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

 


 
 

C Walker RN
Born 
Rank: Lt Cdr (A) 
Honours and Awards 
Died 
Other information 
- took part in anti-shipping strikes with RAF typhoons in the English Channel, 4.1944 
- provided cover in operations Mascot (17.8.1944) and Goodwood (8.1944), attacks agianst the German battleship Tirpitz in Kaa fjord, when 2 enemy aircraft were shot down, HMS  Indefatigable, 22.8.1944 
 

Commands:

894

Jan 1944

Nov 1944

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

RF Walker RNVR
Born 
Rank: Lt Cdr (A) 
Honours and Awards 
Died 
Other information 
- first CO of 899 seafire sqdn at Hatston 
- took part in providing cover in the Sicily landings, HMS  Indomitable,7.1943 
- provided cover at Salerno, HMS  Hunter after HMS  Indomitable damaged by torpedoes 1943 

Commands:

899

Dec 1942

Aug 1943

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

RD Wall RN
Born 
Rank: Lt Cdr 
Honours and Awards 
Died 
Other information 
- CO of the reformed chesapeake sqdn at Lee-on-Solent
- Seniority 3.1944 (Lt Cdr)

Commands:

811

July 1941

Oct 1941

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AC Wallace RNVR
Born 1918 UK 
Rank: Lt Cdr (A) 
Honours and Awards 
Died 22.9.1944 
Other information 
- involved in Mediterranean ops including the Salerno landings, 9.1943 
- first Wing Leader 4th Naval Fighter Wing preparing the Wing for the invasion of Italy and South of France, in mid 1944.
- killed 22.9.1944 operating with the RAF and buried Brussels town cemetery, Evere, Vlaams-Brabant, Belgium (HMS President) 

Commands:

808

March 1943

Oct 1943

 

4th Fighter Wing (807, 809, 879 sqdns)

Oct 1943

June 1944

 

 

 

WN Waller RN
Born 
Rank: Lt Cdr 
Honours and Awards 
Died 
Other information 
- operated fron HMS  Chaser, 11.1943 

Commands:

835

Sept 1943

Dec 1943

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SMP Walsh RNVR
Born 
Rank: Lt Cdr (A) 
Honours and Awards: DSO (1944), DSC (pre 1943) & Bar (1944) 
Died 
Other information 
- attached to RAF Fighter Command attacking enemy shipping and E-boats in the Dover Straits and English Channel, 841 
- first CO of 856 avenger sqdn at Squantum 
- carried out minelaying ops off Norway 

Commands:

841

July 1943

Dec 1943

disbanded

856

March 1944

Dec 1944

 

811

Sept 1945

 

 

 


 
 

RWM Walsh RN
Born 
Rank: Lt Cdr (A) 
Honours and Awards: Battle of Britain clasp 
Died 
Other information 
- took part in the Battle of Britain in 142 RAF sqdn, then 111 RAF sqdn and 73 RAF sqdn (1940)
-served with 805 sqdn in the Western Desert where he shot down a Fiat G 50 on 28.9.1941 and a probable Sm 79 on 23 11.1941 
- provided cover during the D-Day Normandy period with RAF 3 Wing at Lee on Solent, 
- CO of the reformed 1831 corsair sqdn at Brunswick
- joined the British Pacific Fleet but saw no action before VJ-Day, HMS  Glory
- Seniority 3.1950 (Lt Cdr)

Commands:

1831

Nov 1944

End of WW2

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

LED Walthall RN
Born 
Rank: Lt 
Honours and Awards: DSC (1940) 
Died 
Other information 
- senior pilot of 812 sqdn, 1940-1942
- in leading strike against German port of Petsamo, 30.7.1941 (812 sqdn)
- involved in July 1942 operations in the Bear island area
- CBE
- Seniority 6.1952 (C)

Commands:

