AND THE FLEET AIR ARM 1939-1945
Countries of the British Empire, Dominions, Commonwealth, Dependent Territories and the rest of the World involved with the FAA
View the Commonwealth Secretariat webpage for current information and direct
link to Commonwealth countries today in alphabetical order.
Index of RN Fleet Air Arm
Air Stations in the Commonwealth & the World
Naval Aviation Museums in
the UK and Commonwealth
Naval Aviation Research in
the UK and Commonwealth
Australia and the Royal
Navy Fleet Air Arm
Canada and the Royal Navy
Fleet Air Arm
India and the Royal Navy
Fleet Air Arm
New Zealand and the
Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm
South Africa and the
Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm
USA and the Royal Navy Fleet
This page provides an introduction to
information on Australia's contribution to the Royal Navy's Fleet Air Arm
air war effort, which was primarily through the RAN and through hosting
MONABs and also RN Air Stations loaned from the RAAF. Support also came from
the RAAF through providing aircrew on Sreagulls/Walruses of RAN aircraft
carrying ships, and through running the Empire Air Training Scheme (British
Commonwealth Air Training Plan).
Between the first and second world wars, a
number of RAN officers were trained as pilots but that training ceased when
the RAAF won that control of Australian naval aviation and the RAAF provided
aircraft, maintainers and pilots, the RAN provided ships, Observers and
Telegraphist Air Gunners (TAG). By 1937, the Royal Navy were training
Observers for the RAN. The TAGS were all trained in Australia. But during the second world war there were a
number of RAN pilots who served with the RN through out the war.
Some commanded RN squadrons. At the end of the war when the RAN decided to
have its own Fleet Air Arm a number of aircrew came from New Zealand, ex RAAF including those transferred to the RANVR
in June 1945 and later went with the RN and transferred back to the
Many Fleet Air Arm squadrons had a high
proportion of Australians many of whom attained high rank, including two
wartime Aussie Commanding officers, and many more Flight Commanders and
senior pilots. One RAN Commanding Officer of a Fleet Air Arm squadron was
awarded the DSO, Lt Cdr GM Haynes RAN, whilst in command of 828 sqdn in Malta, and inflicted considerable damage to Italian
merchant shipping during the North African Campaign of Rommel.
The Royal Australian Navy paid a heavy price
in human life during the Second World War. A total of 2,176 men and women
died during the war. This represents 5.5% of the peak wartime strength of the
RAN. 1,740 Australians died serving in RAN ships, including Royal Navy and
RAAF airmen on the aircraft carrying ships. The maximum wartime strength of
the Navy, on 30th June 1945, was 39,650 personnel of all ranks. This included
the Women's Royal Australian Naval Service and the Nursing Services
Many thanks for information to Bob
"Windy" Geale, Australia's Museum of Flight (Australian Naval Aviation Museum). HMAS ALBATROSS, NOWRA,NSW,2541, Australia.
Fleet Air Arm
Fleet Air Arm portway to
information and worldwide links about naval aviation and FAA history, the
squadrons, aircraft, ships, and men and women who served with the Fleet Air
Arm 1939-1945. Includes Associations, Museums, and Roll of Honour to the Men
of the FAA. Directory
of Fleet Air Arm Naval Squadrons, Air Wings and Carrier Air Groups 1943-1945,
including British, Australian, Canadian and New Zealand units.
Naval History and Australians
Naval aviation history and
links to Australia
Squadrons and Australia
FAA Aircraft and Australians
Aircraft with links to Australia
Aircraft Carriers and Australians
Ships with links to Australia
Roll of Honour to the
Australians of the FAA. Lists all Australian Commanding Officers of the
wartime front-line squadrons (800-1800 squadrons), Naval Air Wings, and
Carrier Air Groups. Directory of Fleet Air Arm Naval Air Wings 1943-1945,
including British, Australian, Canadian and New Zealand units.
