Operational History and Background

The squadron formed at Donibristle in June 1943 as a Royal Netherlands Navy (RNN) torpedo bomber reconnaissance squadron with 6 Fairey Swordfish Is.

In November 1943 the squadron moved to Maydown with 12 Swordfish, earmarked to operate under the MAC-ship Wing of 836 squadron. It was then divided into 2 Flights which operated on MAC-ships on duties between Maydown and Dartmouth. The squadron Flights operating at the same time from MV Acavus and MV Gadila, and later from June 1944 transferring from MV Acavus to MV Macoma.

After VE-Day the squadron Flights were disbanded from the MAC-ship Wing at Maydown, and the squadron re-equipped with 12 Barracuda IIIs from 822 squadron in June 1945. Subsequently joining HMS Nairana after VJ-Day.

Battle Honours
Atlantic 19441-45

Commanding Officers and Squadron Personnel

Lt J van der Tooren, RNethN June 1943-end of WW2


  • Swordfish I June 1943-Nov 1943
  • Swordfish II Nov 1943-June 1945
  • Swordfish III March 1945-June 1945
  • Barracuda III June 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
    No information

    Squadron 860 - Een stukje historie. De Kooy Homepage History of 860 as Dutch manned squadron in Royal Navy (in Dutch)
    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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