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Salute to the air and ground crews of the FAA and Commonwealth

Aircraft handlers at work on the Canadian manned HMS Nabob, 1944


By the end of the World War 2 the strength of the Fleet Air Arm was: 59 aircraft carriers, 3,700 aircraft, 72,000 officers and men and 56 air stations all over the world. These pages commemorate those men and women who served with the Fleet Air Arm in 1939-1945.

Service Records:FAA non-commissioned officers & ratings [to be added and coming soon]
Alphabetical Who's Who Directory of notable NCO and rating ground (including armourers, fitters, etc) and air crew, focusing on CPO and TAGs, and leading ground crew personnel. Includes RAF personnel serving with FAA squadrons.

FAA Ranks and responsibilities
Ranks and responsibilities for Naval aviation NCO air and ground crew in the Royal Navy and Commonwealth. 

NCO and Ratings Trades and Branches

o        Duties of the air and ground crews assuring the success of the Fleet Air Arm. 

Airborne Electronic Sensor Operators (AES Ops)

o        See history of AES Ops (Canada). Also see Airborne Electronic Sensor Operators AES OP 

FAA Aircrewmans Branch successors to the TAG

o        See the FAA Aircrewmans Association website

Fleet Air Arm Aircraft Handlers "Chockheads"

o        See also the Aircraft Handlers Association website

Fleet Air Arm Armourers "Bombheads"

o        See also Fleet Air Arm Armourers Association website


Fleet Air Arm Fitters and Riggers

o        See also the Aircraft Handlers Association website

Fleet Air Arm Naval Air Mechanics

o        See also Fleet Air Arm Armourers Association website

FAA Telegraphist Air Gunners (TAGs)

o        See also the TAG Association webpage

Personnel Gallery

o        A gallery of photographs and squadron profiles.

o        Armourers Photo Album

o        FLEET AIR ARM MEMORIES: From the photograph collection of the late C.S.Snoxell, TAG

Website Directories and Databases with FAA Personnel information

Service Records
For details of all service records for Royal Navy personnel. Centurion. Naval Pay & Pensions (Accounts), MoD. Ministry of Defence, CS(RM)2A. In both of the above archives, only written enquiries from next-of-kin are accepted, and a search fee is charged. For further details see this summary sheet.

All service records of the officers and men of the Royal Air Force are maintained and stored by the Ministry of Defence. Copies of these records are available only to relatives and may obtained by contacting: PMA (CS) 2a (2) (RAF), Building 248a, Personnel Management Agency, RAF Innsworth, Gloucester, GL3 1EZ, UK 

The Royal Navy website
Royal Navy and the Fleet Air Arm squadrons of today with historic profiles.

The Navy Lists
The 1999 Navy List has 9 sections and an index. Section one covers the Royal Family, the Defence Council and the Admiralty Board. Section two lists alphabetically all officers of the RN, Royal Marines, QARNNS, and RFA officers. Section three gives the seniority lists of officers on the Active List for RN, RM and QARNNS. Section four gives key RN personnel, Attaches, and Advisers, including Interpreters. Section five lists ships and units of the Fleet and establishments, plus RFA ships. Section six an alphabetical list of key addresses. Section seven Honorary officers in
the Reserve's in alphabetical listing, again covering RN, RM, but including the Sea Cadet Corps and Combined Cadet Force. Section eight gives obituaries and section nine identifies all abbreviations in use in the Navy List.

For information relating to former members of the Armed Forces of Canada (deceased), the Personal Records Unit (formerly the Personnel Records Centre) may be reached at:
Personnel Records Unit, RSD, The National Archives, 395 Wellington St, Ottawa, ON, K1A ON3, Canada

Created: 3-04-2001, Last Modified 3-04-2005


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