Operational History and Background
The Squadron was first formed in December 1941 as a Swordfish torpedo bomber reconnaissance squadron at Lee-on-Solent, embarking on HMS Biter in September 1942 to take part in the landings in North Africa from HMS Biter and HMS Avenger, returning to the UK on HMS Argus in December 1942.

In February 1943 the squadron joined 16 Group RAF Coastal Command at Thorney Island for operations in the English Channel. In June the squadron added a fighter flight of 6 Seafire L.IICís, the combined squadron embarked on HMS Stalker for Gibraltar in July 1943, where the Seafires transferred to 880 squadron and the Swordfish returning to Machrihanish in October 1943, moving to Maydown in December 1943 intended for MAC-ship duties, but with changes in policy the squadron was merged as part of 836 squadron and ceased to exist in January 1944.

The squadron was reformed in April 1944 aboard HMS Activity with 3 Swordfish IIs from 836 squadron and a fighter flight of 7 Wildcat Vs from 816 and 819 squadrons, to carry out convoy duties to Arctic Russia, and subsequently also in the Atlantic, and to Gibraltar. Finally returning to Maydown and disbanding at Eglington in September 1944.

Battle Honours
North Africa 1942,Atlantic 1944, Arctic 1944

Commanding Officers and Squadron Personnel

  • L/C RJH Stephens, RN 8 Dec 1941-Jan 1943
  • Capt WGS Aston, RM Jan 1943-May 1943
  • L/C JRC Callander, RN May 1943-Jan 1944
  • L/C(A) JG Large, RNVR April 1944-Set 1944
  • Swordfish I Dec 1941-Nov 1942
  • Swordfish II 1942-Jan 1944
  • Seafire L.IIc June 1943-Sept 1943
  • Swordfish II April 1944-Sept 1944
  • Wildcat V April 1944-Sept
  • Ships and Squadron bases
    To be listed
    The Squadron Today
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    Associations and Reunions
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    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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