
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 LeeonSolent 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. Between Jun and Aug of 1994 a Sea King detachment was embarked on board RFA Fort George.
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.
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.
Locations  
Years  Location  ICAO/FAA 
1971/01  Prestwick  EGPK 
1971  RNAS Culdrose  EGDR 
1963/71  AAC Ballykelly  EGQB 
1961/63  Eglinton / Londonderry  EGAE 
Models  Login to Edit  
Years  Models 
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 
List of aircraft  Help Us  
List of Aircraft for . / 819Sq / 819NAS / 819 Sq
C/N  Version  Built  In this Org  In other Org  
wa 8  has.1  1959  XM327 : HAS.3 819 Sq/531 by May 1968; 820Sq/411BL by Feb 1972 still Jun 1972; 73+  XM327 : HAS.1 Westland development & trials airframe from late 1959, conv HAS.3 be+  XM327 : to College of Maritime Studies, Warsash by Dec 1982 still 1994; scr. 1996  
wa 10  has.1  1959  XM329 : 819Sq/533 by Aug 1965; 737Sq/533PO by Apr 1967; AES Arbroath by Feb 1968;+  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/301C by Jun 1965, 815 Sq/051R 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/343H Nov 1961; 819 Sq/324 by Jul 1963; 706 Sq/509CU by Apr 1964, +  
wa 56  has.1  1962  XP105 : conv to HAS.3 by Jun 1967. 706Sq/567CU by Oct 1967, 819 Sq/532 by Aug 197+  
wa 63  has.1  1962  XP112 : 819 Sq/532 by May 1967; 771 Sq/518PO 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/435PO by Mar 1972, 737Sq/655PO by May 197+  
wa108  has.1  1963  XS149 : HAS.1 845Sq/OB 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/305PW by Mar 1978 still May 1979 still Jun 1981, to Fleetlan+ : HAS.6 819Sq/703PW by Mar 1993 still Feb 1999, until c Jan 2000  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/708PW 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/052R Feb 1970 until c Jul 19+  
wa 646  has.1  1970  XV658 : Conv to HAS.2A, 819 Sq/304PW by May 1979.  
wa 648  has.1  1970  XV660 : HAS.6 810Sq/503 by Sep 1990;819Sq A Flt/698CL 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/142E by 1971; con+  
wa 658  has.1  1970  XV670 : RN; 1993 type:HAS.5 706Sqn./592; 1994 type:HAS.5 819Sqn./CU07; 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/04PW by Jun 1974; Conv to HAS.2A+  
wa 664  has.1  1971  XV676 : 10Feb71 Delivered to 819 Squadron, noted 26Jun77 RNAS Prestwick coded PW3+ : 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/705PW 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/050R recovered the rotorles+  XV703 : Oct06 Vector Aerospace  
wa 676  has.1  1971  XV705 : HAS.2A 814Sq/266H by Feb 1978, 814Sq/265B 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./PW07  
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 /310PW, 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/132H by Apr 1981, 824Sq B Flt/353+  
wa 946  has.5  1985  ZD637 : RN; 1998 819Sqn./PW700  
wa 958  has.5  1986  ZE420 : RN, f/f 09Apr86 Westlands Yeovil; 29Apr86 d/d RN as HAS.5; 27Feb87 noted R+ 
Operations  
Dates  Operation  
18dec91  19dec91  Rescue from fishing ship Kartli 
25nov77  19dec77  Operation Journeyman 
25jun77  28jun77  Fleet Review: Silver Jubilee of HM The Queen 