817

June 1942

July 1942

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WE Waters RN
Born 
Rank: Lt Cdr 
Honours and Awards DFC, MID
Died 13.1.1943 
Other information 
- involved in minelaying and bombing operations in coastal areas of Holland, Belgium and France from RAF North Coates, Detling, Thorney Island and St Eval, as part of RAF Coastal Command (812 sqdn), 9.1940-3.1941
- involved in Malta Convoys to Gibraltar, HMS Argus, 4-5.1941 (812 sdqn)
-led strike against German port of Petsamo, 30.7.1941 (812 sqdn) 
- took part in further Malta convoys HMS Furious and Ark Royal, 1942 (812 sqdn) 
- survived torpedoing and sinking of HMS Ark Royal near Gibraltar, 11.1942 (812 sdqn)
- drowned whilst swimming by HMS Illustrious, 13.1.1943. Buried Mbaraki, Mombasa, Kenya.

Commands:

812

Sept 1940

Nov 1941

 Disbanded 
HMS Ark Royal sunk 11.1941

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RD Watkins RN
Born 
Rank: Lt 
Honours and Awards 
Died 
Other information 
- pre-war in command of the swordfish sqdn on HMS  Glorious in the Mediterranean 
- on the outbreak of war involved in trade protection duties with HMS  Glorious in the Indian Ocean
- returned with HMS  Glorious with the threat of invasion of Norway, 3.1940 
- operated with HMS  Glorious in Norwegian campaign, half of the sqdn being lost with the sinking of the ship by the German battlecruisers Scharnhorst and Gneisenau, 8.6.1940 
- Seniority 11.1933 (Lt Cdr)

Commands:

823

May 1939

May 1940

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LC Watson RNVR
Born 
Rank: Lt Cdr (A) 
Honours and Awards DSC (pre 1944) 
Died 
Other information 
-joined the 11th TBR Naval Wing, HMS  Atheling 
-823 sqdn disbanded in July 1944 to augment 822 sqdn and Watson became the new CO. 
- involved in dive bombing attack on the rail centre at Sigli in northern Sumatra, HMS Victorious, 18.9.1944 
-carried out anti-submarine ops in the English Channel, Thorney Isle 

Commands:

823

Dec 1943

July 1944

 disbanded

822

July 1944

April 1945

 

 

 

DS Watts RNVR
Born 
Rank: Lt Cdr (A) 
Honours and Awards 
Died 
Other information 
- carried out duties during ops in northern Sumatra, HMS  Shah, 6.1945 

Commands:

845

May 1945

End of WW2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DAP Weatherall RN
Born 
Rank: Lt Cdr 
Honours and Awards: 
Died 
Other information 
- operated from North Africa and Gibraltar
Seniority 7.1940 (Lt)

Commands:

813

Aug 1943

Oct 1943

 disbanded

 

 

 

 

 

 

CLF Webb RN
Born 
Rank: Lt Cdr 
Honours and Awards 
Died 
Other information 
- carried out minelaying ops off Norway, 44-45 
-provided anti-sub escort during Arctic convoys to Norway, 3.1945 

Commands:

846

Oct 1944

May 1945

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JWG Welham RN
Born 
Rank: Lt Cdr (A) 
Honours and Awards DSC
Died 
Other information 
- took part in Taranto raid, 11.11.1940 
- undertook shore based operations in North Africa 1942-43 
- Air Group Commnder of 50th Training Air Group, 1949

see autobiography 

Commands:

815

Sept 1942

July 1943

 disbanded

 

 

 

 

 

 

CF Wheatley RNVR
Born 1918 UK 
Rank: Sub Lt (1941), Lt Cdr (A)(1945) 
Honours and Awards MID 
Died 20.6.1945 
Other information 
- POW after operation over Dakar, 27.3.1941 (807 sqdn)
- killed HMS  Ameer, 20.6.1945 and buried Jakarta War CemeteryIndonesia 

Commands:

808

May 1945

June 1945

 killed 20.6.1945 
HMS  Ameer

 

 

 

 

 

 

B White RNVR
Born 
Rank: Lt Cdr (A) 
Honours and Awards DSC (pre May 1944) 
Died 
Other information 
- took up command whilst sqdn operating under RAF Coastal Command, at Perranporth (850 sqdn)
- leading the squadron when 1 merchant ship destroyed and 1 damaged off Guernsey 24.7.1944 (850 sqdn)

