INDEX OF NAVAL AIR SQUADRONS

 

 

817 

squadron 


AUSTRALIA

 
Operational History and Background
 
817 Squadron was commissioned in 1941, with the ASW Fairey Albacore aircraft, and was involved in  skirmishes in Icelandic waters, Norway, Sicily and in Algeria. The Squadron was reformed on 1 December 1943 at Lee-on-Solent with 12 Fairey Barracuda aircraft. Bombing operations were conducted in Sumatra.

On 25 April 1950 817 squadron reformed at St Merryn as a Royal Australian Navy squadron equipped with Fairey Fireflies. They embarked on HMAS Sydney as part of the 21st CAG.

Battle Honours
NORWAY 1941, BISCAY 1942, NORTH AFRICA 1942, ATLANTIC  1942,  SICILY 1943

Commanding Officers and Squadron Personnel

  • L/C Sanderson, DSC, RN March 1941-Feb 1942
  • L/C PG Sugden, RN Feb 1942-June 1942
  • Lt LED Walthall, DSC, RN June 1942-July 1942
  • L/C NR Corbet-Milward, RN July 1942-Aug 1943
  • L/C(A) TW May, SANF(V) Aug 1943-Feb 1945
  • L/C(A) MA Lacayo, RN April 1945-Aug 1945
Aircraft
  • Albacore I March 1941-Aug 1943
  • Barracuda II Dec 1943-Jan 1945
  • Barracuda II (ASH) April 1945-Aug 1945
  • Ships and Squadron bases
    To be listed
    The Squadron Today
    Link to current Fleet Air Arm squadron information


    Associations and Reunions
    No information

    FURTHER INFORMATION
     
    World Aircraft Carrier Lists and Photo Gallery - from 1913 to 2000. Naval History Information Center, Haze Gray & Underway American based World Aircraft Carrier Lists & Photo Gallery - one of the definitive online sources for British and world aircraft carrier & seaplane tender data, histories and images - over 1000 photos. 
    Sturtivant, R & Ballance, T  (1994). 'The Squadrons of the Fleet Air Arm' Published by Air Britain (Historians) Ltd, 1994 ISBN: 0 85130 223 8  
    817 sqdn history in Robert Horsten's FAA
    Squadrons
     
    Australian squadron histories: 817 squadron
    Australian FAA 817 squadron website
     
            Last Modified: 23-2-2001


     

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