INDEX OF ROYAL NAVY 

CARRIER AIR GROUPS

 

 

ROYAL NAVY CARRIER AIR GROUPS 1945 

 

Carrier Air Groups were first created in June 1945 to align with US Navy Policy in the Pacific following the end of war in Europe, involving front-line squadrons reorganised into Air Groups. The CAG organisation continued into the post war period, being reorganised in September 1946 so that each Air Group had one Firefly squadron and one of Seafires. The CAG system ended in the Royal Navy in 1952, and in Australian and Canada in 1954.

 

1st Carrier Air Group

Formed 30 June 1945 for HMS Victorious disbanded September 1945
Avenger and Corsairs: 849, 1834, 1836

2nd Carrier Air Group
Formed 30 June 1945 for HMS Formidable disbanded October 1945
Avenger and Corsairs: 848, 1841, 1842

3rd Carrier Air Group
Formed at Nowra on 2 August 1945 disbanded 20 October 1945
Corsairs: 1843, 1845

4th Carrier Air Group
Planned to form for HMS Illustrious but not realised by VJ-Day
Corsairs: 1837, 1853

5th Carrier Air Group
Planned to form for Illustrious-class carrier but not realised by VJ-Day
Corsairs: 1832, 1838

6th Carrier Air Group
Planned to form for Illustrious-class carrier but not realised by VJ-Day
Avenger, Corsairs, Wildcats: 853, 882, 1830

7th Carrier Air Group
Formed for HMS Indefatigable at Scholfields 30 june 1945.
Seafires, Avengers, Firefly: 820, 887, 894, 1770, 1772

8th Carrier Air Group
Formed for HMS Implacable 30 june 1945.
Seafires, Avengers, Firefly: 801, 828, 880, 1771

9th Carrier Air Group
Planned to form for Implacable class carrier but not realised by VJ-Day
Seafires, Avengers, Firefly: 802, 851, 899, 1773

10th Carrier Air Group
Planned to form for Implacable class carrier but not realised by VJ-Day
Seafires, Avengers, Firefly: 856, 883, 1833 and planned 1775

11th Carrier Air Group
Formed for HMS Indomitable
Hellcats, Avengers, Firefly: 857, 1839, 1844 (and planned but not realised
1772)

12th Carrier Air Group
Planned to form for HMS Indomitable but not realised by VJ-Day
Hellcats, Avengers, Firefly: 845, 881, 885 (and planned but not realised
1774)

13th Carrier Air Group
Formed for HMS Vengeance on 30 June 1945
Barracudas and Corsairs: 812, 1850

14th Carrier Air Group
Formed for HMS Colossus on 30 June 1945
Barracudas and Corsairs: 827, 1846

15th Carrier Air Group
Formed for HMS Venerable on 30 June 1945
Barracudas and Corsairs: 814, 1851

16th Carrier Air Group
Formed for HMS Glory on 30 June 1945
Barracudas and Corsairs: 837, 1831

17th Carrier Air Group
Planned to form for Colossus-class carrier but not realised by VJ-Day
Barracudas and Corsairs: 824, 1835

18th Carrier Air Group
Planned to form for Colossus-class carrier but not realised by VJ-Day
Barracudas and Corsairs: 822, 1852

22nd Carrier Air Group
Planned to form for Colossus-class carrier but not realised by VJ-Day
Barracudas and Seafire: 818, 884
 
 
 

FURTHER INFORMATION

 

World Aircraft Carrier Lists and Photo Gallery - from 1913 to 2000. Naval History Information Center, Haze Gray & Underway

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 Britain (Historians) Ltd, 1994 ISBN: 0 85130 223 8

 

Robert Horsten's FAA
Squadrons

 

 

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