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Discussion in 'Britain at Sea!' started by Andy235, Feb 11, 2018.

  1. Andy235

    Andy235 Member

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    There is not a lot of literature I have seen about the Fleet Air Arm of the RN. I know they had a number of carriers (I know some units were equipped with US Navy aircraft)? Besides Taranto, Malta and Okinawa and the disaster at Norway, what were some major actions by the Fleet Air Arm? Was their primary role during much of the war patrolling for U-Boats? I know the UK had a number of carriers, and a large naval force, but I don't know much about the Fleet Air Arm at war. Did the Fleet Air Arm have ground based units in various theaters?
     
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    They flew Corsairs no less...
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    The FAA had a major presence in the Pacific from late '44 onward. The British Pacific Fleet was treated as a task force within the USN and participated in the battle for Okinawa and attacks on the Japanese islands as well as independent operations earlier as part of its' working up to integrate within the USN. The bulk of its' aircraft were Anglicized US models, primarily Corsairs, Hellcats and Avengers. Seafires were embarked on some carriers but, due to their limited endurance, were typically limited to CAP flights over the fleet.

    Not unlike the 14th Army in the CBI, they were a valiant and undeservedly overlooked ensemble.
     
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    BTW, a very good read on the BPF (which was built around the strike power of the FAA) is The British Pacific Fleet by David Hobbs.
     
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    Not only that, but I understand they flew them off carriers! I don't believe we did at the time.
     
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    Denmark Straight/Bismarck's sinking
    Narvik
    Matapan
    Pedestal
    Greece/Crete 1941

    How about the poor, much maligned Sea Skua's sinking a German cruiser - IIRC the first ship sunk by dive bombing.
     
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    Meridian I and II
     
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    Do you have a good source for casualties/losses during Meridian?
     
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    More about the carrying of FAA, but a splendid recent article by Armoured Carriers on HMS Victorious's stint as 'USS Robin' in the Pacific:
    USS Robin - HMS Victorious with the USN

    Winkle Brown's biography gives a few nice insights into active FAA life, too, though the focus is very much more on the test flying.
     
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    The book I referenced above, "The British Pacific Fleet" by David Hobbs, has a very detailed account of these operations.
     

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