Operational History and Background

The squadron officially formed at Brunswick in April 1944 as a fighter squadron with 18 Corsair IIIs, embarking in June 1944 on HMS Rajah for the UK.

German battleship Tirpitz under attack in Norway 1944

In August 1944, the squadron embarked from Stretton on to HMS Formidable for operations against the German battleship Tirpitz in Kaa Fjord, Arctic Norway, with a series of strikes code named operation Goodwood, during which time several squadron aircraft were lost.

In September 1944 the squadron joined the 6th Naval Fighter Wing, sailing with HMS Formidable for the Far East, detachments disembarking at North Front, Gibraltar, Dekheila and Colombo till January 1945, embarking again on HMS Formidable in the middle of the month and arriving at Puttalam in February 1945.

Corsair IV KD244 coded 135/X of 1842 sqdn from HMS Formidable, landing on USS Shangri-La, 1945

In March 1945 the squadron re-equipped with Corsair IV. In April and May 1945 the squadron took part in operations against the Sakishimo Gunto islands, and in June the 6th Naval Fighter Wing merged into the 2nd Carrier Air Group.

Shortly before VJ-Day the squadron was involved in attacks against the Japanese mainland near Tokyo, two aircraft being lost but the aircrew rescued by a US submarine. The ship then withdrew to Australia. The squadron disembarked temporarily to Ponam just after VJ-Day, re-embarking for Nowra the following day and onwards to the UK in HMS Victorious.

Battle Honours
Norway 1944, Okinawa 1945, Japan 1945

Commanding Officers and Squadron Personnel

  • L/C(A) A McD Garland, RNVR April 1944-April 1945
  • L/C(A) DG Parker, DSC, RNVR April 1945-end of WW2
  • Corsair III April 1944-June 1944
  • Corsair II July 1944-May 1945
  • Corsair IV March 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
    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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