Commands:

850

May 1944

Dec 1944

 Sqdn disbanded

 

 

 

 

 


 

PC Whitfield RN
Born 
Rank: Lt Cdr (A) 
Honours and Awards: DSC (post 1943) 
Died 
Other information 
- first CO of 847 barracuda sqdn at Lee-on-Solent
- Air Group Commander of 20th Carrier Air Group, 1948
- Seniority 12.1949 (Cdr)

Commands:

847

June 1943

July 1943

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AS Whitworth RN
Born 
Rank: Lt Cdr 
Honours and Awards DSC (pre 1942) 
Died 
Other information 
- first CO of 837 swordfish sqdn at Palisadoes, Jamaica 
- anti submarine patrols USA to UK, HMS Dasher, 8.1943
- Seniority 12.1955 (C)

Commands:

837

March 1942

June 1943

 disbanded

 

 

 

 

 

 

BF Wiggington RNVR
Born 
Rank: Sub Lt (1940), Lt Cdr (A)(1944) 
Honours and Awards DSC (pre Aug 1944) 
Died 
Other information 
- Interned Sweden after operation over Trondheim, 22.9.1940 (801 sdqn)
- Released from captivity 1941 
- - provided cover from HMS  Indefatigable during Operations Mascot and Goodwood against the German battleship Tirpitz, 7-8.1944 
- Seniority 12.1948 (Lt Cdr) 

Commands:

887

Jan 1944

Aug 1944

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

LD Wilkinson RNVR
Born 
Rank: Lt Cdr (A) 
Honours and Awards DSC (1945) 
Died 
- CO of the reformed seafire sqdn at Arbroath 

Other information 

Commands:

803

June 1945

End of WW2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GPC Williams RN
Born 
Rank: Lt Cdr (A) 
Honours and Awards DSC 
Died 
Other information 
- CO of the reformed barracuda sqdn at Lee on Solent, part of 52 Naval TBR Wing
- carried out practice duties on HMS Victorious early in 1944 for German battleship  Tirpitz strike but left the squadron prior to the attack in April 1944
Seniority 12.1949 (Lt Cdr)

Commands:

829

Oct 1943

March 1944

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

K Williamson RN
Born 
Rank: Lt Cdr 
Honours and Awards DSO (Taranto) 
Died 
Other information 
- Led strike against Italian Fleet at Taranto, 11.11.1940 (815 sqdn)
- Taken POW, shot down during strike on Taranto, 11.11.1940 (815 sqdn, HMS Illustrious)
- seniority 12.1951 (C)

Commands:

815

 

Nov 1940

POW 
11.11.1940

 

 

 

 

 

 

RL Williamson RN
Born 
Rank: Lt 
Honours and Awards DSC & Bar 
Died 12.10.1942 
Other information 
- first commanding officer of 841 albacore sqdn, when it formed at Lee-on-Solent with special service duties.
- attached to RAF Fighter Command based at Middle Wallop and at Manston, 8-10.1942. 
- killed whilst in command of 841 sqdn, 12.10.1942 

Commands:

841

July 1942

Oct 1942

 killed 12.10.1942

 

 

 

 

 

 

LG Wilson RN
Born 
Rank: Lt 
Honours and Awards: 
Died 
Other information 
- took up command of 834 sqdn after previous CO,  Lt Cdr Ashburner, killed 19.11.1941
- leding the squadron to Palisadoes, Jamaica, in Dec 1941 (834 sqdn). 
- joined the first of the US built escort carriers (CVEs), HMS Archer, 3.1942
- mainly involved in convoy escort duties Freetown, Cape Town, Gibraltar and USA.
- OBE 
- Seniority 12.1947 (Cdr) 

Commands:

834

Nov 1941

Jan 1943

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TB Winstanley RN
Born 
Rank: Lt Cdr 
Honours and Awards 
Died 
Other information 
- commanded 884 sqdn under command of 13 Group RAF, 3-7.1943 at Drem
- Seniority 3.1948 (Lt Cdr)

Commands:

