united kingdom 824 squadron

Fleet Air Arm


824 NAS : 824 naval air squadron

1933 to present    




Tail Codes
V 1958/59
R 1959/61
C 1961/63
R 1970/73
H 1973/74
R 1974/78
CU 1979/82
824 squadron
Formed Apr 1933 with Fairey IIIFs. Introduced to helicopters when the unit reformed at RNAS Eglington in Apr 1958 with Whirlwind HAS.7s but had a terrible time with the unreliability of the early engines. After short periods embarked on HMS Victorious and HMS Eagle, the unit conducted a month-long intensive flying trials period in Spring 1959 with newly issued airframes from Fleetlands, before disbanding at Culdrose in Apr 1959.

Reformed again in Nov 1959 at Culdrose and after deployment to the Mediteranean and North Atlantic on HMS Ark Royal between Mar 1960 and Feb 1961, assigned to HMS Centaur in Apr 1961. After absorbing 6 of 825 Sq airframes, it took over Kenyan flood relief operations on 9 Dec 1961. Disbanded May 1963 as the last operational Whirlwind HAS.7 Squadron.

Reformed on 24 Feb 1970 as the 1st operational Sea King unit at Culdrose initially with 4 HAS.1s, rising quickly to 7 (including 1 for COD duty, withdrawn in 1975). 3 a/c detachment carried out deck landing trials on RFA Engadine in Apr 1970 and on 12 Jun 1970, 824 Sq embarked on HMS Ark Royal. There was a brief detachment to RAF Manston in early May 1972. Transferred to HMS Hermes on 22 Sep 1973 and spent 6 months on RFA trials until going back to Ark Royal in Apr 1974, remaining there until Ark Royal paid off in Dec 1978.

Parent of RFA Sea Kings (in A, B, C & D Flights) from Dec 1978 (as 829 Sq Wessex were being withdrawn and replaced by Sea Kings on RFA vessels) until at least 1987.

During Falklands War, 6 Sea Kings in 3 Flights of 2; A Flt aboard RFA Olmeda, C Flt aboard RFA Fort Grange, B Flt deployed to Gibraltar to protect the Base. D Flt reformed at Culdrose on 14 Jun 1982 and equipped with 2 HAS.2(AEW) pre-production machines in August 1982 on board HMS Illustrious, to provide AEW cover for the fleet in the South Atlantic. 824D disbanded on 31 Oct 1984 to form the new 849 Squadron. The squadron disbanded in August 1989 and its airframes were transferred to 819 Squadron at Prestwick.

Reformed 2 Jun 2000 with Merlin HM.1 at RNAS Culdrose. It passed responsibility for Small Ships Merlin to 829 NAS when that unit reformed in Oct 2004. The units Merlins are named after Knights of King Arthurs Round Table. 824 NAS is the leading training squadron for the Merlin HM Mk 1 helicopter with 8x Merlins on strength in Oct 2010. First 5 Merlin HM.2 issued to the unit on 19 Aug 2013.



My name is Peter Northcott and I joined 824 Squadron when it reformed as a Seaking squadron. The number of aircraft the squadron had at that time was 4 x Seaking mk1 and not seven as mentioned in your document.
Pete Northcott is wrong, I was on there at the same time as him. We commisioned with SIX, not four, Sea King HAS Mk 1s. Serial numbers XV654/050 to XV659/055. Sorry Pete.
My name is John Harris. I served api with 824 Squadron when it formed with Whirlwind HAS 7 helicopters. I sailed on HMS Victorious' maiden voyage, and back to Malta on HMS Eagle when it was grounded and I was in charge of the maintenance of 5 aircraft which were put ashore awaiting passage back home. I was in the special trials flight at Eglinton until it was disbanded in 1959.

