INDEX OF NAVAL AIR SQUADRONS

 

 

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squadron 

 
Operational History and Background


The squadron officially formed at Norfolk, USA in September 1942 as a fighter squadron with 6 Sea Martlet IVs, embarking on HMS Victorious in February 1943 for operations with the US Pacific Fleet.

May 1943 was spent in the Coral Sea carrying out patrols, and in June 1943 supported the landings in the Middle Solomon by the US Marines. Finally the ship returned to the UK in September 1943.

In November 1943 the squadron joined the 7th Naval Fighter Wing with 10 Wildcat Vs, embarking on HMS Pursuer for Malta convoy duties in February 1944.
 



Successful attack in Operation Tungsten of 3 April 1944 on the Tirpitz in Kaa Fjord, North Norway by 827 and 830 squadron Barracuda dive-bombers from HMS Furious and HMS Victorious and supported by the 7th Naval Fighter Wing including 800, 804, 881, 896, 882, and 898 fighter sqdns

In April 1944, whilst operating from HMS Pursuer the squadron provided escort patrols during the operation Tungsten attack on the German battleship Tirpitz in Kaa Fjord, northern Norway. However, whilst still on HMS Pursuer, the squadron was disbanded in June 1944.

In January 1945 the squadron reformed at Wingfield, Cape Town with 24 Hellcat FB.IIs, embarking on HMS Ameer in April 1945 for Ceylon. In July 1945, the squadron was involved in operations in the Car Nicobar area from HMS Ameer, transferring to HMS Empress for patrols over Phuket island.

Immediately after VJ-Day the squadron was still active, providing support in early September during the occupation of the Malayan peninsula.

Battle Honours
Norway 1944, Atlantic 1944, Normandy 1944, Burma 1945

Commanding Officers and Squadron Personnel
  • Lt(A) SG Orr, DSC, RNVR Sept 1942-March 1943
  • L/C(A) BHC Nation March 1943-Oct 1943
  • L/C(A) LA Hordern, DSC, RNVR Oct 1943-June 1944
  • L/C(A) RM Norris, RNVR Jan 1945-July 1945
  • L/C(A) GJ Zegers de Beijl, DSC, RNethN July 1945-end of WW2
Aircraft
  • Martlet IV Sept 1942-Sept 1943
  • Wildcat V Sept 1943-June 1944
  • Hellcat IIFB Jan 1945-end of WW2

  • Ships and Squadron bases
    To be listed

    The Squadron Today
    Link to current Fleet Air Arm squadron information


    Associations and Reunions
    No information

    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
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