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August 1943 - October 1945


Formation and work-up

No. 1836 Squadron personnel assembled at the Fleet Air Arm Transit Camp Townhill, Dunfermline on July 1st 1943 for passage to the USA. It officially formed at US Naval Air Station Quonset Point, Rhode island, on August 18th as a single seater fighter squadron, Lt. Cdr (A) C.C. Tomkinson RNVR in command. Initial equipment was 10 Corsair Is. After familiarisation with the aircraft and equipment the squadron began training in earnest to prepare for active service.


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Content revised: 09 June 2020

Sources used in compiling this account:

Sturtivant, R. & Burrows, M. (1995) 'Fleet Air Arm Aircraft 1939 to 1945' Tonbridge Wells, Air Britain (Historians)

Sturtivant, R & Balance, T., (1994) 'Squadrons of the Fleet Air Arm' Tonbridge Wells, Air Britain (Historians)






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Battle Honours

Norway 1944

Sabang 1944

Palembang 1945

Okinawa 1945

Japan 1945


Aircraft Types

Corsair Mk. I Aug - Nov 43

Corsair Mk. II Nov - OCt 45

Corsair IV Apr - Oct 45


Commanding Officers

Lt. Cdr (A) C.C. Tomkinson RNVR 18 Aug 1943

Lt. Cdr J.B. Edmundson DSC RN 27 Mar 1945

Lt. Cdr .JG. Baldwin RN 21 May 1945

Lt. Cdr (A) D.K. Evans RNZNVR 14 Jun 1945

Lt. (A) D.T. Chute RNVR 27 Aug 1945

Squadron disbanded 31 Oct 1945


Aircrew and Squadron Personnel


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Neil Turner
May 2021
Neil Turner (Ivybridge, Devon, UK) says...

My late father, Arthur Turner, CPO air mechanic on HMS Victorious, knew Sub. Lieut. Blair and mentioned in his memoir that he had been talking to him just the day before he was lost. My father was also friendly with a Sub. Lieut. Robinson ("Robbo") of 1836 squadron who survived having to ditch his Corsair off Norway in 1944 but did not return to the ship. My father heard nothing further of him and wondered if he had got home safely. I would be interested to discover his details on this site in due course.

Anthony Baldock
Oct 2020
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Anthony Baldock (York, UK) says...

I have compiled a history of my late uncle Matthew Thomas Blair RNVR 1836 Squadron who was a Corsair Pilot, shot down and killed on operation Meridian 1, Palembang. I would be happy to supply this electronically. It documents his training and operational career in 1836 squadron.

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