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

 


 
 

D Sanderson RN
Born 
Rank: Lt Cdr 
Honours and Awards: DSC 
Died 
Other information 
- first CO of 817 albacore sqdn 
- took part in the attack on Petsamo in Arctic Finland, HMS Furious, 7.1941
- involved in ops in the Barent Sea area, HMS Victorious, 8.1941
- attacked shipping in Vest Fjord, 9-10,1941 
- Seniority 12.1950 (C)

Commands:

817

March 1941

Feb 1942

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

FBP Sanderson RNVR
Born 
Rank: Lt Cdr (A) 
Honours and Awards 
Died 
Other information 
- first CO of 1838 corsair sqdn at Brunswick, remaining with the sqdn at Minneriya, Ceylon
- Left the sqdn prior to its first combat operation. 

Commands:

1838

Oct 1943

June 1944

 

 

 

 

 

 


 
 
 

GBC Sangster RNVR
Born 
Rank: Lt Cdr (A) 
Honours and Awards 
Died 
Other information 
- commaned 804 hellcat sqdn on its reforming at Capetown
- involved in the Ramree island landings, HMS  Ameer, 1.1945
- took part in ops over Malaya and Sumatra
- participated in attacks on the Andaman islands and Burmese coast, 4.1945
- carried out bombing attacks on airfields in Sumatra and Phuket island, HMS Ameer, 6.1945 

Commands:

804

Sept 1944 

May 1945

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

IR Sarel RN
Born 
Rank: Lt 
Honours and Awards DSC 
Died 
Other information 
- led the sqdn at Hatston and on HMS  Furious, 1940.
- undertook ops from St Eval, and Lee-on-Solent 1941 
- Seniority 6.1949 (C)

Commands:

801

June 1940

May 1941

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

WHG Saunt RN (RAF)
Born 
Rank: Lt Cdr (Sqdn RAF) 
Honours and Awards: DSO, DSO (post June 1941) 
Died 
Other information 
- took command of 826 sqdn and 4 days later bombed rail and road communications at Westende, and also involved in attacks on E-boats off Zeebrugge, 31.5.1940
- subsequently operated under RAF Coastal Command, undertaking over 22 night operations over Holland, Belgium and France.
- provided convoy support via Capetown to Egypt, HMS Formidable.
- led sqdn in attacks against Mogadishu, Somalia and Massawa, Eritrea.
- involved in Malta convoys.
- took part in the Battle of Matapan, including attacking and damaging Italian battleship Vittorio Veneto, 3.1941
- involved in flare-dropping and bombardment spotting during Fleet attacks on Tripoli and Bardia. 
- led raid on Scarpanto island airfield, during evacuation of Crete, 26.5.1941 
- - Seniority 6.1942 (Cdr) 

Commands:

822

May 1939

June 1939

 

826

May 1940

June 1941

 

 


 

EG Savage RN
Born 
Rank: Lt Cdr 
Honours and Awards DSO (post Aug 1942), DSC (pre 1942) 
Died 
Other information 
- - involved in Actic convoys to Russia, HMS  Victorious
- took part in Operation Pedestal Malta convoy during which the sqdn shot down 2 enemy aircraft, from HMS Victorious.
Interned Sweden after attacking shipping Tromso, 16.10.1940 (801 sqdn) 
- Seniority 6.1946 (Cdr)

Commands:

809

Oct 1941

Aug 1942

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

JR Schuiling RNethN
Born 
Rank: Lt Cdr 
Honours and Awards 
Died 
Other information 
- first CO of 1853 corsair sqdn at Brunswick

Commands:

1853

April 1945

Aug 1945

 disbanded

 

 

 

 

 


 

HP Sears RN
Born 
Rank: Cdr 
Honours and Awards 
Died 
Other information 
- first Wing Leader of 5th and 6th Naval Fighter Wings and in command of 12 and 45 Wings. 
- sailed to India HMS Begum, for the Eastern Fleet, 2.1944
- worked up the 2 Wings in Ceylon for later operations 

Commands:

5th Naval Fighter Wing (1839, 1844 sqdns)

Feb 1944

April 1944

 

6th Naval Fighter Wing (1837 sqdn)