Australian FAA Commanding Officers
Directory of the FAA COs,
the 2 Australian front line squadron Commanding Officers of the Fleet Air
Arm, and two in the naval aviation unit of the RAAF, No 9 sqdn, RAAF.
FAA Australian Air Aces
No known Australian FAA air
aces in WW2.
Honours and Awards to
Australians in the FAA
A-Z of FAA Personnel and Honours of awards including personnel winning the
VC, DSO, DSC, GC and MID.
Australian FAA men in captivity with Axis forces.
Australian Debt of
Australian FAA Officers and men who lost their lives during 1939-1945.
A gallery of photographs and squadron profiles.
Contacts and who's where?
Calling old shipmates
Fora and Discussion Groups
Fora in Australia.
Virtual Library and Autobiographies
Key bibliographic sources.
Includes online purchases (coming soon).
FLEET AIR ARM
ASSOCIATION OF AUSTRALIA Email email@example.com
Magazine: 'Slipstream' FAA Association of
Australia Division Secretaries Victoria
Ron Christie, 15 Bianca Crt, Rowville, Victoria, 3178
Tel: +61 (0)3 9764 5542
Fax: +61 (0)3 9755 5417
Peter Schilling, 21 Ashcroft Cres., Monash, ACT, 2611
Tel: +61 (0)2 6291 4681
Fax: +61 (0)2 6289 4711
Mr Dinsley Cooper, 17 Athol Ave, Blair Athol,
Tel: +61 (0)8 8344 8812
Tel: +61 (0)7 5499 3809
N.S.W. P.O.Box 28, Nowra, NSW,
Tel/Fax: +61 (0)2 4441 2901
P.O.Box 88, Exeter, TAS, 7275
Tel: +61 (0)3 6394 3448
P.O.Box 8336, Stirling St., Perth, WA, 6841
Tel/Fax: 61 (0)8 9527 9186
AUSTRALIAN FLEET AIR ARM
In 1998 the Royal Australian Navy Fleet Air Arm had its 50th Anniversary
reunion at HMAS Albatross, Nowra, NSW, Australia (see link) Australian Naval Aviation Museum Society P.O.Box A15 Naval Post Office Nowra,
New South Wales, 2540 The
FAA Jubilee reunion was at ALBATROSS from October 28 to November 2, and
ALBATROSS's 50th, 1998 Mr
Lehan asked that former personnel send their contact details, along with
details of known ex-FAA shipmates, to him at the FAA 50th Anniversary
Committee, PO Box A15, Naval PO, Nowra, NSW 2540, fax (02) 4421 (1999).
OFFICERS CLUB OF AUSTRALIA
Includes former FAA and RN Naval Aviation members NAVAL ASSOCIATION OF AUSTRALIA
The Naval Association of Australia, which began its life in 1920 as the
Ex-Navalmens Association, is the premier organisation outside of Navy looking
to the interests of both serving and ex naval members. It now embraces all
ranks and both men and women.
Magazine: White Ensign
Royal Australian Navy Gliding
ROYAL AUSTRALIAN NAVY
COMMUNICATIONS BRANCH ASSOCIATION BRITISH COMMONWEALTH OCCUPATION
FORCES NATIONAL COUNCIL
Representing the Australian Armed Forces who served in Japan
1945 to 1952
MALTESE AUSTRALIAN ASSOCIATION
Annual Remembrance of 'Operation Pedestal' - convoy that saved Malta
and helped turn WWII in favour of the allies. Secretary:
Victor J Vassallo 9 Cavalier St, Doncaster East, Victoria, 3109.
Tel: +61 (0)3 9842 6434 NAVAL & MILITARY CLUB 27 Little Collins St., Melbourne, Victoria 3000,
Tel: +61 (0)3 9650 4741
Fax: +61 (0)3 9650 6529
NAVY LEAGUE OF AUSTRALIA
P.O.Box 309 Mt Waverley,
Tel: +61 (0)3 9888 1977
Fax: +61 (0)3 9888 1083
Magazine: 'The Navy', published 1920-1932:
1938 to present date - Index available. Centenary in 2000.
