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Telegraphist Air Gunners (TAGs)


Commemorating in 2000 the 60th Anniversary of Operation Judgement, night air strike on the Italian fleet and harbour at Taranto 11 November 1940


Telegraphist Air Gunners (TAGS) operated in FAA aircraft from 1922, under the RAF's Fleet Air Arm. The very last TAG served as such until 1950. 1950,  providing communications by Morse code and manning the rear gun, 3,000 TAGS were trained in the branches 28 year life span, 495 were lost through enemy action and / or flying accidents, 69 became Prisoners of War. Most TAGS served only for the period of WW2 returning to their civilian occupations in 1945 / 1946.


TAG from 812 Swordfish squadron 1940

TAGS served in 77 different Aircraft Carriers:

12

Fleet Carriers

10

Light Fleet Carriers

33

Escort Carriers

19

MAC Ships

3

Small Carriers

Plus

 

11

Battleships / Battle Cruisers

36

Cruisers

TAGS have been awarded 2 CGMís, 2 OBEís (post war), 20 MBEís 115 DSMís, 1 DPM, 20 BEMís, 134 MIDís, 3 Members of Order of Australia, 2 Bronze Medals of Order of Nassau.

FAA Archive information on TAGs with honours and awards
 

FAA Archive TAG Roll of Honour [list coming shortly]

Casualties excluding non fighting accidents:
 

Pre War

17 accidents

 

 

 

Wartime

269 accidents

186 enemy action

Total

445

Post War

31 accidents

2 enemy action

Total

33

FAA Archive TAG Prisoner of War Muster Roll
There were 69 TAG POWís in various locations

FAA Archive list of downed TAGs rescued by ship
 

This information and more is available on the Telegraphist Air Gunners Association website 

Membership Enquiries should be addressed to the Membership Secretary, Mr Ken Sims, at 70 Emmanuel Road, Southport PR9 9RL - Tel. 01704 228472.  Other Association officers are:-

Hon.Secretary.  Ken Davies,  2 Burridges Close, Stevington, Bedford MK43 7QE - Tel. 01234 822573 - e-mail kandbd@btinternet.com

Chairman. Bernard Smith, 67 Fleet Avenue, Upminster, RM14 1PZ - Tel. 017082 50096

OTHER WEBSITES ABOUT TAGs

To find out a little more what it was like at that time read about the experiences of a Wartime TAG "Bill West" who served with the Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm as a Telegraphist Air Gunner (TAG) on the AESOP website.

See also Airborne Electronic Sensor Operators AES OP (Canada)
(see history of AES Ops)
 

TRIBUTE TO A TAG

 Claude Sylvester Snoxell 

Courtesy of Chris Young

CS Snoxell started his naval career as a boy sailor on HMS Arethusa. He joined the Fleet Air Arm as a Wireless - Telegraphist-Air Gunner and spent the period 1923 - 1941 with Britainís carrier forces. Among the ships on which he served were H.M.S. Argus , H.M.S. Courageous, H.M.S. Illustrious and H.M.S. Furious. He saw service around the world with the majority spent in the Far East and in 1941 joined the Naval Training Establishment at Worthy Down. He retired with a rank of Chief Petty Officer and died in 1971. He was buried at sea off Portsmouth in 1971 with full military honours.

 

This information comes from the FLEET AIR ARM MEMORIES website of Chris Young and is bout the photograph collection of the late C.S.Snoxell.


 



Created: 3-04-2001, Last Modified 3-05-2005


 
 

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