February - August 1945
Formation and work-up
The personnel for 1852 Squadron assembled at
Townhill Camp in
December 1944, and sailed for the USA to form and train. The squadron officially formed on
February 1st 1945 at
as a single seat fighter squadron under the command of Lt.
Cdr (A) I.F. Voller RNVR. The squadron was issued with 18 Corsair IVs.
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. On March 24th the
squadron began practicing ADDLs (Aerodrome Dummy Deck
Landings) utilising the nearby US Naval Auxiliary Airfield
at Bar Harbour, Maine in preparation for the real thing at
sea, they returned to Brunswick on March 29th. The squadron then briefly moved to
on April 3rd to carry out DLT (Deck Landing Training) on
the training carrier the USS CHARGER, operating in
Chesapeake Bay, returning to Brunswick on the 8th. The first
few month of flying was a difficult time for the new pilots,
many of whom were on their first operational squadron
however there is only aircraft accident recorded during the
work up period. The starboard flap of KD819, flown by Sub-Lt
W.G. Russell RNVR, hit the runway on February 5th.
On completion of working up at
USNAS Brunswick 1852 flew to
on April 30th where the squadron personnel and aircraft
embarked in the escort carrier
PATROLLER, alongside in
the Norfolk Naval Operating Base.
PATROLLER had arrived at Norfolk on May 1st to embark a
ferry load of American airframes for delivery to the UK. The
Corsairs of 1852 were towed through the streets from the Air
Station to the quayside and were hoisted on board the
PATROLLER sailed for New York late in the morning of the
5th where further passengers and stores were embarked. She
joined Convoy CU.69 which sailed from New York on May 10th;
she detached from the convoy in the afternoon of the 20th
and arrived at Belfast to unload on May 25th. She disembarked her ferry load and
1852 squadron at
Training in the UK
The squadron was earmarked to join the 18th Carrier Air
Admiralty War Dairy, 8 June 1945, lays out plans for 6 Carrier Air Groups, all with 24 Corsair & 14 Barracuda; 13 – 16 for VENGEANCE, COLOSSUS, VENERABLE and GLORY, with 2 spare CAGs - 16 & 17?
along with 822 Barracuda squadron for service in one
of the new ‘Colossus’ class Light Fleet Carriers which were
under construction; while waiting for the ship to enter
service the squadron moved to
on May26th 1945 to continue training.
While at Eglinton the squadron began converting the aircraft
from a normal reflector gun sight to the GGS Mk.IID gyro gun
sight and training focused on teaching the new fighting
techniques. There is only oe recorded flying incident for
the squadron operating in the UK; on July 10th Sub-Lt A
McLoskey RNVR in KD817 bounced on landing and ground looped.
On August 9th the squadron moved to
When the Japanese surrendered on August 15th 1945 the 18th
Carrier Air Group became unnecessary and the squadron moved
to RNAS Nutts Corner on August 29th, disbanding on arrival.
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