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No 445 (Fleet Reconnaissance)/(Fleet Spotter Reconnaissance) Flight


[Jul 1928 | Sep 1928 | Jul 1929 | Jul 1930 | Jul 1931 | Jul 1932 | Jul 1935 | Jul 1936]

This was formed on 1 September 1927 at RAF Base Leuchars with six Fairey IIIFs for service aboard HMS Courageous as No 445 (Fleet Spotter) Flight.

Date Location
 1 Sep 1927 RAF Base Leuchars
15 May 1928 HMS Courageous
12 Jun 1928 RAF Calafrana

July 1928

Aircraft operated Shore Station/Ship Command/Group
Fairey IIIF RAF Base Malta/HMS Courageous RAF Mediterranean

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt Davis S Allan  1 Sep 1927 Officer Commanding
Fg Off George R M Robertson  1 Sep 1927 Lt, RN
Fg Off Frederick G Wynne  2 Jan 1928 Lt, RN
Fg Off Noel R Courthope-Munroe  3 Sep 1927 Lt, RN
Fg Off Alec M McKillop  1 Sep 1927 Lt, RN
Fg Off Victor G A Hatcher  9 Mar 1928 later A/Cdre

Source - Air Force List July 1928

Date Location
20 Jul 1928 HMS Courageous

September 1928

Aircraft operated Shore Station/Ship Command/Group
Fairey IIIF RAF Base Malta/HMS Courageous RAF Mediterranean

 

 
Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt Davis S Allan  1 Sep 1927 Officer Commanding
Fg Off George R M Robertson  1 Sep 1927 Lt, RN
Fg Off Noel R Courthope-Munroe  3 Sep 1927 Lt, RN
Fg Off George M Pares  9 Sep 1927 Lt, RN
Fg Off Alec M McKillop  1 Sep 1927 Lt, RN
Fg Off Victor G A Hatcher  9 Mar 1928 later A/Cdre

Source - September 1928 Air Force List

Date Location
30 Oct 1928 RAF Hal Far
12 Mar 1929 HMS Courageous
 3 May 1929 RAF Hal Far
14 Jun 1929 HMS Courageous

A Fairey IIID was taken on strength on 16 March 1929 for operations from HMS Resolution (until 25 June 1930).

July 1929

Aircraft operated Shore Station/Ship Command/Group
Fairey IIIF RAF Base Malta/HMS Courageous RAF Mediterranean

 

 
Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt Davis S Allan  1 Sep 1927 Officer Commanding
Fg Off Edward O F Price  1 Apr 1929 Lt, RN
Fg Off Charles N Lentaigne  4 Jan 1929 Lt, RN
Fg Off George M Pares 28 Jul 1928 Lt, RN
Fg Off Lionel J S Ede 17 Aug 1928 Lt, RN
Plt Off Patrick J H Halahan  1 Feb 1929  

Source - Air Force List July 1929

Date Location
21 Aug 1929 RAF Hal Far
24 Aug 1929 HMS Courageous
30 Aug 1929 Gaza
 9 Sep 1929 HMS Courageous
 1 Nov 1929 RAF Hal Far
21 Jan 1930 HMS Courageous
30 Jan 1930 RAF Base Gosport
29 Mar 1930 RAF Base Leuchars
29 Apr 1930 Novar

In August 1929 it acquired a Bison for target towing but this was withdrawn in November.

July 1930

Aircraft operated Shore Station/Ship Command/Group
Fairey IIIF RAF Base Malta/HMS Courageous RAF Mediterranean

 

 
Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt Davis S Allan  1 Sep 1927 Officer Commanding
Fg Off John W Hale 20 Feb 1930 Lt, RN
Fg Off Lionel J S Ede 17 Aug 1928 Lt, RN
Fg Off Leonard W W Modley  7 Jan 1930  
Fg Off Norman Kennedy  6 Dec 1929 Lt, RN
Fg Off John A D Wroughton 26 Mar 1930 Lt, RN

