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FAA - No. 815 Squadron
10/05/1940 - 30/06/1940

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815 SQUADRON - Bomber, Fairey Swordfish
Fleet Air Arm

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The squadron formed at Worthy Down in October 1939 from the remnants of 811 and 822 squadrons surviving the sinking of HMS Courageous in September 1939, and disbanded in November 1939.

The same CO, L/C S Borrett, RN reformed the squadron later that month with 9 Swordfish, and in April 1940 the squadron was attached to RAF Coastal Command at Bircham Newton.

In May 1940 the Squadron bombed Waalhaven airfield (Rotterdam, NL) and provided support to the Dunkirk evacuation.

In June 1940 No. 815 embarked on HMS Illustrious and sailed for the Mediterranean in August, attacking and minelaying Benghazi, Rhodes and Tobruk.

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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: Waalhaven, NL. 1 Plane lost

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12/05/1940: Waalhaven, NL

In the evening six Bristol-152 Beaufort Mk I from No. 22 Squadron and nine Fairey Swordfish MkI from No. 815 Squadron bomb Waalhaven airfield.

Type: Swordfish I
Serial number: L9784, L3M
Operation: Waalhaven
Lost: 12/05/1940
Lt (A) A.S. Downes, RN
Lt R.W. Little.
Took off from Bircham Newton. Force-landed after being hit by flak at 22.10 hrs. in polder Oud Herkingen, near Herkingen on the isle of Overflakkee, on a field called 'de Munnik', owned by the Kardux brothers. The crew evaded via Antwerp to Ramsgate. They members returned unhurt on 14/05/1940.

Sources: Hans Onderwater, British and Other Navies in World War 2 Day-by-Day; Ray Sturvivant, Fleet Air Arm Aircraft 1939-1945; TOCH Forum.

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Peter D. Cornwell, The Battle of France, Then and Now, 2008
Ray Sturvivant, Fleet Air Arm Aircraft 1939-1945, Air Britain Historians Ltd, 1995

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