Operational History and Background

In March 1942, the squadron formed from the Royal Navy Fighter Flight at Fuka South (LG.16) in North Africa, with 12 Fulmar IIs for Canal Zone defence and shipping protection.

Operations were under the control of No 234 Wing RAF and subsequently to 252 Wing RAF in June 1942when the squadron moved first to Dekheila and subsequently Fayid and Hurghada.

Meanwhile two flights moved to operate under No 250 Wing RAF in Syria, at Abu Zenim and Ras Gharib, all returning by November 1942.
Subsequently, operations were carried out in the Western Desert until disbanding at El Daba (LG 104) in February 1943.

In April 1944, the squadron reformed at Colombo Racecourse as a Fighter squadron with 10 Seafire L.IICs and F.IIIs, and subsequently embarked on HMS Atheling for offensive sweeps in the Bay of Bengal. After the loss of the CO L/C DAE Holbrook RN in an air accident, the squadron was disbanded at Puttalam in July 1944.

In June 1945 the squadron reformed at Woodvale with 6 Hellcat Is and II(PR)s, intended for the British Pacific Fleet, however it did nor embark on HMS Trouncer until after VJ-day, in mid September 1945, but immediately disbanded the next day.

Battle Honours
Western Desert 1943, Bengal 1944,

Commanding Officers and Squadron Personnel

  • L/C(A) AR Ramsey, DSC, RNVR March 1942-July 1942
  • L/C(A) RE Gardener, DSC, RNVR July 1942-Feb 1943
  • L/C(A) FAJ Pennington, RNZNVR April 1944-April 1944
  • L/C JB Edmundson, RN April 1944-June 1944
  • L/C DAE Holbrook, RN June 1944-July 1944
  • Lt(A) ND Fisher, RNVR June 1945-Sept 1945
  • Aircraft
  • Fulmar II March 1942-Feb 1943
  • Hurricane IIc Oct 1942-Feb 1943
  • Seafire L.IIc April 1944-July 1944
  • Seafire LR.IIc April 1944-July 1944
  • Seafire F.III April 1944-July 1944
  • Hellcat I June 1945-Sept 1945
  • Hellcat II(PR) June 1945-Sept 1945
  • Ships and Squadron bases
    To be listed
    The Squadron Today
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    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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