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Operational History and Background
The squadron was formed at Worthy Down in September 1940 as a fighter squadron with Fulmar Is, three embarked on HMS Pegasus in December for fighter catapult operations till February 1941 after which the whole squadron embarked on HMS Furious for convoy duties.

In April 1941 the squadron was re-equipped with Fulmar IIs and joined HMS Ark Royal for Malta convoy duties in July and September, during which time 15 enemy aircraft were destroyed, shared with 806 squadron, another probable destroyed and 4 damaged.

Four squadron aircraft survived the torpedoing of HMS Ark Royal in November 1941 and flew to North Front, Gibraltar, where Fulmars and Sea Hurricanes joined the re-equipped squadron for convoys duties with HMS Argus.

In June 1942 squadron aircraft were embarked on HMS Argus and HMS Eagle for relief convoys to Malta in operation Harpoon. 4 Italian aircraft were shot down and 5 squadron aircraft lost.

The squadron was the first to receive Seafires, in June 1942, joining HMS Furious in August 1941 and subsequently took part in the North African landings, shooting down 2 French aircraft and damaging 2 others, along with 2 additional aircraft on the ground.

Seafire L.IIc LR753/HL, 807 squadron, HMS Hunter November 1943

Back in the UK in March 1943 the squadron undertook Army cooperation support training, and embarked on HMS Indomitable in May 1943 to provide cover for the Sicily landings until the ship was damaged by a torpedo in July when the squadron was transferred to HMS Battler to provide cover for the Salerno landings. The squadron returned home in HMS Hunter, subsequently joining the 4th Naval Fighter Wing and taking over part of 808 squadron in February 1944.

Squadron detachments were lent to the Desert Air Force in Italy for several weeks in April 1944, then the whole squadron took part in the South of France Operation Dragoon landings in HMS Hunter in August 1944, when the squadron inflicted considerable damage to locomotives and road transport.

In March 1945 the squadron re-embarked on HMS Hunter for the Eastern Fleet, providing cover during the re-occupation of Rangoon, and shipping strikes in the Andaman Sea, returning home soon after VJ day.

Seafire L.III, PR171, 807 Squadron, HMS Hunter, Burmese Coast, May 1945
© Scott Fraser

Battle Honours
Atlantic 1940, Malta Convoys 1941 - 2, North Africa 1942 - 3, Sicily 1943, Salerno 1943, South France 1944, Aegean 1944, Burma 1945

Commanding Officers and Squadron Personnel

  • L/C(A) J Sholto Douglas, DSO, RN Sept 1940-Nov 1941
  • Lt AB Fraser Harris, DSC, RN Nov 1941-March 1943
  • L/C(A) GC Baldwin, DSC, RN Oct 1943-June 1944
  • L/C(A) LGC Reece, RNZNVR June 1944-Nov 1944
  • L/C(A) EJ Clark, RNVR Nov 1944-end of WW2

  • Aircraft

  • Fulmar I Sept 1940-April 1941
  • Fulmar II April 1941-June 1942
  • Sea Hurricane Nov 1941- Nov 1941
  • Seafire Ib June 1942 -Sept 1942
  • SeafireL.IIc June 1942 -Oct 1944
  • SeafireL.III June 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

    Biplane fighter aces May 1941 convoy of five fast freighters steamed for Alexandria (Operation ‘Tiger’) together with Force ‘H’ from Gibraltar, including HMS Ark Royal and 807 and 808 sqdns.
    With Gallantry and Determination" The Story of the Torpedoing of the Bismarck by Mark E. Horan
    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  
    The following profiles are offered by Scott Fraser, owner of Tally Ho! decals, Seafire L.III, NN212, 887 Squadron, HMS Indefatigable, Seafire L.III, PR171, 807 Squadron, HMS Hunter Burmese Coast, May 1945   
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