The list below is complied from various sources: Commissioned officers are as they appear in the relevant editions of the Navy List [note, because of a time lag between appointments and the publication of the lists some officers are not included]. Names of Telegraphist Air Gunners are primarily drawn from incident reports. Maintenance and other squadron personnel from Admiralty Fleet Orders.  

 

Abbreviations: A = Air Branch, P = Pilot, O = Observer, TAG = Telegraphist Air Gunner, RM = Royal Nay, RM = Royal Marines, RNVR = Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve, RCNVR = Royal Canadian Navy Volunteer Reserve, RNZNVR = Royal New Zealand Navy Volunteer Reserve, Tpy = Temporary, Mid = Midshipman, KIA = Killed in Action, MPK = Missing Presumed Killed, FTR = Failed To Return.

 

December 1943 - November 1945

 

Rank

Name

Appointed

Notes

       

Lieut. Conn. (A) (P)

T.W. Harrington

15 Dec 43

In command

 

M.S. Godson

9 Sep 44

In command. KIA hit by flak Sakishima Junto, 12 May 45

 

 P.J.P. Leckie

12 May 45

In command

       
Lieutenant (A) (P) R.N.R.

S. F. F. Shotton

15 Dec 43

 
       
Tpy. Lieut. (A) R.N.V.R. (P)

G. M. Torrance

15 Dec 43

 
 

R. C. Westfieldr

15 Dec 43

 
 

  L. V. Godfrey

 15 Dec 43

 
 

 I. Black

 29 Nov 44

 
 

 W. F. Smith

 11 Jan 45

 
 

 R. F. Mackie

 26 Apr 45

 
 

 R. Haley

 26 Apr 45

 
 

D.W. Langdon *

?

KIA hit by flak Sakishima Junto, 16 Apr 45

       
Tpy. Lieut. (A) R.C.N.V.R. (P)

 C. R. Thurston

 - Apr 45

Ex 1840 Sqn†, KIA, Shot down by friendly gunfire over BPF 13 April 1945.

       

Tpy. Sub- Lieut. (A) R.N.V.R. (P)

G. A. Danby

15 Dec 43

 
 

 E. J. Hawkins

15 Dec 43

 
 

 C. J. Lavender

15 Dec 43

 
 

 R. C. Ruffin

 15 Dec 43

 
 

 A. R. Andrew

 15 Dec 43

 
 

 K. A. McLennan

 15 Dec 43

 
 

 J. D. S. Smithwick

 24 Jul 44

MPK,  12 Apr 44 Returning after combat, hit by Flak guns, ditched, burst into flames, sank.

 

 S. C. Farquhar

 25 Aug 44

 
 

 J. R. Northeast

6 Nov 44

 
 

 J. Walden

 6 Nov 44

 
 

 W. M. C. Foster

7 Dec 44

 
 

 A. H. Smith

 27 Dec 44

 
 

 P. H. Mogridge, DSC

26 Feb 45

 
 

 W. A. Woodfield

 26 Apr 45

 
 

 R. E. Thomas

 26 Apr 45

 
 

 G. H. Horne

26 Apr 45

 
 

 W. G. Batham

26 Apr 45

Ex 885 Sqn

 

 K. D. Coulthurst

 27 July 45

 
 

 C. 0. Knight

 27 July 45

 
 

 P.G. Cornabe

 ?

Killed, ditched after landing accident 28 Aug 1945

       

Tpy. Sub- Lieut. (A) R.N.Z.N.V.R. (P)

M. F. Stringfield

- Apr 45

 Ex 1840 Sqn
       
       

Tpy. act. Sub-Lieut. (A) R.N.V.R. (P)

D. S. Creabo

 - Apr 45

Ex 1840 Sqn

       

Tpy. act. Sub-Lieut. (A) S.A.NF..(V). (P)

 E. T. Wilson, DSC

 15 Dec 43

 
       

Tpy. act. Sub-Lieut. (A) R.C.N.V.R. (P)

W.H. I. Atkinson, DFC

 11 Jan 45

 
       

Tpy. act. Sub-Lieut. (A) R.N.Z.N.V.R. (P)

 D. F. Grinham

 15 Dec 43

KIA during dog fight, 19 Oct 44

 

J . R. Nairn

26 Feb 45

 
 

 W. R. Queree

26 Feb 45

 Ex 1840 Sqn
 

 R. A. Clews

  2 Aug 45

 
 

 A- R. ThomSOn

- Apr 45

Ex 1840 Sqn

       

S.N.C.O.s

Joined Sqn

 

-

  -  
       

Junior Rates

 

Joined Sqn

 

-

  -  
       

Information drawn from the Navy list October 1944 through July 1946 (final edition before squadron disbanded)

 

* Pilot appears in Navy List as being appointed to both 1839 and 1844 squadrons; both operated together as the 5th Naval Fighter Wing, and later 11th Carrier Air Group, Pilots regularly flew machines from each squadron.

 † 1840 squadron was disbanded on April 26th 1945 and many of its personnel and aircraft were transferred to 5 Naval Fighter Wing- however the Navy List continued to report these officers as being on 1840 in both the July and October 1945 editions.

 

 


List last modified 24 November 2018


 

In Memoriam
 

 

Name

Record

Cemetery/Memorial

Lt. Cdr (A) (P) Michael Stapylton GODSON, RNVR

CWGC entry

LEE-ON-SOLENT MEMORIAL

Bay 6. Panel 21

Sub-Lieut. (A) (P) Dennis Frank GRINHAM, RNVR

CWGC entry LEE-ON-SOLENT MEMORIAL

Bay 5. Panel 5

Lieut. (A) (P) Donald William LANGDON, RNVR

CWGC entry LEE-ON-SOLENT MEMORIAL

Bay 6. Panel 2

Sub-Lieut. (A) (P) Peter Glyn CORNABE, RNVR

CWGC entry LEE-ON-SOLENT MEMORIAL

Bay 6. Panel 2

 Lieut. (A) (P) Charles Rae THURSTON, RNVR CWGC entry  HALIFAX MEMORIAL  Panel 13.

 

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