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Locations

YearsLocationICAO/FAA
2000/nowRNAS CuldroseEGDR
1987/89PrestwickEGPK
1982/87RNAS CuldroseEGDR
1982GI RAF GibraltarLXGB
1970/82RNAS CuldroseEGDR
1962/63RNAS CuldroseEGDR
1962SG SembawangWSAG
1960/62RNAS CuldroseEGDR
1960MT Hal Far
1959/60RNAS CuldroseEGDR
1958/59Eglinton / LondonderryEGAE
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YearsModels
2013/now eh.101     Merlin HM.2
2000/13 eh.101     Merlin HM.1
1988/89 sea king     Sea King HAS.6
1982/84 sea king     Sea King HAS.2A
1982/89 sea king     Sea King HAS.5
1977/83 sea king     Sea King HAS.2
1970/77 sea king     Sea King HAS.1
1959/63 whirlwind     Whirlwind HAS.7
1958/59 whirlwind     Whirlwind HAS.7



Construction Numbers for . / 824Sq / 824 Sq / 824NAS / 824 NAS Help Us

C/NVersionBuiltIn this OrgIn other Org
wa157 has7 1957 XK910 : 845Sq/A by Sep 1957 to Jan 1958, 820Sq/320/W by Jan 1958 to c Jun 1958, Ha+
wa165 has7 1957 XK938 : HAS.7 824Sq/337-V and /T Apr 1958 until Apr 1959; Culdrose store May 1959.
: HAS.7 824Sqn/335 Jan 1960 until ditched and sank off Malta on 18 May 1960,+
wa/h/167 has7 1957 XK940 : HAS.7 824Sqn/334-C Feb 1960 until Dec 1961, to 825 NAS.
- G-AYXT : del Autair, Luton as G-AYXT, 01Jul72?; pres. Weston-super-Mare, unk.
: 1980s completely rebuilt by Jim Wilkie and returned to the air 90 displaye+
wa170 has7 1957 XK943 : HAS.7 824Sqn/336 Apr 1958. Damaged tail in autorotation landing 29 May 195+
wa171 has7 1957 XK944 : HAS.7 824Sqn/334-C Mar 1962, replacing XN381 on unit strength, until suffe+
wa197 has7 1957 XL835 : HAS.7 824Sqn/333-V and /M Apr 1958 until Apr 1959; Culdrose store May 1959
wa200 has7 1957 XL838 : HAS.7 824Sqn/332-V and /P Apr 1958. Ditched and sank off Malta while opera+
wa206 has7 1958 XL844 : HAS.7 824Sqn/336 and /S Jun 1958, replacing XK943 on unit strength. Damage+
wa208 has7 1958 XL846 : HAS.7 824Sqn/331-V and /U Apr 1958 until Apr 1959.
wa210 has7 1958 XL848 : HAS.7 824Sqn/334 Apr 1958 until May 1958. Returned to 824Sq as /336 to re+
wa211 has7 1958 XL849 : HAS.7 824Sqn/330-V and /J Apr 1958 until Apr 1959; Culdrose store May 1959
: HAS.7 824Sqn/333 Dec 1959 until ditched and sank off The Lizard on 15 Feb +
wa213 has7 1958 XL851 : HAS.7 824Sqn/335-V and /A Apr 1958 until Apr 1959.
: HAS.7 824Sqn/331-V Nov 1959. Ditched and sank while operating from HMS Ark+
: a/c was operating from HMS Ark Royal, 824Sqn. I have approx 30 hrs in this+
wa215 has7 1958 XL853 : HAS.7 824Sqn/337-C Feb 1962 until ditched off Portland mid Jan 1963, to Fl+
wa222 has7 1958 XL872 : HAS.7 824Sqn/335-C Mar 1961, replacing XL879 on unit strength, until ditch+
wa228 has7 1958 XL878 : HAS.7 824Sqn/334-V Nov 1958, replacing XL848 on unit strength until Apr 19+
