Fleet Air Arm Archive 1939-1945


 


 The Fleet Air Arm squadrons operating under RAF Fighter Command

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

From the Battle of Britain until the Normandy D-Day invasion Fleet Air Arm squadrons were to operate under RAF Fighter Command.

At the commencement of war, Fighter Command consisted of three Groups, No. 11 Group covering southern, southwestern and southeast England with its HQ, No. 12 Group covering central England, East Anglia, and Wales, and No. 13 Group covering Northern England and Scotland. By 1943 the Fighter Command consisted of six Groups, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 and 14 Groups. 



No 10 Group RAF Fighter Command 
HQ Rudloe Manor, Box.



No 10 Group Fleet Air Arm Squadrons

 

 

816

Exeter
May-June 1943

 

841(handed a/c to 415 (Canada) sdqn

Exeter
July-Nov 1943

 

894 (accompanying RAF typhoons)

Culmhead (Church Stanton)
April-May 1944

 


No 11 Group RAF Fighter Command 
HQ Hillingdon House, Uxbridge



 

No 11 Group Fleet Air Arm Squadrons

 

 

841

Coltishall
Manston
Tangmere
Aug 1942-Oct 1943 

 

 

 

 


No 13 Group RAF Fighter Command 
Hucknall, Nottinghamshire



 

No 13 Group Fleet Air Arm Squadrons

 

 

804

Hatston, Orkneys
May-Sept 1940

L/C JC Cockburn, RN Dec 1939-Nov 1940

808

Wick
July 1940 

L/C RC Tillard, RN July 1940-May 1941

886

Turnhouse
Aug 1942

 

886

Turnhouse
Jan-March 1943

 

880 (composite sqdn with 881)

Drem
June-Aug 1944

 

881 (composite sqdn with 880)

Drem
June-Aug 1944

 

882

Turnhouse
Feb-March 1942

 

884

Turnhouse
March-July 1942

 

884

Drem
Machrihanish
Turnhouse
Dec 1942-July 1943

 

899

Peterhead (13 Group)
May-July 1944

attached to 13 Group taking part in D-Day

 

 

 



 

No 14 Group RAF Fighter Command 
HQ Drummossie Hotel, Inverness



 

No 14 Group Fleet Air Arm Squadrons

 

 

883

Fraserburgh
Peterhead
Jan-May 1942

 

884

Peterhead
July 1942

 

884

Skaebrae
Sept-Dec 1942

 

886

Peterhead
Aug-Oct 1942

 

887

Dyce
July-Oct 1942 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


FURTHER INFORMATION

 

Official website by the Royal Air Force

 

The RAF Commands

 

Fighter Command Groups 1940 - map

Map showing divisions of the Fighter Command Groups

Squadrons of the Battle of Britain

 

The Battle Of Britain Historical Society

 

Fighter Command Aircrew and Casualties

 

Battle of Britain Website Directory

Battle of Britain web site  includes BoB signed itemsRAF Fighter Command's Battle of Britain Squadrons including FAA sqdns and RAF sqdns with FAA aircrew. See  804 and 808 sdqns

The Battle of Britain Fighter Association

 

Christopher Shores and Clive Williams, Aces High: a tribute to the most notable fighter pilots of the British and Commonwealth Forces in WWII, Grub Street publishers, 1994

 

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

 

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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