The first of May brought 1843 Squadron's Corsair
IVs disembarking from HMS ARBITER; they were to stay until the 20th
before rejoining HMS ARBITER. On May 9th HMS NABTHORPE celebrated
Victory in Europe Day, a specially prepared Victory menu was served
for the ship's company covering Breakfast, Dinner, Tea and Supper.
A shot of the squadron maintenance
area at R.N.A.S. Schofields taken shortly after
the units arrival. Photo: From author's collection.
The start of June saw the second large scale
disembarkation of squadrons form the fleet; 820 Squadron's Avengers,
887 & 894 Squadron's Seafires and 1770 Squadron's Fireflies arriving
at Schofields from INDEFATIGABLE on the 5th. 1834 & 1836 Squadrons
also arrived on this date with Corsairs disembarking from HMS
VICTORIOUS, staying until re-embarking on the 26th.
On the first of July 820 re-embarked in
INDEFATIGABLE, while. 887, 894 & 1772 Squadrons embarked in
INDEFATIGABLE on July 7th. No. 15 C.A.G.s 1851 Corsair & 814
Barracuda squadrons were next to arrive on the station, disembarking
from HMS VENERABLE on July 21st. The C. in C. B.P.F. Admiral
Sir Bruce Fraser visited Schofields on July 28th as part of his tour
of the support facilities in Australia.
VENERABLE's air group re-embark on August 13th and
1790 squadron's Firefly NF 1s disembarked from HMS VINDEX. On
August 15th1945 the Japanese surrender, this date declared 'Victory
over Japan' or VJ Day. 1831 & 837 Squadrons (16 C.A.G.) disembarked
from HMS GLORY on the following day, they were soon followed by 880
Squadron's Seafire IIIs which disembarked from HMS IMPLACABLE on
706 squadron departed for RNAS Maryborough,
VI on August 28th as part of a rationalization of training provision
in Australia, Schofields was to receive a new Flying Training unit
in early September so 706 was transferred to the permanent strength
of HMS NABSTOCK; 1770 Squadron's Fireflies also departed for
Maryborough the next day.
Note: MONAB 6 was mot equipped to handle
Fireflies so a detachment of 13 men was assembled from the 4
Officers. 16 CPOs & POs and 10 ratings of M.S. 3 to travel to RNAS
Maryborough. The detachment comprised of Lt. Romanoff, 1 CPO , 8
POs, 2 LAFs and one steward. This party left for Maryborough by
train, and was issued with equipment from MONAB 6 on reaching
On the first of September 1831 & 837 squadrons
re-embarked in HMS GLORY and 702 Instrument Flying Training &
Checking Squadron arrived at Schofields on the 4th; the squadron had
formed and worked up in the UK at RNAS Hinstock, Shropshire, before
shipping out to Australia. The unit was equipped with Oxfords and
A shot of R.N.A.S. Schofields
taken shortly after V-J Day. Photo:
From the collection of Stan Spencer.
801 Squadron disembark from HMS IMPLACABLE on September 9th; two
days later this unit absorbed 880 Squadron's aircraft when it was
disbanded at RNAS Schofields on the 11th. 899 Seafire OTU also
disbanded at RNAS Schofields on September 18th, having successfully
passed out two courses of 12 RAAF pilots. At the end of
September HMS INDOMITABLE returned to Sydney, her 11th carrier air
group, (No.s 885.887, 894 & 1772 Squadrons) disembarking to
Schofields, 885 Squadron was disbanded upon arrival.
As part of a review of the naval air support in the Pacific theatre
the Admiralty announced that four Mobile Units were to close in
early November 1945, these were to be MONAB
1, 3, 4 and
7; MONABs 2,
5 & 6 plus
TAMY I would continue operations in support of fleet
operations and the reception and disposal of aircraft arising from
the disbandment of squadrons as the BPF began to reduce it's size.
HMS NABTHORPE & MONAB III paid off at Schofields on November 15th
195. RNAS Schofields re-commissioned as HMS NABSTOCK, the same day,
MONAB VI replacing MONAB III taking over much of the stores and
equipment in situ, her personnel being drafted back to the UK or
dispersed to other units in Australia. 887 squadron
re-embarked in HMS INDOMITABLE on the same sate.
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The support of disembarked Squadrons, the provision of Crew Pool &
Refresher Flying School (706 Naval Air Squadron).
MONAB Components :
Mobile Maintenance 2, Maintenance Servicing 3 & 4
04 December 1944 (at Ludham)
18 February 1945 (at Schofields)
Paid Off :
15 November 1945 (at Schofields)
- Commander (A) E.W. Kenton 04 December
1944 to 15 November 1945
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