: HAS.7 824Sqn/330-R Nov 1959, /330-C by Apr 1961 until Dec 1961, to 825 NAS+
wa229 has7 1958 XL879 : HAS.7 824Sqn/335 Jul 1960, replacing XK938 on unit strength, until crashed+
wa232 has7 1958 XL882 : HAS.7 825 NAS/312-V Sep 1960, until Dec 1961 to 824Sqn.
: HAS.7 824Sqn/332-C Dec 1961, replacing XM667 on unit strength until May 19+
wa234 has7 1958 XL884 : HAS.7 824Sqn/336-C Oct 1960 until transferred to 825 NAS Dec 1961.
wa237 has7 1958 XL898 : HAS.7 824Sqn/337-CU Oct 1960 until transferred to 825 NAS Dec 1961.
wa239 has7 1958 XL900 : HAS.7 824Sqn/333-C Apr 1961, replacing XN303 on unit strength until May 19+
wa251 has7 1958 XM660 : HAS.7 824Sqn/332 Feb 1959, replacing XL838 on unit strength until Apr 1959+
- XM660 : to North East Aircraft Museum Sep 1984 until 1996.
: to RAF Millom Museum, Oct 1996 until 2010. Last noted on a truck in Belgi+
wa258 has7 1959 XM667 : HAS.7 824Sqn/332-R Nov 1959 until Nov 1961, to 825 NAS.
wa283 has7 1959 XN303 : HAS.7 824Sqn/333-R Feb 1960, replacing XL849 on unit strength, /333-C from+
wa304 has7 1960 XN358 : HAS.7 825 NAS/311-V Jul 1960, until Dec 1961 to 824Sqn.
: HAS.7 824Sqn/331 Dec 1961, replacing XN385 on unit strength, until May 196+
wa308 has7 1960 XN362 : HAS.7 825 NAS/315-V Jul 1960, until Dec 1961 to 824Sqn.
: HAS.7 824Sqn/335-V from Dec 1961, ditched close to HMS Centaur 30 Jan 1962+
wa309 has7 1960 XN379 : HAS.7 825 NAS/316-V Dec 1960, until Dec 1961 to 824Sqn.
: HAS.7 824Sqn/336-C Dec 1961, replacing XL884 on unit strength, until ditch+
wa310 has7 1960 XN380 : HAS.7 825 NAS/318-V Jul 1960, until Dec 1961 to 824Sqn.
: HAS.7 824Sqn/338-C Dec 1961, until May 1963.
wa311 has7 1960 XN381 : HAS.7 825 NAS/314-V Jul 1960, until Dec 1961 to 824Sqn.
: HAS.7 824Sqn/334-C Dec 1961, replacing XK940 on unit strength, until ditch+
wa315 has7 1960 XN385 : HAS.7 824Sqn/331-C Sep 1960, replacing XL851 on unit strength until Dec 19+
: HAS.7 824Sqn/337 Jan 1963, replacing XL853 on unit strength until May 1963+
wa 631 has.1 1969 XV643 : d/d RN 29 Jan 1973, 814Sq/270-H by Apr 1973, 824Sq/055-R by Jun 1973, to F+
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 637 has.1 1969 XV649 : arrived in Devonport on 3 Apr, aboard RFA Olmeda as 824Sq A Flt/355 and de+
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 642 has.1 1969 XV654 : f/f 9 Dec 1969; d/d 5 Jan 1970 as HAS.1; 824Sq/050-R Feb 1970 until c Jul+
Ministry of Defence (MoD) XV654 : MoD; 08jun91 type:HAS.6 NARO./R-018 ex 820Sqn.
wa 643 has.1 1969 XV655 : 824Sq/051-R Feb 1970 until c Jul 1971, 737 Sq/661-PO by Aug 1973, Fleetlan+
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 645 has.1 1969 XV657 : f/f 21 Jan 1970, d/d 11 Feb 1970, HAS.1 824Sq/053-R Mar 1970 until c Jul 1+
