INDEX OF NAVAL AIR SQUADRONS

 

 

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squadron 

 
Operational History and Background
In March 1944, the squadron formed at Squantum, USA as a torpedo bomber reconnaissance Avenger squadron, and subsequently embarked on HMS Smiter arriving at Machrihanish in June 1944, and subsequently based at Maydown and Eglington before embarked detachments on HMS Nabob and HMS Trumpeter as well as a detachment at Hatston.

In September 1944 the squadron embarked on HMS Premier for operations off the Norwegian coast till March 1945, its fighter flight of 8 Wildcat VIs being briefly detached to HMS Trumpeter. In April and May 1945 the squadron took part in Arctic Russia convoy duties onboard HMS Premier, and after VE Day was intended for the 10th Carrier Air Group but was disbanded in June 1945.

Battle Honours
Norway 1944-1945, Arctic 1945

Commanding Officers and Squadron Personnel

  • L/C(A) SM Walsh, DSC, RNVR March 1944-Dec 1944
  • Lt PS Foulds, RNVR (temp) Dec 1944-Jan 1945
  • L/C HCK Housser, RCNVR Jan 1945-June 1945
  • Aircraft
  • Avenger I I March 1944-June 1945
  • Wildcat V Sept 1944-Dec 1944
  • Wildcat VI Sept 1944-May 1945
  • Ships and Squadron bases
    To be listed
    The Squadron Today
    Link to current Fleet Air Arm squadron information


    Associations and Reunions
    No information

    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
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