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These pages provide information about the Gallantry Awards and Medals awarded to members of the Fleet Air Arm, for gallantry and during campaigns or military service in time of war. 

This site is dedicated to the memory of all those who received honours and awards in the Fleet Air Arm. The page is especially dedicated to the families of Esmonde and Gray



List of all Fleet Air Arm Honours and awards

In July 1999, the Fleet Air Archive began to list the names of as many  Fleet Air Arm personnel who had received honours and awards. In August, 2000 the list has been completed as best as could be with available resources, for the Commanding Officers, and TAGs. Future phases will concentrate on the other aircrew and their awards. It certain that there are a few awards may have been over looked, but not intentionally. The task was long and difficult not to mention extremely time consuming. 

The FAA Archive would like to complete the Medal Roster list by adding the other Commonwealth naval aviator names to the Honour rolls. If you know any missing names please contact the FAA Archive. Meanwhile we will be undertaking further research and consultation with veteran and veteran associations to ensure that this list will become as complete as possible so as to ensure that the dedication, bravery and effort of these men is never forgotten.

These pages provide information about the Gallantry Awards and Medals awarded to members of the Fleet Air Arm, for gallantry during campaigns or military service in time of war. Two types of award were made during WWII: immediate, for single acts of bravery, etc. and non-immediate, normally given at the conclusion of a tour of duty of between 25 and 30 operations.  Citations for immediate awards were published in the London Gazette. 

Description of the Honours and Awards

Fleet Air Arm and the Victoria Cross

Honours/Awards to Commanding Officers

Honours and Awards to Officers [coming soon]

Honours and Awards to TAGs

Honours and Awards to other non-commissioned officers and men

Fleet Air Arm Campaign Rolls of Honour

Fleet Air Arm Air Aces and U-boat killers


For information on campaign medal rolls and individual awards contact the relevant Armed Services Medal Offices. Note that awards to Fleet Air Arm personnel by the RAF will only be held under the RAF records and that British awards to Dominion, Commonwealth and Dependent Territory personnel will only be held in the relevant British records and not of the country from which the overseas Fleet Air Arm personnel originated.

·         Navy: Ministry of Defence, NPP Acs 3 (b) 4, HMS Centurion, Grange Road, Gosport, Hampshire PO13 9XA, UK

·         Royal Air Force: Ministry of Defence, CS Sec 1d, Room F93, Building 256, HQ RAF PTC, RAF Innsworth, Gloucestershire GL3 1EZ, UK

·         Royal Marines: Ministry of Defence, Drafting and Record Office, Royal Marines, HMS Centurion; Grange Road, Gosport, Hampshire PO13 9XA, UK 

·         Merchant Navy: Maritime & Coastguard Agency, Spring Place, 105 Commercial Road, Southampton SO15 1EG

Royal Navy Ministry of Defence Website Royal Navy: Sources of Information

o        Online information: How to obtain Royal Navy Service Records & Medals

For further information about Gallantry Records awarded to Fleet Air Arm personnel, and a list of gallantry medals with records (and which services and ranks were eligible for them), see the excellent online leaflet series of the British official archive "The Public Records Office" notably:

·         "Armed Services: Gallantry Medals, Further Information" Military Records Information 78 Leaflet. Which explains Who Was Eligible for Which Medal?, Alphabetical Table of Gallantry Medals, Foreign Awards, and British Awards to Foreigners.

·         "Armed Services: Campaign Medals, and other Service Medals". Military Records Information 76 Leaflet. 

·         Armed Services: Gallantry Medals. Military Records Information 77 Leaflet

Website Directories and Databases
with FAA Honours an Awards information

Medals. Military Records Information 51.Public Records Office

The Association of the Officers of the Fleet Air Arm, in London.  Includes a section on History including about all the squadrons of the Fleet Air Arm, with an outline of their Battle honours. 

Sturtivant, R & Ballance, T  (1994). 'The Squadrons of the Fleet Air Arm' Published by Air Britain (Historians) Ltd, 1994 ISBN: 0 85130 223 8
Australian Medals and Awards (VetNet Australia). Australian Veterans Network presented by Veterans' Independent Consultation Group Inc.

Canadian Military Medals and Decorations by Veterans Affairs

Canada List of Canadian medals and link to Canadian honours of the Veterans affairs

Additional information and a list of qualifing areas of service area available from the Honours and Awards Section, Veterans Affairs Canada, 66 Slater Street, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0P4 

First World War Honours and Awards to Canadians in British

Flying Services RCAF Personnel - Honours and Awards - 1939-1949
Honours and Awards to Canadian Forces Personnel - Post War

Canadian Air Aces: Medals

Guide to the New Zealand Royal Honours System

Rhodesian Honours and Awards (1975)

Government of South Africa

Decorartion and Medals of the South African Defence Force

Foreign Medals

Medals of the world listed by country links

US Marine Corps awards

Aviation Congressional Medal of Honor by Battery Corporal Willis S. Cole Military Museum

The "Orders, Decorations & Medals Webring"  site 

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