Operational History and Background

The squadron officially formed at Quonset Point in August 1943 as a fighter squadron with 10 Corsair Is, embarking in January 1944 with 18 Corsair IIs on HMS Atheling for the UK.

At Burscough the squadron joined the 47th Naval Fighter Wing (1834 and 1836 sqdns), under the Wing Leader Lt Cdr FRA Turnbull DSC RN from January 1944, and embarked on HMS Victorious in March 1944, to provide 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. The squadron then returned to Hatston.

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 May 1944 whilst operating from HMS Victorious the squadron was involved in strikes against enemy shipping off the coast of Norway and then returned to Scapa.

Corsair II JT410 "T8H" of 1836 sqdn (47th Naval Fighter Wing of 1834 and 1836 sqdns)
and flown by Sub Lt Don Sheppard Sub Lt Donald J. Sheppard, Royal Canadian Navy Volunteer Reserve,  HMS Victorious in January 1945
Profile created by Nigel Eastmond.

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. In July 1944 the squadron attacked oil storage facilities and airfields at Sabang, Sumatra.

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

Operation continued in the area until January 1945 with the attacks on oil installations at Palembang, Sumatra. It subsequently was involved in strikes on the Sakashima Gunto islands, and then joined the 1st Carrier Air Group.

Corsair II coded "147/P" of 1836 sqdn, HMS Victorious on deck of USS Essex, early1945

The squadron re-embarking on HMS Victorious later in the month for strikes in July 1945 against the Japanese mainland near Tokyo until VJ-Day.

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

Commanding Officers and Squadron Personnel

  • L/C(A) CC Tomkinson, RNVR Aug 1943-March 1945
  • L/C JB Edmundson, DSC, RN March 1945-May 1945
  • L/C JG Baldwin, RN May 1945-June 1945
  • L/C(A) DK Evans, RNZNVR June 1945-Aug 1945
  • Lt(A) DT Chute, RNVR Aug 1945-end of WW2
  • Corsair I Aug 1943-Nov 1943
  • Corsair II Nov 1943-end of WW2
  • Corsair IV April 1945-end of WW2
  • 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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