Fleet Air Arm Archive 1939-1945


 


 The Fleet Air Arm squadrons operating under RAF Coastal Command

CCMAA.
See the Coastal Command and Maritime Air Association for history of the Command

The Fleet Air Arm played an active part in the fight against the Axis forces under the control of RAF Coastal Command.

From the evacuation of Dunkirk to the Normandy D-Day invasion Fleet Air Arm squadrons were to operate under RAF Coastal Command.

At the commencement of war, Coastal Command had three groups No.18 Group
based in Scotland, No.16 in South Eastern England and No.15 covering Western England and the Irish Sea. This was followed later in the war with No. 19 Group. 



No 15 Group RAF Coastal Command 
Western England and the Irish Sea



No 15 Group RAF Coastal Command

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811

Limavardy
June-Sept 1944

 

812

St Eval
Nov-Dec 1940

 

816

St Eval
April-May 1941

 

825

Limavady
Mullaghmore
Stornoway (15 Group)
Aug-Dec 1944

 

827

St Eval
May-June 1941

 

829

St Eval
St Merryn
Sept-Nov 1940

 

838

Benbecula
Dallachy
Fraserburgh
Sept-Nov 1944

 

842

Benbecula
Mullaghmore
Sept-Nov 1944

 

849

St Eval
Aug 1944

 

890

Port Ellen
Oct-Dec 1943

 


No 16 Group RAF Coastal Command 
South Eastern England 



 

No 16 Group RAF Coastal Command

-

-

801

Detling
May-June 1940

 

806

Detling
May 1940

 

810

Thorney Island 
Beccles
Feb-June 1945

 

811

Bircham Newton 
Thorney Island

Aug-Dec 1942

 

812

Detling
North Coates
Thorney Island

May 1940-March 1941

Stationed with 22 sqdn at North Coates

812

Docking
Sept-Dec 1942

 

815

Bircham Newton
April-June 1940

 

816

Detling
Thorney Island

March-June 1941

 

816

Thorney Island
Sept-Dec 1942

 

818

Thorney Island
May-June 1940

 

819

Detling
May 1940

 

819

Bircham Newton
Langham
Thorney Island

July-Sept 1942

 

822

Manston
Thorney Island

Jan-June 1945

 

823

Detling
Manston
Tangmere
Worthy Down
Sept 1942-June 1943

 

825

Detling
Thorney Island

Worthy Down
May-June 1940

 

825

Lee on Solent
Manston
Jan-Feb 1942

 

825

Thorney Island
Dec 1942-Feb 1943

 

826

Bircham Newton
Detling
May-Nov 1940

 

827

Thorney Island
May 1941

 

833

Thorney Island
Feb-March 1943

 

836

Thorney Island
Jan-March 1943

 

842

Thorney Island
Nov 1944-Jan 1945

 

849

Lee on Solent
Aug-Sept 1944

 

 

 

 


 

155 General Reconnaissance Wing
of No 16 Group RAF Coastal Command 

Stationed at Manston, and first formed 1 April 1944.
Wing Leader: Sq Ldr Wilmott (143 sqdn CO) 

Basically a beaufighter wing with 143 sqdn and with swordfish of 819 and avengers of 848 sqdns, as well as albacores of 119 sqdn (CO S Ldr JiJ Davies DFC)

819

Biggin Hill
Bircham Newton
Lee on Solent
Manston
Limavady
Swingfield
April 1944-March 1945

Operated with 119 sqdn RAF which was using albacores. 

848

Lee on Solent
Manston
Thorney Island

April-Sept 1944

 



 

157 General Reconnaissance Wing
of No 16 Group RAF Coastal Command

Stationed at Hawkinge. First formed 14 May 1944 and consisted of 854 and 855 avenger sqdns 

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819 (detachment)

Swingfield
St Croix, Belgium
Knocke-le-Zoute, Belgium (TAF)
Maldeghem, Belgium (TAF)
Aug-Nov 1944 (thence forming No 142 GR Wing of 2nd TAF -Feb 1945)

Operated at Swingfield with 119 sqdn RAF which was using albacores. 119 sqdn replaced its a/c with swordfish in early 1945 

854

Hawkinge
Lee on Solent
Thorney Island

May-Sept 1944

 

855

Bircham Newton
Docking
Hawkinge
Thorney Island

(May-Sept 1944)

 

 

 

 


 


No 18 Group RAF Coastal Command 
Scotland



 

No 18 Group RAF Coastal Command 

-

-

827

Stornoway
March-May 1941

 

 

 

 



No 19 Group RAF Coastal Command 
Western England



 

No 19 Group RAF Coastal Command

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-

816

Perranporth (St Merryn)
April-Aug 1944

 

825

Exeter
Dec 1942-Feb 1943

 

833

St Eval
March 1943

 

834

Exeter
Feb-April 1943

 

 

 

 



 

156 General Reconnaissance Wing
of No 19 Group RAF Coastal Command 

Stationed at Perranporth and Harrowbeer. First formed 22 April 1944

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816

Perranporth (St Merryn)
April-Aug 1944

 

838

Harrowbeer
April-Aug 1944

 

849

Perranporth
April-Aug 1944

 

850

Perranporth
April-Aug 1944

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


FURTHER INFORMATION

 

Official website by the Royal Air Force

 

The RAF Commands

 

The History of Coastal Command

 

Coastal Command: Order of Battle, Strength, and Availability. Wartime Totals, 1939-1945

Includes tables with FAA squadrons

Ministry of Information (1943). Coastal Command. Published by His Majesty's Stationary Office, 1943.

 

Coastal Command and Maritime Air Association

The concept of the Coastal Command and Maritime Air Association (CCMAA) was launched in 1995 by a committee of serving and retired maritime air personnel, headed by Air Vice Marshall Andrew Roberts.

 The aim of the CCMAA is to enhance comradeship by maintaining contact between past members of air, sea and ground crews and their modern day successors whilst preserving the traditions of and learning from past and present maritime operations. 

Sturtivant, R. & Burrow, M (1995) 

 'Fleet Air Arm Aircraft 1939 to 1945'  Published by Air Britain (Historians) Ltd, 1995 ISBN: 0 85130 232 7 

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