829 Naval Air Squadron



15. June 1940 829 NAS formed at RNAS Ford, Sussex
7. October 1942 829 NAS merged with 810 NAS at Stamford Hill
1. October 1943 829 NAS reformed at RNAS Lee-on-Solent
9. July 1944 829 NAS merged with 831 NAS an HMS Victorious
4. March 1964 829 NAS reformed at RNAS Culdrose
26 March 1993 829 NAS disbanded at RNAS Culdrose
21. October 2004 829 NAS reformed at RNAS Culdrose
28. March 2018 829 NAS disbanded at RNAS Culdrose



Jun 1940 - Aug 1941
Albacore I





Jul 1940 - Dec 1941
Swordfish I





Dec 1941 - Oct 1942
Swordfish II





Oct 1943 - Jul 1944
Barracuda II



Mar. 1964 - Jun. 1970
Wessex HAS.1



Mar. 1964 - 1988
Wasp HAS.1



Sep. 1986 - 19??
Lynx HAS.2



19?? - Mar. 1993
Lynx HAS.3



19?? - Mar. 1993
Lynx HMA.8



Oct. 2004 - 2013
Merlin HM.1



2013 - March 2018
Merlin HM.2
829 NAS Deployments 
829 NAS Commanding Officers 
L/C O. S. Stevinson, RN Jun 1940 Oct 1940
L/C J. Dalyell-Stead, RN Oct 1940 Mar 1941
L/C L. C. B.  Ashburner, RN (MIA)  Mar 1941 Dec 1941
L/C F. M. Griffiths, RN Dec 1941 Oct 1942
L/C(A) G. P. C. Williams, DSC, RN Oct 1943 Mar 1944
L/C(A) D. W  Phillips, RN Mar 1944 Jul 1944


The squadron first formed in June 1940 at RNAS Ford with 9 Albacores, then commencing bombing attacks on Brest from St Eval, when it lost the CO L/C OS Stevinson and crew on 9 October 1940.
In November 1940 the squadron embarked on HMS Formidable for convoy duties to West Africa and Capetown, the squadron failing to sight the German cruiser Admiral Hipper after it having been contacted by the convoy. 
In January 1941 the ship sailed for the Red sea, the squadron attacking Mogadishu and Massawa in February 1941.
In late April 1941 the squadron took part in the Battle of Matapan and succeeding in hitting the Italian battleship Vittorio Veneto, although the CO Lt-Cdr L. C. B. Ashburner RN was shot down and lost. The squadron subsequently attacked Scarpanto Island airfield.
Whilst operating from Lydda the squadron attacked Vichy French shipping during the invasion of Syria. Then after serious damage to the ship in May 1941, the squadron provided anti-submarine patrols to the USA where the ship was repaired, the squadron being put ashore in Jamaica. The squadron finally returning from NAS Norfolk, Virginia to the UK in the repaired HMS Formidable in December 1941.
The squadron re-equipped with 12 Swordfish IIs with ASV radar embarking on HMS Illustrious in March 1943, and attacked Diego Suarez during the invasion of Madagascar, successfully attacking the Vichy French submarines Beveziers and Le Heros, a sloop and escort ship, and losing 5 aircraft. The squadron was absorbed into 810 NAS in October 1942.
In October 1943 the squadron was reformed as a torpedo bomber reconnaissance squadron with 12 Barracuda II at RNAS Lee-on-Solent, and joined the 52nd Naval TBR Wing with 831 NAS.
From RAF Machrihanish the squadron embarked on HMS Victorious, and in April 1944 joined 8th Naval TBR wing in the successful Operation Tungsten attack crippling the German battleship Tirpitz in Kaa Fjord, Arctic Norway but losing one aircraft. 
Enemy shipping was attacked off Norway in May 1944, and then shore based at Hatston where in July the squadron was merged with 831 NAS and ceased to exist.

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last update 1. January 2019

written 1. March 2011


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