Magazine: 'The Navy'
NAVAL AND MARITIME MUSEUM Swinburne
Street, North Geelong.
President: Bryant Attwood
P.O.Box 104, Geelong, Victoria, 3220
Tel: +61 (0)3 5227 0209
Fax: +61 (0)3 5227 0209
Open Daily 1000 - 1600 except Tuesdays and
Thursdays ROYAL AUSTRALIAN NAVY
- 'Navy News' Locked Bag 12, Pyrmont,
New South Wales, 2009.
Tel: +61 (0)2 9359 2491
Fax: +61 (0)2 9359 2499
The NAVAL HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Odd Bods UK
Association 40 Ireland St., Ringwood, Victoria, 3134, Australia: tel (03) 9847-0617: email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Australians who served in non RAAF units in Europe and Middle East) Hon Secretary: G V Smith,
Australian Museum of Flight - Australian Naval Aviation Museum (formerly the Fleet Air Arm Museum, HMAS Albatross/NAS Nowra): Information on this New
South Wales-based museum of the Royal Australian Navy. Includes maritime
warfare history, educational and research material on related topics and a
documentary of the RAN Fleet Air Arm.and Australian Naval Aviation. Australian Naval Aviation
Museum/Museum of Flight (ANAM)
Old sites no longer functioning in 2001
AMOL - A link
to the Australian Museums On Line Collection Search
Other Australian Links
Website Directories and
with overviews about the British Empire,
Dominions and Commonwealth and Dependent Territories The British, Commonwealth &
Polish Air Services Personnel Archive. The Archive is believed to be the
world's largest on-government record of air force fatalities. Started in
1984, its purpose is to record and eventually publish details of those who
died while serving with the British, Commonwealth & Polish forces.
Obituaries List: Well maintained and up-to-date list and details of
obituaries of personnel with Maritime connections, and includes anumber
of FAA, RN and Commonwealth naval aviators. This online list was originally
drawn up from February 1996 onwards by Edwin King and Martin Evans as a
collation of maritime obituaries appearing in the British press for MARHST-L,
the maritime history discussion group.
General British Empire Links
Arm Museum Yeovilton (UK) Europe's premier naval
MUSEUM the multi-branch national museum of the history of war and wartime
life from 1914
This site is an attempt to chronicle the development, equipment and
achievement of the British armed forces, since their inception to
the present day. It covers the period from the beginning of the 17th Century
when the Royal Navy came into being and the British Army was legislated into
existence, upto present day which sees the United Kingdom fielding a small,
efficient but overstretched and underfunded army, navy and air force.
Pacific Fleet: 15 August 1945
Indies Fleet: 15 August 1945
States Lend-Lease aid to the British Empire
These pages are a tribute to the Commonwealth soldiers who have given served
with both British and multi-national efforts to combat the forces arrayed
against freedom. They have served in every major conflict since the formation
of the Dominions of Canada, Australia
and New Zealand
in the last years of the 19th and the first years of the 20th Century. From
the shores of Gallipoli and the Trenches of The Great War to the desert
fighting of World War Two, the battle for Crete in
1941 and onto D-Day and the island-hopping campaign against the
These pages contain links to the battles they fought during the two World
Wars and to Britain's
Small Wars where their involvement in conflicts between 1945-1992 forms part
of that site. These pages also contain links to various sites related to the
Commonwealths Armed Forces, listed by Country.
"Land Forces of Britain, the Empire and Commonwealth" website,
a major resource designed to make some sense of military history and help you
navigate the web. This site strives for comprehensiveness,
bringing together all internet resources pertaining to land forces that were
at any time part of the British Empire or
Commonwealth. Naval and air forces are not included, with the exception of
their more notable land force elements (e.g. Royal Marines, RAF Regiment),
and a link or two to main Ministry sites by way of explaining how land forces
fit into the overall armed forces structure of each country. There are
several thousand links on these pages. The focus is generally on
manifestations of the British regimental system throughout the world.
