Following the successful Allied landings in France during the summer of 1944, Operation OVERLORD in June and Operation DRAGOON in August, Britain began to reallocate resources to the Far East and the war against Japan.
Two new fighting forces were officially formed in November 1944 to operate against the Japanese in the Pacific and Indian oceans; a restructured Eastern Fleet was eedesignated the East Indies Fleet (EIF) and would operate in the Indian Ocean while a new force the British Pacific Fleet (BPF) was assembled to join the American forces in the Pacific.
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British Pacific Fleet
East Indies Fleet
Six Fleet Carriers, the largest of which could carry 70 aircraft, and four Light Fleet Carriers carrying 40 aircraft, were allocated to the BPF Carrier Strike Force
Fifteen smaller Escort Carriers were allocated to the EIF operating on trade protection duties, and Fighter Carriers & Assault Carriers operating invasion forces
Replenishment at Sea – this tanker is simultaneously pumping fuel oil to three Destroyers, two abeam using suspended hoses and the third astern via a floating hose
The reserve aircraft park at Royal Naval Air Station Bankstown, HMS NABBERLEY at Sydney, New South Wales. The airfield, and seven others were loaned to the RN to house MONABs 1 - 7n.
HM Ships COLOSSUS, GLORY, VENERABLE and VENGEANCE. GLORY did not arrive in Sydney until August 16th.
At the end of June 1945, the Admiralty implemented a new system of classification for carrier air wings, adopting the American practice one carrier would embark a single Carrier Air Group (CAG) which would encompass all the ships squadrons.
Sturtivant, R & Balance, T. (1994) 'Squadrons of the Fleet Air Arm’ list 899 squadron as conducting DLT on the Escort Carrier ARBITER on August 15th. It is possible that the usual three-day evolution was cancelled due to the announcement of the Japanese surrender on this date and was postponed for a month.
Gordon served with the radio section of Mobile Repair UNit No.1 (MR 1) at Nowra, he was a member of the local RN dance band, and possibly the last member of MONAB I to leave Nowra after it paid off. .
In March 1946 I joined 812 squadron, aboard HMS Vengeance, spending some time ditching American aircraft north of Australia. Eventually we sailed for Ceylon ( Sri Lanka ) landing at Trincomalee and setting up a radio section at Katakarunda. In the belief that we were exhausted we were sent to a rest camp at Kandy for a few weeks. We moved down to Colombo to pick up Vengeance and returned to Portsmouth via the Suez Canal . I was discharged in November 1946.