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No 701 (Catapult) Flight Personnel, aircraft and locations


[Jul 1937 | Jul 1938 | Jan 1939 | Apr 1939 | May 1939]

it was formed on 15 July 1936, from an element of No 447 (Fleet Spotter Reconnaissance) Flight equipped with Fairey IIIF and Osprey floatplanes.

Fairey IIIF (seaplane)

Onboard
HMS Barham

HMS Valiant

Some Swordfish Is were taken on strength in September 1936 with the Ospreys being withdrawn in November.  A Seal was also operated from November and the Fairey IIIFs were withdrawn in January 1937.  Blackburn Sharks were added to the unit strength in February 1937.

July 1937

Onboard
HMS Barham

HMS Malaya

 

Aircraft operated Serving with: - Command/Group
Blackburn Shark

Fairey Swordfish I

1st Battle Squadron, Mediterranean Fleet RAF Mediterranean
 
 
Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt Anthony C G Ermen 15 Jul 1936 Officer Commanding, Lt Cdr, RN

Source - July 1937 Air Force List

The Sharks were withdrawn in August 1937 and the Seal was withdrawn in February 1938, leaving only Swordfish Is.

Onboard
HMS Malaya

HMS Warspite

July 1938

Aircraft operated Serving with: - Command/Group
Fairey Swordfish I 1st Battle Squadron, Mediterranean Fleet RAF Mediterranean
 
 
Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt E R C Morris  8 Apr 1938 Officer Commanding, Lt, RN
Fg Off M C Hoskin 29 Mar 1938 Lt, RN
Fg Off T C G Holford 24 May 1938 Lt, RN

 

Source - July 1938 Air Force List

January 1939

Aircraft operated Serving with: - Command/Group
Fairey Swordfish I 1st Battle Squadron, Mediterranean Fleet RAF Mediterranean
 
 
Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt M C Hoskin 29 Mar 1938 Officer Commanding, Lt, RN
Flt Lt T C G Holford 24 May 1938 Lt, RN
Fg Off J C M Harman 12 Aug 1938 Lt, RN

Source - January 1939 Air Force List

April 1939

Aircraft operated Serving with: - Command/Group
Fairey Swordfish I 1st Battle Squadron, Mediterranean Fleet RAF Mediterranean
 
 
Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt M C Hoskin 29 Mar 1938 Officer Commanding, Lt, RN
Flt Lt T C G Holford 24 May 1938 Lt, RN
Fg Off J C M Harman 12 Aug 1938 Lt, RN

Source - April 1939 Confidential Air Force List

May 1939

Aircraft operated Serving with: - Command/Group
Fairey Swordfish I 1st Battle Squadron, Mediterranean Fleet RAF Mediterranean
 
 
Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt M C Hoskin 29 Mar 1938 Officer Commanding, Lt, RN
Flt Lt T C G Holford 24 May 1938 Lt, RN
Fg Off J C M Harman 12 Aug 1938 Lt, RN

Source - May 1939 Confidential Air Force List

It was transferred to the Admiralty on 24 May 1939

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

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