820 Naval Air Squadron
Tutamen et Ultor

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History 

3. April 1933 820 NAS formed from 450 Flight and 455 Flight
13. November 1943 820 NAS disbanded at RNAS Donibristle
1. January 1944 820 NAS reformed at RNAS Lee-on-Solent
16. March 1946 820 NAS disbanded in the UK
3. July 1951 820 NAS reformed at RNAS Eglinton
2. December 1957 820 NAS disbanded at RNAS Ford
21. January 1958 820 NAS reformed at RNAS Portland
8. May 1959 820 NAS disbanded at RNAS Sembawang, Singapore
3. November 1959 820 NAS reformed at RNAS Culdrose
3. October 1960 820 NAS disbanded at RNAS Culdrose
23. September 1964 820 NAS reformed at RNAS Culdrose
Planes:
 

 

 

1933 - 1933
Fairey III
   
 

 

 

1933 - 1935
Seal
     
 

 

 

Aug. 1935 - Feb. 1936
Baffin
 
 

 

 

1936 - 1938
Shark II
 
 

 

 

Sep 1937 - Jun 1941
Swordfish I
   
 

 

 

Jul 1941 - Nov 1943
Albacore
   
 

 

 

Jan 1944 - Oct 1944
Barracuda II
     
 

 

 

Oct 1944 - 1946
Avenger
   
 

 

 

1951 - 1954
Firefly AS-5 & AS-6
   
 

 

 

1954 - 1956
Avenger AS.4
 
 

 

 

1956 - 1957
Gannet AS.1
 
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Jan. 1958 - May 1959
Whirlwing HAS.7
     
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Nov. 1959 - Oct. 1960
Whirlwing HAS.7
     
 

 

 

Sep. 1964 - May 1969
Wessex HAS.1
     
 

 

 

May 1969 - Dec. 1972
Wessex HAS.3
   
 

 

 

Dec- 1972 - Jan 1977
Sea King HAS.1
     
 

 

 

Jan. 1977 - Mar. 1980
Sea King HAS.2
     
 

 

 

Mar. 1980 - 1990
Sea King HAS.5
     
 

 

 

1989 - Mar. 2003
Sea King HAS.5
     
 

 

 

Sep. 2001 - Sep. 2013
Merlin HM.1
     
 

 

 

Sep. 2013 - present
Merlin HM.2
     
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820 NAS Deployments 
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820 NAS Commanding Officers 

LCdr. G. B. Hodgkinson, RN

7. Jan. 1939

29. Aug. 1940

LCdr. A Yeoman, RN

29. Aug. 1940

27. Oct. 1940

LCdr. J. A. Stewart-Moore, RN

27. Oct. 1940

18. Jul. 1941

LCdr. W. Elliott, RN

18. Jul. 1941

4. Jun. 1943

LCdr. J. C. N. Shrubsole, RN

4. Jun. 1943

Nov 1943

LCdr. W. R. Nowell, RN

1. Jan. 1944

23. Oct. 1944

LCdr. S. P. Luke, RN

23. Oct. 1944

18. May 1945

LCdr. F. L. Jones, DSC & bar, RNVR

18. May 1945

14. Jun. 1945

LCdr. J. P. Camp, DSC & bar, RN

14. Jun. 1945

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History 

After the outbreak of war this torpedo spotter reconnaissance squadron of 9 Swordfish sailed with HMS Ark Royal for the South Atlantic and thence the Indian Ocean and the Mediterranean.

In April 1940 the squadron carried out bombing attacks on Vaernes airfield, when the ship was recalled for the defence of Norway, then with the Fall of France attacked French battleships at Oran, and subsequently attacked Cagliari and Dakar.

In November 1940 the squadron attempted an attack on the Italian battleship Littorio off Sardinia, and remained in the Mediterranean the rest of the year.

In May 1941 the squadron was involved in the successful torpedo attack on the German Battleship Bismarck which was subsequently sunk by the Fleet. In June 1941 the squadron was involved in Malta convoys, returning on HMS Victorious to Iceland in November, and to the Indian Ocean with HMS Formidable in February 1942.

In April 1942 the squadron participated in the Madagascar operations, and subsequently the North African landings during which it sunk U-331 on 17 November, and remaining in the Mediterranean for the Sicily and Salerno landings. The squadron disbanded in November 1943 at RNAS Donibristle.

The squadron reformed in January 1944 at RNAS Lee-on-Solent as a torpedo bomber reconnaissance squadron with 12 Barracuda IIs, embarking in June on HMS Indefatigable to take part in attacks on the German battleship Tirpitz in Kaa Fjord, Alta, North Norway Norway (Operation Mascot 17 July 1944, and Operations Goodwood in August 1944).

In September 1944 it re-equipped with 21 Avengers and embarked on HMS Indefatigable in November for the Far East. At Ceylon the squadron joined No 2 Strike Wing with 849 NAS, and took part in the attack on the oil refineries at Palembang, Sumatra in January 1945. It subsequently was involved in strikes on the Sakashima Gunto islands. In June 1945 the squadron joined 7th Carrier Air Group, and was involved in strikes around Tokyo just before VJ-Day. The ship and squadrons finally returned to the UK in March 1946.

  

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last update 1. Februay 2013

written 1. March 2011

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