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No 820 Sqn Personnel, aircraft and locations


[Jul 1933 | Jul 1934 | Jul 1935 | Jul 1936 | Jul 1937 | Jul 1938 | Jan 1939  | Apr 1939 | May 1939]

Formed on 3 April 1933 from No 450 and part of No 445 (Fleet Spotter Reconnaissance) Flights at Gosport equipped with 9 Fairey IIIFs.

Movement Date Location
5 May 1933 HMS Courageous
12 May 1933 Novar
31 May 1933 HMS Courageous

July 1933

Aircraft operated For service aboard Command/Group
Fairey IIIF HMS Courageous Coastal Area

Fairey IIIF

Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt Anthony P Colthurst  2 May 1933 Lt-Cdr, RN
Flt Lt Alan Brock  2 May 1933 Lt, RN
Fg Off James E Fenton  2 May 1933 Lt, RN
Fg Off Lionel J S Ede  2 May 1933  
Fg Off Richard L Wallace  2 May 1933  
Fg Off

Wallace H Kyle

 2 May 1933 later ACM
Fg Off John D Hayes  1 May 1933 Lt, RN
Fg Off Victor G Grenfell  1 May 1933 Lt, RN
Fg Off Norman E Morrison  2 May 1933  

Source - July 1933 Air Force List

Movement Date Location
30 Aug 1933 Novar
2 Nov 1933 Gosport
6 Nov 1933 Manston
8 Jan 1934 Gosport
20 Feb 1934 HMS Courageous
13 Apr - 16 May 1934 Gosport (detachment)
26 Jun 1934 Novar
5 Jul 1934 HMS Courageous
7 Jul 1934 Catfoss (No 1 ATC)

 

Movement Date 'B' Flight Location
9 Jan 1934 HMS Furious
15 Jan 1934 Gibraltar

July 1934

Aircraft operated For service aboard Command/Group
Fairey IIIF

Fairey Seal (from Jun 1934)

HMS Courageous

Shore station - Novar

Coastal Area

Fairey Seal

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Anthony P Colthurst  2 May 1933 Officer Commanding, Lt-Cdr, RN
Flt Lt James I Robertson 17 Jan 1934 Lt-Cdr, RN
Flt Lt Edward C T Edwards 13 Sep 1933  
Fg Off

Wallace H Kyle

 2 May 1933 later ACM
Fg Off John D Hayes  1 May 1933 Lt, RN
Fg Off Victor G Grenfell  1 May 1933 Lt, RN
Fg Off Arthur R Burch  7 Sep 1933 Lt, RM
Fg Off Norman E Morrison  2 May 1933  
Fg Off Archibald M Doran 21 Sep 1933  

Source - July 1934 Air Force List

Movement Date Location
28 Jul 1934 Upavon
20 Aug 1934 Gosport
5 Sep 1934 HMS Courageous
11-30 Oct 1934 Gosport (detachment)
14 Nov 1934 Gosport
1 Jan 1935 HMS Courageous
25 Mar 1935 Gosport
15 Apr 1935 North Coates (No 2 ATC)
4 May 1935 Gosport

July 1935

Aircraft operated For service aboard Command/Group
Blackburn Shark I (from Dec 1934) HMS Courageous

Shore station - Gosport

Coastal Area

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Robert G Poole 15 Apr 1935 Officer Commanding, Lt-Cdr, RN
Flt Lt Edward C T Edwards 13 Sep 1933  
Flt Lt Robert C Dawkins  2 Dec 1934  
Flt Lt Nigel R M Skene  7 Dec 1934 Lt, RM
Fg Off Philip H Cardew 22 Oct 1934 Lt, RN
Fg Off Victor G Grenfell  1 May 1933 Lt, RN
Fg Off Richard J Cooper 22 Oct 1934 Lt, RN
Fg Off William J Lucas 15 Apr 1935 Lt, RN
Fg Off Christopher F M Rambaut 25 Jun 1934  
Fg Off Philip R Robinson 18 Apr 1935  
Fg Off Nigel Hope 25 Jun 1934  
Plt Off Philip H Agard Butler  4 Mar 1935  

Source - July 1935 Air Force List

Movement Date 'A' Flight Location
29 Aug 1935 HMS Courageous
3 Oct 1935 Aboukir
9 Oct 1935 HMS Courageous
22 Nov 1935 Aboukir
12 Dec 1935 HMS Courageous
15 Dec 1935 Hal Far
21 Dec 1935 HMS Courageous
20 Feb 1936 Aboukir

'A' Flight operated 6 Baffins between August 1936 and February 1936.

