813 Naval Air Squadron

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History 

18. January 1937 813 NAS formed at RNAS Gosport
18. October 1943 813 NAS disbanded in the UK
1.November 1943 813 NAS reformed at RNAS Donibristle
15. May 1945 813 NAS disbanded in the UK
1. September 1945 813 NAS reformed at RNAS Ford
30. November 1946 813 NAS disbanded at RNAS
1. May 1947 813 NAS reformed at RNAS Ford
21. November 1955 813 NAS disbanded at RNAS Ford
1. May 1947 813 NAS reformed at RNAS Ford
21. November 1955 813 NAS disbanded at RNAS Ford
1. May 1947 813 NAS reformed at RNAS Ford
21. November 1955 813 NAS disbanded at RNAS Ford
Planes:
  Jan. 1937 - Mar 1943
Swordfish I
   
  Jun 1940 - Mar 1941
Ripon
   
 

 

Jan 1942 - Aug 1942
Sea Hurricane Ib
     
         
  Nov 1942 - May 1945
Swordfish II & III
   
 

 

Apr 1944 - May 1945
Wildcat V & VI
     
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  Apr. 1947 - Aug. 1953
Firebrand TF.5
 
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  May 1953 - Nov. 1955
Wyvern S.4
 
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  Nov. 1956 - Apr. 1958
Wyvern S.4
 
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813 NAS Deployments 
17. September 1954 - 31. March 1955 HMS Albion - Wyvern S.4 180 Z
7. June 1955 - 4. November 1955 HMS Eagle - Wyvern S.4 120 J
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813 NAS Commanding Officers 
Lt-Cdr N. Kennedy, DSC, RN Sept 1938 Jan 1941
? Jan 1941 Nov 1941
Lt-Cdr A. V. Lyle, RN Nov 1941 Mar 1942
Lt-Cdr C. Hutchnson, RN Mar 1942  Jun 1943
Lt J. H. Ree, RN  Jun 1943 Aug 1943
Lt-Cdr D. A. P. Weatherall, RN Aug 1943 Oct 1943
Lt-Cdr(A) J. R. Parish, DSC, RNVR Nov 1943 Sep 1944
Lt-Cdr(A) C. R. Allen, RNVR Sep 1944 Oct 1944
Lt-Cdr(A) S. G. Cooke, RNVR Oct 1944 May 1945
Sq Ldr K. Lee-White, RN Sep 1945 ?
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History 

On the outbreak of war, the Swordfish squadron saw service in the China Station with HMS Eagle providing convoy protection and searches for enemy shipping in the Indian Ocean from Ceylon.

In March 1940 she sailed to Singapore and, after a refit, to the Mediterranean where 4 Sea Gladiators were added to the squadron in June. Initial success opened with the Gladiators shooting down 2 Italian bombers and a number of others over subsequent months.

On 5 July 1940, the Swordfish sank a destroyer and a merchant ship, damaged another destroyer and 2 merchant ships in an attack on Tobruk, and three days later sank a destroyer at Port Augusta, Sicily. On 11 November 1940 the squadron took part in the successful attack at Taranto from HMS Illustrious.

In March 1941 the squadron was sent to Port Sudan and the Sea Gladiators withdrawn, succeeding in destroying 5 Italian destroyers north of Massawa (2 sunk, 2 beached and the 5th scuttled).

On 6 June 1941 whilst operating from HMS Eagle, the squadron sank the U-Boat supply ship Elbe and forced the tanker Lothringen to surrender and returned home in October to re-equip with Swordfish and Sea Hurricane Ibís. In January 1942 the squadron sailed with HMS Eagle and undertook a number of operations delivering RAF Spitfires to Malta, being shore based at Gibraltar when the ship was sunk on 11 August 1942.

The squadron carried out anti-submarine patrols from Gibraltar and took part in the North African landings, operating in North Africa till March 1943 when it returned to Gibraltar, and disbanded in UK in October 1943.

In November 1943 the squadron reformed at RNAS Donibristle with 9 Swordfish, and subsequently augmented with 3 Fulmars and 4 Wildcat Vs, the squadron embarked on HMS Campania in April 1944 for Atlantic and Arctic convoy duties. On 30 September 1944 the Swordfish sank U-Boat 921, and on 13 December sank U-365, and the Wildcats shot down 4 enemy aircraft.

In April 1945 the squadron embarked on HMS Vindex for its last Arctic convoy to Russia, disbanding in May 1945.

The squadron reformed as a torpedo fighter squadron with 15 Firebrand TF.IVs on 1 September 1945.

  

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last update 1. Februay 2013

written 1. March 2011

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