Feb 1944

May 1944

 

 


 

AJ Sewell RNVR
Born 
Rank: Sub Lt (1940), Lt Cdr (A) 
Honours and Awards: DSC (1941) 
Died 10.1943 
Other information 
- Air ace with 5-6 confirmed victory destroyed enemy aircraft, 7 shared destroyed, 1 shared probable, 3 damaged and 2 shared damaged. 
- shot down majority enemy aircraft whilst operating from HMS Illustrious in the Mediterranean Sept 1940-Jan 1941, awarded DSC. 
- took part in North Africa landings, HMS Dasher, 11.1942 
-formed 1837 corsair sqdn in USA. Whilst formation flying wingman collided with him, both killed, 10.1943 

see biography in "Aces High" and other sources

Commands:

804

Oct 1942

July 1943

 

1837

Sept 1943 

Oct 1943

 Killed

 


 

KG Sharp RN
Born 
Rank: Lt Cdr (A) 
Honours and Awards 
Died 
Other information 
- first CO of 849 avenger sqdn at Quonset Point
- took part in D-Day operations by carrying out patrols and shipping strikes, under the control of RAF Coastal Command 

Commands:

849

Aug 1943

Sept 1944

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EA Shaw RN
Born 
Rank: Lt Cdr 
Honours and Awards 
Died 
Other information 
- sailed with HMS Victorious to the Pacific carrying out sweeps in the Coral Sea area, 5.1943
- supported the U.S. Landings in the Middle Solomon islands, 6.1943 
- seniority 12.1947 (Cdr)

Commands:

882

Dec 1942

Oct 1943

 

 

 

 

 

 


 
 
 

TWB Shaw RNR
Born
Rank: Lt Cdr 
Honours and Awards: DSC (pre 1941) 
Died 
Other information 
- involved in assisting Ceylon against Japanese attacks, 4-6.1942
- Seniority 12.1952 (C)

Commands:

818

July 1941

June 1942

 disbaned

 

 

 

 

 


 

FGB Sheffield RNVR
Born 
Rank: Lt Cdr (A) 
Honours and Awards: DSC (pre 1944) 
Died 
Other information 
-took part in convoys to Arctic Russia, HMS  Vindex, 8, 12.1944 and 3.1945
- sqdn attacked U-Boats in Arctic convoy, when U-354 was attacked and sunk 22.8.1944, one damaged 22.8.44, and joint claim U-344 on 24.8.1944, and U-394 on 2.9.1944, HMS  Vindex
- operated from MAC-ships whilst CO of 836 sqdn
- Seniority 3.1950 (Lt Cdr)

Commands:

825

May 1944

Feb 1945

 

836

March 1945

July 1945

disbanded 

 


 

J Sholto-Douglas RN
Born 
Rank: Lt Cdr (A) 
Honours and Awards: DSO (pre 1941) 
Died 
Other information 
- first co of 807 fulmar sqdn at Worthy Down.
- involved in ops in fighter catapult operations on HMS  Pegasus
- undertaken convoy escort duties, HMS  Furious
- took part in Malta convoys, 7.1941 and 9.1941, and the sqdn was involved in destroying 15 enemy aircraft with 806 sqdn, HMS Ark Royal 
-  Interned briefly in Portugal after force landing South Portugal. returned to HMS Argus, 11.1941 (807 sqdn) 

Commands:

807

Sept 1940

Nov 1941

Interned Portugal 
November 1941

 

 

 

 

 


 

SFF Shotton RNR
Born 
Rank: Lt
Honours and Awards: DSC 
Died 
Other information 
- first CO of 879 fulmar sqdn at St Merryn
- involved in army support training at Old Sarum.
- led sqdn in attacks against Japanese forces in Operation Meridian, Palembang, 29.1.1945 (1839 sqdn)
- Seniority 2.1951 (Lt Cdr)

Commands:

879

Sept 1942

Jan 1943

 

 

 

 

 

 


 
 

