INDEX OF NAVAL AIR SQUADRONS
In May 1944 the squadron was attached to No 157 Wing RAF Coastal Command at Hawkinge and subsequently Thorney Island for duties in the English Channel leading up to D-Day activities in Normandy.
In September 1944 the squadron personnel embarked with their aircraft on HMS Activity for the Far East, re-equipping with Avenger Is at Katukurunda.
24-29 January 1945 - Fleet Air Arm strikes on oil installations at Pladjoe around Palembang, Sumatra - the largest operation ever undertaken by the Fleet Air Arm - successful strikes are made by aircraft from Task Force 63 - HM carriers "Indomitable", "Illustrious", "Indefatigable" and "Victorious".
In December 1944 the squadron embarked on HMS Illustrious, taking part in strikes on Belawan Deli and Palembang, the squadron subsequently disembarking at Nowra, Australia during February 1945.
Re-embarking on HMS Illustrious in March 1945 the squadron took part in attacks on airfields and other enemy targets in the Sakishima Gunto Islands, returning to Nowra in May 1945.
In July 1945 whilst still at Nowra the squadron joined the 3rd Carrier Air Group and were still there at the time of VJ-Day.
Normandy 1944, Palembang 1945, Okinawa 1945
Commanding Officers and Squadron Personnel
L/C WJ Mainprice, DSC, RN Jan 1944-Jan 1945 L/C(A) FC Nottingham, DSC, RNVR Jan 1945-March 1945 L/C RE Jess, DSC, RCNVR March 1945-June 1945 None June 1945-end of WW2
Avenger I I Jan 1944-Sept 1944 Avenger I Oct 1944-May 1945 Avenger III July 1945-end of WW2 Ships and Squadron bases
To be listed
The Squadron Today
Link to current Fleet Air Arm squadron information
Associations and Reunions
854 Royal Naval Air Squadron Contact: R Wadmore, 40 Tile Farm Road, Orpington, Kent, BR6 9RZ (ref: 1998)
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