Operational History and Background

The squadron formed at Lee-on-Solent as a fighter squadron equipped with 6 Sea Hurricane IBs in July 1942, and soon moved to Charlton Horethorne and thence St Merryn.

The squadron embarked from Belfast on HMS Dasher in October 1942 to provide fighter patrols in the landings in North Africa.

In January 1943, the squadron re-embarked at Machrihanish, the ship having joined the Home Fleet and sailed that month to Iceland. On a successive trip HMS Battler exploded in the Clyde on 27 March, with the extreme loss of life including a detachment from 891 sqaudron. The squadron was subsequently disbanded April 1943.

In June 1945 the squadron reformed at Eglington with 16 Hellcat II(NF)s, moving to Nutts Corner in August just before VJ-Day. The squadron disbanded in September 1945.

Battle Honours
North Africa 1942

Commanding Officers and Squadron Personnel

  • Lt(A) MJS Newman, RN July 1942-March 1943
  • Lt(A) BHStAH Hurle-Hobbs, RN March 1943-April 1943
  • L/C N Perrett, RNZNVR June 1945-end of WW2
  • Aircraft
  • Sea Hurricane Ib July 1942-Oct 1942
  • Sea Hurricane IIc Oct 1942-April 1943
  • Hellcat I June 1945-Aug 1945
  • Hellcat II NF Aug 1945-Sept 1945

  • 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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