: Conv to HAS.5. RNAY Fleetlands by 1987, /132 Westland by 1988, 824Sq/255 b+
wa 646 has.1 1970 XV658 : f/f 3 Feb 1970, d/d 26 Feb 1970 as HAS.1, 824Sq/054-R by Apr 1970.
wa 647 has.1 1970 XV659 : dd 3 Mar 1970. 824Sq/055-R Mar 1970 still Aug 1972.
: 824 Sq/055-R Mar 1970 still Aug 1972. conv HAS.2A
: 824 Sq/053-R by Nov 1978; 824 Sq/577 by May 1979; 706Sq/584
wa 648 has.1 1970 XV660 : 824Sq/584 by Mar 1979, 824 Sq/536 by Dec 1979, 824 Sq A Flt/350-OD by Feb +
wa 652 has.1 1970 XV664 : RN, Sea King HAS.1 type f/f 06may70, d/d 01jun70; 826Sq/142-E by 1971; con+
: After conversion to HAS.2 standard; 25Jun77 noted RNAS Yeovilton coded 056+
wa 653 has.1 1970 XV665 : f/f 17 Jun 1970, d/d 2 Jul 1970 to RN as HAS.1 826Sq/143-E by 1971; Conv t+
wa 654 has.1 1970 XV666 : 13Nov78 noted on RFA Fort Grange coded FG.343 of 824Squadron; 12Jun80 note+
HeliOperations XV666 : HeliOps; VAHS Fleetlands for overhaul and repainting by Jun17 following l+
wa 660 has.1 1970 XV672 : Royal Navy HAS 1 Yeovil f/f 19sep70, d/d 5oct70; served with 706Sq, 819S+
wa 664 has.1 1971 XV676 : 18may88 pictured as 824Sqn /252 at RNAS Portland outside the paint shop wh+
wa 668 has.1 1971 XV697 : 25Jun77 noted RNAS Yeovilton coded TG.142 of 826Squadron, HMS Tiger; 28Feb+
: 824Sq, participated in Fastnet Race rescue on 13-14 Aug 1979
wa 669 has.1 1971 XV698 : conv to HAS.2A 824Sq/050-R by Nov 1978; 824Sq A Flt/351-OD by Feb 1982; 82+
wa 670 has.1 1971 XV699 : With 824 Sq/051-R, took part in rescue from Merc Enterprise in the western+
British Army XV699 : noted embarked on HMS Bulwark coded 141-B with 826NAS mar79 for Exercise C+
Vector Aerospace XV699 : Dec08 Vector Aerospace
wa 673 has.1 1971 XV702 : 824Sq/054-R by Aug 1971
: crashed into cliff and w/o 21 Mar 1974 near The Lizard while with 824Sq as+
Westland XV702 : Paris Air Show/476 May 1971
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.1 824Sq/051-R by May 1972, 824Sq/056-R by Feb 1973 still Oct 1973, 824+
- XV705 : 13aug17 at Mackleys Industrial Estate BN5 9XE outside Bramlands Aviation, +
wa 891 has.5 1980 ZA130 : RN HAS5 f/f 07jan81, d/d 03feb81; 826Sq/132-H by Apr 1981, 824Sq B Flt/353+
: 824Sq /353, noted visiting Norton pad on 5 Oct 1982
wa 894 has.5 1981 ZA133 : RN HAS.5, f/f 03apr81, d/d 14may81; 826Sq/135 by Mar 1982; 824Sq B Flt Art+
50037 hm.1 ZH827 : 50037/RN07; pictured during RNAS Culdrose Air Day 2008 with 824Sqn
50053 hm.1 1999 ZH831 : RN 50053/RN11; ff 04 Feb 1999; dd 11 Mar 1999, to CU; 700Sq(M)Sq /541 by+
QinetiQ ZH831 : Sep14, AEW prototype, fitted with dual Crowsnest ASaC sensors from the Loc+
50057 hm.1 ZH832 : conv HM.2 type MCSP08; Apr13 824Sqn /(5)85
QinetiQ ZH832 : 50057/RN12; 23jul02 QinetiQ
