INDEX OF NAVAL AIR SQUADRONS
In August 1943 the ship sailed for Malta, and in September the squadron took part in the Salerno landings. Subsequently, in November 1943 the squadron joined the 24th Naval Fighter Wing at Henstridge with 12 Seafire F.IIIs.
In April the squadron operated from Culmhead carrying out anti-shipping duties in the English Channel with RAF Typhoons.
Embarking on HMS Indefatigable in July 1944, the squadron took part in operations against the German battleship Tirpitz at Kaa Fjord, North Norway, during which on 22 August the squadron shot down 2 enemy aircraft.
24-29 January 1945 - Fleet Air Arm strikes on oil installations at Pladjoe around Palembang, Sumatra - the largest operation ever undertaken by the Fleet Air Arm - successful strikes are made by aircraft from Task Force 63 - HM carriers "Indomitable", "Illustrious", "Indefatigable" and "Victorious".
After re-equipping with 24 Seafire L.IIIs the squadron embarked on HMS Indefatigable for Ceylon, and then took part in the operations against Palembang oil refineries in Sumatra, January 1945.
In March and April 1945 the squadron took part in attacks against targets in the Sakishima Gunto islands, and then attacked the Japanese mainland just prior to VJ-Day.
Salerno 1943, Norway 1944, Palembang 1945, Okinawa 1945
Commanding Officers and Squadron Personnel
- L/C(A) DA Van Apps, RNVR Aug 1942-June 1943
- L/C FRA Turnbull, DSC, RN June 1943-Jan 1944
- L/C(A) C Walker, RN Jan 1944-Nov 1944
- L/C(A) J Crossman, DSO, RNVR Nov 1944-end of WW2
Aircraft Martlet IV Aug 1942-Feb 1943 Spitfire Vb March 1943-April 1943 Seafire Ib Feb 1943-March 1943 Seafire IIc March 1943-Nov 1943 Seafire L.IIc March 1943-Nov 1943 Seafire F.III Nov 1943-Nov 1944 Seafire L.III Nov 1944-end of WW2
Ships and Squadron bases
To be listed
The Squadron Today
Link to current Fleet Air Arm squadron information
Associations and Reunions
FURTHER 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 Robert Horsten's FAA