Operational History and Background
The squadron officially formed at Brunswick in August 1944 as a fighter squadron with 18 Corsair IVs, embarking in November 1944 on HMS Reaper for the UK.

Aerial photo of HMS Reaper laden with aircraft

On arrival in the UK the squadron absorbed part of 1849 squadron, re-equipping with 24 aircraft.

In February 1945 the squadron embarked on HMS Venerable for DLT, two weeks later embarking on HMS Vengeance for the British Pacific Fleet.

Corsair Mk IV KD345 "130" of 1850 sqdn of HMS Vengeance, December 1945
Profile created by Nigel Eastmond.

In June 1945 the squadron became part of the 13th Carrier Air Group at Tambaram, embarking from Jervis Bay on HMS Vengeance two days before VJ-Day, however the squadron remained on active duty till October 1945.

Battle Honours
None in WWII

Commanding Officers and Squadron Personnel

  • L/C(A) M Hordern, RN Aug 1944-end of WW2
  • Corsair IV Aug 1944-end of WW2
  • Ships and Squadron bases
    To be listed
    The Squadron Today
    Link to current Fleet Air Arm squadron information
    Associations and Reunions
    HMS Vengeance Association (including 812 and 1850 squadrons)
    Contact: Derek 'Lew' Lewis, Secretary, HMS Vengeance Association, 122 Mill Lane, Portslade, Sussex. BN41 2FH.

    "HMS. VENGEANCE, No.1850 & 812 SQUADRON" website by Ron Davis.  Detailed history of the squadron since inception
    Private photo collection of Ron Davis Ron's father was a Royal Navy FAA Mechanic with the No. 1850 Sqdn attached to the HMS Vengeance during WW II.
    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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