JCN Shrubsole RN
Born 
Rank: Lt Cdr, Cdr (1945) 
Honours and Awards DSC 
Died 
Other information 
- involved in providing cover for the Sicily Landings, 7.1943
- took part in the landings at Salerno, 9.1943
- first Wing Leader of 52nd Wing 
- first Air Group Commander of 1st CAG, HMS Victorious, 6.1945
- second Air Group Commander of 3rd CAG which wasa spare Group which never embarked, and disbanded soon after the war and the crew returned to the UK in SS Stratheden 
- Seniority 10.1946 (Lt Cdr)

Commands:

820

June 1943

Nov 1943

disbanded

52nd Naval TBR Wing (829, 831 sqdns - ex 815, 817 sdqns)

Nov 1943

Jan 1944

 

1st Carrier Air Group (849,1834, 1836 sdns/HMS Victorious)

June 1945

Sept 1945

disbanded

3rd Carrier Air Group (854, 1843, 1845 sqdns/spare Group)

Sept 1945

Oct 1945

disbanded

 


 

WC Simpson RN
Born 
Rank: Lt Cdr (A) 
Honours and Awards DSC
Died 
Other information 
- CO of 897 sea hurricane sqdn when it reformed at Stretton
- provided cover for the Salerno landings, HMS  Unicorn, 8.1943
- provided cover in the D-Day Normany landings, the sqdn shooting down a Me 109 and damaging a midget submarine
- Air Group Commander of 52nd Training Air Group, 1951

Commands:

897

Dec 1942

July 1944

 disbanded

 

 

 

 

 


 
 

NRM Skene RM
Born 
Rank: Major,  Captain. Royal Marines 
Honours and Awards: DSC 
Died 15.11.1942 
Other information 
- undertook anti-submarine searches in the western approaches from HMS  Ark Royal at the outbreak of war.
- led sqdn in unsuccessful attack on German U-boat, 14.9.1939
- took part in Norwaty campaign, including bombing attack on Vaernes aerodrome, 28.4.1940
- took part in the slow assault convoy KMS 1 in HMS Avenger to N Africa.
- took part in the North African landings, HMS Avenger 11.1942.
- killed in HMS Avenger when sunk by torpedo fired by U-155, 15.11.1942. In total Commander Colthurst, 67 officers and 446 ratings were lost.

Commands:

810

Dec 1938

June 1940

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

RW Slater RN
Born 1914 England 
Rank: Lt Cdr 
Honours and Awards: DSC, OBE 
Died 28.6.1944 
Other information 
- Son of Sir Ransford Slater, GCM,CBE, and Lady Slater.
- attached to RAF Coastal Command for night operations in the English Channel, 1.1943
- involved in convoy protection from MAC ships in the North Atlantic, MV Empire MacColl, 11.1943-24.6.1944
- killed  whilst commanding 836 at Maydown, 28.6.1944

Commands:

836

June 1942

June 1944

 killed 28.6.1944

 

 

 

 

 


 

Lt JW Sleigh RN
Born South Africa [confirmed] 
Rank: Lt Cdr 
Honours and Awards DSO (post Nov 1943), DSC (pre Nov 1943) 
Died 
Other information 
- first CO of 890 martlet F4F-3 sqdn at Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
- carried out ops off Iceland and Norway, HMS  Illustrious
-  provided support to the Salerno landings, 9.1943 
- first Wing Leader of 15th Wing for service in HMS Illustrious 
- OBE 
- Seniority 12.50 (Cdr)

Commands:

890

June 1942

Nov 1943

 

15th Naval Fighter Wing (1830,1831, 1833 sqdns)

Nov 1943

Dec 1943

 

 


 
 

RM Smeeton RN
Born 
Rank: Lt 
Honours and Awards 
Died 
Other information 
- involved in attacks on the French fleet at Oran, shooting down 2 Sm79 bombers during an attack on Italian shipping off Sardinia, 7.1940 

Commands:

800

June 1940

May 1941

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

CWB Smith RN
Born 1916 
Rank: Lt (1941), Lt Cdr (1942) 
Honours and Awards: DFC 
Died 5.3.1942 
Other information 
- Son of Capt.CEH Smith, RAMC, killed in action in France,1916
- involved in anti-submarine patrols from Hsatston and Sumburgh, 1941
- carried out operations in the Western Desert commanding 821 and 826 sqdns, 1942
- killed whilst in command 826 and 821 sqdn, buried El Alamein, Egypt, 5.3.1942.

