951 (Cdr)

Commands:

814

Sept 1942

Dec 1942

 

 

 

 

 

 


 
 

RB Pearson RN
Born 1917 England 
Rank: Lt Cdr (A) 
Honours and Awards: MID 
Died 19.7.1946 
Other information 
- took part in leading sqdn in Salerno landings, 9.1943
- took part in Arctic convoys to Russia, HMS Formidable 10.1943
- killed 19.7.1946 and buried Durrington, Wilts, UK

Commands:

893

Sept 1943

Nov 1943

 

 

 

 

 

 


 
 

FAJ Pennington RNZNVR
Born 1917 Wellington, New Zealand 
Rank: Lt Cdr (A) 
Honours and Awards DSC & Bar 
Died 24.4.1944 
Other information 
- Killed when in command 889 sqdn, Colombo Racecourse (HMS Bherunda), 24.4.1944 

Commands:

889

April 1944

April 1944

 killed 24.4.1944

 

 

 

 

 


 
 
 

TGV Percy RN
Born 
Rank: Lt Cdr 
Honours and Awards DSC 
Died 
Other information 
- commanded 848 sqdn at Lee on Solent at the end of the main D-Day Invasion support by the sqdn
- joined British Pacific Fleet, HMS  Formidable, 1.1945
- attacked airfields and shore targets at Sakishima Gunto islands in East China Seas, and on Formosa, 4.1945
- Seniority 12.1958 (C)
- OBE

Commands:

848

Aug 1944

June 1945

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

N Perrett RNZNVR
Born 
Rank: Lt Cdr 
Honours and Awards 
Died 
Other information 
- CO of the reformed hellcat sqdn at Eglington, which disbanded soon after VJ-Day 

Commands:

891

June 1945

End of WW2

 

 

 

 

 

 


 
 

DW Phillips RN
Born 
Rank: Lt Cdr (A) 
Honours and Awards: DSC (Tirpitz) 
Died 
Other information 
- took leading part in second strike Operation Tungsten against German battleship Tirpitz, HMS  Victorious, 3.4.1944 (828 sqdn)
- involved in attacks on enemy shipping off Norway, 6.1944
- provided trade protection duties in the Indian ocean, HMS  Battler, 8-9.1944
- Seniority 10.1942 (Lt)

Commands:

829

March 1944

July 1944

 

834

Aug 1944

Dec 1944

 disbanded

 


 

LF Plant RNVR
Born 
Rank: Lt (A) 
Honours and Awards 
Died 
Other information 
- first CO of 1701 sea otter sqdn at Lee-on-Solent
- attached to MONABs (mobile naval air base) for air sea rescue duties, 5.1945 

Commands:

1701

Feb 1945

End of WW2

 

 

 

 

 

 


 
 

AJP Plugge RN
Born 1912 
Rank: Lt Cdr 
Honours and Awards 
Died 23.2.1942 
Other information 
- took up command of the first commissioning of 832 albacore sqdn at Lee-on-Solent
- led sqdn in attack on the Lofoten Islands, Norway, HMS Victorious, 12.9.1941 and later on Bodo, Norway,10.1942
-killed when searching for enemy naval units in bad weather off Norway, HMS Victorious 23.2.1942

Commands:

832

April 1941

Feb 1942

FTR killed 23.2.1942 
HMS Victorious

 

 

 

 

 


 

BJ Prendergast RN
Born 
Rank: Lt Cdr 
Honours and Awards DSC (post Dec 1942) 
Died 
Other information 
- joined RAF Coastal Command 16 Group at Docking and Bircham Newton, for ops in the English Channel, 9-11.1942
- Seniority 6.1946 (Lt Cdr)

Commands:

812

May 1942

Dec 1942

 disbanded, amalgamating with 811 sqdn

 

 

 

 

 


 

R Pridham-Wippell RN
Born 
Rank: Lt Cdr 
Honours and Awards 
Died 
Other information 
- second CO of 1837 corsair sqdn at Brunswick
- involved in attacks against the Andaman islands, HMS  Illustrious 6.1944
- provided defence in bombardment of Sabang, 7.1944

- Seniority 2.1950 (Lt Cdr)

Commands:

1837

Oct 1943

Sept 1944

 disbanded

 

 

 

 

 


 

PF Pryor RN
Born 1916 England 
Rank: Lt (A) 
Honours and Awards 
Died 7.8.1944 
Other information
- temporarily in command of 816 sqdn
- led sqdn in attacks against E-boats in the English Channel, 5.1943 (816 sqdn) 
- killed 7.8.1944 and buried Charing, Kent, UK 

Commands:

816 

April 1943

July 1943

 

 

 

 

 

 

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