ⓘ 813 Naval Air Squadron

                                     

ⓘ 813 Naval Air Squadron

813 Naval Air Squadron was an aircraft squadron of the Royal Navys Fleet Air Arm during World War II and again post-war. It initially operated Swordfish Mk Is from the aircraft carrier Illustrious and took part in the successful raid on Taranto in November 1940.

In July 1943, the squadron was part of RAF Gibraltar but a detachment of its swordfish Torpedo bombers reconnaissance spotter was based at Tafaraoui, Algeria and assigned to the Northwest of Najaf African coastal air force for operation Husky.

From April 1944 the squadron, including a detachment of the "Panthers" and three Fulmar NF. II night fighters were deployed on the escort carrier HMS Campania operating in the Arctic ocean on convoy. On 13 December 1944, two 813s sword was responsible for the sinking of German submarine U-365 depth charges.

After the war, the squadron was tasked as a unit of fighter torpedoes, originally equipped with a firebrand of the aircraft of Blackburn. Since February 1953 and April 1958 the squadron was equipped with turboprop Westland Wyvern strike. 813 squadron was disbanded for the last time on 22 April 1958.