Operational History and Background

The squadron was first formed at Lee-on-Solent in July 1942 as a torpedo bomber reconnaissance squadron with 2 Albacores for special duties, being attached to RAF Fighter Command, at Middle wallop and later at Manston and Coltishall.
Throughout this period it undertook 99 attacks on enemy shipping and E-boats in the English Channel.

In May 1943 the squadron had detachments at Tangmere and Exeter with 16 Group RAF Coastal Command, for patrols in the English Channel with up to 16 Albacores and 3 Swordfish from January 1943. The squadron disbanded in December 1943 at Manston, the aircraft and activities being taken transferred to 415 RCAF squadron.
The squadron reformed in February 1944 at Lee-on-Solent with 12 Barracuda IIs, and subsequently joined No 2 Naval TBR Wing in Scotland.

In August 1944 the squadron embarked on HMS Formidable for a week, and after disembarking to Grimsetter, transferred to HMS Implacable later in the month for strikes on enemy shipping off Norway, merging into 828 squadron and disbanding in November 1944.

Battle Honours
English Channel 1943, Norway 1944

Commanding Officers and Squadron Personnel

    • Lt RL Williamson, DSC, RN July 1942-Oct 1942
    • Lt(A) LJ Kiggell, DSC, RN Oct 1942-Dec 1942
    • L/C(A) SMP Walsh, DSC, RNVR July 1943-Dec 1943
    • L/C(A) RJ Fisher RNZNVR Feb 1944-June 1944
    • L/C(A) EFL Montgomery, RNZNVR June 1944-Nov 1944
  • Albacore I Jlu 1942-Nov 1943
  • Swordfish I Jan 1943-April 1943
  • Swordfish II Jan 1943-April 1943
  • Barracuda II Feb 1944-Nov 1944
  • 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
            Last Modified: 23-2-2001


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