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March 1943 - April 1945


Formation and work-up

No. 1840 squadron was originally planned as a single seater fighter squadron equipped with 10 Wildcat Vs to form on October 15th 1943 in the United Kingdom at Royal Naval Air Station Eglinton. This was cancelled and instead the squadron formed on March 1st 1944 at RNAS Burscough as a single seater fighter squadron equipped with 10 Hellcat Is under the command of Lt. Cdr (A) A.R. Richardson RNZNVR.


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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

Okinawa 1945


Aircraft Types

Hellcat I Mar-Dec1944

Hellcat II Aug 1944-May 1945


Commanding Officers

Lt. Cdr (A) A.R. Richardson RNZNVR 1 Mar 1944

Lt. Cdr B.H.C. Nation RN 12 Sep 1944

Squadron disbanded 27 Apr 1945


Aircrew and Squadron Personnel


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