824 Naval Air Squadron

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History 

3. April 1933 460 Flight renumbered 824 NAS at RNAS Gosport
8. October 1934 824 NAS renumbered 825 NAS
8. October 1934 824 NAS reformed at RNAS Upavon
11. August 1942 824 NAS ceased to exist with sinking of HMS Eagle
22. August 1942 824 NAS reformed at RNAS Lee-on-Solent
16. October 1944 824 NAS disbanded at RNAS Abbotsinch
2. July 1945 824 NAS reformed at RNAS Katukurunda, Ceylon
4. January 1946 824 NAS disbanded at RNAS Burscough
18. February 1952 824 NAS reformed at RNAS Eglington
17. April 1956 824 NAS disbanded at RNAS Ford
7. May 1956 824 NAS reformed at RNAS Culdrose
1. November 1957 824 NAS disbanded at RNAS Culdrose
21. April 1958 824 NAS reformed at RNAS Eglington
20. April 1959 824 NAS disbanded at RNAS Culdrose
3. November 1959 824 NAS reformed at RNAS Culdrose
21. May 1963 824 NAS disbanded at RNAS Culdrose
24. February 1970 824 NAS reformed at RNAS Culdrose
August 1989 824 NAS disbanded at RNAS Culdrose
2. June 2000 824 NAS reformed at RNAS Culdrose
Planes:
 

 

 

Apr 1937 - Aug 1942
Swordfish I
   
 

 

 

Oct 1942 - Oct 1944
Swordfish I & II
     
 

 

 

Aug 1943 - Jun 1944
Sea Hurricane IIc
     
 

 

 

June 1944 - Oct 1944
Wildcat V
     
 

 

 

July 1945 - Sep 1945
Barracuda II
     
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Firyfly AS-5    
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Apr. 1958 - Apr. 1959
Whirlwind HAS.7
     
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Nov. 1959 - May 1963
Whirlwind HAS.7
   
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Feb. 1970 - Sep. 1977
Sea King HAS.1
     
 

 

 

Mar. 1977 - 1983
Sea King HAS.2
     
 

 

 

Aug. 1982 - 19??
Sea King HAS.2 AEW
     
 

 

 

May 1982 - Aug. 1989
Sea King HAS.5
     
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Jun. 2000 - Jan. 2013
Merlin HM.1
(8)
     
 

 

 

Jan. 2013 - present
Merlin HM.2
     
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824 NAS Deployments 
         
10. April 1961 - 1. September 1961 HMS Centauer - Whirlwind HAS.7 330-338 C
20. October 1961 - 14. May 1962 HMS Centauer - Whirlwind HAS.7 330-338 C
19. Juni 1962 - 5. July 1962 HMS Centauer - Whirlwind HAS.7 330-338 C
12. July 1962 - 25. October 1962 HMS Centauer - Whirlwind HAS.7 330-338 C
22. January 1963 - 14. February 1962 HMS Centauer - Whirlwind HAS.7 330-338 C
21. February 1963 - 22. May 1963 HMS Centauer - Whirlwind HAS.7 330-338 C
         
 
824 NAS Commanding Officers 
L/C AJ Debenham, DSC, RN Jun 1939 Aug 1941
Capt FW Brown, RM Aug 1941 Aug 1942
Lt JA Ievers, RN Oct 1942 Mar 1943
L/C(A) EL Russell, DSC, RNVR Mar 1943 Mar 1944
L/C GC Edwards, RCNVR Mar 1944 Oct 1944
Lt(A) GR Clarke RNVR July 1945 July 1945
L/C(A) S Brilliant July 1945 19??
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History 

A pre war squadron.  At the commencement of war the squadron consisted of 9 Fairey Swordfish under the command of Lt-Cdr AJ Debenham, DSC, RN. The squadron's first wartime operations included Malta convoy duties with HMS Eagle and spotting for gunnery bombardment of Bardia.
Two of the squadron aircraft were involved in the Taranto raid in November 1940, and the squadron later in the month attacked Tripoli harbour.
On 3 April 1941 the squadron atacked enemy destroyers off massawa in Eritrea, sinking two and driving another two ashore. Then on 6 June 1941, the squadron bombed and sank the U-boat supply ship Elbe in the mid Atlantic during a search for the German battleship Bismarck, and on 15 June forced the German tanker Lothringen to surrender.The squadron ceased to exist when her carrier HMS Eagle was sunk on 11 August 1942 during a Malta convoy.

The squadron reformed in October 1943 with 6 Swordfish embarked on HMS Unicorn. In 1943, the squadron became a composite of 6 Swordfish and 6 Sea Hurricanes aircraft under the command of Lt-Cdr Russell RNVR and Major Cheeseman, Royal Marines.  
Subsequent war duties included Atlantic convoy escort with the escort carrier, HMS Striker in 1943, followed by Arctic convoys to the Kola Inlet, Soviet Union with HMS Vindex in February 1944.  Later in the year, in May and June 1944, the squadron took part in the carrier operations against the Tirpitz and offensive sweeps against enemy shipping off Stadlandet, Norway. A Bv 138 was shot down on 22 August 1944.
In July 1945 the squadron reformed at Katukurunda, Ceylon with 12 Barracuda IIs, for intended joining the 17th Carrier Air Group in the British Pacific Fleet, but plans were cancelled with VJ-Day .

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last update 1. Februay 2013

written 1. March 2011

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