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706 (1) April 45- May 46


Formation and work-up

The core personnel of No.706 Squadron assembled in the United Kingdom during January 1945, and took passage for Australia on 2 February 1945.

The squadron began working up as a Crew Pool & Refresher Flying Training School at RNAS Jervis Bay, New South Wales in early March. It moved to RNAS Schofields, New South Wales, on March 6th where it officially commissioned on April 10th 1945.

The personnel of 706 NAS at RNAS Schofields. Click for larger image


Operations in Australia

 Because of its training task this was a large unit, with a total strength of 36 aircraft, its equipment comprised of 6 each of Avenger, Barracuda, Corsair, Firefly, Hellcat & Seafire aircraft.  The squadron acted as a pool for aircrew destined for the British Pacific Fleet, and provided refresher training for aircrew arriving from the United Kingdom and Ceylon; it also undertook conversion training for pilots changing aircraft types.

The squadron moved to RNAS Maryborough, Queensland, on August 28th; Lt. Cdr (A) D.M.R. Wynne-Roberts RN assumed command on the 31st and the units equipment strength began to be gradually reduced as surplus aircraft were flown to RNAMY Archerfield, Brisbane, until by mid-October it had only two of each type left. Having completed its downsizing the unit moved again, this time to RNAS Nowra, New South Wales, on October 24th 1945, and a new commanding officer, Lt. Cdr (A) CA Fraser RN, was appointed. On January 18th 1946 the unit returned to RNAS Schofields where it was disbanded on May 31st 1946.



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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



Aircraft Types

Avenger I  Mar - Oct 1945

Avenger II  Mar Sep 1945

Avenger III  Feb - Mar 1946
 Barracuda II  Aug 1945 - Mar 1946
Corsair II Mar 1945 - Dec 1945

Corsair IV Dec 1945 - Jul 1946

Firefly 1 Nov 1945 - Jan 1946

Hellcat I Mar - Sep 1945
 Hellcat II Dec 1945 -1946

Seafire III Mar - Nov 1945

Seafire XV 1946


Commanding Officers

Lt. Cdr (A) R.E. Bradshaw DSC** RN 6 Mar 1945
Lt. Cdr (A) D.M.R. Wynne-Roberts RN 31Aug 1945
Lt. Cdr (A) CA Fraser RN 22 Oct 1945

Squadron disbanded  31 May 1946


Aircrew and Squadron Personnel






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