891 Naval Air Squadron

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History 

1. July 1942 891 NAS formed at RNAS Lee-on-Solent
5. April 1943 891 NAS disbanded at RNAS Machrihanish
1. June 1945 891 NAS reformed at RNAS Eglington
24. September 1945 891 NAS disbanded at Nutts Corner
8. November 1954 891 NAS reformed at RNAS Yeovilton
17. April 1956 891 NAS disbanded at RNAS Yeovilton
3. September 1956 891 NAS reformed at RNAS Yeovilton
27. July 1961 891 NAS disbanded at RNAS Yeovilton
Planes:
 

 

Jul 1942 - Oct 1942
Sea Hurricane Ib
     
 

 

Oct 1942 - Apr 1943
Sea Hurricane IIc
     
 

 

Jun 1945 - Aug 1945
Hellcat I
     
 

 

Aug 1945 - Sep 1945
Hellcat II NF
     
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Nov 1954 - Jun 1955
Sea Venom FAW-20
   
 

 

Jun. 1955 - Apr. 1956
Sea Venom FAW-21
   
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Sep. 1956 - Dec. 1957
Sea Venom FAW-21
 
 

 

Dec. 1957 - Jul. 1961
Sea Venom FAW-22
   
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23. January 1959 - 23. March 1959
891 NAS Deployments 
1942 - 1943
15. October 1942 - 18. November 1942 HMS Dasher - Sea Hurricane IIc (10) -
25. January 1943 - 26. February  1943 HMS Dasher - Sea Hurricane IIc (6) -
22. March 1943 - 27. March 1943 HMS Dasher - Sea Hurricane IIc (3) -
1954 - 1956
7. January 1956 - 26. March 1956 HMS Ark Royal - Sea Venom FAW-21 (14) 281-283 O
1956 - 1961
25. June 1957 - 5. August 1957 HMS Bullwark - Sea Venom FAW-21 (8) 435-444 B
28. August 1957 - 27. November 1957 HMS Bullwark - Sea Venom FAW-21 (8) 435-444 B
12. January 1958 - 28. October 1958 HMS Bullwark - Sea Venom FAW-22 435-444 B
23. January 1959 - 23. March 1959 HMS Centauer - Sea Venom FAW-22 435-444 C
29. April 1959 - 25. April 1960 HMS Centauer - Sea Venom FAW-22 435-444 C
14. June 1960 - 22. July 1960 HMS Centauer - Sea Venom FAW-22 435-444 C
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891 NAS Commanding Officers 
1942 - 1943
Lt (A) M. J. S. Newman, RN 1. Jul. 1942 12. Mar. 1943
Lt (A) BHStAH Hurle-Hobbs, RN 12. Mar. 1943 19. Mar. 1943
Lt (A) O. N. Bailey, RN 19. Mar. 1943 5. Apr. 1943
1945
Lt-Cdr N. Perrett, RNZNVR 1 Jun. 1945 24. Sep. 1945
1954 - 1956
Lt-Cdr M. A. Birrell, DSC,RN 8. Nov. 1954 17. Apr. 1956
1956 - 1961
Lt-Cdr I. J. Brown, RN 3. Sep. 1956 5. Dec 1957
Lt-Cdr W. G. B. Black, RN 5. Dec 1957 9. Dec. 1957
Lt-Cdr J. F. Blunden, RN 9. Dec. 1957 1. Sep. 1958
Lt-Cdr L. A. Jeyes, RN 1. Sep. 1958 21. Jan. 1960
Lt-Cdr J. B. Robathan, RN 21. Jan. 1960 29. Aug. 1960
Lt-Cdr M. L. Brown, RN 29. Aug. 1960 17. Jul. 1961
X Flight
Lt-Cdr G. M. Jude, RAN 1. Mar. 1955 10. Aug. 1955
 

History 

1942 - 1943
891 NAS formed at RNAS Lee-on-Solent on 1 July 1942 as a single seater fighter squadron equipped with 6 Sea
Hurricane Ibs, and soon moved to Charlton Horethorne and thence RNAS St Merryn. initially intended for HMS Stalker, this was not available by the time the squadron ms needed for the North African landings, and so instead the squdron embarked in October in HMS Dasher, with 6 Sea Hurricane IICs, to provide fighter patrols over the invasion beaches. Strength was increased to 9 aircraft in December, and in February 1943 the ship joined the Home Fleet.
In January 1943, the squadron re-embarked at Machrihanish, the ship having joined the Home Fleet and sailed that month to Iceland. On a successive trip
HMS Dasher exploded in the Clyde on 27. March, with the extreme loss of life including a detachment from 891 NAS. As a consequence the squadron disbanded on 5. April 1943.

1945
On 1. June 1945 891 NAS reformed at RNAS Eglinton, as a single seater night fighter squadron with 16 Hellcat II(NF)s, only to disband at Nutts Corner on 24. September 1945.

1956
The squadron reformed at RNAS Yeovilton on 8. November 1954, this time as an All-Weather Fghter squadron wlth initial equipment of 2 Sea Venom FAW.20s and 4 Sea Vampire T.22s. Sea Venom strength was up to nine by the New Year, and 'X' Flight formed on 1. March 1955 to train Royal Australian Navy crews on the type pending formation of No.808 RAN Squadron on 10 August 1955. 891 NAS spent a few weeks in HMS Ark Royal ln the Mediterranean early in 1956, but disbanded at RNAS Yeovllton on 17 April 1956.

1956 - 1961
On 3. September 1956 891 NAS reformed as an FAW squadron at RNAS Yeovilton with 8 Sea Venom FAW.21s. From November, RNAS Merryfield was used as the shore base due to reconstruction of RNAS Yeoviltons runways.
Embarking in HMS Bulwark in March 1957 the squadron spent sveral periods a afoat in Home waters, then in ApriI 1958 sailed for a spell in the Far East, returning via Aden. Transferring to HMS Centauer sailed again for the Far East in June 1959, visiting Australia in N
ovember. 891 NAS was the last Sea Venom squadron to see active service when operating from HMS Centaur it became involved in Operation Damen, carrying out rocket attacks against Yemeni rebel infiltrations in Aden. Arriving home again in April 1960, it was based mostly at RNAS Yeovilton, apart from a Norwegian visit in September 1960, until disbanding there on 27. July 1961.

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last update 1. August 2017

written 1. March 2011

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