Operational History and Background
The squadron was formed at Donibristle in November 1941 as a Fleet Fighter squadron with 6 Fulmar IIs, soon moving to St Merryn and Yeovilton.

The squadron was allocated to HMS Biter, but first was attached to No 13 Group at Turnhouse, and from July, No 14 Group RAF at Peterhead, back to No 13 Group in the middle of the month, then subsequently embarked on HMS Victorious in July 1942 for Malta convoy duties, returning to Lee-on-Solent in August 1942.

The squadron re-embarked on HMS Victorious in October 1942 and took part in the November landings in North Africa, and subsequently on its return to the UK again joined No 14 Group RAF Fighter Command at first at Skeabrae and then No 13 Group at Turnhouse, Machrihanish and Drem until mid July 1943, finally disbanding at Machrihanish towards the end of July 1943.

Battle Honours
Malta convoys 1942, North Africa 1942

Commanding Officers and Squadron Personnel

  • L/C(E) NG Hallett, RN Nov 1941-March 1943
  • L/C TB Winstanley, RN March 1943-July 1943
  • Aircraft
  • Fulmar II Nov 1941-Sept 1942
  • Spitfire Va Sept 1942-Oct 1942
  • spitfire Vb Sept 1942-Oct 1942
  • Spitfire Vb/hooked Sept 1942-Oct 1942
  • Seafire IIc Sept 1942-July 1943
  • 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  
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