50065 hm.1 1999 ZH834 : 50065/RN14 d/d 2002. 2009 /86 824Sqn.
: 11Jul09 pictured as 824 NAS / 86 Tristan, at Yeovilton Air Day 2009
: conv HM.2 type MCSP07; Jun13 824Sqn /(5)84
50072 hm.1 1999 ZH836 : 50072/RN16; 2009 824Sqn
50077 hm.1 ZH838 : 20jul11 as /86 of 824Sqn at RNAS Culdrose Air Day
50081 hm.1 1999 ZH839 : RN 50081/RN19 d/d 2000.; 2009 824Sqn./83
50085 hm.1 1999 ZH840 : 829Sq Monmouth Flt/502 by Mar 2009 until May 2009; 824Sq/581 by Mar 2010.
50087 hm.1 1999 ZH841 : RN 50087/RN21; 824Sqn; 2004 820Sqn /CU-012; 2011 829Sqn /502
50091 hm.1 ZH842 : 2009 824Sqn /CU-88
: conv to HM.2 type MCSP10; Oct14 824Sq /(5)86
50101 hm.1 1999 ZH844 : 50101/RN24. Crashed on an 824Sqn Observer instructor training sortie at RN+
: this aircraft did not crash at RNAS Culdrose, this one ditched in the Inne+
50105 hm.1 ZH845 : conv to HM.2 type MCSP12; Nov13 824Sq (5)81
50111 hm.1 ZH847 : 2009 824Sqn /13
50116 hm.1 2000 ZH848 : 50116/RN28 820Sqn ; 2004 824Sqn /LA-457
: 23oct07 pictured asg 824Sqn at RNAS Culdrose
50118 hm.1 2000 ZH849 : 23oct05 pictured as 824Sqn /584-R at RNAS Culdrose
50125 hm.1 2000 ZH850 : 50125/RN30 d/d 09apr01; 814 Sq/266-R by Sep 2001 still Sep 2002; 824Sq W+
: conv HM.2 type MCSP09; Apr13 824Sqn /(5)80
: 24jul13 as 824Sqn /80 picture at RNAS Culdrose
50131 hm.1 2001 ZH852 : 50131/RN32. 829 sqn. ; IN 2004 /CU-583 824Sqn.
: 08jul12 pictured as 824Sqn /82 at RIAT air show
50135 hm.1 ZH853 : conv HM.2 type MCSP06; Apr13 824Sqn /(5)83
50139 hm.1 ZH854 : 50139/RN34. 814Sqn. ; 2003 /CU-580 824Sqn. ; 2004 /CU-580 824Sqn.
: 10jul10 pictured as /84 Gawaine of 824Sqn during RNAS Yeovilton Air Day
50143 hm.1 ZH855 : 50143/RN35; 02jul11 pictured as 824Sqn /83 at RAF Waddington
50151 hm.1 ZH857 : 08jul17 as 824 NAS /86-CU pictured at RNAS Yeovilton Air Day 2017
50159 hm.1 ZH859 : 50159/RN39, 824Sqn /854; w/o 30mar04 crashed at RNAS Culdrose due to rotor+
50168 hm.1 ZH861 : RN 50168/RN41.; 2003 824Sqn.; 2009 824Sqn./84
50171 hm.1 ZH862 : RN 50171/RN42; 2003 824Sqn ; 2004 820Sqn /CU-010
: conv HM.2 type MCSP05; Feb13 824Sqn /(5)82
50179 hm.1 2002 ZH864 : RN 50179/RN44 d/d 05 Dec 2002 Final RN airframe from first HM.1 batch. 82+
: 2003 824Sqn.; 2004 820Sqn./CU-011
77 serials found for . / 824Sq, 824 Sq, 824NAS, 824 NAS

Operations

DatesOperation
04-apr-8217-sep-82 Operation Corporate
13-aug-7914-aug-79IE Rescue from Fastnet Yacht Race
25-jun-7728-jun-77 Fleet Review: Silver Jubilee of HM The Queen
16-jan-7416-jan-74 Rescue from ss Merc Enterprise
08-dec-6131-jan-62KE Mombasa Flood Relief Operations
31-jul-6124-aug-61KW Operation Vantage
15-jun-5315-jun-53 Fleet Review: Coronation Review of the Fleet

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