INDEX OF NAVAL AIR SQUADRONS
Aerial Photograph of the sunken ships after Operation Judgement, the Fleet Air Arm air strike
on the Italian fleet and harbour at Taranto, 11 November 1940
Two of the squadron aircraft were involved in the Taranto raid in November 1940, and the squadron later in the month attacked Tripoli harbour.
On 3 April 1941 the squadron atacked enemy destroyers off massawa in Eritrea, sinking two and driving another two ashore. Then on 6 June 1941, the squadron bombed and sank the U-boat supply ship Elbe in the mid Atlantic during a search for the German battleship Bismarck, and on 15 June forced the German tanker Lothringen to surrender.
The squadron ceased to exist when her carrier HMS Eagle was sunk on 11 August 1942 during a Malta convoy. The squadron reformed in October 1943 with 6 Swordfish embarked on HMS Unicorn. In 1943, the squadron became a composite of 6 Swordfish and 6 Sea Hurricanes aircraft under the command of Lt. Commander Russell RNVR and Major Cheeseman, Royal Marines.
In July 1945 the squadron reformed at Katukurunda, Ceylon with 12 Barracuda IIs, for intended joining the 17th Carrier Air Group in the British Pacific Fleet, but plans were cancelled with VJ-Day .
Calabria 1940, Mediterranean 1940, Taranto 1940, Libya 1940 - 1, Malta Convoys 1942, Arctic 1944
Commanding Officers and Squadron Personnel
L/C AJ Debenham, DSC, RN June 1939-Aug 1941 Capt FW Brown, RM Aug 1941-Aug 1942 Lt JA Ievers, RN Oct 1942-March 1943 L/C(A) EL Russell, DSC, RNVR March 1943-March 1944 L/C GC Edwards, RCNVR March 1944-Oct 1944 Lt(A) GR Clarke RNVR July 1945-July 1945 L/C(A) S Brilliant July 1945-end of WW2
Swordfish I April 1937-Jan 1943 Swordfish II Nov 1942-Oct 1944 Sea Hurricane IIc Aug 1943-June 1944 Wildcat V June 1944-Oct 1944 Barracuda II July 1945-Sept 1945 Ships and Squadron bases
To be listed
The Squadron Today
Link to current Fleet Air Arm squadron information
Associations and Reunions
Contact the webmaster of 824 squadron FAA Photographic archive for further information
FURTHER INFORMATION 824 squadron August 1943 – September
1944- Fleet Air Arm Photography Archive by Gordon.G.F."Knocker" White.
Excellent website by veteran of 824 squadron with photographs of the squadron and ships, and documents. If you have any questions you can eMail him via email@example.com 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 Robert Horsten's FAA