822 Naval Air Squadron



3. April 1933 822 NAS formed from 442 Flt and 449 Flt.
17. September 1939 822 NAS ceased to exist with sinking of HMS Courageous
15. October 1941 822 NAS reformed at RNAS Lee-on-Solent
19. February 1946 822 NAS disbanded at RNAS Machrihanish



19?? - Aug 1937



Aug 1937 -  Sep 1939
Swordfish I



Oct 1941 - Mar 1942
Swordfish II





Apr 1942 - Aug 1943
Albacore I





Oct 1942 - Nov 1942





Jul 1943 - Oct 1944
Barracuda II



Jan 1945 - Sep 1945
Barracuda III





Sep 1945 - 19??
Firefly FR.1


822 NAS Deployments 
822 NAS Commanding Officers 
L/C WHG Saunt, RN May 1939 Jun 1939
L/CHL McCulloch, RN Jun 1939  Jul 1939
L/C PW Humphreys, RN  Jul 1939 17. Sep 1939
Major AR Burch, DSC, RM Oct 1941 Aug 1942
Lt (A) JGA McI Nares, RN Aug 1942 11. Nov 1942
Lt HAL Tibbetts, RCNVR 11. Nov 1942 Feb 1943
Lt JW Colletts, RN Feb 1943 Mar 1943
L/C(A) PF King, RN Mar 1943 Aug 1943
L/C BE Boulding, DSC, RN Aug 1943 Dec 1943
L/C(A)GA Woods, RNVR, Dec 1943 July 1944
L/C(A)LC Watson, DSC, RNVR, July 1944 Apr 1945
L/C(A)DA Davies, DSC, RNVR Apr 1945 19??


On the outbreak of war this Swordfish squadron carried out anti-submarine patrols from HMS Courageous in the South Western Approaches, until the ship was torpedoed and sunk by U-29 when the squadron ceased to exist.
In October 1941, the squadron reformed as a torpedo bomber reconnaissance Swordfish squadron, but in March 1942 re-equipped with 9 Albacore Is.
In July 1942, the squadron embarked on HMS Furious for convoy escort duties, participating in the North African landings in November 1942. On 11 November, the CO, Lt (A) JGA McI Nares, led the squadron in an attack on La Senia aerodrome which destroyed 47 enemy aircraft on the ground, for the loss of four of its own aircraft including the tragic loss of the CO himself.
After regrouping at Gibraltar and operations off the Algerian coast, and convoy duties to the Arctic, the squadron re-equipped with Barracuda IIs in July 1943 and joined 45th Naval TBR Wing for service with the Eastern Fleet, the aircraft being shipped in HMS Atheling in February 1944.
At Ulunderpet, Southern India the squadron joined 11th Naval TBR Wing and from Katukurunda embarked on HMS Victorious with 21 aircraft for a strike on 18 September 1944 on a railway target at Sigli, Sumatra. The squadron returned to UK on HMS Rajah without its aircraft due its poor performance in the tropical climate. 
In January 1945 the squadron joined RAF Coastal Command for anti-submarine operations in the English Channel, being re-equipped with 12 Barracuda IIs in June 1945 after which the squadron was due to embark in August 1945 on a Colossus-class carrier as part of the 18th Carrier Air Group with the British Pacific Fleet. The squadron was still in Belfast by VJ-Day.

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last update 1. Februay 2013

written 1. March 2011


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