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No 718 Sqn Personnel, aircraft and locations


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

Formed on 15 July 1936 by renumbering No 443 (Fleet Spotter Reconnaissance) Flight equipped with Fairey IIIFs (until December 1936) and Ospreys.

Fairey IIIF (seaplane)

July 1937

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Hawker Osprey

Supermarine Walrus I (from Oct 1936)

8th Cruiser Squadron, America and West Indies Coastal Command

Onboard
HMS Apollo

HMS Ajax

HMS Exeter

HMS York

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr A A Murray 21 Oct 1936 Officer Commanding, Lt-Cdr, RN
Flt Lt D C V Pelly 17 Aug 1936 Lt, RN
Flt Lt T W T Blackwell 15 Jul 1936 Lt, RN
Flt Lt J Dalyell-Stead 15 Jul 1936 Lt, RN
Fg Off J N Garnett 23 Dec 1936 Lt, RN
Fg Off G S Lamb 28 Sep 1936 Lt, RN

Source - July 1937 Air Force List

July 1938

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Supermarine Walrus I

Fairey Seafox I (From Aug 1937)

8th Cruiser Squadron, America and West Indies Coastal Command

Walrus I of No 718 Squadron - HMS Exeter 1937-38

Onboard
HMS Apollo

HMS Ajax

HMS Exeter

HMS York

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr A A Murray 21 Oct 1936 Officer Commanding, Lt-Cdr, RN
Flt Lt D C V Pelly 17 Aug 1936 Lt, RN
Flt Lt J C Cockburn 25 Feb 1938 Lt, RN
Flt Lt G S Lamb 28 Sep 1936 Lt, RN
Flt Lt W H C Manson  5 Jul 1937 Lt, RM
Fg Off J N Garnett 23 Dec 1936 Lt, RN
Fg Off E D G Lewin 25 Feb 1938

Source - July 1938 Air Force List

January 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Supermarine Walrus I

Fairey Seafox I

8th Cruiser Squadron, America and West Indies Coastal Command

Seafox I of No 718 Squadron - HMS Ajax 1939

Onboard
HMS Apollo

HMS Ajax

HMS Exeter

HMS York

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr A A Murray 21 Oct 1936 Officer Commanding, Lt-Cdr, RN
Flt Lt D C V Pelly 17 Aug 1936 Lt, RN
Flt Lt J C Cockburn 25 Feb 1938 Lt, RN
Flt Lt G S Lamb 28 Sep 1936 Lt, RN
Flt Lt W H C Manson  5 Jul 1937 Lt, RM
Fg Off E D G Lewin 25 Feb 1938  
Fg Off O N Bailey  8 Dec 1938 Lt, RN

Source - January 1939 Air Force List

April 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Supermarine Walrus I

Fairey Seafox I

8th Cruiser Squadron, America and West Indies Coastal Command

 

Onboard
HMS Apollo

HMS Ajax

HMS Exeter

HMS York

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr A A Murray 21 Oct 1936 Officer Commanding, Lt-Cdr, RN
Flt Lt D C V Pelly 17 Aug 1936 Lt, RN
Flt Lt J C Cockburn 25 Feb 1938 Lt, RN
Flt Lt G S Lamb 28 Sep 1936 Lt, RN
Flt Lt W H C Manson  5 Jul 1937 Lt, RM
Fg Off E D G Lewin 25 Feb 1938  
Fg Off O N Bailey  8 Dec 1938 Lt, RN

Source - April 1939 Confidential Air Force List

May 1939

Aircraft operated Location Command/Group
Supermarine Walrus I

Fairey Seafox I

8th Cruiser Squadron, America and West Indies Coastal Command

 

Onboard
HMS Apollo

HMS Ajax

HMS Exeter

HMS York

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr A A Murray 21 Oct 1936 Officer Commanding, Lt-Cdr, RN
Flt Lt D C V Pelly 17 Aug 1936 Lt, RN
Flt Lt J C Cockburn 25 Feb 1938 Lt, RN
Flt Lt G S Lamb 28 Sep 1936 Lt, RN
Flt Lt W H C Manson  5 Jul 1937 Lt, RM
Fg Off E D G Lewin 25 Feb 1938  
Fg Off O N Bailey  8 Dec 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

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

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