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FLEET AIR ARM  AIRCREW TAKING PART IN THE ATTACK ON PALEMBANG, JANUARY 1945

Operation Meridian 1, Task Force 63, air strikes on oil refineries at Pladjoe, around Palembang on Sumatra, 24 January 1945.

The strikes were flown by 857, 849, 854 and 820 Squadrons Avengers with four 500lb bombs each, escorted by 1834, 1836, 1830 and 1839 squadron Corsairs and Hellcats, Seafire FF.IIIs of 887 squadron, and Seafire L.IIIs of 894 squadron. Preceded and followed by No.1770 squadron Fireflies and 1833 Squadron Corsairs. The Mana strike and escort was flown by 857 Squadron Avengers and 1844 Squadron hellcats. Fighter Ramrods were flown by Corsairs of 1833, 1830, 1834 and 1836 Squadrons.

Commanding Officer
Squadron Aircrews:


Strike Air Co-ordinator 

 

 

 

Captain RC Hay RM


 

 

 

820

 

 

 

Lt Cdr (A) SP Luke RN

 

 

 

849

 

 

 

Lt Cdr (A) DR Foster RNVR

 

 

 

854

 

 

 

Lt Cdr (A) FC Nottingham RNVR

 

 

 

857

 

 

 

Lt Cdr (A) W Stuart RNVR


 

 

 

Wing Leader 24th Naval Fighter Wing (887, 894 sqdns)

 

 

 

Lt Cdr (A) AJ Thomson RNVR

 

 

 

887

 

 

 

Lt Cdr (A) AJ Thomson RNVR

 

 

 

894

 

 

 

Lt Cdr (A) J Crossman RNVR


 

 

 

1770

 

 

 

Major VBG Cheesman RM


 

 

 

Wing Leader 15th Naval Fighter Wing (1830, 1833 sqdns)

 

 

 

Lt Cdr (A) AM Tritton RNVR

 

 

 

1830

 

 

 

Lt Cdr  (A) AM Tritton RNVR

 

 

 

1833

 

 

 

Lt Cdr (A) NS Hanson RNVR


 

 

 

Wing Leader 47th Naval Fighter Wing (1834/1836 sqdns)

 

 

 

Captain RC Hay RM

 

 

 

1834

 

 

 

Lt Cdr (A) RDB Hopkins RN

 

 

 

1836

 

 

 

Lt Cdr (A) CC Tomkinson RNVR


 

 

 

Wing Leader 5th Naval Fighter Wing (1839/1844 sqdns)

 

 

 

Lt Cdr (A) TW Harrington RN

 

 

 

1839

 

 

 

Lt Cdr SFF Shotton RNR

 

 

 

1844

 

 

 

Lt Cdr (A) MS Godson RN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 
 

FURTHER INFORMATION

 

The Palembang Strikes BRITISH FORCES.COM

 

Also see "PALEMBANG VALOUR" about Norm Struthers. 820 avenger sqdn

 

"Whistling Death" the Corsair
[see alternate web address 2001]

 

Palembang (Pladjoe), January 1945 

An eyewitness acount of the Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm's first bombing attack on oil refineries at Palembang, Sumatra, on the 25th of January, 1945. The pilot, Norman Hanson, was flying an F4U Corsair fighter on escort duties. Ref: Hanson. Also see other reference

 

 

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

 

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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