805 Naval Air Squadron


805 Naval Air Squadron

ǁ805 Naval Air Squadron (805 NAS) was a Fleet Air Arm squadron.

History

805 Squadron was first formed as a Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm squadron in November 1940 at the RAF aerodrome at Abukir in Egypt. The Squadron operated the Fairey Fulmar in a convoy protection role. The Squadron operated in the Western Desert until January 1941 when it transferred to Crete. The Squadron returned to Egypt and re-equipped with Brewster Buffalo fighters and in June 1941 these were replaced by the Grumman Martlett III. The Squadron disbanded in January 1943.

The Squadron was recommissioned in the United Kingdom for service in the Pacific Campaign, equipped with the Supermarine Seafire, but saw no further service prior to the end of the War.

In August 1948 805 Squadron was re-formed as a Royal Australian Navy FAA squadron operating Hawker Sea Fury Mk II aircraft.

Aircraft operated

*Fairey Fulmar
*Brewster Buffalo
*Grumman Martlett III
*Supermarine Seafire (Strike)

References


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