1942 - 1944
898 NAS personnel assembled at Lee-on-Solent on 17. September
1942 and sailed in HMT Queen Mary to officially form at NAS Norfolk,
Virginia on 15. October 1942 as a single seater fighter squadron.
Equipped with 6 Martlet IVs, the squadron joined HMS Victorious in
February 1943, sailing through the Panama caal to join the U.S.
Pacific Fleet. Six months were spent in that theatre including a
sweep in the Coral Sea area in May, followed in June by support for
landings by U.S. troops in the Middle Solomons. The ship then sailed
to the UK by way of Pearl Harbour and the Panama Canal, and on
arrival at RNAS Eglinton in September 898 NAS re-equipped with 10
Wildcat Vs and ioined the 7th Naval Fighter Wing.
In December it ioined HMS Searcher for convoy escort duties in the
North Atlantic, and in April 1944 provided escort for the second
bombing force in an attack on the German battleship Tirpitz in Kaa
Fjord. During the next two months numerous shipping strikes were
made off Norway, duing which four Bv 138s and a Fw 200 were shot
down. After esorting a Gibraltar convoy in June, the squadron
amalgamated with 882 NAS on 5. July 1944.
Reformed at RNAS Wingfield, Cape Town on 1. January 1945 as a single
seater fighter squadron with 24 Hellcat IIs, it embarked in HMS
Attacker for Ceylon in June 1945. After disembarking at Colombo Racecourse, August was spent at
RNAS Puttalam and the squadron moved to Katukurunda. The aircraft were fitted with
rocket projetiles in July, but the squadron failed to see action
before VJ-Day, and the pilots were shipped home in HMS Pursuer
without their aircraft, to disband on arrival, on 12. December 1945.
1951 - 1953
898 NAS reformed at RNAS Arbroath on 4. July 1951 with 8 Sea Fury
FB.11s, as part of the 17th Carrier Air Group and joined HMS Ocean
for six months of intensive flying in the Mediterranean. In February
1952 the squadron transferred in the Mediterranean to HMS Theseus,
and then in July to HMS Glory and back to HMS Theseus in October
rejoining HMS Ocean in Decenber it was amalgamated into 807 NAS on
1. January 1953, having spent almost the whole of its existence
1953 - 1956
On 24. August 1953 the squadron reformed at RNAS Brawdy with 12 Sea
Hawks F.1s, exchanging these for 12 Sea Hawk FB.3s in July 1954. 898
NAS remained ashore until embarking in HMS Albion in September 1954
for six months in the Mediterranean. In May 1955 it joined HMS
Bulwark briefly for a visit to Oslo, re-equipping on return with 12
Sea Hawk FGA.6s, then in September 1955 embarked in HMS Ark Royal.
for a further six months speII in the Mediterranean, disbanding at
RNAS Brawdy on 19. April 1956.
898 NAS next reformed at RNAS Brawdy on 30. July 1956 with
12 Sea Hawk FGA.4s, these being gradually
replaced by FGA.6s from January 1952, in which month
it joined HMS Ark Royar. In June it
transferred to HMS Bulwark, returning to to HM Ark Royal
in September 1956, then back to HMS Bulwark in Ncvenber, the squadron joined
HMS Eagle in May 1958 for
six months in the Mediterranean, having a
further spelI in her in early 1959, before being
disbanded at RNAS Brawdy on 30. April 1959.
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