884

March 1943

July 1943

 disbanded

 

 

 

 

 


 

JM Wintour RN
Born 1909 
Rank: Lt Cdr 
Honours and Awards 
Died 8.11.1941 
Other information
- Son of Captain CJ Wintour, RN (killed at the Battle of Jutland when
commanding the 4th Destroyer Flotilla)
- duties in command of 803 sqdn at Donibristle prior to the sqdn embarking on HMS Formidable in the Eastern Mediterranean 
- duties in command 802 sqdn on HMS Audacity for Gibraltar convoys, duriung which 4 Fw200s were shot down by the sqdn.
9.1941
- shot down and killed by enemy aircraft, 8.11.1940, HMS Audacity (month before HMS Audacity itself was lost 21.12.1941)

Commands:

803

Oct 1940

Nov 1940

 

802

Nov 1940

Nov 1941

 killed 8.11.1941 
HMS Audacity

 

 

RR Wood RN
Born 1911 
Rank: Lt Cdr 
Honours and Awards 
Died 25.3.1941 
Other information 
- in command of 821 sqdn when taking passage to Gibraltar , HMS Argus, thence  to Malta in HMS Ark Royal, where the sqdn was absorbed by 815 sqdn.
- killed 25.3.1941, HMS Grebe

Commands:

821

Dec 1940

Jan 1941

 Sqdn disbanded

 

 

 

 

 

 

GA Woods RNVR
Born 
Rank: Sub Lt (1941), Lt Cdr (A) 
Honours and Awards 
Died 
Other information 
- took part in attack against German battleship Bismarck, 26.5.1941 
- served on HMS  Victorious Russian convoys
- HMS Formidable in the East Indies
-seconded to the 12th U.S. Air Force in North Africa and Salerno
-commanded 822 barracuda sqdn 
- CFI at RNAS Inskip training for the expected invasion of Japan

See autobiography

Commands:

822

Dec 1943

July 1944

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAL Woods RN
Born 
Rank: Lt Cdr 
Honours and Awards 
Died 
Other information 
- given command of 812 sqdn at Gibraltar, immediately after the torpedoing and sinking of HMS  Ark Royal
- in command when the sqdn achieved the first night sinking of a German U-Boat U-451 with ASV radar, 21.12.1941, Gibraltar, and damaging another 5 U-Boats up till 4.1942
- Seniority 12.1944 (Cdr)

Commands:

812

Nov 1941

May 1942

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GR Woolston RN
Born 
Rank: Lt Cdr (A) 
Honours and Awards 
Died 
Other information 
- CO of 827 sqdn taking part in Operations Mascot, 17.7.1944, and the series of Goodwood strikes, 8.1944 against the German battleship Tirpitz in Kaa Fjord, HMS Furious
- led sqdn in attacks under RAF 16 Group on shipping off the Dutch coast in support of the Allied invasion forces, 10.1944.
- sailed in HMS  Colossus for the British Pacific Fleet, to become part of the 14th Carrier Air Group. 
- Seniority 12.1955 (Cdr)

Commands:

827

June 1944

July 1945

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AJ Wright RM
Born 
Rank: Captain (1942), Major (1945) Royal Marines 
Honours and Awards 
Died 
Other information 
- first CO of 898 martlet sqdn at Norfolk
- first Air Group Commander of 16th Carrier Air Group, HMS Glory, 6.1945
-  Seniority 6.1951 (Maj)

Commands:

898

Oct 1942

Nov 1942

 

16th Carrier Air Group (837, 1831 sqdns/HMS Glory)

June 1945

Nov 1946

 

 


 

JAD Wroughton RN
Born 
Rank: Lt Cdr 
Honours and Awards: DSC (pre 1941) 
Died 
Other information 
- soon after the outbeak of war the sqd was involved in searches for enemy shipping in the South Atlantic and Indian Ocean, HMS  Ark Royal
- involved in the Norwegian campign, HMS  Ark Royal, 4.1941
- Seniority 6.1945 (Cdr)

Commands:

821

Sept 1939

May 1940

 

800

May 1941

March 1942

 

 

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