FLEET AIR ARM AIR ACES 1939-1945

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This list contains Fleet Air Arm and Commonwealth personnel who had 5 or more enemy aircraft "kills" during WW2 whilst serving with the Fleet Air Arm.  All of the "kills" are what the airman was officially credited with.  The rank listed is their rank at the time of attaining the level of ACE.

The greatest of the Fleet Air Arm aces were Lt Commander AJ "Jackie" Sewell RN who had 22/25  accredited "kills", including shared, ground destroyed and damaged enemy aircraft.  Lt Commander RJ "Dickie" Cork RN had 23 accredited "Kills", and Lt Commander SG "Stan" Orr RNVR 17 "Kills". Dickie Cork had the highest number of outright "kills", with 9 enemy aircraft downed, and Sub Lieutenant F Dawson-Paul RN closely followed this tally with 7 "kills". None of these airmen survived the war except Stan Orr.

Service Records:Leading Fleet Air Arm Aces:

Service Records:Fleet Air Arm Ace list:
Alphabetical list of 36 notable Fleet Air Arm personnel who shot down one or more enemy aircraft. The list includes British, Dominion and Commonwealth airmen.

Service Records: Claims of Enemy aircraft destroyed:
Ranked Directory of Royal Navy and Commonwealth FAA personnel who claimed shooting down 5 or more enemy aircraft. The list includes British, Dominion and Commonwealth airmen.



 

FAA AIR ACES
36 Fleet Air Arm aircrew are listed here as having shot down one or more enemy aicraft. 

 

Pilot's name

 

Atkinson, William Henry Isaac Lt RCN

 

Barnes, William Lawrence Lecoq, Lt RN

 

Blake, Arthus Giles, Sub Lt RNVR

 

Brabner, Rupert Arnold, Lt Cdr RNVR

 

Bruen, John Martin, Lt Cdr RN

 

Charlton, Philip Noel, Lt Cdr RN

 

Cork, Richard John, Lt Cdr RN

 

Crosley, RM, Lt Cdr RN

 

Dawson-Paul, Francis, Sub-Lt (A) RN

 

Evans, Charles Les Glandore, Cdr RN

 

Foster, William Morley Culverwel, Sub-Lt RNVR

 

Gardner, Richard Exton Cdr RNVR

 

Guthrie, Giles Connop McEachern Lt RNVR

 

Hallett, NN Lt RN

 

Hay, RC "Ronnie", Lt Colonel RM

 

Hogg, Graham Angus Sub Lt RNVR

 

Jeram, Dennis Mayvore Lt Cdr RN

 

Keighly-Peach, Charles Lindsay, Cdr RN

 

Keith, KL Lt (A) RN+

 

Lowe, Ivan Lawrence Firth, Sub-Lt RNVR

 

Lucy, William Paulet Lt Cdr RN

 

MacDonald-Hall, Robert Lt Cdr RN

 

Martyn, WH Lt Cdr DSC RN

 

Massey, PWV Lt(A) RN+

 

Nicholls, OJR, Lt RN

 

Orr, Stanley Gordon, Lt Cdr RNVR

 

Paul, FD Sub Lt RNVR

 

Reynolds, Richard Henry Sub Lt RNVR

 

Ritchie, Blyth Lt RNVR

 

Sewell, Alfred Jack, Lt Cdr RNVR

 

Sheppard, Donald John, Lt RCNVR

 

Sparke, Philip Donald Julian Sub Lt RNVR

 

Stott, J P Sub-Lt RN

 

Taylour, Edward Winchester Tollemache Lt Cdr RN

 

Tillard, Rupert Claude Lt Cdr RN

 

Wilson, Edward Taylour Sub Lt SANF (V) seconded to FAA

 


CLAIMS OF DESTROYED ENEMY AIRCRAFT
 

 

