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INDIA 
AND THE FLEET AIR ARM
Salute to India and the Indian men
and women who played such an important role in the history of the FAA and warime Naval Aviation

Corsair ground support Elephant, India 1945

 1939-1945






Countries of the British Empire, Dominions, Commonwealth, Dependent Territories and the rest of the World involved with the FAA 1939-1945
 

View the Commonwealth Secretariat webpage for current information and direct link to Commonwealth countries today in alphabetical order



Index of RN Fleet Air Arm Air Stations in the Commonwealth & the World

Naval Aviation Museums in the UK and Commonwealth

Naval Aviation Research in the UK and Commonwealth

Australia and the Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm

Canada and the Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm

India and the Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm

New Zealand and the Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm

South Africa and the Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm

USA and the Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm



This page provides an introduction to information on India's contribution to the Royal Navy's Fleet Air Arm air war effort, which was primarily through Indians serving directly within the Royal Navy ship's, air and ground crews. The IAF & RAF loaned RN Air Stations which formed a vital land bridge for the Fleet Air Arm's activities in the Indian Ocean and the British Pacific Fleet . 

Many Fleet Air Arm squadrons stationed in India had a high proportion of Indian ground support crew. However, only one Indian Officer served in a Fleet Air Arm squadron in WW2, although India went on to build up a large Naval Aviation and auircraft carrier force after the war with up to two Fleet Carriers, INS Viraat and INS Vikrant

The single Indian officer who flew in a FAA squadron, Capt. Y  N Singh served in No. 804 hellcat squadron. The Indian Air Force fielded ten squadrons during World War 2. Flying  in the  China-Burma-India  theatre, these squadrons flew a  variety of aircraft  The initial years of  the war, the squadrons were equipped with  obsolete aircraft like the Wapiti, Hart,  Audax and the Lysander. As the war progressed,  relatively modern aircraft like the Hawker Hurricane, the Vultee Vengeance, and the Supermarine Spitfire  found their place in the IAF squadrons at the front.



Fleet Air Arm
Fleet Air Arm portway to information and worldwide links about naval aviation and FAA history, the squadrons, aircraft, ships, and men and women who served with the Fleet Air Arm 1939-1945. Includes Associations, Museums, and Roll of Honour to the Men of the FAA.  Directory of Fleet Air Arm Naval Squadrons, Air Wings and Carrier Air Groups 1943-1945, including British, Australian, Canadian and New Zealand units.

FAA and Naval History and India
Naval aviation history and links to India

FAA Squadrons and India

  • 804 squadron - the only FAA wartime squadron with an Indian FAApilot

FAA Aircraft  and India

Ships and Aircraft Carriers and India

Memorial Roll
Roll of Honour to the Indians of the FAA. The only Indian to fly with the the Royal Navy's Fleet Air Arm in World War 2 was Capt. Y  N Singh. Awarded wings in September 1944, He flew with FAA No. 804 Squadron flying Grumman Hellcats. Y N Singh operated out of Aircraft carriers long before anyone in the Indian Navy had ever dreamed of Aircraft Carriers. In the early 1950's when plans were being made to acquire the Vikrant,  His expertise proved a valuable experience.(Source: website about the Indian Air Force

A-Z Directory of Indian and Commonwealth FAA Commanding Officers 
There were no Indian Commanding Officers of the wartime front-line squadrons (800-1800 squadrons), Naval Air Wings, or Carrier Air Groups in 1939-1945. 

Honours and Awards to Indians in the FAA
A-Z of FAA Personnel and Honours of awards including personnel winning the VC, DSO, DSC, GC and MID. A-Z of FAA Personnel and Honours of awards including personnel winning the VC, DSO, DSC, GC and MID. Also see the official website of the Indian Navy for Gallantry awards and also thewebsite on Decorations and Medals of the Republic of India
There were no WW2 Indian FAA air aces. 

P.O.Ws and India.. 
There were no Indian FAA men in captivity with Axis forces in 1939-1945. 

Indian Debt of Honour
Indian FAA Officers who lost their lives during 1939-1945. 

Personnel Gallery
A gallery of photographs and squadron profiles. 

Contacts and who's where?