The Commonwealth War Graves Commision was
established by Royal Charter in 1917. Its duties are to mark and maintain the
graves of the members of the forces of the Commonwealth who were killed in
the two world wars, to build memorials to those who have no known grave and
to keep records and registers. It maintains graves and memorials in some 150
countries throughout the World.
Debt of Honour Register
and database of the Commonwealth War Graves
Commision. This Register provides personal and service details and places
of commemoration for the 1.7 million members of the Commonwealth forces who
died in the First or Second World Wars. (A record some 60,000 civilian
casualties of the Second World War is provided without details of burial
The British Empire website: The
British Empire is the largest formal empire the world has ever known. As
such, its power and influence stretched all over the globe; shaping it in all
manner of ways.This site is not a rigourous academic site! This site is
dedicated to analysing the history of the British Empire:
The triumphs, the humiliations, the good that it brought and the bad that it
inflicted. For better or worse the British Empire had
a massive impact on the history of the world. It is for this reason that this
site tries to bring to life the peoples, cultures, adventures and domination
that made the Empire such a powerful institution. The site has a complete
section on the histories and composition of the Armed Forces: the
Land Forces, Sea Forces and Air Forces.
The Sun Never Set on the
British Empire, circa 1937
A short history and dates of possession of tyhe British Empire
colonies and Dominions. Includes a 81.9K animated GIF file of locations and
time zones of the British Empire, 1937.
Marlborough House, Pall
Mall, London SW1Y
Tel: 020-7839 3411 - Fax: 020-7930 0827
NGO Desk Tel: 020-7747 6125 - e-mail: email@example.com
Information & Public Affairs Division Tel: 020-7747 6385 - Fax: 020-7839
The Secretariat is the main agency through which the Commonwealth countries
Empire and Commonwealth Museum is under construction in the famous Brunel
railshed in Bristol. The Museum's
first galleries include an exhibition titled "Together: The Commonwealth
at War 1914-1953", a collection of photographs illustrating the vital
wartime role played by men and women from Australia, Canada, India, Jamaica,
New Zealand, Nigeria, Malta, South Africa, and many other Commonwealth
countries. If you'd like more information, please contact the British
Empire and Commonwealth Museum Project Office, Clock Tower Yard,
Bristol BS1 6QH,
The Commonwealth Foundation:
Marlborough House, Pall
Mall, London SW1Y
Tel: 020-7930 3783 - Fax: 020-7839 8157 - e-mail:
The Foundation promotes professional co-operation and works closely with
non-governmental organisations. It makes grants to assist professional people
to take part in conferences, study visits and training attainments within the
The Commonwealth of Learning
is an intergovernmental organisation created by Commonwealth Heads of
Government to encourage the development and sharing of open learning/distance
education knowledge, resources and technologies. COL
is helping developing nations improve access to quality education and
COL's library service On-line access to COL's Information
Resource Centre catalogue
Commonwealth schools network: Commonwealth
Electronic Network for Schools and Education – CENSE
The Institute of
Commonwealth Studies is the only Postgraduate academic institution in the
devoted to the study of the Commonwealth. Its purpose is to promote
inter-disciplinary and inter-regional research on the Commonwealth and its
member nations in the fields of history, politics, economics and other social
sciences, and in subjects like development, environment, health, migration,
class, race, and literature.
ICS Library is an international resource holding more than 160,000 items,
with particularly impressive Caribbean, Southern
African and Australian holdings and 200 archival collections.
