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COMMAND
& NAVAL AIR SQUADRONS


This web 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 Flying School. 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 listed here.

Fleet Air Arm squadrons and the Battle of Britain: A list of 700 series training squadrons is available through the Fleet Air Arm Officers assiociation

Fleet 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. 

Fleet 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 Fighter Command. 


Website Directories and Databases
with RAF Fighter Command and FAA Squadron information
 

The Squadrons of the Fleet Air Arm. An inventory of the Squadrons with an outline of their Battle honours.
 http://www.fleetairarmoa.org/History/Squadrons.html 

The RAF Commands

Robert Horsten's FAA Squadrons
http://website.lineone.net/%7Eroyalnavy/FAA-SQN.html

Royal Navy and the Fleet Air Arm squadrons of today with historic profiles. 
http://www.royal-navy.mod.uk/today/faa.htm



Created: 3-04-2001, Last Modified 3-05-2005

 
 

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