Associations and Reunions
Details of squadrons associations, including the Fleet Air Arm Association, Fleet Air Arm Officers Association, FAA TAG Association, Battle of Britain Fighter Pilots Association, Arctic Convoy Association   and the British and Commonwealth Air Register

Museums and Associations


(ex Naval Aviation Service and Development Organisation (NASDO)

Fora and Discussion Groups

  • Fora in India.The Bharat Rakshak Military Forum
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Virtual Library and Autobiographies
Key bibliographic sources. Includes online purchases (coming soon).

Obituaries


Indian Links

The official website of the Indian Navy

The Indian Navy website by L N Subramanian and Mrityunjoy Majumdar at Bharat-Rakshak. The site also includes a page with details about the Indian Naval Air Arm

INDIAN FAA
http://www.bharat-rakshak.com/NAVY/Link4.html 

The Naval Aircraft Servicing and Development Organisation (NASDO)'s Official Site.


The Indian Air Force Unofficial History Web Site The History, The Men, Warbirds, Attrition and Photos. Including links to sources in
India, info including on the single FAA pilot from India, and Roll of honour.

Warbirds of  India

Links to Indian Defence and Aviation Related Sites

Save the Vikrant
Site dedicated to the last of the formaer Royal Navy wartime carriers. The INS Vikrant (ex HMS Hercules) was the fifth ship in a series of six Majestic class light aircraft carriers built for the Royal Navy during the Second World War. Extensive site with information about history, battles, important dates, aircraft, photo gallery and preservation campaign..
http://www.expressindia.com/poll/vikrant/


General British Empire Links and Resources

Fleet Air Arm Museum Yeovilton (UK) Europe's premier naval aviation museum.

IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUM the multi-branch national museum of the history of war and wartime life from 1914


This site is an attempt to chronicle the development, equipment and achievement of the British armed   forces, since their inception to the present day. It covers the period from the beginning of the 17th Century when the Royal Navy came into being and the British Army was legislated into existence, upto present day which sees the United Kingdom fielding a small, efficient but overstretched and underfunded army, navy and air force. 
http://british-forces.com/site_index.html 

The British Pacific Fleet: 15 August 1945 
The East Indies Fleet: 15 August 1945
United States Lend-Lease aid to the British Empire 

Commonwealth Forces: These pages are a tribute to the Commonwealth soldiers who have given served with both British and multi-national efforts to combat the forces arrayed against freedom. They have served in every major conflict since the formation of the Dominions of Canada, Australia and New Zealand in the last years of the 19th and the first years of the 20th Century. From the shores of Gallipoli and the Trenches of The Great War to the desert fighting of World War Two, the battle for Crete in 1941 and onto D-Day and the island-hopping campaign against the Japanese. 

These pages contain links to the battles they fought during the two World Wars and to Britain's Small Wars where their involvement in conflicts between 1945-1992 forms part of that site. These pages also contain links to various sites related to the Commonwealths Armed Forces, listed by Country. 
http://british-forces.com/cw/cwindex.html 


 "Land Forces of Britain, the Empire and Commonwealth" website, a major resource designed to make some sense of military history and help you navigate the web.   This site strives for comprehensiveness, bringing together all internet resources pertaining to land forces that were at any time part of the
British Empire or Commonwealth. Naval and air forces are not included, with the exception of their more notable land force elements (e.g. Royal Marines, RAF Regiment), and a link or two to main Ministry sites by way of explaining how land forces fit into the overall armed forces structure of each country. There are several thousand links on these pages. The focus is generally on manifestations of the British regimental system throughout the world. 
http://regiments.org/milhist/index.htm 


 The Commonwealth War Graves Commision was established by Royal Charter in 1917. Its duties are to mark and maintain the graves of the members of the forces of the Commonwealth who were killed in the two world wars, to build memorials to those who have no known grave and to keep records and registers. It maintains graves and memorials in some 150 countries throughout the World. 
http://www.cwgc.org/ 

Debt of Honour Register and database of the Commonwealth War Graves Commision. This Register provides personal and service details and places of commemoration for the 1.7 million members of the Commonwealth forces who died in the First or Second World Wars. (A record some 60,000 civilian casualties of the Second World War is provided without details of burial location.) 
http://yard.ccta.gov.uk/cwgc/register.nsf 
 