Blackburn Baffin of No 820 Squadron

Movement Date 'B' Flight Location
13 Jul 1936 HMS Courageous
20 Jul 1936 Eastleigh

July 1936

Aircraft operated For service aboard Command/Group
Blackburn Shark I HMS Courageous

Shore station - Eastleigh

Coastal Command

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Robert G Poole 15 Apr 1935 Officer Commanding, Lt-Cdr, RN
Flt Lt Robert C Dawkins  2 Dec 1934  
Flt Lt N W A Cullum  1 Jan 1936  
Flt Lt Nigel R M Skene  7 Dec 1934 Lt, RM
Fg Off Victor G Grenfell  1 May 1933 Lt, RN
Fg Off Richard J Cooper 22 Oct 1934 Lt, RN
Fg Off William J Lucas 15 Apr 1935 Lt, RN
Fg Off Bernard W de Courcy-Ireland 20 Aug 1935 Lt, RM
Fg Off Nigel Hope 25 Jun 1934  
Fg Off J C Northey 30 Nov 1935  
Fg Off Eugene E Vielle 11 Sep 1935  
Fg Off Edward U G Solbé 11 Sep 1935  
Fg Off Henry de C A Woodhouse 11 Sep 1935  
Fg Off R L Johnston 30 May 1936 Lt, RN

Source - July 1936 Air Force List

Movement Date Location
1-9 Aug 1936 Returned to UK aboard HMT Neuralia
Squadron recombined at Eastleigh
16 Nov 1936 HMS Courageous
17 Nov 1936 Eastleigh
19 Jan 1937 HMS Courageous
22 Mar 1937 Eastleigh
24 May 1937 West Freugh (No 4 ATC)
19 Jun 1937 Eastleigh
25 Jun 1937 HMS Courageous

July 1937

Aircraft operated For service aboard Command/Group
Blackburn Shark II (from Dec 1936) HMS Courageous

Shore station - Southampton

Coastal Command

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Robert G Poole 15 Apr 1935 Officer Commanding, Cdr, RN
Sqn Ldr C A N Hooper    
Flt Lt Robert C Dawkins  2 Dec 1934  
Flt Lt N W A Cullum  1 Jan 1936  
Flt Lt P G Sugden  1 Jan 1937 Lt, RN
Fg Off Richard J Cooper 22 Oct 1934 Lt, RN
Fg Off William J Lucas 15 Apr 1935 Lt, RN
Fg Off Bernard W de Courcy-Ireland 20 Aug 1935 Lt, RM
Fg Off J C Northey 30 Nov 1935  
Fg Off N T O'Neill 17 Dec 1936 Lt, RN
Fg Off P E O'Brien 17 Dec 1936 Lt, RN
Fg Off Eugene E Vielle 11 Sep 1935  
Fg Off Edward U G Solbé 11 Sep 1935  
Fg Off Henry de C A Woodhouse 11 Sep 1935  
Fg Off R L Johnston 30 May 1936 Lt, RN

Source - July 1937 Air Force List

Movement Date Location
22 Jul 1937 Eastleigh
26 Jul 1937 Eastchurch (AAS)
7 Aug 1937 Southampton (Eastleigh)
3 Sep 1937 HMS Courageous
1 Oct 1937 Evanton (No 8 ATC)
9 Oct 1937 HMS Courageous
1 Nov 1937 Southampton (Eastleigh)
10 Jan 1938 HMS Courageous
29 Mar 1938 Southampton (Eastleigh)
2 May 1938 Evanton (No 8 ATC)
4 Jun 1938 HMS Courageous

July 1938

Aircraft operated For service aboard Command/Group
Fairey Swordfish I (from Sep 1937) HMS Courageous

Shore station - Southampton

Coastal Command

Swordfish I of No 820 Squadron (HMS Courageous 1938)

Swordfish I of No 820 Squadron (HMS Ark Royal 1039)

