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  • united kingdom 737 Squadron

    Fleet Air Arm


    737 NAS : 737 Naval Air Squadron

    1943 to 1983    








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    C/NVersionBuiltIn this OrgIn other Org
    55-475 HO4S-3 1953 WV203 : Lee-on-Solent by Sep 1957; 728 Sq C Flt/623 by Feb 1968; NARIU by Sep 1958+
    United States Naval Aviation 133743 : Sikorsky S-55 c/n 55-475, ff:?; acc BuAerRep (BAR) East Hartford, CT, 30Ju+
    - ZS-HDO : sold to Autair 19 Nov 1970 to ZS-HDO; pres. SAAF Museum, Swartkop (nr Pret+
    55-498 HO4S-3 1953 WV223 : 728Sq C Flt/621 by Mar 1958; 737Sq/781 by Apr 1960 still 1961; 781Sq/(827)+
    United States Naval Aviation 133751 : Sikorsky S-55 c/n 55-498, ff:?; acc BuAerRep (BAR) East Hartford, CT, 21Ju+
    Autair Helicopters ZS-HDM : to Autair Pty, SA. c Jun 1971
    South African Air Force A5 : preserved airworthy at SAAF Museum
    wa 91 has7 1957 XG596 : dd 24 May 1957 to 700Sq as /508-H; 737Sq/775-PO by Feb 1961; 829Sq by 196+
    - XG596 : acquired by Weston-super-Mare Dec 1976, for British Rotorcraft Museum.
    : at British Rotorcraft Museum (now IHM) Jun 1978, still Jun 1979
    : To Yeovil for restoration by Westland, on behalf of the IHM Weston-super-M+
    : at The Helicopter Museum, Weston super Mare
    : unlikely that the restoration at Yeovil was completed. Stored outside IHM +
    wa 63 har3 1955 XJ399 : RNAY Donibristle (road) Feb 1958; RNAY Fleetlands (road) Jun 1958; 815 NAS+
    wa 65 har3 1955 XJ401 : Aug 1959 to 737 Sq continuing trials of minesweeping gear, wore codes /780+
    Ministry of Defence (MoD) XJ401 : Spent c 4 years on various A&AEE and Westland test programmes, before bein+
    : trials included drooping tail boom, minesweeping equipment and alternate i+
    Bristow G-AYTK : wfu & conv Ser.3, Bristow UK as G-AYTK, unk.
    : to G-AYTK by Feb 1971, to Bermuda as VR-BFG by Oct 1974
    Her Majesty’s Coastguard G-AYTK : 1971 converted to civilian SAR by Bristow Helicopters; Jun71-30sep74 was t+
    Bristow VR-BFG : reg Bermuda as VR-BFG, unk; b/u Redhill, UK, 1978.
    - VR-BFG :
    Bristow Australia VH-BFG : reg Bristow Australia as VH-BFG, unk.
    wa160 has7 1957 XK933 : 737 Sq / 770, ditched 17 May 1960; to AIU Lee
    wa206 has7 1958 XL844 : 820 Sq/295-R by Jan 1960 to Sep 1959; 737Sq/771 by Oct 1961; 771Sq/753-PO +
    wa217 has7 1958 XL867 : HAS.7 815 NAS / 300 by Oct 1958, 815 NAS / 301-A by Oct 1959; RNAY Fleet+
    wa220 has7 1958 XL870 : 737 Sq/778 by Mar 1962, ditched Portland harbour 7 May 1962, wreck recover+
    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+
    - XM327 : to College of Maritime Studies, Warsash by Dec 1982 still 1994; scr. 1996
    wa 9 has.1 1959 XM328 : As HAS.3, 737 Sq/522-PO by Jul 1968 still Jul 1971; 737 Sq Norfolk Flt/4+
    Westland XM328 : Westlands Oct59 before first flight; A&AEE Sep61; Westland as HAS.3 develo+
    - XM328 : acquired in by the Helicopter Museum, Weston-super-Mare
    : Nov16 completed 7-year restoration at The Helicopter Museum
    : pictured at International Helicopter Museum, after restoration
    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 +
    wa252 has7 1958 XM661 : 700(H)Sq May 1959, 737 Sq/774-PO by Oct 1959 ditched and sank off Portland+
    wa255 has7 1958 XM664 : Fleetlands store by Jan 1959, 700(H)Sq May 1959, 737 Sq/776-PO by Oct 1959+
    wa 14 has.1 1960 XM833 656-PO : 737Sq/656-PO by Aug 1974
    wa 17 has.1 1961 XM836 : 737 Sq Fife Flt/404-FF by Oct 1971 still Oct 1972, 737 Sq/657-PO by Aug 19+