The British Empire website: The British Empire is the largest formal empire the world has ever known. As such, its power and influence stretched all over the globe; shaping it in all manner of ways.This site is not a rigourous academic site! This site is dedicated to analysing the history of the
British Empire: The triumphs, the humiliations, the good that it brought and the bad that it inflicted. For better or worse the British Empire had a massive impact on the history of the world. It is for this reason that this site tries to bring to life the peoples, cultures, adventures and domination that made the Empire such a powerful institution. The site has a complete section on the histories and composition of the Armed Forces: the Land Forces, Sea Forces and Air Forces.
http://www.britishempire.co.uk/ 
http://www.britishempire.co.uk/forces/forces.htm 

The Sun Never Set on the British Empire, circa 1937
A short history and dates of possession of tyhe
British Empire colonies and Dominions. Includes a 81.9K animated GIF file of locations and time zones of the British Empire, 1937. 
Empire.
http://www.friesian.com/british.htm 
 

Commonwealth Secretariat
Marlborough House, Pall Mall, London SW1Y 5HX, UK
Tel: 020-7839 3411 - Fax: 020-7930 0827 
NGO Desk Tel: 020-7747 6125 - e-mail: info@commonwealth.int 
Information & Public Affairs Division Tel: 020-7747 6385 - Fax: 020-7839 9081 
The Secretariat is the main agency through which the Commonwealth countries work together. 
http://www.thecommonwealth.org/index1.htm 
 

The British Empire and Commonwealth Museum is under construction in the famous Brunel railshed in Bristol. The Museum's first galleries include an exhibition titled "Together: The Commonwealth at War 1914-1953", a collection of photographs illustrating the vital wartime role played by men and women from Australia, Canada, India, Jamaica, New Zealand, Nigeria, Malta, South Africa, and many other Commonwealth countries.  If you'd like more information, please contact the British Empire and Commonwealth Museum Project Office, Clock Tower Yard, Temple Meads, Bristol BS1 6QH, U.K. 


The Commonwealth Foundation:
Marlborough House, Pall Mall, London SW1Y 5HY, UK. Tel: 020-7930 3783 - Fax: 020-7839 8157 - e-mail: geninfo@commonwealth.int 
The Foundation promotes professional co-operation and works closely with non-governmental organisations. It makes grants to assist professional people to take part in conferences, study visits and training attainments within the Commonwealth. 
http://www.commonwealthfoundation.com/ 
 


The
Commonwealth of Learning is an intergovernmental organisation created by Commonwealth Heads of Government to encourage the development and sharing of open learning/distance education knowledge, resources and technologies. COL is helping developing nations improve access to quality education and training. 
COL's library service On-line access to COL's Information Resource Centre catalogue
Commonwealth schools network: Commonwealth Electronic Network for Schools and Education CENSE
http://www.col.org/ 
http://www.col.org/irc/irc.htm 
http://www.col.org/cense/index.htm 

The Institute of Commonwealth Studies is the only Postgraduate academic institution in the United Kingdom devoted to the study of the Commonwealth. Its purpose is to promote inter-disciplinary and inter-regional research on the Commonwealth and its member nations in the fields of history, politics, economics and other social sciences, and in subjects like development, environment, health, migration, class, race, and literature. 
The ICS Library is an international resource holding more than 160,000 items, with particularly impressive
Caribbean, Southern African and Australian holdings and 200 archival collections. 
http://www.sas.ac.uk/commonwealthstudies/index.html
http://www.sas.ac.uk/commonwealthstudies/library/library.html 

Department for International Development
94 Victoria Street, London SW1E 5JL 9HY 
Tel: 020-7917 7000 - Fax: 020-7917 0019 - e-mail: library@dfid.gtnet.uk 
The Department for International Development is the
UK government department responsible for all aspects of international development policy. Its principal aim is to contribute to the elimination of poverty in poorer countries and to enable poor people to achieve sustained improvement in their living standards. The Secretary of State for International Development is The Rt Hon Clare 
Short MP. 
http://www.oneworld.org/ 

The Oriental and India Indian Office Collections This is the official website for the British Library's Oriental and Indian section. They hold all the official  documents pertaining to the Honourable East India Company and the subsequent pre-1947 India Office records. The scope of these organisations spread far further than just the Indian subcontinent. The Middle East, East Africa, Far Eastern Asia all had strong connections with the India office. 
http://www.bl.uk/collections/oriental/


