Operational History and Background

The squadron first formed as a torpedo bomber reconnaissance Swordfish squadron at Lee-on-Solent in March 1943.

In July 1943 a fighter flight of 6 Seafires was added and the squadron subsequently embarked on HMS Fencer for operations during the occupation of the Azores, and from November 4 Wildcat from 1832 squadron were attached to 842 squadron.
On 1 December 1943 one of the Wildcat shot down and enemy aircraft, whilst on Gibraltar convoy duties.

Successful attack in Operation Tungsten of 3 April 1944 on the Tirpitz in Kaa Fjord, North Norway by 827 and 830 squadron Barracuda dive-bombers from HMS Furious and HMS Victorious and supported by the 7th Naval Fighter Wing, HMS Furious 2 fighter squadrons whilst an 842Q sdqn detachment provided a/s patrols from HMS Furious

On 10 February 1944 a Swordfish sank the U-Boat U-666, and in April 1944 the squadron Swordfish provided anti-submarine patrols during the Operation Tungsten attack against the German battleship Tirpitz in Kaa Fjord, North Norway. In May the squadron provided escort on Arctic convoys to Russia when 11 attacks were made on U-Boats, and U-277, U-874 and U-959 were sunk on 1-2 May 1944.

In July 1944, most of the squadron embarked on HMS Indefatigable and HMS Furious for anti-submarine duties during the operation Mascot attack against the Tirpitz, and a detachment of 6 Swordfish and 5 Wildcats embarked on HMS Fencer for Gibraltar convoys, the Wildcats subsequently taking part in operations off Norway from HMS Fencer and then Campania. Meanwhile the Swordfish were attached to RAF Coastal Command at Benbecula in September 1944, transferring to Thorney Island from November 1944.

The squadron disbanded at Thorney Island in January 1945.

Battle Honours
Atlantic 1943 - 4, Norway 1944, Arctic 1944

Commanding Officers and Squadron Personnel

  • L/C (A) CB Lamb, DSO, DSC, RN March 1943-April 1943
  • L/C(A) LR Tivy, RN April 1943-March 1944
  • L/C(A) GFS Hodson, RNR March 1944-Aug 1944
  • L/C(A) LA Edwards, RN Aug 1944-Jan 1945
  • Aircraft
  • Swordfish II Feb 1943-Jan 1945
  • Seafire L.IIc July 1943-Aug 1943
  • Seafire Ib July 1943-March 1944
  • Wildcat V Nov 1943-Nov 1944
  • 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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