Operational History and Background
The squadron formed at Donibristle as a Fleet Fighter squadron in March 1942 with 6 Fulmar IIs.

In August 1942 the squadron joined No 13 Group RAF Fighter Command at Turnhouse and subsequently No 14 Group RAF at Peterhead, subsequently leaving for Stretton in October 1942.

Most of 1943 was spent at Turnhouse where the squadron re-equipped with Seafire L.IICs in March, and a Swordfish flight was added 3 months later.
In June 1943 the squadron embarked on HMS Attacker and took part in the Salerno landings in September, a small detachment formed at Paestrum, and another consisting of the Swordfish at Gibraltar.

In October 1943, the squadron returned to the Machrihanish having disbanded the Swordfish flight, and subsequently joined the 3rd Naval Fighter Wing at Burscough.
In May 1944, the squadron moved to Lee-on-Solent in preparation for D-Day. The squadron now equipped with 10 Seafire L,IIIs formed part of the Air Spotting Pool of No 34 Reconnaissance Wing, 2nd Tactical Air Force, providing offensive sweeps and bombardment spotting duties, remaining at Lee-on-Solent until July 1944 when it was absorbed into 885 squadron and disbanded.

Battle Honours
Salerno 1943, Normandy 1944

Commanding Officers and Squadron Personnel

  • Lt JCM Harman, RN March 1942-July 1942
  • L/C(A)RHHL Oliphant, RN July 1942-Oct 1943
  • L/C PEI VBailey, RN Oct 1943-July 1944
  • Aircraft
  • Fulmar II March 1942-March 1943
  • Spitfire Vb/hooked Feb 1943-March 1943
  • Seafire L.IIc March 1943-Feb 1944
  • Swordfish II June 1943-Oct 1943
  • Spitfire Vb/hooked Feb 1944-March 1944
  • Spitfire PR.XIII March 1944-March 1944
  • Seafire L.III March 1944-July 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  
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