Operational History and Background
The squadron first formed in September 1940 as a torpedo spotter reconnaissance Albacore squadron at Lee-on-Solent, then from Scotland carried out anti-submarine patrols under RAF Coastal Command.

In July 1941 the squadron embarked on HMS Victorious for the attack on Kirkenes, Finland in which 5 aircraft were lost.

In September 1941 after regrouping the squadron embarked on HMS Argus to Gibraltar and thence to Malta in HMS Ark Royal, where the squadron operated from Hal Far against enemy shipping to Libya.

From March 1942, 828 and 830 squadrons jointly formed the Naval Air Squadron Malta successfully attacking enemy warships and supply convoys, however re-supply problems resulting in only 2 serviceable aircraft for a time, leading in December 1942 to the absorbing of 826 squadron and the remnants of 830 squadron.

In May 1943 the squadron carried out attacks on shipping with 821 squadron, as well as flare illuminations for bombardments of Pantellaria island, followed by a few weeks in Monastir in Tunisia.

In total 828 and 830 squadrons had accounted for sinking 30 enemy ships and damaged another 50 ships.

The squadron disbanded at Monastir in September 1943.

Taken shortly after the Operation Goodwood II strike on 22 August 1944.
Tirpitz is located in the upper right corner, hiding behind the smoke.

In March 1944 the squadron reformed as a torpedo bomber reconnaissance squadron with 12 Barracuda IIs, joining the 2nd Naval TBR Wing, and in August embarking on HMS Implacable for the Home Fleet, and briefly on HMS Formidable in August 1944 for Operation Goodwood against the Tirpitz, and after a period at Hatston returned to HMS Implacable and in October 1944 was involved in shipping strikes off Norway.

In January 1945 the squadron re-equipped with 21 Avenger Is and IIs, embarking at the end of the month on HMS Trumpeter.

In March 1945 HMS Implacable sailed to Ceylon, the squadron disembarking at Trincomalee in April 1945. In June 1945 the squadron became part of the 8th Carrier Air Group, and was involved in attacks on Truk, and in subsequent attacks on the Japanese mainland, returning to Nowra just after VJ-Day on 25 August 1945.

Battle Honours
Mediterranean 1941 - 3, Norway 1944, Japan 1945

Commanding Officers and Squadron Personnel

  • Lt EA Grenwood, RN Sept 1940-Sept 1940
  • L/C(A) LA Cubitt, RN Sept 1940-May 1941
  • L/C DE Langmore, DSC RN, May 1941-Dec 1941
  • L/C GM Haynes, RAN Dec 1941-Dec 1941
  • L/C ME Lashmore, DSC, RN Nov 1942-Feb 1943
  • L/C A Gregory, RN Feb 1943-March 1943
  • Lt HH Britton, RN March 1943-May 1943
  • L/C(A) JF Turner, RNVR May 1943-Sept 1943
  • L/C(A) FA Swanton, DSC, RN March 1944-Aug 1945
  • L/C(A) RE Bradshaw, DSC & bar, RN Aug 1945-end of WW2

  • Aircraft

  • Albacore I Sept 1940-Sept 1943
  • Swordfish I Oct 1941-Nov 1941
  • Barracuda II March 1944-Feb 1945
  • Avenger I Jan 1945-Sept 1945
  • Avenger II Feb 1945-Sept 1945
  • Avenger III Sept 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

  • 828/841 Naval Air Squadrons. Reunion.
  • Reunion Dorchester on Thames (2000). Contact details via FAAOA
    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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