Operational History and Background
The squadron officially formed at Quonset Point in July 1943 as a fighter squadron with 10 Corsair Is.

In November 1943, the squadron embarked on HMS Khedive with Corsair IIs for the UK, dis-embarking at Maydown, subsequently becoming part of the 47th Naval Fighter Wing (1834 and 1836 sqdns), under the Wing Leader Lt Cdr FRA Turnbull DSC RN from January 1944.

Corsair II JT565 coded "7*S" of 1834 sdqn, 1944
Profile created by Nigel Eastmond.

In March 1944 the squadron embarked on HMS Victorious to provide top cover for operation Tungsten, a successful dive-bombing attack on 3 April 1944 with Barracuda squadrons on the German battleship Tirpitz in Kaa Fjord, north Norway. In May 1944 the squadron was involved in strikes against enemy shipping off the coast of Norway.

No 47 Naval Fighter Wing under Lt Cdr Turnbull provided top cover to the Fairey Barracuda dive bombers of No 8 TBR in the sucessful attack on the Germnan Battleship Tirpitz, operation Tungsten 3 April 1944

In June 1944, the squadron sailed with HMS Victorious to join the Eastern Fleet, and Lt Col. RC 'Ronnie' Hay RM took command of 47th Wing in August 1944.

Corsair II JT427 "TRH" of 47th Naval Fighter Wing (1834 and 1836 sqdns)
and flown by Wing Leader Lt Col. RC 'Ronnie' Hay RM of HMS Victorious in January 1945
Profile created by Nigel Eastmond.

The squadron took part in a series of attacks on Sumatra, including on the Palembang oil refineries in Sumatra in January 1945. Subsequently the ship joined the British Pacific Fleet and commenced attacks on the Sakishima Gunto islands between March and May 1945.

24-29 January 1945 - Fleet Air Arm strikes on oil installations at Pladjoe around Palembang, Sumatra - the largest operation ever undertaken by  the Fleet Air Arm - successful strikes are made by aircraft from Task Force 63 - HM carriers "Indomitable", "Illustrious", "Indefatigable" and "Victorious".

Corsair 1834 and 1836 squadrons ranged on flight deck of HMS Victorious in preparation for an air strike against the Japanese, 1945

In June 1945 the squadron joined the 1st Carrier Air Group at Schofields, and embarked on HMS Victorious for a series of attacks on the Japanese mainland in the Tokyo area.
The ship returned to Australia, the squadron disembarking at Bankstown, re-embarking just after VJ-Day for the UK in mid September 1945.

Battle Honours
Norway 1944, Sabang 1944, Palembang 1945, Okinawa 1945, Japan 1945

Commanding Officers and Squadron Personnel

  • L/C(A) AM Tritton, DSC, RNVR July 1943-Dec 1943
  • L/C(A) PN Charlton, DFC, RN Dec 1943-Oct 1944
  • L/C(A) RDB Hopkins, RN Oct 1944-April 1945
  • L/C JG Baldwin, RN April 1945-end of WW2

1834 squadron pilots watch Corsair "7T" of 1834 being moved by deck handlers on HMS Victorious, 1945


  • Corsair I July 1943-Sept 1943
  • Corsair II July 1943-May 1945
  • Ships and Squadron bases
    To be listed
    The Squadron Today
    Link to current Fleet Air Arm squadron information

    Associations and Reunions

  • 1832, 1834, 1835, 1836 squadrons.
  • Contact details via FAAOA
    World Aircraft Carrier Lists and Photo Gallery - from 1913 to 2000. Naval History Information Center, Haze Gray & Underway American based World Aircraft Carrier Lists & Photo Gallery - one of the definitive online sources for British and world aircraft carrier & seaplane tender data, histories and images - over 1000 photos. 
    Sturtivant, R & Ballance, T  (1994). 'The Squadrons of the Fleet Air Arm' Published by Air Britain (Historians) Ltd, 1994 ISBN: 0 85130 223 8  
    Robert Horsten's FAA
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