821 Naval Air Squadron



3. April 1933 821 NAS formed from 445 Flt and 446 Flt.
2. December 1940 821 NAS disbanded at RNAS
1. July 1941 821 NAS reformed at RNAS Detling
10. October 1943 821 NAS disbanded in the UK
1. May 1944 821 NAS reformed at RNAS Stretton
1. February 1946 821 NAS disbanded at RNAS Rattray
18. September 1951 821 NAS reformed at RNAS Arbroath
25. May 1953 821 NAS disbanded at RAF Kai Tak



19?? - Sep 1937



Sep 1937 - Mar 1942
Swordfish I



Mar 1942 - Oct 1943
Albacore I



May 1944 - Apr 1945
Barracuda II



Jan 1945 - 19??
Barracuda III



Apr 1945 - May 1945
Wildcat VI



Firefly AS-5  
821 NAS Deployments 
821 NAS Commanding Officers 
Lt-Cdr G. M. Duncan, RN May 1939 Sep 1939
Lt-Cdr J. A. D. Wroughton, RN Sep 1939 May 1940
Major W. H. N. Martin, RM May 1940 Dec 1940
Lt-Cdr R. R. Wood, RN Dec 1940 Jan 1941
Lt C. W. B. Smith, RN  Jul 1941 Mar 1942
Major A. C. Newson, RM Mar 1942 1943
Lt-Cdr C. H. C. O'Rorke, RN Mar 1943 Oct 1943
Lt-Cdr(A) M. Thorpe, RN 1 May 1944 13 Jun 1945
Lt-Cdr(A) D. Brooks, DSC RNVR 13 Jun 1945  


Just after the outbreak of war, this Swordfish torpedo spotter reconnaissance squadron from HMS Ark Royal attacked U-39 in the North west Approaches, then sailed with the ship to the South Atlantic and Indian Ocean in search of enemy shipping. The ship was recalled from the Mediterranean in April 1940 for the defence of Norway, when the squadron bombed enemy positions. On 21 June 1940 the squadron attempted an attack on the German battleship Scharnhorst, disbanding in December, although X flight continued with 6 aircraft on Malta convoys, to Gibraltar on HMS Argus and to Malta on HMS Ark Royal where the aircraft were absorbed into 815 NAS.

The squadron reformed in July 1941 at Detling for anti-submarine duties in the Orkneys, transferring to Egypt in November for Western Desert operations.
In March 1942 the squadron was re-equipped with 6 Albacore, flew missions to bomb Rhodes and then on return to Egypt continued to support ground forces from Maaten Bagush, Gambut and Daba.  In November 1942 the squadron transferred to Hal Far, Malta for operations against shipping to North Africa. Four aircraft moving in March 1943 to Castel Benito, Tripoli to provide support to RAF night bombing in Libya, then in June the entire squadron transferred to Tunis for anti-shipping duties. The squadron disbanded in October 1943 in the UK.

The squadron reformed in May 1944 as a torpedo bomber reconnaissance squadron with 12 Barracuda IIs, embarking on HMS Puncher in November 1944, carrying out mine-laying operations from February 1945 with Barracuda IIIs, and from April also with 6 Wildcat VIs until June 1944.
In July 1944 the squadron embarked on HMS Trumpeter for the Far East, but saw no action before VJ-Day

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last update 1. Februay 2013

written 1. March 2011


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