INDEX OF NAVAL AIR SQUADRONS
In February 1944 the squadron embarked on HMS Begum for the Far East, disembarked for work-up at Ulunderpet, southern India, and then in July 1944 embarking on HMS Indomitable the squadron provided fighter cover and photographic duties during the attacks on Indaroeng and Emma Haven in Sumatra.
In September 1944 similar duties were carried out during bombing attacks on Sigli, and fighter cover was provided during attacks on Car Nicobar.
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".
October till December 1944 was spent ashore at China Bay, the squadron then re-embarked on HMS Indomitable for strikes on oil installations at Belawan Deli in Sumatra, and in January 1945 airfields and shore targets were attacked at Pangkalan Brandan as well as the oil refineries at Palembang.
Hellcat II, 1844 Squadron, HMS Indomitable, April 1945
© Scott Fraser
The ship then sailed for Australia and the squadron disembarked at Nowra where it was re-equipped with 18 Hellcat IIs. On re-embarking the squadron then took part in attacks on the Sakishima Gunto islands, and on Formosa.
Further operations planned for August 1945 were cancelled due to VJ-Day.
Palembang 1945, Okinawa 1945
Commanding Officers and Squadron Personnel
- L/C(A) TW Harrington, RN Dec 1943-Sept 1944
- L/C(A) MS Godson, RN Sept 1943-May 1945
- L/C PJP Leckie, RN May 1945-end of WW2
Aircraft Hellcat I Dec 1943-May 1945 Hellcat II Feb 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
FURTHER 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 Robert Horsten's FAA
The following profiles are offered by Scott Fraser, owner of Tally Ho! decals, Hellcat II, 1844 Squadron, HMS Indomitable, April 1945