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Royal Navy Land Stations
10/05/1940 - 30/06/1940

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The information the CWGC lists regarding the units of many Fleet Air Arm and other Royal Navy Personnel is sometimes not the actual unit , but the Royal Navy Land Station the unit was assigned to. Sometimes, as is the case with aircraft carrier based squadrons, the name of the a/c carrier is given, even if the squadron was no longer assigned to that particular carrier.

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RN Land Stations 10/05/1940 - 30/06/1940

H.M.S. Daedalus =
Shore Establishment at Lee-on-Solent
H.M.S. Daedalus II =
RN Aircraft Training Establishment, Clayton Hall, near Newcastle under Lyme
H.M.S. Ford =
RN Air Station, Ford, Sussex
H.M.S. Godwit = FAA Training School
HMS Goshawk
= RNAS base at Piarco Airfield, Trinidad.
H.M.S. Kestrel =
Fleet Air Arm base at Worthy Down near Winchester
H.M.S. Peregrine =
RN Air Station, Ford, Sussex
H.M.S. President III
= Accounting base, initially in Bristol
H.M.S. Sparrowhawk
= RNAS Hatston, near Kirkwall, Orkney

Ships with (detachments of) squadrons

H.M.S. Ark Royal
- 701 Sqdn; 800 Sqdn; 803 Sqdn; 810 Sqdn
H.M.S. Devonshire
- detachment of 700 Sqdn.
H.M.S. Furious - 801 Sqdn;
H.M.S. Glorious - 802 Sqdn; 812 Sqdn; 823 Sqdn; 825 Sqdn;
H.M.S. Hermes - 814 Sqdn;
H.M.S. Rodney - 806 Sqdn;
H.M.S. Vulture - 801 Sqdn;

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H.M.S. Daedalus

Shore Establishment at Lee-on-Solent

778 Squadron (training)
801 Squadron

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H.M.S. Godwit

FAA Training School

758 Squadron (mainly Airspeed Oxford)

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H.M.S. Kestrel

Fleet Air Arm base at Worthy Down near Winchester

825 Sqdn (Swordfish)

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H.M.S. Peregrine

RN Air Station, Ford, Sussex

826 Squadron (Fairey Albacore)

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President III

'President III' was a shore base, not a real 'stone frigate' but an Accounting Base, a resurrection of a World War I name and for a similar purpose. It started its new life at Bristol in 1939 and in due course had offices at Windsor and London too. It was responsible for drafting, paying and otherwise looking after men who served on DEMS - Defensively Equipped Merchant Ships. These ships were fitted with whatever guns might be available and suitable, primarily for defence against air attack but also to counter submarine surface and other surface vesselattack. Gun crews were supplied by the Royal Navy (or in some cases by Maritime Artillery Regiments of the Royal Artillery).

Source: Richard Goring, [WORLD WAR II] HMS PRESIDENT III

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H.M.S. Sparrowhawk

RNAS Hatston, situated 1 mile NW of Kirkwall, Orkney

804 Squadron; 823 Sqdn;

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Air of Authority
Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database
Australian War Memorial
Bail-outs for 1940
British and Other Navies in World War 2 Day-by-Day
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
Fleet Air Arm Museum
Fleet Air Arm Archive 1939-1945: Prisoners of War
Flying Marines
Lee-on-Solent Memorial (missing FAA members)
The London Gazette
Prisoners of War captured in Europe 1940
RAF against odds (Time, USA, 27/05/1940)
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

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Discussion Groups
Luftwaffe and Allied Air Forces Discussion Forum
RAF Commands Forum

Abbreviations used in the Royal Air Force
Code Names & RAF Vocabulary

Air Aces
AirRecce - The story of photographic reconnaissance
Airwar over Denmark
Allied World War II Casualties in the Netherlands
Armée de l'Air - Order of Battle, 10th May 1940
Australian Wargraves
Axis History Factbook
De Belgen in Engeland 1940-1945 (in Dutch)
Belgian Aviation History Association Archaeological Team
Biplane Fighter Aces from the Second World War
The Bristol & District Blitz War Memorial - A register of those who lost their lives due to enemy action in Bristol and surrounding districts, 1940-1944
British Aircraft Directory
British Aviation Archaeological Council - Books and research links
Canada's Air Force History
HMS Cavalier
Ciel de Gloire (in French) RAF Squadrons
CWGC Cemeteries Germany
CWGC Cemeteries Netherlands
Czechoslovak airmen in the RAF 1940-1945
Danish WW2 Pilots
Dutch Pilots in RAF Squadrons
Eagles Squadrons (American pilots in the RAF)
Foreign Aircraft Landings in Ireland 1939-1946
'High flight', poem by John Gillespie Magee
Holocaust Memorial Day and Channel Islands Occupation Memorial
I Remember (in Russian and English)
An Irish Airman Foresees His Death, poem by W.B. Yeats
Jagdgeschwader 27 (in German)
Luchtoorlog ('Arial War', in Dutch, with many photos)
Land Forces of Britain, the Empire and Commonwealth
The Luftwaffe, 1933-1945
Luftwaffe and Allied Air Forces Discussion Forum
The National Ex-Prisoners of War Association
Nordic Aviation during WW2
Order of Liberation (in French/English/Spanish) aircraft of WW2
Polish Air Force 1940-1947 Operations Record Books
RAF Battle of Britain
RAF Upwood
RAF WWII 38 Group Squadrons Reunited
De Slag om de Grebbeberg (Dutch)
Test Flying Memorial
Warbird Alley
War over Holland
World War II Aircraft wrecksites in Norway

Aircraft crashes on the North Yorkshire Moors, England
The Lancastershire Aircraft Investigation Team
Luftfahrt-Archäologie in Schleswig Holstein (in German)
North East Diary 1939-1945
Wartime Leicester and Leicestershire

The Aerodrome - Aces and Aircraft of World War 1
WW1 Cemeteries

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