Fleet Air Arm Archive 1939-1945


 


Fleet Air Arm support to the Allied landings in Sicily, 1943
 

 


Forces taking part in Operation Husky, support of landing forces in Sicily, between 10 July and 17 August 1943. Awarded to Squadron numbers: 807, 817, 820, 880, 885, 888, 893, and 899 and HM aircraft carriers: Formidable and Indomitable.


This Operation was the greatest Airborne-Amphibious Operation of WWII; 3,000 ships and landing-craft with 160,000 men (8 Divisions), 14,000 vehicles, 600 tanks and 1800 guns.

Sicily was invaded on 10 July 1943 and by August had been completely captured. The Allies moved on to invade Italy in September and gained their first foothold on the continental mainland since 1940. German forces occupied the peninsula when Italy agreed to an armistice. Rome did not fall to the Allies until 4 June 1944.


Squadron Commanding officers taking part in the Sicily air operations

 

807 squadron aircrew

 

Firth, K Lt Cdr (A) RN 

 

 

 



 

817 squadron aircrew

 

Corbet-Milward, NR Lt Cdr RN 

till 7 August 1943

May, TW Lt Cdr (A) RN 

from 7 August onwards

 

 



 

820 squadron aircrew

 

Shrubsole, JCN, Lt Cdr RN 

 

 

 



 

880 squadron aircrew

 

Martyn, WH, Lt Cdr RN 

 

 

 



 

885 squadron aircrew

 

Carver, RHP Lt Cdr DSC RN 

 

 

 



 

888 squadron aircrew

 

Bird, FDG Captain RM 

 

 

 



 

893 squadron aircrew

 

French, RG Lt (A) RNVR 

 

 

 



 

899 squadron aircrew

 

Walker, RF Lt Cdr (A) RNVR 

till 2 August 1943

Howarth, RB Lt Cdr (A) RNVR

after 2 August 1943

 

 



 

FURTHER INFORMATION

 

Sicily 1943 By Navy History Net

 

Sicily by British-forces.com

 

THE INVASION OF SICILY - OPERATION HUSKY By J.H. Straczek, Senior Naval Historical Officer

 

DROP ZONE SICILY: ALLIED AIRBORNE STRIKE, JULY 1943 by W.B.Brewer

 

The Glider Pilot Regiment

 

Regia Marina

 

The 'man who never was' pulled off one of the greatest deceptions in military history--after his death. By David T. Zabecki 

 

Operation Husky - the invasion of Sicily: aircraft fighter simulation

 

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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