Operational History and Background
Formed in January 1941 as a fighter squadron at St Merryn with 12 Fulmar IIs, the squadron embarked on HMS Victorious in July 1941.

The squadron shot down 4 Me109s and Me110s during the attack on Petsamo in July, and lost 3 of its own aircraft. Subsequently being involved in North Russian convoys and a strike against Bodo in Norway.

From July 1942 with HMS Victorious in the Mediterranean, the squadron accounted for 2 enemy aircraft, but lost 3 of its own during Operation Pedestal. The squadron subsequently returned home for army cooperation training at Sawbridgeworth.

In October 1943 the squadron re-embarked on HMS Victorious and was involved in tactical reconnaissance during the North African landings, and following re-equipping with Seafire IIcís to provide cover for the Salerno landings.

The squadron joined the 4th Naval Fighter Wing at Andover and at the end of the year embarked on HMS Stalker. In May 1944 the ship sailed for the Mediterranean where squadron detachments landed in both North Africa or became part of the Desert Air Force in Italy until July when re-embarking on the ship.

In August 1944 the squadron provided support to the landings in the South of France, and subsequently carried out operations in the Aegean.

At the end of November 1944 the squadron transferred with its Seafire L.IIIs to HMS Attacker enroute to Alexandria.

In March 1945 the squadron joined HMS Stalker for the East Indies Fleet at Ceylon, providing fighter cover for the re-occupation of Rangoon, then in June operations in Malaya and Sumatra. The ship subsequently gave cover for the re-occupation of Malaya after VJ-day.

Battle Honours
Arctic 1941, Malta Convoys 1942, North Africa 1942, Salerno 1943, South France 1944, Aegean , Burma 1945

Commanding Officers and Squadron Personnel

  • L/C SWD Colls, RN Jan 1941-July 1941
  • L/C VC Grenfell, DSO, RN July 1941-Oct 1941
  • L/C EG Savage, DSC, RN Oct 1941-Aug 1942
  • Capt RC Hay, DSC, RM Aug 1942-June 1943
  • L/C(A) HDB Eadon, RNVR April 1944-Nov 1944
  • L/C AW Bloomer, RN April 19455 - end of WW2
  • Aircraft
  • Fulmar I Jan 1940-Mar 1943
  • Spitfire Va March 1943-June 1943
  • Seafire Ib April 1943 -Aug 1943
  • SeafireL.IIc March 1943 -Oct 1944
  • SeafireL.III July 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  
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