Operational History and Background
The squadron first formed in June 1940 at Ford, Sussex with 9 Albacores, then commencing bombing attacks on Brest from St Eval, when it lost the CO L/C OS Stevinson and crew on 9 October 1940.

In November 1940 the squadron embarked on HMS Formidable for convoy duties to West Africa and Capetown, the squadron failing to sight the German cruiser Admiral Hipper after it having been contacted by the convoy.
In January 1941 the ship sailed for the Red sea, the squadron attacking Mogadishu and Massawa in February 1941.

In late April 1941 the squadron took part in the Battle of Matapan and succeeding in hitting the Italian battleship Vittorio Veneto, although the CO L/C LCB Ashburner RN was shot down and lost. The squadron subsequently attacked Scarpanto Island airfield.

Whilst operating from Lydda the squadron attacked Vichy French shipping during the invasion of Syria. Then after serious damage to the ship in May 1941, the squadron provided anti-submarine patrols to the USA where the ship was repaired, the squadron being put ashore in Jamaica. The squadron finally returning from Norfolk, Virginia to the UK in the repaired HMS Formidable in December 1941.

The squadron re-equipped with 12 Swordfish IIs with ASV radar embarking on HMS Illustrious in March 1943, and attacked Diego Suarez during the invasion of Madagascar, successfully attacking the Vichy French submarines Beveziers and Le Heros, a sloop and escort ship, and losing 5 aircraft. The squadron was absorbed into 810 squadron in October 1942.

In October 1943 the squadron was reformed as a torpedo bomber reconnaissance squadron with 12 Barracuda II at Lee-on-Solent, and joined the 52nd Naval TBR Wing with 831 squadron.

Successful attack in Operation Tungsten of 3 April 1944 on the Tirpitz in Kaa Fjord, North Norway by No 52 TBR of 829 and 831 squadron and No 8 TBR Barracuda dive-bombers from HMS Furious and HMS Victorious

From Machrihanish the squadron embarked on HMS Victorious, and in April 1944 joined 8th Naval TBR wing in the successful Operation Tungsten attack crippling the German battleship Tirpitz in Kaa Fjord, Arctic Norway but losing one aircraft.
Enemy shipping was attacked off Norway in May 1944, and then shore based at Hatston where in July the squadron was merged with 831 and ceased to exist.

The squadron reformed again in 1964.

Battle Honours
Matapan 1941,Crete 1941, Mediterranean 1941, Diego Suarez 1942, Norway 1944.

Commanding Officers and Squadron Personnel

  • L/C OS Stevinson, RN June 1940-Oct 1940
  • L/C J Dalyell-Stead, RN Oct 1940-March 1941
  • L/C LCB Ashburner, RN, March 1941-Dec 1941
  • L/C FM Griffiths, RN Dec 1941-Oct 1942
  • L/C(A) GPC Williams, DSC, RN Oct 1943-March 1944
  • L/C(A) DW Phillips, RN March 1944-July 1944


  • Albacore I Jun 1940-Aug 1941
  • Swordfish I July 1940-Dec 1941
  • Swordfish II(ASV) Dec 1941-Oct 1942
  • Barracuda II Oct 1943-July 1944
  • Ships and Squadron bases
    To be listed
    The Squadron Today
    Link to current Fleet Air Arm squadron information

    Associations and Reunions
    No information

    History of 829 Naval Air Squadron in Robert Horsten's FAA Squadrons. Operational history and summary for the squadron during 1939-1945. Pages about the history of 829 Naval Air Squadron.
    WPA Film Library database Wartime footage of The tirpitz bombed by planes of the fleet air arm taking off from deck of carrier for the attack. Aircraft returning to the carrier. Fleet Air Arm pilots on the deck posing for camera.
    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  
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