1841 NAS formed at NAS Brunswick, Maine, USA on 1. March 1944 as a
single seater fighter squadron equipped with 18 Corsair Is, IIs and
IIIs. These were replaced in June by Mk.IIs with which the squadron
embarked in HMS Smiter for passage to the UK. After a period working
up in the clyde in HMS Fornidable, the squadron helped to provide
escort in July and August for bombing attacks on the German
battleship Tirpitz, then lying in a Norwegian Fjord. In Septenber
1841 NAS became part of the Fighter 6th Naval Wing, and the
following month the HMS Fornidable sailed for the Far East. Intended
operatiotrs in Crete en route were cancelled, and the squadron spent
periods at Gibraltar and Dekheila before continuing with the ship in
January 1945 to Ceylon.
The squadron went ashore in southern India, and after re-equipping
with 18 Oorsair IVs saw action against targets in the Sakishima
Gunto group of islands in the East Chrina Seas in April and May
1945. In June the Wing was Merged into the 2nd Carrier Air Group,
and shortly before VJ-Day strikes were erried out in the Tokyo aera.
During one of these, Lt R. H. Gray,
lost his life whilst making an attack on a Japanese destroyer on 9.
August 1945, being subsquently awarded a posthrmous Victoria cross.
The ship siled for Australia after VJ-Day, where the squadron
aircraft were withdrawn. The pilots then embarked in HMS Victorious
for passage to the UK, disbanding on arrival on 31. October 1945.
1952 - 1957
1841 NAS reformed at RNAS Stretton on 18. August 1952 as an
Anti-Submarine squadron in the Northern Air Division of the RN
Voluteer Reserve. Equipment was 5 Firefly FR.1s, these being
replaced in March 1955 by 8 Firefly AS.6s, which in turn gave way in
December 1955 to 6 Avenger AS.6s. 1841 NAS disbanded on 10. March
1952 as part of that year's defence cuts.
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