Operational History and Background

The squadron officially formed for the first time at Palisadoes, Jamaica in May 1942 as a torpedo bomber reconnaissance Swordfish squadron, subsequently embarking on HMS Dasher in July 1942 from Floyd Bennett Field, USA for the UK.

Fairey Swordfish Mk.II W5858, 837 Sqn FAA, HMS Dasher, 1942

In January 1943 the squadron formed 2 flights, one to HMS Argus for Gibraltar convoy duties and the other to HMS Dasher to Iceland, re-assembling at Dunino in late March, subsequently disbanding in June 1943.

HMS Glory flight deck crowded with Barracudas of 837 squadron and Corsairs of 1831 squadron 1945

In September 1944 the squadron reformed with 16 Barracuda IIs at Lee-on-Solent.
In April 1945 the squadron embarked on HMS Glory for the British Pacific Fleet, becoming part of the 16th Carrier Air Group but saw no action before VJ-Day, sailing for Rabaul in case of trouble during the Japanese surrender. The squadron not returning to the UK until October 1947.

Battle Honours
Atlantic 1943 .

Commanding Officers and Squadron Personnel

  • L/C AS Whitworth, DSC, RN March 1942-June 1943
  • L/C(A) RB Martin, RNVR Aug 1944-end of WW2
  • Aircraft
  • Swordfish I May 1942-June 1943
  • Swordfish II June 1942-June 1943
  • Barracuda II Sept 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  
    Robert Horsten's FAA
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