HG&UW Naval History Information Center. World warship Lists And Photo Gallery from 1913 to 2000
The Center provides warship data as a comprehensive, detailed listing of all the world's battleships, cruisers, aircraft carriers and seaplane tenders, from the start of naval aviation into the 21st century. Every warship, battleship, carrier and seaplane tender ever built or planned is listed, with complete technical data, historical sketches and photographs for virtually every ship. There are nearly 1000 high-quality photos linked to the respective ship histories. This is perhaps one of the most comprehensive websites for information about the ships used by all the World's Navies during WWII and after. Includes details for the American, Australian, Brazilian, British, Canadian, Dutch, Free French, Indian, New Zealand, Norwegian, Polish, South African Navies, ships and links to other web resources.
http://www.hazegray.org/navhist/ 

Warships of the world. This site includes information and links to all the main Allies. 
http://www.warships1.com/index_ships.htm 
ROYAL NAVY MUSEUM (UK)

The Royal Marines Museum (UK) is dedicated to the preservation and presentation of all aspects of Royal Marines history for the education and enjoyment of the general public.


Shearwater Aviation Museum of Maritime Military Aviation (Canada) Home of the Canadian Swordfish

Naval Aviation Museum of Australia/Museum of Flight ANAM (Australia

 


American National Museum of Naval Aviation

NATIONAL MARITIME MUSEUM


The Royal Air Force Museum,
Britain's National Museum of Aviation, celebrates the story of aviation from before the Wright Brothers to the RAF of the 21st Century with one of the world's finest collections of legendary aircraft and associated exhibits. The Museum stands on 15 acres of the historic former Hendon Aerodrome at RAF Hendon, one of the oldest aviation centres in the country. 
CANADIAN NAVAL AIR NET

NAVAL MUSEUM OF ALBERTA CALGARY, ALBERTA, CANADA An excellent site showcasing the Naval Museum of Alberta located in Calgary. Good stories and photos, many featuring aspects of naval aviation. The Museum commemorates the prairie men and women who served in the Royal Canadian Navy since its formation in 1910. It is dedicated to the memory of Lieutenant Robert Hampton Gray, VC, DSC, MiD, RCNVR; the Royal Canadian Navy's only recipient of the Victoria Cross in World War II.

 
Naval Museum of Manitoba

The Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum is a non-profit, charitable organization founded and operated by volunteers. The Museum is dedicated to preservation of the history of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan and honoring those airmen who trained and served, and especially those who died while serving their country in the conflict of 1939 - 1945. This is the only Museum in Canada dedicated solely to this goal and we think it is fitting that it is located in Manitoba where so much of the training was carried out.
 

Canadian war museumThe Canadian War Museum (CWM) is an affiliated museum of the Canadian Museum of Civilization. The CWM has its own collections, its own programmes and its own staff.

 

http://www.fleetairarmoa.org/History/Ships.html

Alex's Royal Navy Page Aircraft Carriers of the Royal Navy. Service and class technical details of all RN Aircraft Carriers. Part 1 - 1920-1939 Furious, Hermes, Eagle, Courageous & Ark Royal classes.  Part 2 - 1940-1949 Illustrious, Implacable, Colossus & Majestic classes.  Part 3 - 1950-2000 Audacious, Centaur, Invincible & Ocean classes
http://www.btinternet.com/~a.c.walton/navy/navy.html


HG&UW World Aircraft Carrier Lists And Photo Gallery from 1913 to 2000
The World Aircraft Carriers Lists are a comprehensive, detailed listing of all the world's aircraft carriers and seaplane tenders, from the start of naval aviation into the 21st century. Every carrier and seaplane tender ever built or planned is listed, with complete technical data, historical sketches and photographs for virtually every ship. There are nearly 1000 high-quality photos linked to the espective ship histories. This is perhaps one of the most comprehensive websites for information about the ships used by the Fleet Air Arm and the Commonwealth. Includes a Master list of RN Carriers and an extensive list of links to other web resources.
http://www.hazegray.org/navhist/carriers/ 
 

 

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