Operational History and Background

The squadron officially formed at Quonset Point in September 1943 as a fighter squadron with 10 Corsair Is, embarking in January 1944 with 14 Corsair IIs on HMS Begum for the UK.

In February 1944, the squadron embarked from Stretton on to HMS Atheling, the squadron forming the only unit in the 6th Naval Fighter Wing. In June 1944 the squadron embarked on HMS Illustrious, taking part in the attacks on the Andaman islands, and in July provided cover during the attacks on Sabang, Sumatra.

In August 1944 the squadron transferred to the 47th Naval Fighter Wing on HMS Victorious, but the next month was absorbed into 1834 ands 1836 squadrons and disbanded.

In July 1945 the squadron reformed at Eglington with 22 Corsair IIIs, and due to join the 4th Carrier Air Group in HMS Illustrious, but was disbanded at Nutts Corner on 18 August 1945.

Battle Honours
Sabang 1944

Commanding Officers and Squadron Personnel

  • L/C(A) AJ Sewell, DSC, RNVR Sept 1943-Oct 1943
  • L/C R Pridham-Wippell, RN Oct 1943-Sept 1944
  • L/C(A) R Tebble, RNVR July 1945-Aug 1945
  • Corsair I Sept 1943-Jan 1944
  • Corsair II Jan 1944-Sept 1944
  • Corsair III July 1945-Aug 1945
  • Ships and Squadron bases
    To be listed
    The Squadron Today
    Link to current Fleet Air Arm squadron information

    Associations and Reunions
    No information

    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  
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