Commands:

821

July 1941

March 1942

 

826

Jan 1942

March 1942

 killed 5.3.1942

 


 

P Snow RN
Born 
Rank: Lt Cdr 
Honours and Awards 
Died 
Other information 
- involved in providing cover over D-Day invasion beaches, under RAF Coastal Command
- carried out Arctic convoy to Russia, HMS Campania
- Seniority 7.1949 (Lt Cdr)

Commands:

816

May 1944

Aug 1944

 disbanded

838

Aug 1944

Feb 1945

disbanded

825

Feb 1945

April 1945

 disbanded

 


 

RW Spackman RN
Born 
Rank: Lt 
Honours and Awards 
Died 
Other information 
- duties under RAF Coastal Command 16 Group included anti-submarine patrols, RAF Manston

Commands:

823

Nov 1942

March 1943

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

RCB Stallard-Penoyre RN
Born 1914 
Rank: Lt 
Honours and Awards 
Died 27.3.1943 
Other information 
- carried out night operations underRAF Coastal Command in English Channel , 9-12.1942.
- involved in Arctic convoy duties to Russia, 2-3.1943
- killed when HMS Dasher blew up in the Clyde, 27.3.1943. 
- Buried Ardrossan, Ayrshire, UK

Commands:

816

Oct 1942

April 1943

 killed 27.3.1943

 

 

 

 

 


 

CJT Stephens RN
Born 1918 England 
Rank: Lt Cdr 
Honours and Awards 
Died 8.6.1940 
Other information 
- undertook operations against invading German forces in Norway campaign with HMS Glorious, 5-6.1940 (823 sqdn)
- killed when HMS Glorious sunk by German battle cruisers Scharnhorst and Gneisenau, off Norway 8.6.1940

Commands:

826

April 1940

May 1940

 

823

May 1940

June 1940

killed 8.6.1940 
HMS Glorious sunk

 


 

PDT Stevens RNVR
Born 
Rank: Lt Cdr (A) 
Honours and Awards 
Died 
Other information 
-duties under RAF Coastal Command 16 Group, including during D-Day Invasion period, then operated from St Croix, Maldeghem and Knocke-le-Zoute, 11.44-1.1945 

Commands:

819

April 1944

March 1945

 disbanded

 

 

 

 

 


 

RJH Stephens RN
Born 
Rank: Lt Cdr 
Honours and Awards 
Died 
Other information 
-first CO of 833 swordfish sqdn at Lee-on-Solent
- took part in the North Africa landings 11.1942 HMS  Biter 

Commands:

833

Dec 1941

Jan 1943

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

OS Stevinson RN
Born 
Rank: Lt Cdr 
Honours and Awards 
Died 
Other information 
- led sqdn in nightly bombing attacks from St Eval on shipping and docks at Brest, France 10.1940
- POW after attack on 7 destroyers, Brest Harbour, 9.10.1940 (829 sqdn) 

- Seniority 6.1944 (Cdr)

Commands:

829

June 1940

Oct 1940

 POW 
Oct 1940

 

 

 

 

 


 

JA Stewart-Moore RN
Born 
Rank: Lt Cdr (10.1940) 
Honours and Awards 
Died 
Other information 
- took part in attack on Italian battleship Littorio in 11.1940
- involved in Mediterranean ops 1941
- leading strike against the German battleship Bismarck, HMS Ark Royal, 26.5.1941 (820 sqdn)
-  temprarily in command during the Kirkenes raid in the Arctic when 6 of the sqdn aircraft wwere lost, HMS  Victorious, 7.1941.
- Seniority 10.1940 (Lt Cdr)
- WSR (Cdr)

Commands:

820

Oct 1940

July 1941

 

827

July 1941

Aug 1941

 

 


 

K Stilliard RNVR
Born 
Rank: Lt Cdr (A) 
Honours and Awards 
Died 
Other information 
-in command of 1851 corsair sqdn HMS  Venenerable, British Pacific Fleet, replacing the Acting CO Lt Gerish following the loss of Lt Cdr McDonald earlier in the year 

