Operational History and Background
The squadron officially formed for the first time at Palisadoes, Jamaica in March 1942 as a torpedo bomber reconnaissance Swordfish squadron, subsequently embarking on HMS Biter in June 1942 for the UK where it joined RAF Coastal Command in January 1943 for operations in the English Channel from Thorney Island.

In March 1943 the squadron transferred to Machrihanish to become an Operational Pool for merchant aircraft carriers (MAC-ships) for North Atlantic convoy protection duties, increasing to 27 Swordfish and 2 Walruses in August 1943. Subsequently after the Walruses had been discarded the squadron was given primary responsibility for all MAC-ship flights, each consisting of 3-4 Swordfish. After November 1943, 860 Netherlands squadron was brought under the umbrella of 836 squadron, both forming the MAC-ship Wing controlling 83 aircraft, operating from 19 MAC-ships.

After VE Day the squadron’s task was no longer necessary and the squadron disbanded at Maydown in July 1945.

Battle Honours
Atlantic 1943 - 5.

Commanding Officers and Squadron Personnel

  • L/C JA Crawford, RN March 1942-July 1942
  • L/C RW Slater, DSC, RN July 1942-June 1944
  • L/C JRC Callander, RN June 1944-March 1945
  • L/C(A) FGB Sheffield, DSC, RNVR March 1945-July 1945

  • Aircraft

  • Swordfish I March 1942-Feb 1943
  • Swordfish II March 1943-June 1945
  • Walrus Aug 1943-
  • Swordfish III Dec 1944-May 1945
  • 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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