united kingdom 819 squadron

Fleet Air Arm


819 NAS : 819 naval air squadron

1940 to 2001    




Tail Codes
H 1963/64
R 1964/65
PW 1971/01
CU 1971
819 squadron
Formed at Ford as a torpedo reconnaissance unit in Jan 1940 with Swordfish, it took part in the Taranto raid on the Italian fleet in Nov 1940. After disbanding in Malta in Jan 1941, it reformed with a torpedo bomber role in Oct 1941 at Lee-on-Solent and for a short period, it was attached to RAF Coastal Command before disbanding in Mar 1945.
Reformed from 719 Squadron on 5 Oct 1961 at RNAS Eglinton, with 1 of the former's Whirlwind HAS.7s and 2 newly arrrived Wessex HAS.1s; the second front line unit with the Wessex. When Eglinton closed in Feb 1963, it moved the 8 miles east along the estuary to Ballykelly. The Wessex HAS.3 arrived in Apr 1968, making 819 the third front line unit with this new type. As RAF Ballykelly was being run down prior to hand over to the British Army, 819 Squadron disbanded on 29 Jan 1971.
With a SAR gap to be closed, the usefulness of a naval aviation presence close to the Clyde bases and the need to provide protection for offshore assets around Scotland, 819 Squadron reformed on 9 Feb 1971 at RNAS Culdrose as the third front line Sea King HAS.1 unit. Once new facilities to house the squadron at Prestwick (HMS Gannet) were ready, it moved in on 27 Oct 1971. The Sea King HAS.2 was introduced in Dec 1977 and after a brief detachment to RAF Leconfield in late May 1983, that was followed by receiving the HAS.5 in Feb 1985 and the HAS.6 in Apr 1989 (from 824 Squadron). The unit absorbed the remaining 2 Sea King HAS.5s from 824 Squadron in Aug 1989 and took over the 4 airframes from A, B, C & D Flights of 826 Squadron in Jul 1993.

On 29 Feb 1996 the unit participated in an unprecedented medevac mission of a crewman with appendicitis from a Russian Victor III class submarine to hospital in Stornoway, after an initial assessment by a team from HMS Glasgow.

On 31 Oct 2001, the unit formally disbanded by becoming HMS Gannet SAR Flight of 771 Squadron, although the presence of the SAR Flight airframes continued at Prestwick, until the whole SAR role was contracted out to private interests via HM Coastguard.

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Locations

YearsLocationICAO/FAA
1971/01PrestwickEGPK
1971RNAS CuldroseEGDR
1963/71AAC BallykellyEGQB
1961/63Eglinton / LondonderryEGAE
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YearsModels
1989/01 sea king     Sea King HAS.6
1985/93 sea king     Sea King HAS.5
1977/85 sea king     Sea King HAS.2
1971/78 sea king     Sea King HAS.1
1968/71 wessex     Wessex HAS.3
1961/68 wessex     Wessex HAS.1
1961/62 whirlwind     Whirlwind HAS.7