Nationality

Squadron

Destroyed in air

Destroyed 
on ground

Shared destroyed

Probable/
unconfirmed
destroyed

Shared probable destroyed

Damaged

Shared damaged

Probable damaged

Shared Probable damaged

Damaged on ground

Cork, RJ Lt Cdr RN+ 

British

242 sqdn RAF
 880 sqdn FAA

9

7

2

1

-

4

-

-

-

-

Dawson-Paul, F Sub-Lt (A) RN+ 

British

64 sqdn RAF

7

-

1

1

-

1

-

-

-

-

Orr, SG Lt Cdr RNVR 

British

806 sqdn
FAA
 most 804 sqdn
FAA

6

2 shared destroyed on water

6 or 8

-

1

-

-

-

-

-

Gardner, RE Cdr RNVR 

British

242 sqdn
RAF
807 sqdn
FAA

6

-

4

-

-

-

-

1

-

-

Barnes, WLL Lt RN+

British

806 sqdn FAA

6

-

2

-

-

6

2

-

-

-

Tillard, RC Lt Cdr RN +

British

808 sqdn
FAA

6

-

1

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Sewell, AJ Lt Cdr RNVR+

British

806 sqdn
FAA

5 or 6

-

7

-

7

3

2

-

-

-

Paul, FD Sub Lt +

British

64 sqdn RAF

6?

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Ritchie, B Lt RNVR+

British

800 sqdn FAA

5

-

2

-

-

1

-

-

-

1 shared damaged on water

Brabner, RA Lt Cdr RNVR+

British

805sqdn 1
FAA rest 801 sqdn
FAA 

5

-

1

1

-

-

1

-

-

-

Jeram, DM Lt Cdr RN

British

213 sqdn
RAF 888 sqdn
FAA

5

-

1

1

-

-

-

-

-

-

Hogg, GA Sub Lt RNVR+

British

806 sqdn
FAA

4

1 shared destroyed on the ground

8

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Hay, RC Lt Coln RM

British

801 sqdn 1
FAA 808 sqdn
FAA
47 fighter wing
FAA

4 approx

-

9 approx

-

-

-

3

-

-

-

Bruen, JM Lt Cdr RN

Irish

803 sqdn
FAA

4

-

4

-

-

2

2

-

-

1 shared damaged on ground

Sparke, PDJ Sub Lt RNVR+

British

806 sqdn FAA

4

-

2

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Foster, WMC Sub Lt RNVR

British

1844 sqdn
FAA

4

-

1

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Blake, AG Sub Lt RNVR+ 

British

19 sqdn RAF

4

-

1

-

-

2

-

-

-

-

Crosley, RM

British Liverpool 1920

 

4

-

1

1 (and 1 "possible"

-

-

-

-

-

-

Sheppard, DJ Lt RCNVR

Canada

1836 sqdn
FAA

3 or 4

-

2

1

-

-

-

-

-

-

Wilson, ET Sub Lt SANF (V) 

South Africa

1844 sqdn FAA

3

-

4

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Charlton, PN, Lt Cdr RN

British

803 sqdn FAA

3

-

3

2

-

1

-

-

-

-

Atkinson, WHI Lt RCN 

Canada

1844 sqdn FAA

3

-

1

1

-

-

-

-

-

-

Keighly-Peach, CL Cdr RN

British

HMS Eagle Flt
FAA

3

-

1

1

-

-

-

-

-

-

Evans, CLG Cdr RN

British

803 sqdn 1
FAA
806 sqdn
FAA

2

-

8

1

1

-

-

-

-

-

Martyn, WH Lt Cdr DSC RN

Canadian
Calgary

880 sqdn

2

-

3

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Reynolds, RH Sub Lt RNVR

British

894 sqdn
FAA

2

-

3

-

-

1

-

-

-

-

Stott, JP Sub Lt RN 

British

1770 sqdn
FAA

2

-

3

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Taylour, EWT Lt Cdr RN+

British

800 sqn 1, 
FAA
rest 808 sqdn
FAA

1

-

6

1

-

-

1

-

-

-

MacDonald-Hall, R Lt Cdr RN

British

806 sqdn,
FAA
807 sqdn 1
FAA

1

-

-

1

-

2

-

-

-

-

Lowe, ILF Sub Lt RNVR

British

806 sqdn
FAA

1

-

5

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Lucy, WP Lt Cdr RN+

British

803 sqdn FAA

-

-

7

1

-

-

3

-

-

-

Hallett, NN Lt RN
 

 