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr A C G Ermen 19 Aug 1937 Officer Commanding, Cdr, RN
Flt Lt J Dalyell-Stead  3 Jan 1938 Lt, RN
Flt Lt J C Northey 30 Nov 1935  
Flt Lt Henry de C A Woodhouse 11 Sep 1935  
Fg Off P G Sugden  1 Jan 1937 Lt, RN
Fg Off N T O'Neill 17 Dec 1936 Lt, RN
Fg Off P E O'Brien 17 Dec 1936 Lt, RN
Fg Off R L Johnston 30 May 1936 Lt, RN
Fg Off T S Rivett-Carnac 11 Sep 1937  
Fg Off J A C Karran 24 Aug 1937  
Fg Off D V W Francis 14 Oct 1937  

Source - July 1938 Air Force List

Movement Date Location
23 Jul 1938 Southampton (Eastleigh)
9 Sep 1938 Evanton (No 8 ATC)
24 Sep 1938 HMS Courageous
27 Oct 1938 Southampton (Eastleigh)

January 1939

Aircraft operated For service aboard Command/Group
Fairey Swordfish I HMS Courageous

Shore station - Southampton

Coastal Command

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr A C G Ermen 19 Aug 1937 Officer Commanding, Cdr, RN
Flt Lt J Dalyell-Stead  3 Jan 1938 Lt, RN
Flt Lt Henry de C A Woodhouse 11 Sep 1935  
Fg Off P G Sugden  1 Jan 1937 Lt, RN
Fg Off R N Everett 11 Jul 1938 Lt, RN
Fg Off M R North 28 Oct 1938 Sub-Lt, RN
Fg Off T S Rivett-Carnac 11 Sep 1937  
Fg Off R S Hankey 22 Aug 1938 Sub-Lt, RN
Fg Off D V W Francis 14 Oct 1937  
Fg Off B E Boulding 10 Nov 1938 Sub-Lt, RN
Fg Off N M Hearle 231 Nov 1938 Lt, RN
Fg Off H de G Hunter 30 Nov 1938 Sub-Lt, RN

Source - January 1939 Air Force List

Movement Date Location
11 Jan 1939 HMS Ark Royal
20-23 Feb 1939 Hal Far (Detachment)
24 Mar 1939 Southampton

April 1939

Aircraft operated For service aboard Command/Group
Fairey Swordfish I HMS Ark Royal

Shore station - Southampton

Coastal Command

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr A C G Ermen 19 Aug 1937 Officer Commanding, Cdr, RN
Flt Lt J Dalyell-Stead  3 Jan 1938 Lt, RN
Fg Off P G Sugden  1 Jan 1937 Lt, RN
Fg Off R N Everett 11 Jul 1938 Lt, RN
Fg Off M R North 28 Oct 1938 Sub-Lt, RN
Fg Off T S Rivett-Carnac 11 Sep 1937  
Fg Off R S Hankey 22 Aug 1938 Sub-Lt, RN
Fg Off D V W Francis 14 Oct 1937  
Fg Off B E Boulding 10 Nov 1938 Sub-Lt, RN
Fg Off N M Hearle 231 Nov 1938 Lt, RN
Fg Off H de G Hunter 30 Nov 1938 Sub-Lt, RN

Source - April 1939 Confidential Air Force List

Movement Date Location
27 Apr 1939 HMS Ark Royal

May 1939

Aircraft operated For service aboard Command/Group
Fairey Swordfish I HMS Ark Royal

Shore station - Southampton

Coastal Command

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr A C G Ermen 19 Aug 1937 Officer Commanding, Cdr, RN
Flt Lt J Dalyell-Stead  3 Jan 1938 Lt, RN
Fg Off P G Sugden  1 Jan 1937 Lt, RN
Fg Off R N Everett 11 Jul 1938 Lt, RN
Fg Off M R North 28 Oct 1938 Sub-Lt, RN
Fg Off T S Rivett-Carnac 11 Sep 1937  
Fg Off R S Hankey 22 Aug 1938 Sub-Lt, RN
Fg Off D V W Francis 14 Oct 1937  
Fg Off B E Boulding 10 Nov 1938 Sub-Lt, RN
Fg Off N M Hearle 231 Nov 1938 Lt, RN
Fg Off H de G Hunter 30 Nov 1938 Sub-Lt, RN

Source - May 1939 Confidential Air Force List

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

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