Operational History and Background

The squadron officially formed at Brunswick in September 1944 as a fighter squadron with 18 Corsair IVs, embarking in December 1944 on HMS Thane for the UK. The squadron dis-embarked at Belfast, and the following day, 15 January 1945 the ship was badly damaged by a torpedo from the German U-boat U-482 off the Clyde Light Vessel.

In March 1945 the squadron embarked on HMS Venerable with 24 aircraft for India. Having been shore based at Hal Far from March till April the squadron re-embarked on HMS Venerable for Tambaram, where it became part of the 15th Carrier Air Group.
Two days before VJ-Day the squadron re-embarked on HMS Venerable from Schofields and was operational during the occupation of Hong Kong from Kai Tak in September till October 1945.

Battle Honours
None in WWII

Commanding Officers and Squadron Personnel

  • L/C(A) DJ Mcdonald, RN Sept 1944-Feb 1945
  • Lt(A) C Malins, RNVR (temp) Feb 1945-April 1945
  • L/C(A) DJ McDonald, RN April 1945-May 1945
  • Lt(A) MB Gerrish, RNVR (acting) May 1945-June 1945
  • L/C(A) K Stilliard, RNVR June 1945-end of WW2
  • Corsair IV Sept 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
    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  
    Robert Horsten's FAA
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