Operational History and Background

The squadron officially formed at Burscough in March 1944 as a fighter squadron with 10 Hellcat Is. Many of the squadron pilots being from the Royal Netherlands Navy
In July 1944 it embarked with 20 aircraft on HMS Furious for Operation Mascot, a Barracuda led dive-bombing attack on the German battleship Tirpitz in Kaa Fjord, northern Norway.

In August 1944 the squadron took part in further strikes on the Tirpitz, its CO L/C AR Richardson, RNZNVR being shot down by enemy fire, and the squadron shooting down at least 1 enemy aircraft.

The squadron then joined the 3rd Naval Fighter Wing at Eglington, and subsequently in December 1944 embarked on HMS Speaker for the Pacific, where it provided fighter coverage of the British Pacific Fleet train, but was absorbed into 1839 squadrons and disbanded in April 1945 .

Battle Honours
Norway 1944, Okinawa 1945

Commanding Officers and Squadron Personnel

  • L/C(A) AR Richardson, RNZNVR March 1944-Sept 1944
  • L/C(A) BHC Nation, RN Sept 1944-April 1944
  • Hellcat I March 1944-Dec 1944
  • Hellcat II Aug 1944-May 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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