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Countries of the British Empire, Dominions, Commonwealth, Dependent Territories and the rest of the World involved with the FAA 1939-1945
 

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 Air Arm


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 RAN. 

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.

FAA and Naval History and Australians
Naval aviation history and links to Australia


FAA Squadrons and Australia


FAA Aircraft  and Australians
Aircraft with links to Australia
 


Ships and Aircraft Carriers and Australians
Ships with links to Australia


Roll of Honour
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.


 Directory of 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 P.O.W.
Australian FAA men in captivity with Axis forces. 

Australian Debt of Honour
Australian FAA Officers and men who lost their lives during 1939-1945.


Personnel Gallery
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).

Associations and reunions

  FLEET AIR ARM ASSOCIATION OF AUSTRALIA Email slipstream@shoal.net.au
WWW: http://www.netspace.net.au/~navyleag/fc_08.htm
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

A.C.T.
Peter Schilling, 21 Ashcroft Cres., Monash, ACT, 2611
Tel: +61 (0)2 6291 4681
Fax: +61 (0)2 6289 4711

South Australia
Mr Dinsley Cooper, 17 Athol Ave, Blair Athol, SA, 5084
Tel: +61 (0)8 8344 8812

Queensland
Tel: +61 (0)7 5499 3809

N.S.W.
Mike Heneghen, P.O.Box 28, Nowra, NSW, 2541
Tel/Fax: +61 (0)2 4441 2901

Tasmania
Alan Andrews, P.O.Box 88, Exeter, TAS, 7275
Tel: +61 (0)3 6394 3448

Western Australia
Theo Bushe-Jones, 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).


RAN HISTORIC FLIGHT

  NAVAL 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 Association

 

ROYAL AUSTRALIAN NAVY COMMUNICATIONS BRANCH ASSOCIATION   BRITISH COMMONWEALTH OCCUPATION FORCES NATIONAL COUNCIL
 Representing the Australian Armed Forces who served in Japan 1945 to 1952

ARCTIC CONVOY VETERANS, AUSTRALIA

  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
Email: nmclub@wa2000.com.au
URL: http://www.nmclub.wa2000.com.au/nmclub   NAVY LEAGUE OF AUSTRALIA P.O.Box 309 Mt Waverley,
Victoria 3149
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.
Email: navyleag@netspace.net.au
URL: www.netspace.net.au/~navyleag
Magazine: 'The Navy'   OSBOURNE HOUSE 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
URL:
http://www.zades.com.au/geelong/maritime.htm
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
Email: Navynews@Navy.gov.au   The NAVAL HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF AUSTRALIA

AUSTRALIAN BOMBHEADS
Site http://go.to/gunnies/

  Odd Bods UK Association
Australians who served in non RAAF units in Europe and Middle East) Hon Secretary: G V Smith, 40 Ireland St., Ringwood, Victoria, 3134, Australia: tel (03) 9847-0617: email: obuka@alphalink.com.au

Australian Museums

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)

Alternate websites:


http://www.museum-of-flight.org.au


Old sites no longer functioning in 2001


AMOL - A link to the Australian Museums On Line Collection Search

Obituaries

Other Australian Links
 

 


Website Directories and Databases
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. 
 http://www.mbnet.mb.ca/%7Equirk/negus.html

Obituaries 
Maritime 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 and Resources
 
 

Fleet Air Arm Museum Yeovilton (UK) Europe's premier naval aviation museum.

IMPERIAL WAR 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. 
http://british-forces.com/site_index.html 

The British Pacific Fleet: 15 August 1945 
The East Indies Fleet: 15 August 1945
United States Lend-Lease aid to the British Empire 

Commonwealth Forces: 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 Japanese. 

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. 
http://british-forces.com/cw/cwindex.html 


 "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. 
http://regiments.org/milhist/index.htm 


 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. 
http://www.cwgc.org/ 

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 location.) 
http://yard.ccta.gov.uk/cwgc/register.nsf 
 


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.
http://www.britishempire.co.uk/ 
http://www.britishempire.co.uk/forces/forces.htm 

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. 
Empire.
http://www.friesian.com/british.htm 
 

Commonwealth Secretariat
Marlborough House, Pall Mall, London SW1Y 5HX, UK
Tel: 020-7839 3411 - Fax: 020-7930 0827 
NGO Desk Tel: 020-7747 6125 - e-mail: info@commonwealth.int 
Information & Public Affairs Division Tel: 020-7747 6385 - Fax: 020-7839 9081 
The Secretariat is the main agency through which the Commonwealth countries work together. 
http://www.thecommonwealth.org/index1.htm 
 

The British 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, Temple Meads, Bristol BS1 6QH, U.K. 


The Commonwealth Foundation: Marlborough House, Pall Mall, London SW1Y 5HY, UK. Tel: 020-7930 3783 - Fax: 020-7839 8157 - e-mail: geninfo@commonwealth.int 
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 Commonwealth. 
http://www.commonwealthfoundation.com/ 
 


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 training. 
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
http://www.col.org/ 
http://www.col.org/irc/irc.htm 
http://www.col.org/cense/index.htm 

The Institute of Commonwealth Studies is the only Postgraduate academic institution in the United Kingdom 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. 
The 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. 
http://www.sas.ac.uk/commonwealthstudies/index.html
http://www.sas.ac.uk/commonwealthstudies/library/library.html 

Department for International Development
94 Victoria Street, London SW1E 5JL 9HY 
Tel: 020-7917 7000 - Fax: 020-7917 0019 - e-mail: library@dfid.gtnet.uk 
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 
Short MP. 
http://www.oneworld.org/ 

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 office. 
http://www.bl.uk/collections/oriental/


HG&UW Naval History Information Center. World warship Lists And Photo Gallery from 1913 to 2000
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.
http://www.hazegray.org/navhist/ 

Warships of the world. This site includes information and links to all the main Allies. 
http://www.warships1.com/index_ships.htm 
ROYAL 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

Naval Aviation Museum of Australia/Museum of Flight ANAM (Australia

 


American National Museum of Naval Aviation

NATIONAL MARITIME MUSEUM


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 country. 
CANADIAN NAVAL AIR NET

NAVAL 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.

 
Naval 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.

 

http://www.fleetairarmoa.org/History/Ships.html

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 classes
http://www.btinternet.com/~a.c.walton/navy/navy.html


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 resources.
http://www.hazegray.org/navhist/carriers/ 



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