810 Naval Air Squadron

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History 

3. April 1933 810 NAS formed from 463 Flight and 464 Flight
3. November 1944 810 NAS disbanded at RNAS Coimbatore
16. December 1944 810 NAS reformed at Burscough
22. August 1945 810 NAS disbanded at Thorney Island (West Sussex)
1. October 1947 810 NAS reformed RNAS Eglinton
16. October 1949 810 NAS disbanded RNAS St. Merryn
16. October 1949 810 NAS reformed RNAS St. Merryn
17. December 1953 810 NAS disbanded RNB Plymouth
1. March 1954 810 NAS reformed  RNAS Ford
22. March 1955 810 NAS disbanded in the UK
4. July 1955 810 NAS reformed  RNAS Lossimouth
10. December 1956 810 NAS disbanded RNAS Lee-on-Solent
20. April 1959 810 NAS reformed  RNAS Culdrose
12. July 1960 810 NAS disbanded RNAS Culdrose
3. March 1983 810 NAS reformed RNAS Culdrose
July 2001 810 NAS disbanded RNAS Culdrose
Planes:
 

 

 

1933 - 1933
Dart
   
 

 

 

1933 - 1934
Ripon
 
 

 

 

1934 - 1936
Baffin
   
 

 

 

1936 - 1937
Shark II
   
 

 

 

Sep 1937 - Mar 1943
Swordfish I & II
   
 

 

 

Jan. 1943
Albacore
     
 

 

 

Apr. 1943 - Nov. 1944
Barracuda II
   
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Dec. 1944 - Aug. 1945
Barracuda III
     
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Oct. 1949 - Dec. 1953
Firefly AS-5
 
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Mar. 1954 - Mar. 1955
Sea Fury FB.11
(12)
 
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Jul. 1955 - Dec. 1956
Sea Hawk FGA.4 & 6
 
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Apr. 1959 - Jul. 1960
Gannet AS-1
     
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Mar. 1983 - 1989
Sea King HAS-5
(10)
     
 

 

 

1989 - 2001
Sea King HAS-6
     
   
810 Sqn. Deployments 
1933 - 1945
         
10. March 1942 - 22. April 1942 HMS Illustrious - Swordfish I & II -
28. April 1942 - 30. August 1942 HMS Illustrious - Swordfish I & II -
6. September 1942 - 20. Oktober 1942 HMS Illustrious - Swordfish I & II -
8. December 1942 - 4. February 1943 HMS Illustrious - Swordfish I & II -
8. June 1943 - 22. August 1943 HMS Illustrious - Barracuda II -
28. Aug 1943 - 18. October 1943 HMS Illustrious - Barracuda II -
28. November 1943 - 28. January 1944 HMS Illustrious - Barracuda II -
22. February 1944 - 12. March 1944 HMS Illustrious - Barracuda II -
21. March 1944 - 24. May 1944 HMS Illustrious - Barracuda II -
30. May 1944 - 8. July 1944 HMS Illustrious - Barracuda II -
27. July 1944 - 11. August 1944 HMS Illustrious - Barracuda II -
13. October 1944 - 1. November 1944 HMS Illustrious - Barracuda II -
         
6. January 1956 - 14. May 1956 HMS Albion - Sea Hawk FGA.6 170 Z
6. August 1956 - 17. December 1956 HMS Bulwark - Sea Hawk FGA.6 230 (Z) B
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810 NAS Home Port Assignments
     