British

807 sqdn
FAA
884 sqdn
FAA

-

-

6

-

1

-

4

-

-

-

Guthrie, GCM Lt RNVR

British

808 sqdn
FAA

-

-

5

-

-

-

1

-

-

-

OTHERS OF NOTE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nicolls, OJR, Lt RN 

British

806 sqdn
FAA

2

-

1

-

-

1

-

-

-

-

Keith, KL Lt (A) RN+ 

Canada

HMS Eagle Flt

1

-

2

-

-

1

-

-

-

-

Massey, PWV Lt(A) RN+

British

HMS Eagle Flt 
883 sqdn

2

-

-

1

-

-

-

-

-

-


Young, AN Lt RN+

British

HMS Eagle Flt

-

-

1

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

 

Nationality

Squadron

Destroyed in air

Destroyed
on ground

Shared destroyed

Probable/
unconfirmed
destroyed

Shared probable destroyed

Damaged

Shared damaged

Probable damaged

Shared Probable damaged

Damaged on ground

+ known to have died in the war.



Fleet Air Arm Gloster Gladiator claimed air "kills" details:

Ref: Website by acrawford@glad.co.uk



 

FURTHER INFORMATION

 

Air Aces Homepage  by A. Magnus (1999)

Includes FAA aircrew

The Fighter Pilot Ace List

A co-authored list by:
Al Bowers bowers@orville.dfrc.nasa.gov
David Lednicer dave@amiwest.com

Military aircraft archive "aces" page

 

Canadian Air Aces and heroes, WW1, WW2 and Korea.

Only naval aviation ace mentioned is Lt Gray VC

NZ aces by the NZ Fighter Museum

Lists air force aces but no FAA aircrew or naval aviation are mentioned

Biplane Fighter Aces from the Second World War- Håkans aviation page

 

Mark Styling, Corsair Aces of World War 2, Osprey Publishing, 1995

Barrett Tillman, Hellcat: The F6F in World War II, Naval Institute Press, 1979

Barrett Tillman, Hellcat Aces of World War 2, Osprey Publishing, 1996

Barrett Tillman, Wildcat Aces of World War 2, Osprey Publishing, 1995

Barrett Tillman, U.S. Navy Fighter Squadrons in World War II, Specialty Press, 1997

 

Battle of Britain Fighter Pilots Association 

Association solely for veterans who took part in the Battle of Britain. [no website available]

American Fighter Aces Association

Website for the Veteran fighter Aces of the US

U.S. Navy and Marine Corps Aces

DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY -- NAVAL HISTORICAL CENTER information and Ace listing.

US Fighter Town,

A US based website. It includes a wealth of information about the US aviation Fighters and aces. It includes a Directory of US Fighter Associations totaling over 400. It also includes Air Force, Navy, Marine Fighter, Attack and Recce, includes Reunion Dates, Location and Contact, includes History, Achievements and Stories, includes "Aces" data (In work), includes Flying Training, Aviation Cadet Associations, includes our Fighter Town Book Shelf, and includes our fighter oriented web sites. Editor: Bones Marshall 

Christopher Shores and Clive Williams, Aces High: a tribute to the most notable fighter pilots of the British and Commonwealth Forces in WWII, Grub Street publishers, 1994

 

Sturtivant, R. & Burrow, M (1995) 

Sturtivant, R. & Burrow, M (1995)  'Fleet Air Arm Aircraft 1939 to 1945'  Published by Air Britain (Historians) Ltd, 1995 ISBN: 0 85130 232 7 

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