& NAVAL AIR SQUADRONS
information concentrates on the Front Line Fleet Air Arm squadrons which
operated with RAF Fighter Command 1940-1945.
British carriers operated
squadrons between 1918 and 1937 as RAF Naval Air Branch squadrons and as such
were not under Navy control, however they precede
the period of this website and are therefore not listed here.
The RFC, which gave birth to the RAF, was formed in 1912. It comprised a
Military Wing, a Naval Wing, The Royal Aircraft Factory and the Central
Eighteen months after its formation, the Naval Wing of the RFC was reformed
into the Royal Naval Air Service.
It was from these branches that the RAF was formed on 1st April 1918. Whereas the RFC squadron numbers
were largely retained from 1 to 199, the number 200 was added to that of each
RNAS Squadron, thus 3 Sqn RNAS became 203 Sqn RAF. In 1918 the combined strength of the RAF was
188. Under the guidance of Sir Hugh Trenchard, Britain
formed an Air Force independent of Army or Navy control. It was also
developed as the first strategic air force in the world at the time. British
carriers operated squadrons between 1918 and 1937 as RAF Naval Air Branch
squadrons and as such were not under Navy control, however they precede the period of this website and are therefore not
Air Arm squadrons and the Battle of Britain: A list of 700 series training
squadrons is available through the Fleet Air Arm Officers assiociation.
Air Arm aircrew loaned to RAF Fighter Command squadrons 1940-1945: from 1940 onwards a few Fleet
Air Arm pilots were loaned directly to RAF Fighter Command.
Air Arm squadrons in RAF Fighter Command 1940-1945: from the Battle of Britain until
the Normandy D-Day invasion Fleet air Arm squadrons were to operate under RAF
Website Directories and Databases
with RAF Fighter Command and FAA Squadron
The Squadrons of the Fleet Air Arm. An inventory of
the Squadrons with an outline of their Battle honours.
The RAF Commands
Robert Horsten's FAA Squadrons
Royal Navy and the Fleet Air Arm squadrons of today with historic
Created: 3-04-2001, Last Modified 3-05-2005