The list below is complied from various sources: Commissioned officers are as they appear in the relevant editions of the Navy List [note, because of a time lag between appointments and the publication of the lists some officers are not included]. Names of Telegraphist Air Gunners are primarily drawn from incident reports. Maintenance and other squadron personnel from Admiralty Fleet Orders.  


Abbreviations: A = Air Branch, P = Pilot, O = Observer, TAG = Telegraphist Air Gunner, POAM = Petty Officer Airman, RM = Royal Nay, RM = Royal Marines, RNVR = Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve, RCNVR = Royal Canadian Navy Volunteer Reserve, RNZNVR = Royal New Zealand Navy Volunteer Reserve, Tpy = Temporary, Mid = Midshipman, KIA = Killed in Action, MPK = Missing Presumed Killed, FTR = Failed To Return.


March 1945 - December 1947







Lieut. Conn. (A) R.N.V.R. (P)

F.A. Simpson

01 Mar 45

In command

Lieutenant (A) (P) J.L. Moore

07 Mar 46

In command
  R.B. Head DSC* 19 Nov 46 In command
Lieutenant (A) ()) F.H. Henderson 21 Mar 47  
Tpy. Lieut. (A) R.N.V.R. (P) H Kirby - Apr 45  
  W.J. Anderson  - Apr 46  
Sub- Lieut. (A), (P) M.H. Simpson - May 46  
  A. Hamilton 30 Aug 46  

Tpy. Sub- Lieut. (A) R.N.V.R. (P)

A.E. Baxter - Apr 45  
  A.M. Brodie  ? Killed, air crash 01 March 1946
  N. Burrage  ?  
  P. Builder - Apr 45  
  W.M.C. Hardy - Apr 46  
  I. Houghton  15 Apr 46  
  A. Jackson          - Apr 46  
  J.S. Kennedy   Killed, air crash 11 March 1947
  C. E. S. Minshaw 15 Apr 46  
  J. Payne              —July 45  
  D. E. Rimmington 15 Apr 46  
  A. Roscoe 14 Nov 46  
  F. C. Sabatini 15 Apr 46  
  S.A. Thompson - Apr 46  
  W.T. Wheelton     
   D. A. Thomson  —July 45  
   R. F. Rhymer 15 July 45  
   H. C .Stokes —July 45  
   A. H. Shapley  21 May 45  
   R. E. Grimshaw  12 Aug 45  
   G. K. Brewin 12 Aug 45  
   P. L. Owen 15 Aug 45  
Tpy. Sub- Lieut. (A) R.N.V.R. (O) I. A. Owen 5 Apr 46  
  T. M. Telford 5 Apr 46  
Tpy. Acting Sub- Lieut. (A) R.N.V.R. (P) G. G. Taylor 15 Apr 46  
  J.C. Revill 15 Apr 46  


Joined Sqn


PO Airman

FAA/FX 523614  E.J. Desborough

- Killed, air crash 01 March 1946

Junior Rates


Joined Sqn




Information drawn from the Navy list  October 1945, April and July 1946 (final edition before squadron disbanded)


* Pilot appears in Navy List as being appointed to both 1839 and 1844 squadrons; both operated together as the 5th Naval Fighter Wing, and later 11th Carrier Air Group, Pilots regularly flew machines from each squadron.

 † 1840 squadron was disbanded on April 26th 1945 and many of its personnel and aircraft were transferred to 5 Naval Fighter Wing- however the Navy List continued to report these officers as being on 1840 in both the July and October 1945 editions.



List last modified 09 June 2020


In Memoriam





Sub-Lieut. (A) Archibald Mowbray BRODIE, (P)  RNVR


Sub-Lieut. (A) John Sussex KENNEDY, (P)  RNVR

 Petty Officer Airman L/FX. 523614 Ernest Jack DESBOROUGH CWGC entry  HALIFAX MEMORIAL  Panel 13.


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