Source - Air Force List July 1930

Date Location
31 Jul - 8 Aug 1930 Andover (Detachment)
15 Aug 1930? RAF North Coates Fitties
10 Sep 1930 Novar
23 Oct 1930 HMS Courageous
 4 Nov 1930 RAF Base Gosport
19 Jan 1931 HMS Courageous
 1 Apr 1931 RAF Base Gosport
28 Apr 1931 HMS Courageous
 2 May 1931 RAF Base Leuchars
 2 Jun 1931 RAF Catfoss (No 1 ATC)
19 Jun 1931 RAF Base Leuchars

July 1931

Aircraft operated Shore Station/Ship Command/Group
Fairey IIIF HMS Courageous Coastal Area

 

 
Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt George A Hadley  6 Oct 1930 Officer Commanding
Fg Off Henry A Traill 10 Feb 1931 Lt, RN
Fg Off Lionel J S Ede 17 Aug 1928 Lt, RN
Fg Off Leonard W W Modley  7 Jan 1930  
Fg Off Gerald K Martyn 15 Jan 1931 Lt, RM
Fg Off Thomas J Rees  1 Jan 1931  

 Source - Air Force List July 1931

Date Location
12 Aug 1931 RAF Base Gosport
26 Aug 1931 RAF Base Leuchars
28 Sep 1931 RAF Base Gosport
30 Sep 1931 HMS Courageous
20 Nov 1931 RAF Base Gosport
 4 Jan 1932 HMS Courageous
16 Jan 1932 RAF Hal Far
19 Jan 1932 HMS Courageous
11 Feb 1932 RAF Hal Far
22 Feb 1922 HMS Courageous
13 Mar 1932 RAF Base Gosport
22 Feb 1922 HMS Courageous
21 Apr 1932 RAF Base Gosport
 2 May 1932 Novar
27 May 1932 HMS Courageous
15 Jul 1932 RAF Base Gosport

July 1932

Aircraft operated Shore Station/Ship Command/Group
Fairey IIIF HMS Courageous Coastal Area

 

 
Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt George A Hadley  6 Oct 1930 Officer Commanding
Fg Off Lionel J S Ede 17 Aug 1928 Lt, RN
Fg Off Leonard W W Modley  7 Jan 1930  
Fg Off Gerald K Martyn 15 Jan 1931 Lt, RM
Fg Off John W S Corbett 23 Apr 1932 Lt, RN
Fg Off John Heber Percy  6 Jul 1931  

Source - Air Force List July 1932

Date Location
12 Sep 1932 HMS Courageous
15 Sep 1932 RAF Base Leuchars
 8 Oct 1932 Novar
21 Oct 1932 RAF Base Leuchars
 7 Nov 1932 RAF Base Gosport
xx Jan 1933 RAF Base Gosport/RAF Lee-on-Solent
 2 Jan 1933 HMS Courageous
24 Mar 1933 RAF Base Gosport

It was disbanded on 3 April 1933 by being absorbed into Nos 820 and 821 Squadrons.

It was reformed on 30 August 1935 at RAF Mount Batten equipped with Ospreys to provide aircraft for HMS Arethusa in the 3rd Cruiser Squadron and the flagship of the Rear Admiral (Destroyers), HMS Galatea.

July 1935

Aircraft operated Naval Command Command/Group
Fairey IIIF HMS Arethusa & HMS Galatea. RAF Mediterranean

 

 
Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt John P G Bryant 30 May 1935 Officer Commanding, Lt, RN
Fg Off Francis E C Judd  3 Jun 1935  

Source - Air Force List July 1935

Date Location
30 Aug 1935 RAF Mount Batten

July 1936

Aircraft operated Naval Command Command/Group
Fairey IIIF HMS Arethusa & HMS Galatea. RAF Mediterranean

 

 
Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt John P G Bryant 30 May 1935 Officer Commanding, Lt, RN
Fg Off Merlin Bruce 22 Jul 1935 Lt, RN

Source - Air Force List July 1936

It was redesignated No 713 (Catapult) Flight on 15 July 1936.

Re-equipment and movement dates are based on those shown in 'Squadrons of the Fleet Air Arm' by Ray Sturtivant

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