Commands:

1851

June 1945

End of WW2

 

 

 

 

 

 


 
 

WGC Stokes RN
Born 
Rank: Lt Cdr 
Honours and Awards: 
Died 
Other information 
first CO of 827 albacore sqdn at Yeovilton
- carried out anti-submarine partrols with RAF Coastal Command., and stand by to attack the Scharnhorst and Gneisenau German battlecruisers 
- Seniority 12.1947 (C)

Commands:

827

Sept 1940

July 1941

 

 

 

 

 

 


 
 

F Stovin-Bradford RN
Born 
Rank: Lt Cdr (A) 
Honours and Awards DSO (pre 1945) & Bar 
Died 
Other information 
-CO of the reformed 825 barracuda Canadian manned sqdn at Rattray.
- OBE
- Seniority 12.1955 (C)

Commands:

825

July 1945

End of WW2

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

W Stuart RNVR
Born 
Rank: Lt Cdr (A) 
Honours and Awards DSC & 2 Bars (1945) 
Died 
Other information 
-first CO of 857 avenger sqdn at Squantum
- involved in strikes at Belawan Deli, and led sqdn in attacks against Japanese forces in Operation Meridian, Palembang, HMS Indomitable 29.1.1945 (857 sdqn)
- involved in attacks on Sakishima Gunto islands, East China seas, and on Formosa 3-4.1945 

Commands:

857

April 1944

End of WW2

 

 

 

 

 

 


 
 

PG Sugden RN
Born 1914 England 
Rank: Lt (1940), Lt Cdr (1942) 
Honours and Awards 
Died 16.5.1943 
Other information 
- Son of Brigadier General RE Sugden, CB, CMG, DSO
 - took part in first FAA minelaying operation under RAF Coastal Command in the English Channel, 25.4.1940 (815 sqdn) 
- led unsuccessful torpedo attack against the German battleship Tirpitz off the Norwegian coast, HMS Victorious 9.3.1942 (817 sqdn)
- Killed 16.5.1943, HMS Landrail, and buried Cambo, Fifeshire, UK

Commands:

817

Feb 1942

June 1942

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

FA Swanton RN
Born 
Rank: Sub Lt (A)(1941), Lt Cdr (A)(1944) 
Honours and Awards DSO, DSC (pre 1944) & Bar 
Died 
Other information 
- took part in the strike against German battleship Bismarck, 26.5.1941 (HMS Ark Royal)
 - co of the reformed 828 barracuda sqdn at Lee-on-Solent
- took prt in ops on HMS Implacable and the Home Fleet, 8.1944
- took part in strikes off Norway, 10.1944
- took part in attacks on Truk in the Caroline islands, as part of the 8th Carrier Air Group, British Pacific Fleet, HMS  Implacable, 6.1945 
-strikes against the Japanese mainland at Tokyo, 7.1945 

Commands:

828

March 1944

Aug 1945

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

HIA Swayne RN
Born 
Rank: Lt Cdr (A) 
Honours and Awards DSC (pre Dec 1944) 
Died 
Other information 
- first and only CO of 1820 helldiver sqdn 

Commands:

1820

April 1944

Dec 1944

 disbanded

 

 

 

 

 


 
 
 

PGO Sydney-Turner RN
Born 
Rank: Lt Cdr 
Honours and Awards 
Died 7.11.1947 
Other information 
- took part in the defence of Norway, 4.1940 (818 sqdn).
- led attack of 2 german destroyers in Trondheim Fjord, 11.4.1940 (818 sqdn)
- involved in Dunkirk evacuation from RAF Thorney Island under RAF Coastal Command, 30.5.1940
- took part in attacks on the Vichy French Fleet at Oran, including unsuccessful strike against French battleship Strasbourg (818 sqdn)
- took up command after the disasterous loss of squadron personnel in the Kirkenes raid 3 weeks previously.
- led sqdn in attacks on Madagascar, in Operation Ironclad, HMS Indomitable, 5-7.5.1942 
- killed 7.11.1947, HMS Peregrine, buried Southampton, Hampshire, UK

Commands:

818

March 1940

Oct 1940

 

827

Aug 1941

May 1942

 

 

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