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Ark Royal air group in june 1940

Posted: Fri May 25, 2012 2:52 pm
by Francis Marliere

I am looking for information about Ark Royal air group in June 1940 and would be more than pleased if you could help me.

Best regards,

Francis Marliere
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Re: Ark Royal air group in june 1940

Posted: Sun May 27, 2012 3:56 am
by paulcadogan
Hi again Francis,

According to the Fleet Air Arm archive, in June 1940 Ark Royal had embarked 3 squadrons of Fairey Swordfish (810, 818 and 820 squadrons totalling 30 aircraft) 1 squadron of Blackburn Skuas (800 Squadron - 12 aircraft) and 1 squadron of Fairey Fulmars (807 Squadron - 12 aircraft).

By April 1941 the Skuas had all been replaced by Fulmars.

Often several aircraft were less than serviceable, often damaged in action, but her aircraft mechanics worked tirelessly to keep as many as possible in the air.


Re: Ark Royal air group in june 1940

Posted: Thu Nov 08, 2012 4:26 pm
by aurora
June 1940 Deployed in support of evacuation of allied Expeditionary Force (Operation ALPHABET).
1st Sailed from Scapa Flow with HMS GLORIOUS screened by HM Destroyers HIGHLANDER,
2nd ALPHABET commenced.

3rd Carried out patrols and bombing operations when weather permitted until 6th.
7th Deployed at Narvik to cover evacuation.
9th Provided air cover for last evacuation convoy to UK.
Aircraft searched for German battleships SCHARNHORST and GNEISENAU which were
reported at sea.
(These ships sank HMS GLORIOUS
11th Unsuccessful bombing attack by SKUA aircraft on HIPPER at Trondheim. Eight SKUA
aircraft were lost.
14th Returned to Scapa Flow.
(For details of the disastrous naval operations off Norway see NARVIK by Donald
MacIntyre and ENGAGE THE ENEMY MORE CLOSELY by Corelli Barnett
28th Transferred to Force H at Gibraltar on formation.