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10/05/1940 - 30/06/1940

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FLEET AIR ARM 701 SQUADRON - Supermarine Walrus

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Established early 1940 (?). Based on HMS Glorious, Harstad, Norway and on Iceland, following the British landing on 10/05/1940; it was replaced by 98 Squadron of the RAF with 18 aircraft.

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Operations and losses 10/05/1940 - 30/06/1940
Not all operations listed; those with fatal losses are.

12/05/1940: Embarkation on HMS Glorious.
18/05/1940: Transfer HMS Glorious - Harstad (Norway)
08/06/1940: Last flight from HMS Glorious

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12/05/1940: Embarkation on HMS Glorious.

At 11.00 hrs HMS Furious departed the Clyde to embark the aircraft. The Fleet Air Arm pilots of both 802 and 804 Squadrons flew the RAF Gladiator IIs of 263 Squadron aboard. That done, she then brought aboard the nine Swordfish of 818 Squadron to join the six Sea Gladiators of 804 Squadron detachment. At 1300 HMS Glorious, now carrying the 18 RAF Hurricane's, puts to sea to bring aboard the six Walrus amphibians of the newly established 701 Squadron, which are also bound for Norway. These join her modest air group consisting of five Sea Gladiators of 802 Squadron and six Swordfish of 823 Squadron. At 1415, both ships return to Greenock


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18/05/1940: Transfer HMS Glorious - Harstad (Norway)

Aircraft carrier Glorious flew the six Walrus aircraft of the 701 Squadron ashore for operations at Harstad, where they remained based until the final evacuation, doing most useful work—ferrying, maintaining communications and daily reconnaissances, ending with a well planned bombing attack on Solfolla most efficiently carried out. Commander R.S.D. Armour, R.N., who was in command of the Fleet Air Arm, is much to be commended.

Sources: British and Other Navies in World War 2 Day-by-Day; London Gazette (08/07/1947),

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08/06/1940: last flight from HMS Glorious

Shortly after 01.00 hrs a 701 Squadron Walrus landed aboard HMS glorious with several important communications. Its mission accomplished, it took off for HMS Ark Royal at0207, the last aircraft to takeoff the ill-fated Glorious.

Source: The Second World War - a day by day account: 8 June 1940

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The War in France and Flanders, 1939-1940, by Major L.F. Ellis, 1954

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This page is dedicated to the men of FAA 701 Squadron.

© Bart FM Droog / Rottend Staal Online 2008. Permission granted for use of the data gathered here for non commercial purposes, if this source is mentioned with a link to