February 1945 - August 1946
Formation and work-up
No.1701 Squadron formed at RNAS Lee-on-Solent on February 1st 1945 as an amphibian bomber reconnaissance squadron under the command of Lt. (A) L.F. Plant RNVR. The squadron was issued with six Sea Otters which, after a short workup, embarked in HMS BEGUM on April 17th 1945 for passage to the Pacific for operations with the British Pacific Fleet.
On reaching Australia in early June the squadron split into two flights; ‘A’ flight disembarked to RNAS Maryborough, Queensland to operate ashore, while ‘B’ flight had been put ashore at RNAS Ponam in the Admiralty Islands at the end of May to operate ashore.
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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)