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FAA - No. 802 Squadron
10/05/1940 - 30/06/1940

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FLEET AIR ARM 802 SQUADRON - Fighter, Gloster Sea Gladiator I

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At the outbreak of war the squadron was serving with HMS Glorious in the Mediterranean with 12 Sea Gladiators.

On 1 March 1940 Flight Lieutenant J.F. Marmont was promoted to operational commander of the 802 Squadron.

The squadron ceased to exist with the loss of HMS Glorious, sunk by the German battlecruisers Scharnhorst and Gneisenau on 8 June 1940 during the defence of Norway.

On 11 June, Lt Cdr R. C.O. Hill, FAA Petty Officer Pilot R.T. Leggott of 802 Squadron and 37 other survivors from the Glorious and Acasta were picked up by Norwegian trawler Borgund (303grt) which landed them in the Faroes on the 13th.

The squadron was reformed in November 1940, lost with the sinking of HMS Audacity on 21 December 1941.

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

28/05/1940: Intercept
08/06/1940: Sinking of the Glorious; 6 Planes lost, 8 MIA (FAA aircrew), 16 MIA (RAF groundcrew)

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28/05/1940: Intercept

After days of inactivity three Gladiators intercepted a He111 from KuFLGr 506 and shot it down. The successful pilots were Lt Lyver, Lt D H H Ogilvie and Lt G H Feeney.

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08/06/1940: Sinking of the Glorious

Type: Gloster Sea Gladiator (x6 [or x10])
Serial number: N5518, N5521, N5525, N5526, N5527 and N5530; G6-?
Operation: aboard HMS Glorious
Lost: 08/06/1940

FAA aircrew

Lieutenant (A) George H.J. Feeny, RN, H.M.S. Glorious, [802 Squadron FAA], age 26, 08/06/1940, missing
Lieutenant Guy D.D. Lyver, RN, H.M.S. Glorious, [802 Squadron FAA], age 29, 08/06/1940, missing
Lieutenant John F. Marmont, RN, H.M.S. Glorious, [Commanding Officer 802 Squadron FAA], age 28, 08/06/1940, missing
Lieutenant (A) Reginald J.B. Miles, RN (NZ), H.M.S. Glorious, [802 Squadron FAA], age 24, 08/06/1940, missing. See his page on the Cenotaph Database
Captain Richard J.W. Nott, Royal Marines, H.M.S. Glorious, [802 Squadron FAA], age 27, 08/06/1940, missing
Lieutenant David N.H. Ogilvy, RN, H.M.S. Glorious, [802 Squadron FAA], age 22, 08/06/1940, missing
Captain John R. Owens, Royal Marines, H.M.S. Glorious, [802 Squadron FAA], age unknown, 08/06/1940, missing
Lieutenant Nicholas E. Ward, RN, H.M.S. Glorious, [802 Squadron FAA], age 27, 08/06/1940, missing

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RAF groundcrew

Corporal Harold F. Bond, RAF 523548, 802 Sqdn., age 24, 08/06/1940, missing
Aircraftman 1st Class Philip B. Brindley, RAF 528824, 802 Sqdn., age unknown, 09/06/1940, missing
Aircraftman 2nd Class Thomas P. Brown, RAF 639446, 802 Sqdn., age 18, 09/06/1940, missing
Aircraftman 1st Class Fred Dixon, RAF 624695, 802 Sqdn., age 19, 08/06/1940, missing
Corporal Leslie F. Finch, RAF 568183, 802 Sqdn., age 20, 09/06/1940, missing
Aircraftman 1st Class Maurice B. Forsyth, RAF 526276, 802 Sqdn., age 23, 08/06/1940, missing
Aircraftman 1st Class John H. Foulds, RAF 617566, 802 Sqdn., age unknown, 09/06/1940, missing
Aircraftman 1st Class William J.G. Gordon, RAF 616725, 802 Sqdn., age 24, 08/06/1940, missing
Flight Sergeant Gwylim Jones, RAF 370550, 802 Sqdn., age 35, 09/06/1940, missing
Aircraftman 1st Class Thomas J. Kelly, RAF 617724, 802 Sqdn., age unknown, 10/06/1940, missing
Flight Sergeant George Lowdon, RAF 351383, 802 Sqdn., age 41, 08/06/1940, missing
Corporal James J. Parsons, RAF 566730, 802 Sqdn., age 22, 08/06/1940, missing
Corporal Kenneth H. Percival, RAF 517975, 802 Sqdn., serving in H.M.S. Glorious, age 24, 10/06/1940, missing
Aircraftman 1st Class John J.V. Simpson, RAF 546791, 802 Sqdn., age unknown, 08/06/1940, missing
Leading Aircraftman Robert Stevenson, RAF 544013, 802 Sqdn., age 21, 08/06/1940, missing
Aircraftman 1st Class Basil C. Waters, RAF 617554, 802 Sqdn., age 24, 08/06/1940, missing

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802 Squadron - Fleet Air Arm Archive
802 Squadron by A Crawford
Air of Authority
Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database
Australian War Memorial
Bail-outs for 1940
T.K. Derry (1952), The Campaign in Norway
Canadian Virtual War Memorial
Casualty Lists Royal Navy
Commonwealth biplane fighter aces - John Filmer Marmont
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Fleet Air Arm Archive 1939-1945
Fleet Air Arm Museum
Fleet Air Arm Archive 1939-1945: Prisoners of War
Gloster Gladiator in 802 FAA Squadron Service
Lee-on-Solent Memorial (missing FAA members)
Loss of HMS Glorious
Prisoners of War captured in Europe 1940
RAF - Campaign Diary - The Battle of France (May-June 1940)
RAF Museum: British Military Aviation in 1940
RAF Order of Battle, France, 10th May 1940
Royal Air Force History Section
The Royal Air Force, 1939-1945
The Second World War - a day by day account

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

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Peter D. Cornwell, The Battle of France, Then and Now, 2008
Ross McNeill 'Royal Air Force Coastal Command Losses of the Second World War' (Midland Counties)

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Belgian Aviation History Association Archaeological Team
British Aircraft Directory
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Canada's Air Force History
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Foreign Aircraft Landings in Ireland 1939-1946
Håkans aviation page (from Sweden, in English)
'High flight', poem by John Gillespie Magee
An Irish Airman Foresees His Death, poem by W.B. Yeats
Jagdgeschwader 27 (in German)
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This page is dedicated to the men of FAA 802 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