INDEX OF NAVAL AIR SQUADRONS
Operational History and Background
The squadron officially formed for
the first time at
After DLT on HMS Activity, the squadron embarked on HMS Battler in April 1943 for convoy duties, and fighter flight of 6 Sea Hurricane IICs from 804 squadron being incorporated in June 1943 which spent part of September and October operating from HMS Ravager.
After a period at Eglington, in November 1943 the squadron embarked on HMS Chaser, the fighter flight being at Abbotsinch, and subsequently from Eglington the squadron transferred to HMS Nairana in December 1943 returning to Hatston and Machrihanish in January 1944.
Most of 1944 was spent in
Atlantic convoy duties onboard HMS Nairana, and in
May and June two JU 290s were shot down. Then in August the squadron was
involved in Arctic Russia convoys to and from Hatston, and attacked two U-Boats
and shot down four enemy aircraft, and in March 1945 was involved in operations
The squadron disbanded in March 1945 at Hatston, the fighter flight being absorbed into 821 squadron.
Atlantic 1943 - 4,
Arctic1944 - 5
Commanding Officers and Squadron Personnel
L/C M Johnstone, DSC, RN Feb 1942-April 1942
Lt JR Lang, RN April 1942-Sept 1943
L/C WN Waller, RN Sept 1943-Dec 1943
L/C EE Barringer, RNVR Feb 1944-Aug 1944
L/C FV Jones RNVR Aug 1944-Jan 1945
L/C(A) JR Godley, RNVR Jan 1945-March 1945
Swordfish I Feb 1942-Feb 1943
Swordfish II Oct 1942-June 1944
Swordfish III July 1944-March 1945
Sea Hurricane IIc June 1943-Sept 1944
Wildcat V Sept 1944-March 1945
Ships and Squadron bases
HMS Furious in April 1942
HMS Battler in April 1943
HMS Ravager 1943
HMS Nairana most of 1944
The Squadron Today
Link to current Fleet Air Arm squadron information
Associations and Reunions
835 sqdn Naval Air Squadron reunion
Reunions are and for the last 4 years have been at
, Honiley, near Honiley Court Hotel . The previous reunion was on Warwick the 2nd April 2005and organised by Donald Payne Tel 01306 884 774. See 835 squadron webpage for details. Contact: David Whittick. Or contact details via FAAOA
835 squadron had a
contingent: including Lt Burgham, Bill Armitage and Peter Picot. See details on Royal New Zealand Navy: The Past, Present & Future New Zealand
Books about 835 squadron
Alone on a
; the story of 835 Naval Air Squadron in the Second World War. By E.E. Barringer. Pen & Sword Books / Leo Cooper. ISBN: 0850522781. Wide Wide Sea
The story of Fleet Air Arm 835 squadron told by one if its surviving commanding officers. 835 naval air squadron engaged in the battle of the
Atlantic, through the eyes of the aircrew whose flying skills played a vital role in helping the merchant vessels fight their way through.
Hardcover - 209 pages (October 1994)
Swordfish Patrol by George E. Sadler. Bridge Books; ISBN: 1872424538.
The story of the hundreds of lonely hours spent shepherding essential but vulnerable merchant vessels through the U Boat infested waters to a safe berth in Allied territory where the airman's success was measured, not by locating the enemy but by keeping him at arm's length. The author carried out patrols in all weathers, in every season, providing cover for convoys. He completed the highest number of deck landings in his squadron before being sent ashore as an instructor shortly before the end of war in
Paperback - 136 pages (1996)
Bring Back My Stringbag; Swordfish Pilot at War, 1940-1945, By John Kilbracken. Pen & Sword. ISBN: 0850524954.
This vigorous, extraordinarily vivid account by Lord Kilbracken, John Godley, of his five years in the Fleet Air Arm during the Second World War provides a remarkable picture of personal dealings with Swordfish aircraft - affectionately known as Stringbags - which, he asserts, seemed to have been left in the war by mistake.
An entertaining account of the author's five year service career in the FAA in which he flew 67 operational sorties, including a spell in Nairana (a MAC conversion) on the
run. Godley, was the final CO of 835 squadron before the end of the war. Murmansk
Paperback - 245 pages (1996)
Excellent and well organised veteran’s website with information about news and events, history of the squadron and their ship HMS Nairana, paintings, FAQs, links and old comrades reunions. Webmaster is David Whittick.
To purchase a print, e-mail
for details, quoting the print name. All Paintings are copyright© Jock Bevan.
“Alone on a
: the story of 835 Naval Air Squadron in the Second Wide Wide Sea
World War” by EE Barringer
The story of 835 Naval Air Squadron on board Escort Carrier HMS Nairana as told by the squadron’s fourth CO, Lt Cdr Barringer.
by Ian Burgham with Lt.-Cmdr Allen Burgham,
DSC, MiD, RCNVR (Retd) (RNZNVR)
Swordfish Patrol by George Sadler
George was a pilot on Swordfish in 835 squadron.
FAA Archive summary of one of 835 squadrons main ships
World Aircraft Carrier Lists and Photo Gallery - from 1913 to 2000. Naval
, Haze Gray & Underway History Information Center
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
(Historians) Ltd, 1994 ISBN: 0 85130 223 8 Britain
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