November 1944 - June 1946
Formation and work-up
No.1700 Squadron formed at RNAS Lee-on-Solent on November 1st 1944 as an amphibian bomber reconnaissance squadron under the command of Lt. (A) A.B. Edgar RNVR. The squadron was issued with six Sea Otters which, after a short workup, embarked in HMS KHEDIVE on January 8th 1945 for passage to India.
The squadron disembarked to RNAS Sulur on February 8th
1945 where a number of Walruses were also received, as the Sea Otter had not been cleared for deck landing at that time. The squadron next moved to RAF Koggala, Ceylon, from where aircraft were embarked in small numbers in various escort carriers for air sea rescue and minesweeping operations. The squadron moved again on May 26th 1945 to RNAS Trincomalee, this was to be their main base of operations.
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16 November 2016
Sources used in compiling this account:
Sturtivant, R. & Burrows, M. (1995)'Fleet Air Arm
Aircraft 1939 to 1945' Tonbridge Wells, Air Britain
Sturtivant, R & Balance, T., (1994)'Squadrons of the
Fleet Air Arm' Tonbridge Wells, Air Britain (Historians)