Crest photo courtesy of R.D-C (

Operational History and Background

The squadron was officially formed in June 1943 as a torpedo bomber reconnaissance Avenger squadron at Quonset Point, and subsequently embarked on HMS Trumpeter in October 1943 for the UK.

In April 1944 the squadron was attached to 16 Group RAF Coastal Command at Manston and Thorney Island for duties in the English Channel leading up to D-Day activities at Normandy.

In September 1944 the squadron embarked on HMS Formidable for the Far East, but remained at Dekheila whilst the ship was repaired for 3 months with propellor shaft problems.

In January 1945 the squadron re-embarked on HMS Formidable for the British Pacific Fleet which it joined in April 1945 in the Phillipines via Australia, and soon after taking part in strikes against Sakishima Gunto Island airfields and shore targets, and subsequently was involved in attacks on Formosa.

When the ship’s flight deck was damaged by Kamikaze attacks, the ship withdrew to Australia in early June 1945 and the squadron joined the 2nd Carrier Air Group at Jervis Bay, embarking on HMS Formidable later in the month for strikes in July against the Japanese mainland up till VJ-Day.

Battle Honours
Normandy 1944, Okinawa 1945, Japan 1945

Commanding Officers and Squadron Personnel

    • L/C(A) RG Hunt, RN June 1943-May 1944
    • L/C AP Boddam-Whetham, RN May 1944-Aug 1944
    • L/C TGV Percy, RN Aug 1944-June 1945
    • L/C(A) AWR Turney, RN June 1945-end of WW2
  • Avenger I June 1943-Sept 1945
  • Ships and Squadron bases
    To be listed
    The Squadron Today
    Link to current Fleet Air Arm squadron information

    Associations and Reunions

  • 848 Royal Naval Air Squadron Helicopter Operations (Malaya Emergency) Association
  • Contact: Secretary: Les Smith, Oakdale, Church Lane, Ashford Carbonell, Ludlow, Shropshire, SY8 4BX (ref 1998)
    848 squadron today. MOD website
    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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