Motto: Ex Nubibus Vincemus 
Operational History and Background

The squadron was formed as a Fleet Fighter Squadron in October 1941 with 6 Sea Hurricane Ibs at Yeovilton.

In January 1942 the squadron joined 14 Group RAF at Fraserburgh and then Peterhead, subsequently embarking on HMS Avenger from Machrihanish in June 1942.

In September 1942, whilst operating from HJMS Avenger the squadron assisted in Arctic convoy PQ18 to Russia, shooting down 5 German aircraft and damaging 17 other aircraft shared with 802 squadron.

In November 1942 the squadron took part in the landings in North Africa, but ceased to exist after HMS Avenger was torpedoed and blew up on return to the UK on 15 November 1942.

The squadron number was allocated for Royal Canadian Navy use in 1945, the Canadian squadron reformed after VJ-Day in September 1945 at Arbroath with 16 Seafire IIIs. However, the formation was unsuccessful due to manning problems and the squadron disbanded in February 1946. A second and successful attempt at formation took place in May 1947 and the squadron continued service until being renumbered to 871 Squadron (RCN) in May 1951.

Battle Honours
North Africa 1942, Arctic 1942

Commanding Officers and Squadron Personnel

  • Capt WHC Manson, RM Oct 1941-April 1942
  • Lt(A) PWV Massey, DSC, RN April 1942-Sept 1945
  • L/C (A) TJA King-Joyce, RN Sept 1945-end of WW2
  • Aircraft
  • Sea Hurricane Ib Oct 1941-Sept 1942
  • Sea Hurricane IIb Sept 1942-Nov 1942
  • Seafire III Sept 1945-end of WW2
  • Ships and Squadron bases
    To be listed
    The Squadron Today
    Link to current Fleet Air Arm squadron information

    Associations and Reunions
    No information

    883 sqdn history - See Canadian subsequent history of the squadron
    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
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