    Westland XM836 : ff 25 May 1960, HAS.1 Westland for cold weather trials.
    : to Westland for prototype HAS.3 conv Oct 1964 to Jun 1966, reworked to ful+
    wa 18 has.1 1961 XM837 : 737 Sq Norfolk Flt/407-NF by Jan 1975, deployed from Norfolk onto RFA Olwe+
    : 737 Sq Norfolk Flt/407-NF, flying at Navy Days, 26 and 27 Aug 1978
    : 737Sq/400-GL noted at Culdrose, 11 Mar 1982
    : As HAS.3 737 Sq/400-GL on HMS Glamorgan, when destroyed by land-based Exoc+
    Ministry of Defence (MoD) XM837 : spent winter of 1960/61 in Churchill, Canada with A&AEE for icing / cold w+
    Westland XM837 : Westland trials and evaluation airframe until very early in 1966, when it +
    wa 19 has.1 1961 XM838 : 737 Sq/520-PO by Sep 1968 still 1969. 820Sq/412-BL by Aug 1971 still Jun 1+
    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 25 has.1 1961 XM844 : to Westland for HAS.3 conversion 1965 completed by 1967. 737Sq/535-PO by +
    : 737Sq Devonshire Flt/403-DV by Sep 1976. crashed on take off from HMS Devo+
    wa 29 has.1 1961 XM870 : 31jul82 in yellow and dark grey camo as PO/652 of 737 Squadron RNAS Portla+
    wa 30 has.1 1961 XM871 : Engadine Flt/410-EN by Dec 1973, 737 Sq Glamorgan Flt/400-GL by May 1974.
    : As HAS.3, w/o 21 Aug 1975 with 737 Sq/400-GL when it crashed into the Red +
    wa 31 has.1 1961 XM872 : To Westland early 1966 for conv to HAS.3, completed mid 1967. 706Sq/569-CU+
    wa 33 has.1 1961 XM874 : 737 Sq/400-GL Glamorgan Flt by Jul 1967 still Nov 1967, 771Sq/519-PO by Ju+
    Ministry of Defence (MoD) XM874 : A&AEE Boscombe Down by Jan 1963
    wa 38 has.1 1961 XM917 : to UK by Feb 1964; 737 Sq/529-PO by Apr 1967
    wa 40 has.1 1961 XM919 : RNAY Sembawang by Aug 1970, 737 Sq Glamorgan Flt/400-GL by Nov 1971, 737 S+
    Ministry of Defence (MoD) XM919 : conv HAS.3 by May 1967, trials in USA and Canada. dd Fleetlands by May 196+
    wa 41 has.1 1961 XM920 : HAS.1 trials aboard HMS Devonshire between 13 Nov and 23 Nov 1961; 814 Sq +
    wa 48 has.1 1962 XM927 : HAS.3 conversion, 737 Sq/430-PO by 1968, 737 Sq/660-PO by Jul 1976 still J+
    wa 54 has.1 1962 XP103 : 845Sq/A-A by Apr 1962, 845Sq/W-B by Apr 1964; 737 Sq/526-PO by Jul 1966; T+
    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+
    : 737 Sq Devonshire Flt/403-DV by Apr 1974 and served in Cyprus.
    wa 61 has.1 1962 XP110 : HAS.1 del RN Apr 1962; 737 Sq /776-PO Jul 1962, later became /526-PO; for +
    : 737 Sq / 665-PO by May 1976; 737 Sq Antrim Flt (loan ?) / (406) by Jan 19+
    : Wreck recovered and repairs at Fleetlands started Oct 1978; 737 Sq / 655-+
    : 737 Sq/655-PO in flying display at RNAY Fleetlands Jun 1983
    wa 70 has.1 1962 XP137 : HAS.1 737 Sq/770-PO by Aug 1962, 737 Sq/520-PO by Jan 1965, WHL Yeovil by +
    : HAS.3 737 Sq Antrim Flt/406-AN Aug 1970 still May 1971; 17 Mar 1971 visit+
    : HAS.3 737 Sq Norfolk Flt by Sep 1974; 737 Sq Devonshire Flt/403-DV by Jan+
    wa 71 has.1 1962 XP138 : Westland Wessex HAS.1 d/d Royal Navy May62; conv HAS.3; 737 Sqn /PO-654; w+
    wa 72 has.1 1962 XP139 : RN; 1978 type:HAS.3 737Sqn./PV-651
    wa 73 has.1 1962 XP140 : RNAY Wroughton (still as 737 Sq / 654-PO); to RAF Chilmark for BDRT Apr 19+
    wa 75 has.1 1962 XP142 : conv to HAS.3 by Sep 1967 complete by Jul 1969; 814 Sq/270-H by Nov 196+
    : HAS.3 led insertion of Special Forces as 737 Sq/406-AN, onto South Georgi+
    : as 737 Sq/406-AN, attacked and damaged ARA Santa Fe outside Grytviken, Sou+
    wa 79 has.1 1962 XP146 : built as HAS.1, ff 13 Jul 1962, dd to Fleetlands 30 Jul 1962. 737 Sq/771-P+
