819 Naval Air Squadron

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History 

15. January 1940 819 NAS formed at RNAS Ford, Sussex
14. January 1941 819 NAS absorbed into 815 NAS
1. October 1941 819 NAS reformed at RNAS Lee-on-Solent
10. March 1945 819 NAS disbanded at Bircham Newton
5. October 1961 819 NAS reformed at RNAS Eglinton by renumbering 718 NAS
29. January 1971 819 NAS disbanded at RNAS Ballykelly
8. February 1971 819 NAS reformed at RNAS Culdrose
? 819 NAS disbanded at RNAS Culdrose
Planes:
  Jan 1940 - Jan 1941
Swordfish I
   
  Oct 1941 - June 1943
Swordfish I
 

 

   
  Apr 1942 - Mar 1945
Swordfish II
   
  Aug 1944 - Mar 1945
Swordfish III
 

 

   
  Aug 1943 - Apr 1944
Wildcat IV & V & VI
 

 

   
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819 NAS Deployments 
         
         
         
         
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819 NAS Commanding Officers 
Lt-Cdr J. W. Hale, DSO, RN 15. Feb. 1940 Jan 1941
Lt-Cdr D. G. Goodwin, DSC, RN Oct 1941 Apr 1942
Lt-Cdr HSMcN Davenport, RN Apr 1942 Jan 1943
Lt(A) O. A. G. Oxley, RN Jan 1943 Apr 1944
Lt-Cdr(A) P. D. T. Stevens, RNVR Apr 1944 Mar 1945
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History 

The squadron formed at Ford, Sussex in January 1940 equipped with 12 Swordfish Is for torpedo spotter reconnaissance duties, following a period at West Freugh, the squadron returned to Ford and a detachment of 6 aircraft flew to Detling to search for U-boats off the Belgian coast just before the Dunkirk evacuation.

On joining HMS Illustrious for Bermuda, the squadron then escorted a Malta convoy remaining with the Mediterranean Fleet at Dekheila from August 1940.

From September 1940 the squadron took part a series of attacks on enemy targets in the Eastern Mediterranean including in a dive bombing attack on Calato airfield, Rhodes.

In the night of 11-12 November 1940 the squadron took part in the attack on the Italian Fleet at Taranto, including sinking of the Italian battleship Conte Di Cavour.

In January 1941 the carrier was badly damaged by German dive-bombers and several squadron aircrew killed and aircraft destroyed, the remnants of the squadron were absorbed into 815 squadron and disbanded.

In October 1941 the squadron was reformed at RNAS Lee-on-Solent as a torpedo bomber reconnaissance squadron with 9 Swordfish, embarking on HMS Avenger in June 1942 for trials.

In July 1942 the squadron joined RAF Coastal Command minelaying in the North Sea and English Channel, and subsequently joined HMS Archer for escort duty in the North Atlantic. On 23 May 1943 U-752 was sunk by squadron aircraft, the first such rocket projectile success.

In August 1943 the squadron joined HMS Activity, a fighter flight of 3 wildcat being added whilst on escort duty, and a further 5 added in March 1944.

On 3 April 1944 whilst escorting an Arctic convoy, aircraft sank U-288 jointly with 846 NAS, and later on squadron Wildcats shot down 4 enemy aircraft. That month the squadron joined RAF Coastal Command for night patrols in the North Sea, the wildcats being withdrawn to 833 NAS. After D-Day the squadron operated in the south and east coast and then from October at St Croix, Maldeghem and Knocke-le-Zoute in Belgium where it formed part of 155 and subsequently 157 RAF Wing.
In February 1945 the squadron returned to Bircham Newton and disbanded in March 1945.

   

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last update 1. Februay 2014

written 1. March 2011

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