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FAA - No. 826 Squadron
10/05/1940 - 30/06/1940

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Fleet Air Arm 826 SQUADRON - Bomber, Fairey Albacore I

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The squadron was formed as a torpedo spotter reconnaissance Albacore squadron at Ford, Sussex in March 1940.

In May 1940, the squadron provided cover for the Dunkirk evacuation from Detling, and on 31 May bombed targets at Westende, and E-boats off Zeebrugge. The squadron then operated from Bircham Newton under RAF Coastal Command carrying out operations in Holland, Belgium and France when 5 enemy aircraft were destroyed or damaged.

21/06/1940: RN Air Station, Ford, Sussex

In November 1940 the squadron embarked on HMS Formidable for convoy duties via Capetown to Egypt, and in February 1941 the squadron attacked Mogadishu, Somalia, and Massawa, Eritrea before joining the Mediterranean Fleet.

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

31/05/1940: Nieuport Harbour, B
21/06/1940: De Kooy air base, Den Helder, NL, 2 Planes lost, 4 KIA, 2 POW
22/06/1940: Channel, UK/F. 1 Plane lost, 1 POW

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31/05/1940: Nieuport Harbour, B

'The Fleet Air Arm had been represented by nine (Fairey) Albacores of 826 Squadron detached at Detling. They flew their units first operational sorties when they bombed Nieuport Harbour. Each machine carried six 250 pound bombs.' (source: Air Battle Dunkirk, Norman Franks)

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21/06/1940: De Kooy air base, Den Helder, NL

801, 823 and 826 FAA Squadron suffer losses.

Type: Fairey Albacore
Serial number: ?, -?
Operation: De Kooy air base, Den Helder, NL
Lost: 21/06/1940
Sub Lieutenant (A) William S. 'Peter' Butterworth, PoW.
Sub-Lieutenant Victor J. Dyke, RN, H.M.S. Peregrine, [826 Sqdn.], age 22, 21/06/1940, Texel (Den Burg) Cemetery, NL. DOW as POW 22/06/1940, according to FAA-A POW
Telegraphist Air Gunner Robert J. Jackson, PoW
Ship/Air Station: Bircham Newton, RAF Coastal Command.
The Albacore was shot down by Bf109s over Texel Wadden sea island, and crashed near Dechavij, Insel [?].
S. Lt. (A) Butterworth spent the war at Stalag Luft III in Sagan (now Zagan, Poland). Became in and after the war famous as actor.
TAG R.J. Jackson died as prisoner of war on 18/01/1945. He is buried at Becklingen War Cemetery, Germany.

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Type: Fairey Albacore
Serial number: ?, -?
Operation: De Kooy air base, Den Helder, NL
Lost: 21/06/1940
Lieutenant (A) James L.M. Bell, RN, H.M.S. Peregrine, [826 Sqdn.], age unknown, 21/06/1940, Texel (Den Burg) Cemetery, NL
Sub-Lieutenant (A) Frank B. Hookins,
RN, H.M.S. Peregrine, [826 Sqdn.], age 20, 21/06/1940, Texel (Den Burg) Cemetery, NL
Naval Airman 1st Class Robert G. Poole, RN FX79428, H.M.S. Peregrine, [826 Sqdn.], age 21, 21/06/1940, Texel (Den Burg) Cemetery, NL

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22/06/1940: Channel, UK/F

Fairey Albacore
Serial number: ?, -?
Operation: Channel, UK/F
Lost: 22/06/1940

Name and fate pilot (yet) unknown
Telegraphist Air Gunner R. Macclesfield, PoW
Failed to return whilst on operation over the English channel and crashed near Dunkirk.

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826 Squadron - Fleet Air Arm Archive
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 War Graves Commission
Fleet Air Arm Archive 1939-1945
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Fleet Air Arm Archive 1939-1945: Prisoners of War
Lee-on-Solent Memorial (missing FAA members)
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
Norman Franks, Air Battle Dunkirk
Ross McNeill 'Royal Air Force Coastal Command Losses of the Second World War' (Midland Counties)

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