UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
AND THE FLEET AIR ARM
Salute to the USA men
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
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
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 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
- USA and the
Fleet Air Arm
Naval Aviation History and USA
Naval aviation history and
links to Canada
Squadrons and USA
Aircraft and USA
Aircraft Carriers and USA
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
- 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.
USA FAA P.O.W.
There were no American FAA men in captivity with Axis forces in
A gallery of photographs and squadron profiles.
Contacts and who's where?
Calling old shipmates
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
with overviews about the British Empire,
Dominions and Commonwealth and Dependent Territories
Empire Links and Resources
Arm Museum Yeovilton (UK) Europe's premier naval
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.
British Pacific Fleet: 15 August 1945
Indies Fleet: 15 August 1945
States Lend-Lease aid to the British Empire
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
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
Marlborough House, Pall
Mall, London SW1Y
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NGO Desk Tel: 020-7747 6125 - e-mail: email@example.com
Information & Public Affairs Division Tel: 020-7747 6385 - Fax: 020-7839
The Secretariat is the main agency through which the Commonwealth countries
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,
The Commonwealth Foundation:
Marlborough House, Pall
Mall, London SW1Y
Tel: 020-7930 3783 - Fax: 020-7839 8157 - e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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
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
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.
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: email@example.com
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
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
HG&UW Naval History Information Center. World warship Lists And Photo Gallery from 1913 to
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.
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
Aviation Museum of Australia/Museum of Flight ANAM (Australia)
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
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.
Created: 3-04-2001, Last Modified 03-06-2005