892 Naval Air Squadron

 
 

History 

15. July 1942 892 NAS formed at NAS Norfolk VA.
11. August 1943 892 NAS merged with 819 NAS at HMS Archer
1. April 1945 892 NAS reformed at RNAS Eglinton
19. April 1946 892 NAS disbanded at RNAS Gosport
4. July 1955 892 NAS reformed at RNAS Eglinton
26. December 1956 892 NAS merged with 893 NAS at HMS Eagle
1. July 1959 892 NAS reformed at RNAS Yeovilton
4. October 1968 892 NAS disbanded at RNAS Yeovilton
31. March 1969 892 NAS reformed RNAS Yeovilton
15. December 1978 892 NAS disbanded RNAS Yeovilton
 
 
Planes:
 
 

 

 

Jul. 1942 - Aug. 1943
Martlet IV
     
 
 

 

 

Apr. 1945 - Apr. 1946
Hellcat NF.II
     
 
 

 

 

Jul. 1955 - Dec .1956
Sea Venom FAW.21
 
 
 

 

 

Jul. 1959 - Dec. 1965
Sea Vixen FAW.1
(12)
 
 

 

 

Dec. 1965 - Oct. 1968
Sea Vixen FAW.2
(12)
 
 
 

 

 

Mar. 1969 -  Dec. 1978
Phantom FG.1
 
 
892 NAS Deployments 
1942 - 1943
8. December 1942 - 8. January 1943

HMS Battler

- Martlet VI (6) -
19. February 1943 - 9. April 1943 HMS Archer - Martlet VI (6) -
28. April 1943 - 6. May 1943 HMS Archer A Flight Martlet VI (3) -
15. June 1943 - 11. August 1943 HMS Archer - Martlet VI (6) -
1945 - 1946
3. July 1945 - 6. July 1945 HMS Premier - Hellcat NFII -
22. November 1945 - 29. November 1945 HMS Ocean - Hellcat NFII (16) -
7. December 1945 - 4. January 1946 HMS Ocean - Hellcat NFII (16) -
18. February 1946 - 16. April 1946 HMS Ocean - Hellcat NFII (16) -
1955 - 1956
10. January 1956 - 14. May 1956 HMS Albion - Sea Venom FAW-21 (12) 251-258 Z
14. August 1956 - 26. December 1956 HMS Eagle - Sea Venom FAW-21 (7) 445-452 J
1959 - 1968
13. October 1959 -23. October 1959 HMS Victorious B Flight Sea Vixen FAW.1 (4) 207-219 V
3. March 1960 - 30. September 1960 HMS Ark Royal A Flight Sea Vixen FAW.1 (4) 207-219 R
21. October 1960 - 18. December 1960 HMS Victorious - Sea Vixen FAW.1 (12) 207-219 V
21. January 1961 - 8. December 1961 HMS Victorious - Sea Vixen FAW.1 (12) 207-219 V
9. February 1962 - 30. March 1962 HMS Victorious - Sea Vixen FAW.1 (12) 207-219 V
18. May 1962 - 1. October 1962 HMS Hermes - Sea Vixen FAW.1 (12) 207-219 H
13. November 1962 - 11. September 1963 HMS Hermes - Sea Vixen FAW.1 (12) 207-219 H
27. September 1963 - 21. October 1963 HMS Hermes - Sea Vixen FAW.1 (12) 207-219 H
21. December 1963 - 19. December 1964 HMS Centaur - Sea Vixen FAW.1 (12) 207-219 C
8. April 1965 - 27. July 1965 HMS Centaur - Sea Vixen FAW.1 (12) 207-219 C
24. September 1966 - 20. October 1966 HMS Hermes - Sea Vixen FAW.2 (8) 301-307 H
8. November 1966 - 30. November 1966 HMS Hermes - Sea Vixen FAW.2 (8) 301-307 H
18. January 1967 - 29. September 1967 HMS Hermes - Sea Vixen FAW.2 (8) 301-307 H
1. November 1967 - 18. February 1968 HMS Hermes - Sea Vixen FAW.2 (8) 301-307 H
1969 - 1978
14. June 1970 - 9. July 1970 HMS Ark Royal - Phantom FG.1 (8) 001-008 R
9. September 1970 - 26. September 1970 HMS Ark Royal - Phantom FG.1 (8) 001-008 R
20. April 1971 - 18. May 1971 HMS Ark Royal - Phantom FG.1 (8) 001-008 R
2. June 1971 - 6. August 1971 HMS Ark Royal - Phantom FG.1 (8) 001-008 R
15. September 1971 - 9. October 1971 HMS Ark Royal - Phantom FG.1 (8) 001-008 R
29. October 1971 - 6. December 1971 HMS Ark Royal - Phantom FG.1 (8) 001-008 R
19. January 1972 - 19. March 1972 HMS Ark Royal - Phantom FG.1 (8) 001-008 R
12. June 1972 - 29. June 1972 HMS Ark Royal - Phantom FG.1 (8) 001-008 R
4. September 1972 - 18. October 1972 HMS Ark Royal - Phantom FG.1 (8) 001-008 R
7. November 1972 - 11. December 1972 HMS Ark Royal - Phantom FG.1 (8) 001-008 R
25. January 1973 - 23. February 1973 HMS Ark Royal - Phantom FG.1 (8) 001-008 R
6. March 1973 - 14. March 1973 HMS Ark Royal - Phantom FG.1 (8) 001-008 R
2. May 1973 - 24. July 1973 HMS Ark Royal - Phantom FG.1 (8) 001-008 R
6. June 1974 - 17. June 1974 HMS Ark Royal - Phantom FG.1 (8) 010-018 R
3. July 1974 - 25. July 1974 HMS Ark Royal - Phantom FG.1 (8) 010-018 R
5. September 1974 - 3. November 1974 HMS Ark Royal - Phantom FG.1 (8) 010-018 R
8. January 1975 - 9. June 1975 HMS Ark Royal - Phantom FG.1 (8) 010-018 R
6. October 1975 - 20. November 1975 HMS Ark Royal - Phantom FG.1 (8) 010-018 R
6. February 1976 - 14. July 1976 HMS Ark Royal - Phantom FG.1 (8) 010-018 R
4. September 1976 - 18. October 1976 HMS Ark Royal - Phantom FG.1 (8) 010-018 R
5. September 1977 - 7. October 1977 HMS Ark Royal - Phantom FG.1 (8) 010-018 R
14. October 1977 - 12. December 1977 HMS Ark Royal - Phantom FG.1 (8) 010-018 R
23. February 1978 - 5. March 1978 HMS Ark Royal - Phantom FG.1 (8) 010-018 R
4. April 1978 - 15. December 1978 HMS Ark Royal - Phantom FG.1 (8) 010-018 R
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892 NAS Commanding Officers 
1942 - 1943
Lt (A) R. G. French, RNVR 15. Jul. 1942 13. Dec. 1942
Lt (A) K. Firth, RNVR 13. Dec. 1942 1. Mar. 1943
Lt (A) J. G. Large, RNVR 1. Mar. 1943 11. Aug. 1943
1945 - 1946
Major J. O. Armour, RM 1. Apr. 1945

