Operational History and Background

 Avenger I (TBF-1B), FN943, 855 Squadron Squantum, Massachusetts, February 1944
© Scott Fraser

In February 1944, the squadron formed at Squantum, USA as a torpedo bomber reconnaissance Avenger squadron, and subsequently embarked on HMS Queen in May, disembarking at Hawkinge in May 1944.

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. After the Invasion Forces were consolidated in France the services of the squadron were no longer needed and it disbanded in October 1944.

Battle Honours
Normandy 1944

Commanding Officers and Squadron Personnel
L/C JB Harrower, RNR Feb 1944-Oct 1944

Avenger I I Feb 1944-Oct 1944

Ships and Squadron bases
To be listed

The Squadron Today
Link to current Fleet Air Arm squadron information

Associations and Reunions
No 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
The following profiles are offered by Scott Fraser, owner of Tally Ho! decals Tarpon I (TBF-1B), FN943, 855 Squadron Squantum, Massachusetts, February 1943. 
        Last Modified: 23-2-2001


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