Operational History and Background
In April 1944, the squadron formed at Squantum, USA as a torpedo bomber reconnaissance Avenger squadron, and subsequently embarked on HMS Rajah arriving at Belfast in July 1944.

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 September 1944 the squadron embarked on HMS Rajah for Coimbatore, Ceylon, and in November joined HMS Indomitable for attacks on Belawan Deli, Pangkalan Brandan and Palembang in December 1944 and January 1945.

The squadron disembarked at Nowra, Australia in February 1945 for 2 weeks and then re-embarked for 2 months continuous attacks on the Sakishima Gunto islands and Formosa, returning to Nowra in June 1945.

The squadron rejoined HMS Indomitable at the beginning of August 1945 but saw no further action before VJ-Day. Instead the ship sailed for Hong Kong, where the squadron saw active service against Japanese suicide boats on 31 August and 1 September 1945.

Battle Honours
Palembang 1945, Okinawa 1945

Commanding Officers and Squadron Personnel

L/C (A) W Stuart DSC & 2 Bars RNVR 1 April 1944-Nov 1945


  • Avenger II April 1944-Oct 1945
  • Avenger I Sept 1944-June 1945

  • Ships and Squadron bases
    To be listed

    The Squadron Today
    Link to current Fleet Air Arm squadron information

    Associations and Reunions
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    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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