19. Apr. 1946

1955 - 1956
Lt-Cdr W. H. J. Petrie, RN 4. Jul. 1955 27. Nov. 1956
Lt-Cdr W. A. M. Fergueson, RN 27. Nov. 1956 26. Dec. 1956
1959 - 1968
Lt-Cdr W. H. J. Petrie, RN 4. Jul. 1959 18. Apr. 1960
Lt-Cdr D. M. A. H. Hamilton, RN 18. Apr. 1960 1. Jun. 1961
Lt-Cdr Alan Gray, RN 1. Jun. 1961 8. Apr. 1963
Lt-Cdr I. F. Blake, RN 8. Apr. 1963 17. Aug. 1964
Lt-Cdr E. J. Trounsen, RN 17. Aug. 1964 24. Aug. 1964
Lt-Cdr B. G. Young, RN 24. Aug. 1964 8. Nov. 1965
Lt-Cdr J. N. S. Anderson, RN 8. Nov. 1965 19. May 1967
Lt-Cdr S. Idiens, RN 19. May 1967 4. Oct. 1968
1969 - 1978
Lt-Cdr B. Davies, AFC, RN 31. Mar. 1969 2. Oct. 1970
Lt-Cdr N. H. Kerr, RN 2. Oct. 1970 7. Jul. 1972
Lt-Cdr C. R. Hunneyball, RN 7. Jul. 1972 7. Jan. 1974
Lt-Cdr W. L. T. Peppe, RN 7. Jan. 1974 10. Dec. 1975
Lt-Cdr H. S. Drake, RN 10. Dec. 1975 31. Mar. 1977
Lt-Cdr N. R. Harris, RN 31. Mar. 1977 4. Oct. 1977
Lt-Cdr J. E. Ellis, RN 4. Oct. 1977 15. Dec. 1978
 
     

History 

892 Naval Air Squadron  was formed in 1943, flying Grumman Martlets, and was the only operational Fleet Air Arm squadron to fly the McDonnell Douglas Phantom FG.1.

1942 - 1943
The squadron formed at NAS Norfolk, Virginia, USA as a single seater fighter squadron in on 15 July 1942.  6 Martlet IVs, embarking on HMS Battler in December for a month, disembarking in January to Machrihanish. In February 1943 the squadron embarked on HMS Archer for convoy duties, disembarking in April 1943 for Ballykelly. In June 1943 the squadron reduced to 3 aircraft and embarked on HMS Archer. It subsequently disbanded in August 1943 when absorbed into 819 NAS.

