1841 Naval Air Squadron

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History 

1. March 1944 1841 NAS formed at NAS Brunswick ME, USA
31. October 1945 1841 NAS disbanded in the UK
18. August 1952 1841 NAS reformed at RNAS Stretton
10. March 1957 1843 NAS disbanded at RNAS Stretton
Planes:
 

 

 

Mar 1944 - Apr 1944
 Corsair I & II
   
 

 

 

Apr 1944 - Jul 1945
 Corsair II & III
   
 

 

 

Mar 1945 - 19??
 Corsair IV
 
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Aug. 1952 - Dec. 1955
Firefly
FR.1
   
 

 

 

Aug. 1952 - Oct. 1955
Firefly T.1, T.2
   
 

 

 

Aug. 1952 - Dec. 1955
Firefly
FR.5, AS.6
   
 

 

 

Dec. 1955 - Mar. 1957
Avenger AS.5
   
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1841 NAS Deployments 
5. Juni 1944 - 23. Juni 1944 HMS Smiter - Corsair II & III (18) -
26. June 1944 - 5. July 1944 HMS Formidable - Corsair II & III (18) -
10. July 1944 - 19. July 1945 HMS Formidable - Corsair II & III (18) -
7. August 1944 - 14. August 1944 HMS Formidable - Corsair II & III (18) -
18. August 1944 - 2. September 1944 HMS Formidable - Corsair II & III (18) -
16. September 1944 - 21. September 1944 HMS Formidable - Corsair II & III (18) -
15. January 1945 - 8. February 1945 HMS Formidable 2nd CAG Corsair II & III (18) 110 X
22. February 1945 - 1. June 1945 HMS Formidable 2nd CAG Corsair II & III (18) 110 X
st2. June 1945 - 23. August 1945 HMS Formidable 2nd CAG Corsair IV (18) 110 X
25. September 1945 - 27. October 1945 HMS Victorious - - none - -
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1841 NAS Home Port Assignments
NAS Brunswick ME, USA 1. Mar. 1944 5. Jun. 1944
Ayr 23. Jun. 1944 29. Jun. 1944
RNAS Hatson 5. Jul. 1944 10. Jul. 1944
RNAS Eglinton 20. July 1944 7. Aug. 1944
RNAS Donibristle 2. Sep. 1944 16. Sep. 1944
North Front, 21. Sep. 1944 14. Jan. 1945
Puttalam, Ceylon 8. Feb. 1945 22. Feb. 1945
Jervis Bay, Australia 1. Jun. 1945 22. Jun 1945
RANAS Nowra, Australia 24. Aug. 1945 25. Sep. 1945
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1841 NAS Commanding Officers 
1944 - 1945

Lt-Cdr (A) R. L. Bigg-Wither, DSC & bar, RN

 1. Mar. 1944 31. Oct. 1945
1952 - 1957
Lt-Cdr (A) K. H. Tickle, RNVR 18. Aug. 1952 22. Jul. 1955
Lt-Cdr (A) F. Morell, RNVR 22. Jul. 1955 1. Oct. 1956
Lt-Cdr (A) A. E. Frost, RNVR 1. Oct. 1956 10. Mar. 1957
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History 

1944 - 1945
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,
DSC, RCNVR 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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last update 1. Februay 2013

written 1. March 2011

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