853 Naval Air Squadron

Aircrew and squadron personnel

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, RNVR = Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve, RANVR = Royal Australian 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.

Dates: Dates for commanding officers are taken from Sturtivant, R & Balance, T., (1994)'Squadrons of the Fleet Air Arm'  All other dates are taken from the Navy Lists and may not accurately reflect the exact date of appointment. Date of death is taken from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission records.

December 1943 - May 1945





Lieut. Conn.  (A) R.N.V.R. (P)

S. N. G. Haigh

04 Dec 43

In command

Lieut. Conn.  (A), (O ) R.N. J. M. Glaser 19 Dec 44 In command

Lieut. (A), (O) R.N.

E. J. Treloar

04 Dec 43

Senior Observer

Tpy.  Lieut. (A) R.N.V.R. (P) B. H. Beeston 05 Sep 44 Wildcat pilot
  M. W. S. Jones 04 Dec 43 Senior Pilot to Dec 44
  W. N. Sailes   Senior Pilot from Dec 44
  W. F. Sykes 08 May 45  
  R. S. Vercoe 04 Dec 43  


Tpy. Sub- Lieut. (A) R.N.V.R. (P) K. W. Atkinson   Wildcat pilot ex 835 Sqn
  H. T. L. Babonau 16 Feb 45  
  0. E. Barnes 28 Apr 45  
  W. J. Brewer 04 Dec 43   
  H. D. Buchanan 24 Jun 44  
  H. E. Couzens 27 Feb 45 Wildcat pilot
  C. M. Coverdale 27 Feb 45 Wildcat pilot
  H. H. Curtis 10 Dec 43  
  I. P. Davis 16 Dec 44  
  J. H. Day   Appointed to Sqn but never flew
  S. Duxbury 20 Oct 44  
  J. Elliot 04 Dec 43  
  T. R. Fernie 05 Sep 44  
  R. F. Hagell 04 Dec 43  
  R. F. Hubbard 27 Feb 45 Wildcat pilot
  T. N. Hunter, DFC 22 Nov 44  
  H. H. Lilley 04 Dec 43 Killed, air crash, 7.12.43
  C. G. Mayhew 28 Apr 45  
  R. D. Pepler 10 Dec 43  
  E. W. Pitts - Apr 44  
  A. G. Sandison 04 Dec 43  
  H. J. C. Spencer 04 Dec 43  
  L. A. S. Swift 05 Sep 44 Wildcat pilot

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

D. W. Briscoe 04 Dec 43  
  J. E. Crookes 04 Dec 43  
  C. Doughty 04 Dec 43  
  G. L. Glover 04 Dec 43  
  A. Hinchcliffe 20 Oct 43  
  K. Hyde 04 Dec 43  
   W. B. Morgan 04 Dec 43 Left Sqn 29.04.45
  E. F. Murray 04 Dec 43  
  N. S. Parish 24 Jun 44  
  V. H. Piatt 04 Dec 43  
  D. A. Shoemack 28 Apr 45  
  A. C. J. Sterret 28 Apr 45  
  J. Taylor 04 Dec 43  
  G. Walters 04 Dec 43 Killed, air crash, 7.12.43

Tpy. Sub- Lieut. (A) R.N.Z.N.V.R. (O)

R. M. Martin 04 Dec 43  
Tpy. Act. Sub- Lieut. (A) R.N.V.R. (P) K. C. Anderson 04 Dec 43  
  M. E. Gall 04 Dec 43  
  T. Lea 04 Dec 43  
  R. H. Parker 05 Sep 44 Wildcat pilot
Tpy. Act. Sub- Lieut. (A) R.N.V.R. (O) D. C. E. Pockney 04 Dec 43  
  J. P. Morgan 04 Dec 43  
  G. R.Sinclair 06 Jan 45  

Tpy. Act. Sub- Lieut. (A) R.N.Z.N.V.R. (O)

W. E. Love 04 Dec 43  

Tpy. Mid. (A) R.N.V.R. (P)

W. A. Storey mar 45 Wildcat pilot



Telegraphist Air Gunners

Chief Petty Officer T.A.G. W. R. Astbury  


Petty Officer T.A.G. Bentley    
Leading T.A.G. D. E. Afford   Killed, air crash, 7.12.43
  Galliers 10.05.45?  
  Culliford 10.05.45?  
  J. Crosgh    
  Inchcliffe 10.05.45?  

Maintenance Personnel


Information drawn from the Navy list December 1943 through July 1945 (final edition in which squadron listed after disbanded)
Additional names drawn from 'The History of HMS Queen: A World War II Lend Lease Escort Aircraft Carrier' David Weaver, 2004
Note: Some officers are listed under SPARROWHAWK, RNAS Hatston.


List last modified 27 November 2022

In Memoriam

The Fleet Air Arm memorial at Lee-on-the-Solent, Hampshire. Located outside the former Naval Air Station and Fleet Air Arm Barracks this records the names of almost 2,000 men of that service who died during the Second World War and who have no known grave.

Details taken from the records of the Commonwealth War Grave Commission

Name & Rank

CWGC details

Date of death


Sub-Lieut. (A) (P) Henry Hugh LILLEY, RNVR

CWGC Record

7 December 1943


Bay 5, Panel 1.

Sub-Lieut. (A) (O) Geoffrey John WALTERS, RNVR

CWGC Record

7 December 1943


Bay 4, Panel 7.

FAA/FX. 96366 Leading Airman Donald Ernest AFFORD

CWGC Record 

7 December 1943


Bay 4, Panel 3.


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