Department for International
Development 94 Victoria Street, London
SW1E 5JL 9HY
Tel: 020-7917 7000 - Fax: 020-7917 0019 - e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Department for International Development is the UK
government department responsible for all aspects of international
development policy. Its principal aim is to contribute to the elimination of
poverty in poorer countries and to enable poor people to achieve sustained
improvement in their living standards. The Secretary of State for
International Development is The Rt Hon Clare
The Oriental and India
Indian Office Collections This is the official website for the British
Library's Oriental and Indian section. They hold all the official
documents pertaining to the Honourable East India Company and the subsequent
pre-1947 India Office records. The scope of these organisations spread far
further than just the Indian subcontinent. The Middle East,
East Africa, Far Eastern Asia all had strong
connections with the India
HG&UW Naval History Information Center. World warship Lists And Photo Gallery from 1913 to
The Center provides warship data as a
comprehensive, detailed listing of all the world's battleships, cruisers,
aircraft carriers and seaplane tenders, from the start of naval aviation into
the 21st century. Every warship, battleship, carrier and seaplane tender ever
built or planned is listed, with complete technical data, historical sketches
and photographs for virtually every ship. There are nearly 1000 high-quality
photos linked to the respective ship histories. This is perhaps one of the
most comprehensive websites for information about the ships used by all the
World's Navies during WWII and after. Includes details for the American,
Australian, Brazilian, British, Canadian, Dutch, Free French, Indian, New Zealand, Norwegian, Polish, South African Navies, ships and
links to other web resources.
Warships of the world. This
site includes information and links to all the main Allies.
NAVY MUSEUM (UK)
The Royal Marines Museum (UK) is dedicated to the preservation and presentation
of all aspects of Royal Marines history for the education and enjoyment of
the general public.
Shearwater Aviation Museum of
Maritime Military Aviation (Canada) Home of the Canadian Swordfish
Aviation Museum of Australia/Museum of Flight ANAM (Australia)
American National Museum of Naval
The Royal Air Force Museum, Britain's National Museum of Aviation, celebrates the story
of aviation from before the Wright Brothers to the RAF of the 21st Century
with one of the world's finest collections of legendary aircraft and
associated exhibits. The Museum stands on 15 acres of the historic former
Hendon Aerodrome at RAF Hendon, one of the oldest aviation centres in the
MUSEUM OF ALBERTA CALGARY, ALBERTA,
CANADA An excellent site showcasing the Naval Museum of
Alberta located in Calgary. Good stories and photos, many featuring aspects of
naval aviation. The Museum commemorates the prairie men and women who served
in the Royal Canadian Navy since its formation in 1910. It is dedicated to
the memory of Lieutenant Robert Hampton Gray, VC, DSC, MiD, RCNVR; the Royal
Canadian Navy's only recipient of the Victoria Cross in World War II.
Museum of Manitoba
The Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum is a non-profit, charitable organization founded
and operated by volunteers. The Museum is dedicated to preservation of the
history of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan and honoring those
airmen who trained and served, and especially those who died while serving
their country in the conflict of 1939 - 1945. This is the only Museum in Canada dedicated solely to this goal and we think it is
fitting that it is located in Manitoba where so much of the training was carried out.
Canadian war museumThe
Canadian War Museum (CWM) is an affiliated museum of the Canadian Museum of Civilization. The CWM has its own collections,
its own programmes and its own staff.
Alex's Royal Navy Page Aircraft Carriers of the
Royal Navy. Service and class technical details of all RN Aircraft Carriers.
Part 1 - 1920-1939 Furious, Hermes, Eagle, Courageous & Ark Royal classes.
Part 2 - 1940-1949 Illustrious, Implacable, Colossus & Majestic
classes. Part 3 - 1950-2000 Audacious, Centaur, Invincible & Ocean
HG&UW World Aircraft Carrier Lists And
Photo Gallery from 1913 to 2000.
The World Aircraft Carriers Lists are a
comprehensive, detailed listing of all the world's aircraft carriers and
seaplane tenders, from the start of naval aviation into the 21st century.
Every carrier and seaplane tender ever built or planned is listed, with complete
technical data, historical sketches and photographs for virtually every ship.
There are nearly 1000 high-quality photos linked to the espective ship
histories. This is perhaps one of the most comprehensive websites for
information about the ships used by the Fleet Air Arm and the Commonwealth.
Includes a Master
list of RN Carriers and an extensive list of links to other web
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