Construction Numbers for . / 819Sq / 819NAS / 819 Sq Help Us

C/NVersionBuiltIn this OrgIn other Org
wa 8 has.1 1959 XM327 : HAS.3 819 Sq/531 by May 1968; 820Sq/411-BL by Feb 1972 still Jun 1972; 73+
Westland XM327 : HAS.1 Westland development & trials airframe from late 1959, conv HAS.3 be+
wa 10 has.1 1959 XM329 : 819Sq/533 by Aug 1965; 737Sq/533-PO by Apr 1967; AES Arbroath by Feb 1968;+
Ministry of Defence (MoD) XM329 : A&AEE by Dec 1959, Westland by May 1960, Trials a/c with AUDE by Jan 1961 +
wa 14 has.1 1960 XM833 : dd 27 Sep 1960, HAS.1 700Sq(H)/507 by Jun 1960, 706Sq/506 by 1964. 819 Sq/+
wa 22 has.1 1961 XM841 : 815 Sq/301-C by Jun 1965, 815 Sq/051-R by Mar 1966 to c Oct 1966; 819 Sq/5+
wa 31 has.1 1961 XM872 : 819 Sq/320 by Jan 1962, still 1965.
wa 35 has.1 1961 XM876 : ff 3 Aug 1961 as HAS.1. dd Aug 1961 RNAY Fleetlands, 819Sq/321 by Oct 1961+
: ditched in N Atlantic during night exercise while temporarily embarked on +
wa 36 has.1 1961 XM915 : 700Sq(H) Sq IFTU/512 by Oct 1961 briefly, 819 Sq/321 by Oct 1961. Ditched +
wa 42 has.1 1961 XM921 : 814 Sq/343-H Nov 1961; 819 Sq/324 by Jul 1963; 706 Sq/509-CU by Apr 1964, +
wa 56 has.1 1962 XP105 : conv to HAS.3 by Jun 1967. 706Sq/567-CU by Oct 1967, 819 Sq/532 by Aug 197+
wa 63 has.1 1962 XP112 : 819 Sq/532 by May 1967; 771 Sq/518-PO by Nov 1969 still Jul 1971; Wroughto+
wa 78 has.1 1962 XP145 : built as HAS.1, ff 22 Jun 1962, dd to Fleetlands 30 Jul 1962 and stored. 8+
wa 88 has.1 1962 XP155 : 21mar67 as 819Sqd /513 ditched in Firth of Clyde, 5 miles south of Little +
wa101 has.1 1963 XS122 : 819 Sq/532 by Jun 1968, 737 Sq/435-PO by Mar 1972, 737Sq/655-PO by May 197+
wa108 has.1 1963 XS149 : HAS.1 845Sq/O-B by Mar 1965, 819 Sq/530 by Jan 1966 still 1967.
wa 631 has.1 1969 XV643 : HAS.1 f/f 10jun69, d/d 29oct73; conv to HAS.2A; then to HAS.5; and finall+
: HAS.2A 819Sq/305-PW by Mar 1978 still May 1979 still Jun 1981, to Fleetlan+
: HAS.6 819Sq/703-PW by Mar 1993 still Feb 1999, until c Jan 2000
Her Majesty's Government XV643 : f/f 10 Jun 1969, HAS.1 A&AEE Boscombe Down by Aug 1969
: G.I. BDRF DARA St. Athan /262 by Aug 2002 still 2003 still Jan 2005, BDRF/+
wa 636 has.1 1969 XV648 : Conv HU.5 c 1994, 819Sq/708-PW by Jan 1999 still Sep 2000; 771Sq Gannet SA+
wa 638 has.1 1969 XV650 : RN HAS.1 f/f 02oct69, d/d 06nov69; conv to HAS.2A; conv to AEW.2A; Served +
wa 644 has.1 1969 XV656 : HAS.1. ff 13 Jan 1970, dd 4 Feb 1970. 824Sq/052-R Feb 1970 until c Jul 19+
wa 646 has.1 1970 XV658 : Conv to HAS.2A, 819 Sq/304-PW by May 1979.
wa 648 has.1 1970 XV660 : HAS.6 810Sq/503 by Sep 1990;819Sq A Flt/698-CL by Aug 1994, 810Sq A Flt/51+
wa 652 has.1 1970 XV664 : RN, Sea King HAS.1 type f/f 06may70, d/d 01jun70; 826Sq/142-E by 1971; con+
wa 658 has.1 1970 XV670 : RN; 1993 type:HAS.5 706Sqn./592; 1994 type:HAS.5 819Sqn./CU-07; 1996 type:+
wa 660 has.1 1970 XV672 : Royal Navy HAS 1 Yeovil f/f 19sep70, d/d 5oct70; served with 706Sq, 819S+
wa 662 has.1 1970 XV674 : RN HAS.1 f/f 09oct70, d/d 09nov70; 819Sq/04-PW by Jun 1974; Conv to HAS.2A+
wa 664 has.1 1971 XV676 : 10Feb71 Delivered to 819 Squadron, noted 26Jun77 RNAS Prestwick coded PW-3+
: 10Dec89 noted over HMS Newcastle coded --.(7)07 of 819 Squadron
: 1994 819Sqn./07
wa 665 has.1 1970 XV677 : HAS.1 f/f 18dec70, d/d 22jan71; conv HAS.2A; conv HAS.5; conv HAS.6; serve+
: Fleetlands for HAS.5 conv Jul 1984. NASU CU by May 1985, 819Sq/705-PW by A+
- XV677 : The airframe is currently stored at HMS Sultan awaiting it's relocatio+
: 25/07/06 - Moved to AeroVenture, Doncaster, UK, home of South Yorkshire Ai+
wa 667 has.1 1971 XV696 : conv HAS.6 1991, 826Sq B Flt/132 by Jan 1992 still Mar 1993 (deployed HMS +
wa 674 has.1 1971 XV703 : RN HAS.1 f/f 14jun71, d/d 03aug71; 1976 824Sq/050-R recovered the rotorles+
Vector Aerospace XV703 : Oct06 Vector Aerospace
wa 676 has.1 1971 XV705 : HAS.2A 814Sq/266-H by Feb 1978, 814Sq/265-B by Aug 1980; 819Sq/703 by Aug +
- XV705 : 13aug17 at Mackleys Industrial Estate BN5 9XE outside Bramlands Aviation, +
wa 678 has.1 1971 XV707 : RN; 1983 type:HAS.2 819Sqn./PW-07
wa 679 has.1 1971 XV708 : 27Jul78 noted RNAS Prestwick coded PW.702 of 819 Squadron;
: 14Mar91 noted RNAS Portland coded --.708 of 819 Squadron
wa 681 has.1 1972 XV710 : 819Sq /310-PW, 1st aircraft to land aboard HMS Invincible, May 1979 durin+
wa 848 has.2 1977 XZ580 : Unknown date - converted HAS6; unknown date noted coded N.267 of 814Squadr+
wa 882 has.5 1979 XZ922 : 06Oct93 noted RNAY Fleetlands coded BD.134; 08Feb98 noted Vigo - Spain cod+
wa 891 has.5 1980 ZA130 : RN HAS5 f/f 07jan81, d/d 03feb81; 826Sq/132-H by Apr 1981, 824Sq B Flt/353+
wa 946 has.5 1985 ZD637 : RN; 1998 819Sqn./PW-700
wa 958 has.5 1986 ZE420 : RN, f/f 09Apr86 Westlands Yeovil; 29Apr86 d/d RN as HAS.5; 27Feb87 noted R+
37 serials found for . / 819Sq, 819NAS, 819 Sq

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