RNAS Tanga 20. Oct. 1942 8. Dec. 1942
RNAS Machrihanish 4. Feb 1943 4. Apr. 1942
RNAS Lee-on-Solent 4. Apr. 1942 21. May 1943
RNAS Machrihanish 21. May 1943 8. Jun. 1943
RNAS Ta Kali, Malta 22. Aug. 1943 28. Aug. 1943
RNAS Crail 18. Oct. 1943 4. Nov. 1943
RNAS Machrihanish 4. Nov. 1943 28. Nov. 1943
RNAS China Bay, Ceylon 28. Jan. 1944 30. May 1944
RNAS Minneriya, Ceylon 8. Jul. 1944 27. Jul. 1944
Wingfield 11. Aug. 1944 13. Oct. 1944
RNAS Coimbatore 13. Oct. 1944 3. Nov. 1944
  27. Jan. 1944 10. Jun. 1944
  19. Jun. 1944 30. Jun. 1944
       
810 Sqn. Commanding Officers 
Capt N. R. M.  Skene, RM

9. Dec. 1938

16. Jun. 1940

Capt A. C. Newson, RN

16. Jun. 1940

16. Jul. 1940

Lt-Cdr M. Johnstone, RN

16. Jul. 1940

11. Sep. 1941

Lt J. V. Hartley, RN

11. Sep. 1941

29. Dec. 1941

Lt-Cdr R. N. Everett, RN

29. Dec. 1941

18. Mar. 1943

Lt-Cdr A. J. B. Forde, RN

18. Mar. 1943

27. Feb. 1944

Lt-Cdr A. G. McWilliam, RN

27. Feb. 1944

1. Jul. 1944

Lt-Cdr A. J. B. Forde, RN

1. Jul. 1944

16. Dec. 1944

Lt-Cdr P. C. Heath, RN

16. Dec. 1944

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History 

On the outbreak of war, the squadron was operating from HMS Ark Royal with 12 Swordfish on anti-submarine searches, unsuccessfully attacking a U-boat on 14 September 1939.

In April 1940, the ship and her squadrons took part in the defence of Norway, including bombing Vaernes aerodrome, then subsequently sailed with the ship to Gibraltar, and in July took part in operations against the French fleet at Oran when it made an abortive attack on the battleship Strasbourg, and later participated in an attack on the French battleship Dunkerque.

In August and September bombing attacks were made against Cagliari, Sardinia and the Vichy French Fleet at Dakar, including an unsuccessful attack on the battleship Richelieu.

In November the squadron provided anti-submarine patrols during convoys and action against the Italian Fleet off Cape Spartivento, and in February 1941 a bombing attack on Tirso Dam, Sardinia and bombing attacks on Leghorn and La Spezia in Italy.

In May 1941 the ship and squadron participated in the Atlantic search for the German battleship Bismarck,810 and 818 NAS led the attack which crippled the Bismarck. Two torpedo hits from the combined strike force from HMS Ark Royal on 26 May 1941 gave the Fleet the opportunity to sink the Bismarck. The squadron then returned to the Mediterranean for operations against Sardinia, and subsequent convoy work to Jamaica.

In March 1941 the squadron embarked on HMS Illustrious to take part in the May operations on Madagascar, when the squadron bombed shipping and other targets at Diego Suarez. Subsequently after a brief stay at Durban and the Bismarck pursuit in the Atlantic in May 1941 the squadron returned to the UK.

In April 1943 the squadron re-equipped with Barracuda IIs, the squadron then carried out operations off the Norwegian coast in July 1943 before sailing in HMS Illustrious to provide support in the Salerno landings.

In October 1943 the squadron re-grouped as part of the 21st Naval Torpedo Bomber Reconnaissance (TBR) Wing, embarking in November to join the Eastern Fleet.

In March 1944 the squadron carried out sweeps in the Bay of Bengal, in April bombing attacks on Sabang docks and oil tanks, Sumatra, and in June operations against the Andaman Islands, following which the ship sailed for a refit at Capetown.

In February 1945 the squadron was re-equipped with Barracuda IIIs at Stretton, and in March the squadron moved to Thorney Island and subsequently the East Coast to try out the new ASV Mk.XI radar during anti-shipping patrols in the English Channel with RAF Coastal Command, disbanding in August 1945.

 

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last update 1. Februay 2013

written 1. March 2011

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