outbreak of war, this torpedo spotter reconnaissance Swordfish
squadron embarked from Dekheila, Egypt to HMS Glorious in search of
enemy shipping in the Indian Ocean and Red Sea.
The ship returned to the Mediterranean in January 1940, the squadron
operating from Hal Far, Malta until March 1940 when the ship was
recalled for the defence of Norway. HMS Glorious was sunk by the
German battleships Gneisenau and Scharnhorst on 8 June 1940, and
half of the squadron lost. The remnants of the squadron remaining at
On 21 June 1940, 823 NAS and 821 NAS unsuccessfully attacked
Scharnhorst, and on 24 July 1940 attacked enemy destroyers and
shipping off Norway, and finally disbanded in December 1940 at RNAS
In November 1941 the squadron reformed at Crail as torpedo bomber
reconnaissance Swordfish squadron, subsequently embarking on HMS
Furious in August 1942 with 9 Albacores for convoy duties.
In September 1942 the squadron was attached to RAF 16 Group Coastal
Command at RAF Manston and RAF Tangmere for anti-submarine patrols
in the English Channel.
In June 1943 the squadron was re-equipped with Barracuda IIs at
Lee-on-Solent, intended for embarking on HMS Indefatigable with 45th
Naval TBR Wing, however the squadron embarked on HMS Atheling in
February 1944 and joined the 11th TBR Wing in southern India but
disbanded in July 1944 at RNAS Katukurunda to enlarge 822 NAS.
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