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Operational History and Background


In November 1943, the squadron formed at Squantum as a torpedo bomber reconnaissance Avenger squadron, and subsequently embarked on HMS Nabob in February 1944, disembarking at Machrihanish in April 1944.


GRUMMAN AVENGER I, JZ165 "2P", 852 Sqn RN, HMS Nabob, March 1944 [A0458]
©  Rick Kent FAUCONBERG AEROGRAPHICS

In May 1944 a fighter flight of 4 Wildcat Vs was added, and in the following month the squadron embarked on HMS Nabob for operations off Norway. July was spent at Abbotsinch and Machrihanish before re-embarking on HMS Nabob in the middle of the month again for Norway operations. However on 22 August 1944 HMS Nabob was badly damaged by a torpedo from U-354, and on its return to Scapa Flow the squadron was transferred to HMS Trumpeter.

GENERAL MOTORS WILDCAT V, JV536 "S", 852 Sqn RN, HMS Nabob, May 1944 [A0457]
©  Rick Kent FAUCONBERG AEROGRAPHICS

The squadron was finally disbanded in October 1944.

Battle Honours
Norway 1944

Commanding Officers and Squadron Personnel

  • L/C(A) RE Bradshaw, DSC, RN Nov 1943-Oct 1944
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    Aircraft

  • Avenger I Nov 1943-Oct 1944
  • Wildcat V May 1944-Set 1944
  • Wilcat VI Set 1944-Oct 1944
  • Ships and Squadron bases
    To be listed
    The Squadron Today
    Link to current Fleet Air Arm squadron information


    Associations and Reunions

  • 852 Naval Air Squadron (1944) Reuion/HMS Nabob
  • Reunion at Comet Hotel, Hatfield. Contact details via FAAOA
    FURTHER 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
    Squadrons
     
    An A-Z of Aircraft Profiles by FAUCONBERG AEROGRAPHICS including GENERAL MOTORS WILDCAT Mk.V, 852 Squadron, Royal Naval Air Service, H.M.S. Nabob, May 1944, GRUMMAN AVENGER T.B. Mk.I, 852 Squadron, Royal Naval Air Service, H.M.S. Nabob, March 1944 
     
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