July - November 1944
Formation and work-up
The personnel for 1848 Squadron assembled at
RNAS Donibristle in May 1944, and sailed for
the USA to form and train. The squadron officially formed on
July 1st 1944 at
USNAS Brunswick as a single seat fighter
squadron under the command of Lt. Cdr (A) E. l Clark RNVR.
The squadron was issued with 12 Corsairs, a mix of Mk. 1 &
IIs. After familiarisation with the aircraft and equipment
the squadron began training in earnest to prepare for active
service. Training included navigation exercises, low flying,
formation flying and combat tactics.
There are only three flying incidents recorded during this
training period, they involved 3 different aircraft but
three of them bore the code '16V9'; in the first incident
was on July 19th when Sub-Lt D.O Mackay taxed JT691 ('16V9'
into the tail of JT704 ('I6V9') damaging his prop and the
tail of JT704. The other two involved Midshipman E.F.K. Webb
RNVR who crashed two different aircraft on the same day, July
31st ; JT102 ('16V9'), made a forced landing and nosed up,
writing off the aircraft, and JT691 ('16V9') suffered engine
failure at 300ft, stalled onto the runway and nosed up, also
written off. Midshipman Webb was OK.
On July 30th the the squadron began practicing ADDLs
(Aerodrome Dummy Deck Landings) utilising the nearby US
Naval Auxiliary Airfield at Bar Harbour, Maine. They return
to Brunswick on August 5th.!
Usually the squadron would have conducted DLT (Deck Landing Training) on the training carrier the USS CHARGER, operating in Chesapeake Bay but there is no record of this happening – 1846 squadron training in parallel with 1848 conducted DLT August 23rd – 25rh..
On completion of working up at
USNAS Brunswick1848, now
increased to 18 aircraft and sister squadron 1846, flew to
USNAS Norfolk on October 15th 1944; these were hoisted
aboard the escort carrier HMS
RANEE on the 18th for passage
to the UK. On completion of loading a cargo of lend-lease
airframes and spares the ship sailed for New York On the
22nd she sailed with the Liverpool bound Convoy CU 44,
left the convoy off Ireland and preceded to Belfast where
she unloaded the squadrons and her ferry load at
RNAMY Belfast before continuing on to Greenock. 1846 flew to
RNAS Eglinton on November 2nd while 1848 went to
RNAS Machrihanish on the 8th.
Disbanded at Machrihanish
On November 21st 1848 was disbanded, it its aircraft and
pilots being shared equally between Nos.1843, 1845 and
Squadrons bringing them up to 24 aircraft each.
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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)
Fold3.com various documents including;
Admiralty War Diaries
Norfolk Navy Yard War Diaries
Mew York Navy Yard War Diaries