    wa 83 has.1 1962 XP150 : 814Sq/273-V by Mar 1968, 814Sq/273-H by 1969, 737 Sq Kent Flt/401-KE by Oc+
    : 25aug78 pictured as 737 NAS /406-AN with Fishery Protection pennant at HMS+
    : 737Sq HQ Flt uncoded by Mar 1982 until Dec 1982, 737 Sq Antrim Flt/406-AN +
    - XP150 : G.I. National Fire College Moreton-in-Marsh by Apr 1993, on northern perim+
    wa 88 has.1 1962 XP155 : 03Apr79 at Portland as 737NAS /PO-663
    wa 89 has.1 1962 XP156 : 826Sq/144-E by Dec 1968, 737 Sq/663-PO by Jul 1976 still Sep 1977, w/o 27 +
    : noted 22jul79 at HMS Osprey RNAS Portland coded 663-PO with 737NAS
    wa 92 has.1 1962 XP159 : 820Sq/297-E by Nov 1964; 814Sq/341-V by Apr 1965, 814Sq/270-V by Jul 1966+
    wa 98 has.1 1963 XS119 : HAS.3 700H Sq/583-CU by May 1967; 814 NAS /273-V by Oct 1967; NASU CU by+
    : 737 NAS / 665-PO by Feb 1976. On 3 May 1976, undercarriage collapsed duri+
    : Nov 1982 to AES Lee-on-Solent, still in 737 Sq marks as /655-PO. Dumped b+
    wa100 has.1 1963 XS121 : UK for repair and became 3rd conversion to HAS.3, 700H Sq/582-CU by Feb st+
    : w/o 16 Feb 1972 with 737 Sq/435-PO, ditched in English Channel off Portlan+
    wa101 has.1 1963 XS122 : 819 Sq/532 by Jun 1968, 737 Sq/435-PO by Mar 1972, 737Sq/655-PO by May 197+
    wa107 has.1 1963 XS128 : 845Sq/F-B by Jul 1964; 737 Sq/522-PO by Apr 1966, 737 Sq/437-PO by 1968 (E+
    wa108 has.1 1963 XS149 : Conv to HAS.3 829Sq Fife Flt/403-FF by May 1969, 737Sq Fife Flt/403-FF Jun+
    403-FF : departed Valletta aboard HMS Fife for Lime Jug.
    : 737Sq Devonshire Flt/403-DV by 1972; 737 Sq/661-PO by Jul 1976 still Jul 1+
    wa112 has.1 1963 XS153 : 700H Sq/581-CU by Mar 1967, 814Sq/272-V by Jan 1968, 737 Sq/521-PO by Apr +
    wa186 hu.5 1964 XS517 : pictured coded ZC of 707Squadron at RNAS Yeovilton; The yellow and Dark G+
    Royal Air Force XS517 : Apr90, asg 84Sq as an HC5C when I arrived there.
    : Became HC5C on 84 Sqn RAF in RAF Akrotiri and had a diamond emblem on the +
    wa242 has.1 1965 XS862 : To Westland Yeovil for HAS.3 conv Dec 1966, NASU Culdrose by Aug 1968; 826+
    - XS862 : to Air and Ground, Hixon autumn 2000. Gone by Dec 2010
    wa248 has.1 1965 XS868 525-PO : In the static display at RNAS Yeovilton Air Day 1966
    wa255 has.1 1965 XS875 : 737 Sq/527-PO by Feb 1966; 829 Sq Hampshire Flt/402-HA by Mar 1968 still J+
    wa290 hu.5 1965 XT468 : Wessex HU.5 d/d to RN 31 Oct 1965,  847 Sq/H-S by 1969, 737 Sq Tidespring+
    Royal Marines XT468 : 847 Sqn Mar/Apr69 as /H
    wa 632 has.1 1969 XV644 : f/f 7 Aug 1969, d/d 19 Aug 1969. HAS.1  700Sq(S) Sq/582-CU 1969, /528-PO +
    wa 633 has.1 1969 XV645 : ff 9 Jul 1969, dd 11 Jul 1969 to RN. 700Sq(S) Sq/583-CU 1970, w/o 13 Jan 1+
    wa 635 has.1 1969 XV647 : ff 6 Sep1969, dd 26 Sep 1969 to RN as HAS.1 700Sq(S) Sq/585-CU by Nov 1969+
    wa 636 has.1 1969 XV648 : RN, ff 14 Sep 1969, dd 6 Oct 1969 to RN as HAS.1; 700Sq(S) Sq/586-CU Oct 1+
    wa 637 has.1 1969 XV649 : HAS.1 700Sq(S) Sq/587-CU 1969; Non-stop flight from Lands End to John OGro+
    wa 643 has.1 1969 XV655 : 824Sq/051-R Feb 1970 until c Jul 1971, 737 Sq/661-PO by Aug 1973, Fleetlan+
    wa 656 has.1 1970 XV668 : f/f 22 Jul 1970, d/d 20 Aug 1970 as HAS.1, 737Sq/526-PO by 1972. Conv to H+
    wa 658 has.1 1970 XV670 : ff 18 Aug 1970, dd 3 Sep 1970 as HAS.1; 737Sq/664-PO by Sep 1975
    wa 847 has.2 1976 XZ579 : 814 Sq/271-B by Apr 1981. On loan to 737 Sq ? for deck landing training on+




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