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

 


 
 

AR Ramsey RNVR
Born 
Rank: Lt Cdr (A) 
Honours and Awards DSC (pre 1942) 
Died 
Other information 
- first CO of 889 sqdn which formed from the RN Fighter Flight at Fuka South in March 1942.
- undertook shipping protection duties in the Canal Zone under control of RAF 234 Wing and RAF 252 Wing.
 

Commands:

889

March 1942

July 1942

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

VGH Ramsey-Fairfax RN
Born 
Rank: Lt 
Honours and Awards 
Died 
Other information 
- involved in the Western Desert ops, providing illumination flares for the Army and the Desert Air Force in the lead up to the Battle of Alamein.
- involved in shipping strikes from Blida and Bone in Algeria 

Commands:

826

Aug 1942

May 1943

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

V Rance RN
Born 
Rank: Lt Cdr 
Honours and Awards 
Died 
Other information 
- leading the second strike of Barracuda dive bombers against the German battleship Tirpitz in Arctic Norway, Operation Tungsten, 3.4.1944 (829 sqdn a/c)
- appointed Wing Leader No 52 Naval TBR Wing, 2.1944

Commands:

831

Jan 1944

Feb 1944

 

52nd Naval TBR Wing (829, 831 sqdns)

Feb 1944

July 1944

disbanded into 831 qdn

 


 

J Randall RNVR
Born 
Rank: Lt Cdr (A) 
Honours and Awards 
Died 
Other information 
- carried out duties on HMS Begum for trade protection duties in the Indian Ocean, 832 sqdn 

Commands:

832

Oct 1944

Feb 1945

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JF Rankin RN
Born 
Rank: Lt Cdr (A) 
Honours and Awards DSC 
Died 
Other information 
-joined the newly formed 3rd Naval Fighter Wing, and subsequently was attached to No. 34 Recce Wing of the RAF 2nd Tactical Air Force for operations over Normandy during the D-Day Invasion. 

Commands:

808

Oct 1943

May 1945

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JH Ree RN
Born 
Rank: Lt 
Honours and Awards
Died 
Other information 
 - temporarily in command of 813 onboard HMS Campania
- Seniority 6.1941 (Act Lt)

Commands:

813

June 1943

Aug 1943

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LGC Reece RNZNVR
Born 
Rank: Lt Cdr (A) 
Honours and Awards 
Died 
Other information
- commanded 807 sqdn with detachments in Blida, Algeria and La Senia - took part in Operation Dragoon, the South of France landings 8.1944 when the sqdn attacked locomotives and motor transport
- involved in ops in the Aegean, 9.1944

Commands:

807

June 1944

Nov 1944

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AR Richardson RNZNVR
Born 1917 Auckland, New Zealand 
Rank: Lt Cdr (A) 
Honours and Awards 
Died 24.8.1944 
Other information 
- first CO of 1840 hellcat sqdn at Burscough. 
- led 1840 hellcat sqdn in Operation Mascot against German battleship Tirpitz in Arctic Norway, 17.7.1944, HMS Furious
- led sqdn in fighter cover during Operation Goodwood, against German battleship and targets in Kaa Fjord, Norway, HMS Indefatigable, 24.8.1944
- Killed during attack on Tirpitz, aircraft hit by flak and fire from Tirpitz and blew up, explosion just missing his wingman Lt Boon von Ochsee RNIN, HMS Indefatigable, 24.8.1944 

Commands:

1840

March 1944

Aug 1944

 Killed 24.8.1944 
HMS Indefatigable

 

 

 

 

 


 

AJT Roe RN
Born 
Rank: Lt Cdr 
Honours and Awards DSO 
Died 
Other information 
- formed part of the Naval Air Squadron Malta, at Hal Far, involved in minelaying, bombing, and torpedo attacks.
- Seniority 12.1951 (C)
- OBE

Commands:

830

June 1942

Feb 1943

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JR Routley RNVR
Born 
Rank: Lt Cdr (A) 
Honours and Awards 
Died 
Other information 
- embarked on HMS  Ruler to join the British Pacific Fleet and provided fighter cover in the Fleet Replenishment Area 

Commands:

885

Nov 1944

Sept 1945

 disbanded

 

 

 

 

 


 

EL Russell RNVR
Born 
Rank: Lt Cdr (A) 
Honours and Awards 
Died 
Other information 
- commanded the reformed swordfish sdn at Lee on Solent
- took part in sweeps over Norway, HMS Unicorn, 7.1943
 - involved in convoy escort operations in the North Atlantic and Gibraltar, HMS Striker, 10.1943 

Commands:

824

March 1943

March 1944

 

 

 

 

 

 

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