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1st Aircraft Carrier Squadron (Royal Navy)

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The 1st Aircraft Carrier Squadron was a formation of Royal Navy aircraft carriers assigned to the British Pacific Fleet in November 1943. They were Formidable, Indomitable, Victorious, Illustrious and Indefatigable. It was disbanded in 1947.

1st Aircraft Carrier Squadron
Naval Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg
Active1943-1947
CountryUnited Kingdom
AllegianceBritish Empire
BranchRoyal Navy
Commanders
Notable
commanders
Rear-Admiral Philip Vian

Contents

HistoryEdit

Second World WarEdit

The squadron was formed in November 1943 under the command of Rear-Admiral, Clement Moody, Flag Officer, Aircraft Carriers (BPF) he also held the joint title of Rear-Admiral, 1st Aircraft Carrier Squadron.[1] While serving in the Pacific, within the U.S. Fifth Fleet, the squadron was designated "Task Group 57.2". During operations off Okinawa, the squadron received heavy Kamikaze attacks. Their armoured flight decks were adequate protection for the hangar decks, but the stress caused deformation of the ships' structures.[citation needed].

Postwar periodEdit

Theseus served as squadron flagship for the squadron in 1947.[2]

Korean WarEdit

After the war, the "1st Aircraft Carrier Squadron, Far East Fleet" consisting of the carriers Triumph and Unicorn, with the cruiser Belfast as flagship, was en route to Hong Kong from Japan when the Korean War broke out and was sent back to Japan.[3]

Flag Officer commandingEdit

Included:[4][5]

Rank Flag Name Term Notes
Rear-Admiral, 1st Aircraft Carrier Squadron
1 Rear-Admiral   Clement Moody November 1943-November 1944
2 Rear-Admiral   Sir Philip L. Vian November 1944-1945

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Hobbs, David (2012). The British Pacific Fleet: The Royal Navy's Most Powerful Strike Force. Barnsley, England: Seaforth Publishing. p. 33. ISBN 9781848320482.
  2. ^ Naval-history.net, HMS Theseus, accessed October 2011
  3. ^ ""The Forgotten Cruise" HMS Triumph and the 13th Carrier Air Group in Korea". royalnavyresearcharchive.org.uk. Retrieved 22 October 2015.
  4. ^ Watson, Dr. "Royal Navy Orgnisation in World War 2, 1939-1945". www.naval-history.net. Gordon Smith, 19 September 2015. Retrieved 27 February 2018.
  5. ^ Hobbs, David (2012). The British Pacific Fleet: The Royal Navy's Most Powerful Strike Force. Barnsley, England: Seaforth Publishing. p. 33. ISBN 9781848320482.

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