1945 - 1946
In April 1945 the squadr
on reformed at RNAS Eglington with 16 Hellcat IINFs, after embarking briefly on HMS Premier, the squadron was subsequently undertaking night fighter training at Drem and joined HMS Ocean in December 1945. On return from a spell in the Mediterranen it disbanded at RNAS Gosport on 19. April 1946

1955 - 1956
On 4. JuIy 1955 892 NAS reformed at RNAS Yeovilton as an all-weather fighter squadron equipped with 8 Sea Venom FAW.21s. Enbarking in HMS Albion in January 1956 for the Mediterranean and Far East, the ship returned home in May 1956. In July the squadron flew out to MaIta, to join HMS Eagle the following month, attacking Egyptian airfields during the Suez operations. On 26. December 1956 it was absorbed by 893 NAS abord HMS Eagle.

1959 - 1968
The Squadron reformed at RNAS Yeovilton on 1. July 1959 out of No. 700Y Flight with 12 Sea Vixen FAW.Is. Four of these broke away as a separate B-Flight in Novenber 1959, to act as an Intensive Flying Trials Unit for the evaluation of Firestreak Missiles. A-Flight embarked in HMS Ark Royal in March 1960 for an exercise in the Mediterranean, where it was joined in August by B-Flight to be reunited. Returning home, 892 NAS transferred in Oktober to HMS Victorious for the remainder of this lengthy exercise, then in New year sailed for the Far East, returning home in December 1961. Transfered to HMS Hemes in May 1962 for a futher spell in the Far East, the squadron again retuned hone briefly, then sailed back to the Eastern waters in HMS Centaur in December 1963.
From July 1965, 892 NAS was shore basd at RNAS Yeovilton for almost a year, gradually re-equipping from December with 12 Sea Viren FAW.2. It joined HMS Hermes with these in September 1966, making a futher trip to the Far East the following year.  In 1968 the squadron operated the widely acclaimed Simon's Sircus aerobatic team, led by Lt Cdr Simon Idiens. The display team comprising six Sea Vixen FAW.2. They displayed at numerous RAF Airshows and Royal Navy Air Station Air Days during the 1968 season culminating in the SBAC Farnborough Airshow on 20, 21 and 22 September. The team were highly acclaimed by many who saw them display, due in no small part to the fact that the Sea Vixens used were over five times heavier than the Folland Gnats used by the well known Red Arrows aerobatic team of the RAF. Following the conclusion of the Farnborough displays Simonís Sircus and 892 Squadron were officially disbanded. 892 NAS disbanded at RNAS Yeovilton on 4. October 1968

1969 - 1978
On 31 March 1969, 892 NAS reformed at RNAS Yeovilton fron a nucleus of of 700P Squadron with Phantom FG.1s. In 1964 the Royal Navy had envisaged operating 143 Phantoms with a combined carrier fleet of HMS Ark Royal, HMS Eagle, and the new super-carrier CVA-01. However, these plans were significantly curtailed when the government's 1966 Defence White Paper cancelled the CVA-01 project in 1966, and, amid further defence cuts, only proceeded to refurbish Ark Royal and Eagle. As a result, the number of Phantoms planned to be operated was cut to 134 and then to 110. Eventually only 48 examples were ordered, which was enough for two squadrons of 12 aircraft each for Ark Royal and Eagle, and with additional aircraft for a training squadron (767 NAS) and reserves. However, as aircraft were beginning to be delivered during 1968 Eagleís refit was cancelled and 20 aircraft were allocated to the RAF. Against a backdrop of defence cuts 892 Squadron suspected that it would become the last fixed-wing squadron and poignantly adopted a large Ω symbol on a white diamond placed on a red fin flash as its squadron symbol.
892 NAS gained worldwide exposure when one of their Phantoms won the Daily Mail Trans-Atlantic Air Race in May 1969. Lt Cdr Brian Davies, and Lt Cdr Peter Goddard set a record for flight time from New York to London of 4 hours 46 minutes and 57 seconds.
Numerous periods were spent afloat in HMS Ark Royal, including a trip to the Mediterranean during 1971-1973, and visits to the Caribbean and the USA in 1975, 1976 and 1978. Throughout the 1970s the unit was involved in a variety of NATO and Royal Navy exercises. However, the complex maintenance of the Phantom was to consistently plague the aircraft, despite great efforts by crew and maintainers.
With HMS Ark Royal due to pay off in December 1978 it was confirmed that there was to be no future for 892 NAS. On 27. November 1978 XT870/012 became the last aircraft to be catapulted from a British aircraft carrier. 892 NAS was disbanded on 15. December 1978 and its Phantom FG.1s were transferred to No. 111 Squadron RAF at RAF Leuchars.

 
 

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