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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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Content revised: 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 (Historians)

Sturtivant, R & Balance, T., (1994)'Squadrons of the Fleet Air Arm' Tonbridge Wells, Air Britain (Historians)







Motto: Ex marl messis
(Our harvest is from the sea)




Battle Honours


Burma 1945


Aircraft Types


Sea Otter I Nov 44 - Jun 46

Walrus Feb 45 - Jun 46  

Reliant I Nov 45 - Jan 46

Tiger Moth II Nov 45 - Jan 46 Avenger II Dec 45 - Jan 46

Seafire IIc Dec 45 - Jan 46 Swordfish II Jan 46 - Jun 46



Commanding Officers


Lt. (A) A.B. Edgar RNVR 1 Nov 1944

Lt. (A) J.A. Gossett RNVR 25 Jan 1946

Squadron disbanded 3 Jun 1946



Aircrew and Squadron Personnel


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