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and women of the FAA and


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

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 USA's interaction with the British Empire and Commonwealth, and its support to the Royal Navy's Fleet Air Arm air war effort. The US support was initially primarily through the Lend-Lease Agreement with the British Empire which supplied valuable aicraft and escort carriers to the Royal Navy and Fleet Air Arm. This came about on 8th March 1941, when the US Senate passed the lend-lease act which allowed the US President to extend aid to another country as contributing to the defence of the United States. At least one American was to command a Fleet Air Arm squadron and many, including women, saw service with the Air Transport Auxillary

The Royal Navy maintained or had access to 27 Air Stations in the USA, where its crew also trained under the command of the US Navy, and 14 squadrons undertook deck-landing training on USS Charger. Some Fleet Air Arm squadrons, notably 804, 832, and 892 squadrons, saw action from US aircraft carriers including from USS Saratoga in 1943, and USS Wasp with 812 squadron in 1942. 

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.

  • The Fleet Air Arm accounting base in the USA was at Washington DC,  and it was commissioned in the Royal Navy as HMS Saker on 1 October 1941,  finally being payed off in 1948. The US Navy base at Lewiston, Maine was commissioned under HMS Saker in 1943, and acted as the parent ship for all Fleet Air Arm facilities in the USA until payed off 1945. 
  • USA and the Fleet Air Arm

FAA and Naval Aviation History and USA
Naval aviation history and links to Canada

FAA Squadrons and USA

FAA Aircraft  and USA

Ships and Aircraft Carriers and USA

Roll of Honour
Roll of Honour to the Americans of the FAA: There was at least one American born CO in the FAA, Lt Cdr Van Epps and three other American Fleet Air Arm RNVR officers, two aircrew, one on RN Air Station ground duties. 

  • Lt RS Bull USN was perhaps one of the first USN Navy personnel to have an accident in a Fleet Air Arm aircraft, when he crashed Skua L2990 of 802 squadron at Abbotsinch 8.7.1941 
  • World War II Honor Roll database contains the 172,218 names of those buried at our cemeteries, those Missing in Action and those buried or lost at sea. It does not contain the names of the 233,181 Americans returned to the United States for burial.

A-Z Directory of FAA Commanding Officers 
There was at least one American Commanding Officer of the wartime front-line squadrons (800-1800 squadrons), Naval Air Wings, or Carrier Air Groups in 1939-1945. The American born Lt Cdr DA Epps was commissioned in the Royal Navy in 1941, and took command of 894 sdqn FAA in 1942. He was transferred back to the USAAF in 1943 (4th Fighter Group of the 8th USAAF flying from Debden in England) and was shot down Easter 1944 and taken POW until the end of the war. 

FAA Air Aces
There were no reported WW2 American FAA air aces. 

Honours and Awards to Americans in the FAA and Naval aviation
A-Z of FAA Personnel and Honours of awards including personnel winning the VC, DSO, DSC, GC and MID. 

There were no American FAA men in captivity with Axis forces in 1939-1945. 

Personnel Gallery
A gallery of photographs and squadron profiles. 

Contacts and who's where?
Calling old shipmates 

Museums and Associations

Associations and reunions
Ship, Aircraft carrier, Squadron and Veteran Associations and reunions.

  • British Pensacola Veterans L Armstrong, 47 Rutland Road, Wanstead, London, E11 2DY

Fora and Discussion Groups

Virtual Library and Autobiographies
Key bibliographic sources. Includes online purchases (coming soon).

Highlighted news and events.

Website Directories and Databases
with overviews about the British Empire, Dominions and Commonwealth and Dependent Territories

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. 

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. 

 "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. 

 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. 

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.) 

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. 

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. 

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: 
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. 

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: 
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. 

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 

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. 

Department for International Development
94 Victoria Street, London SW1E 5JL 9HY 
Tel: 020-7917 7000 - Fax: 020-7917 0019 - e-mail: 
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. 

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.

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. 

Warships of the world. This site includes information and links to all the main Allies. 

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


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. 

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.


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

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. 




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