united kingdom 826 squadron

Fleet Air Arm

826 NAS : 826 naval air squadron

1940 to 1993    

Tail Codes
H 1966/68
E 1968/72
TG 1972/78
B 1978/80
826 squadron
Formed in Mar 1940 at RNAS Ford with the fixed wing Fairey Albacore and saw considerable Mediterranean service during WWII, it disbanded in Oct 1944. It reformed as a Canadian unit in Aug 1945, to disappear again in May 1951 when it was absorbed into 880 Squadron. It reformed as a Royal Navy unit, again at Ford with the anti-submarine Fairey Firefly, converting to Gannets in early 1955 and disbanded at RNAS Lee-on-Solent in Nov 1955.
Reformed on 18 Mar 1966 at RNAS Culdrose, it worked up with 8 brand new Wessex HAS.1 and the unit was attached to HMS Hermes (R12) for deployments worldwide, returning to the UK in Feb 1968. It reduced to 4 airframes and deployed from time to time on the OL Class Fast Fleet Support Tankers, RFA Olna (A123) and RFA Olmeda (A124). It re-equipped with 6 Wessex HAS.3 in Oct 1968 and in Apr 1969 it embarked HMS Eagle (R05) for North Atlantic and Mediterranean duties. On return to the UK, it disbanded on 25 Mar 1970 at Culdrose.
Reformed with 4 Sea King HAS.1s in Jun 1970, adding 2 more later, it embarked on HMS Eagles last pre-reserve deployment, in Nov 1970 to the Far East and Australia via the Mediterranean. It detached its Sea Kings to HMS Albion between early and late Dec 1971. 826 Squadron then embarked on RFA Engadine (K08) for the spring in Mar 1972, operating from Culdrose when shore based. It reduced to 4 Sea Kings and embarked HMS Tiger by Aug 1972. Between Jun and Dec 1973, it operated from HMS Tiger (flagship of Task Group 317.1) during a Far East deployment where it had been based ashore temporarily at RAF Tengah, disembarking for RNAS Culdrose again on 20 Dec. It became the first front-line unit to receive the improved Sea King HAS.2, and 4 airframes had been delivered to Culdrose by Dec 1976. It disembarked from HMS Tiger for the last time in Apr 1978 and was re-assigned to HMS Bulwark in Feb 1979 as she was completing a refit.
It converted to the Sea King HAS.5 in Mar 1981 and undertook trials of the Magnetic Anomaly Detection sensors. 9 airframes initially embarked HMS Hermes in Sep 1981 and went South for the duration of the Falklands campaign. Split into 3 Flights (having taken over 824 Squadrons A and C Flights in Jan 1983), it provided a Sea King anti-submarine Flight for the Falkland Islands on rotation until Aug 1986 (the SAR duty having been taken up by the RAFs 1310 Flight and subsequently by 78 Squadron). The Squadrons C and D Flights moved to the Middle East in Dec 1990 (aboard HrMs Zuiderkruis) and Mar 1991, for Operation Desert Shield / Desert Storm.
E Flight was formed to evaluate the much improved Sea King HAS.6 in Jun 1991 at Culdrose, spending time at Farnborough and Boscombe Down before becoming absorbed into 810 Squadron in Jul 1993. The other 4 HAS.5 airframes were operating as single flights, until they in turn were transerred to 819 Squadron, leading to 826 Squadron disbanding in late Jul 1993.

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1992/93Boscombe DownEGDM
1982/93RNAS CuldroseEGDR
1973/82RNAS CuldroseEGDR
1973SG Tengah Air BaseWSAT
1966/73RNAS CuldroseEGDR


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1988/93 sea king     Sea King HAS.6
1981/93 sea king     Sea King HAS.5
1976/83 sea king     Sea King HAS.2
1970/76 sea king     Sea King HAS.1
1968/70 wessex     Wessex HAS.3
1966/68 wessex     Wessex HAS.1

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List of Aircraft for . / 826Sq / 826 Sq / 826NAS / 826 NAS
C/NVersionBuiltIn this OrgIn other Org
wa 86 has.1 1962 XP153 : 826Sq/143-E by Dec 1968, w/o 25 Nov 1969 with 826Sq (HMS Eagle), ditched o+
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 +
wa105 has.1 1963 XS126 : 826Sq/142-E by Nov 1968, w/o 9 Sep 1969 with 826Sq, ditched in Celtic Sea +
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
wa256 has.1 1965 XS876 : d/d 23 Dec 1965 to Culdrose. 814Sq by Feb 1966, 826Sq/340-H by May 1966, d+
- XS876 : The last picture i saw of this helicopter it had been sold and the after f+
wa259 has.1 1966 XS879 : 826Sq/342-H by spring 1966. Ditched and sank off HMS Hermes while operatin+
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+
: Converted to HAS.5 from spring 1982. 826Sq/527 by May 1983, 814Sq/265 by S+
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 639 has.1 1969 XV651 : Built as HAS.1 and ff 17 Oct 1969, dd 07 Nov 1969 RAE Boscombe Down, fitt+
QinetiQ XV651 : 15jul10 QinetiQ at Boscombe Down
- XV651 : 09mar16 at Honeypot Lane for sale as airframe only
: 10aug16 at mini moo's farm, Edmondsley, Durham. DH7 6EY
wa 640 has.1 1969 XV652 : Built as HAS.1 and ff 12 Nov 1969, dd 03 Dec 1969. Conv to HAS.2A 706Sq/58+
wa 643 has.1 1969 XV655 : RN; 01sep78 HAS.2 type 826Sqn./TG-142
: noted as coded 142-B with 826NAS on HMS Bulwark mar79
wa 645 has.1 1969 XV657 : Conv to HAS.5. RNAY Fleetlands by 1987, /132 Westland by 1988, 824Sq/255 b+
wa 650 has.1 1970 XV662 : HAS.1 826Sq/140-E by Jun 1970, forced landing on water off the Lizard w/o +
wa 651 has.1 1970 XV663 : 826 Sq/141-E by 1971
wa 652 has.1 1970 XV664 : RN, Sea King HAS.1 type f/f 06may70, d/d 01jun70; 826Sq/142-E by 1971; con+
: 27May70 handed over to FAA at NASU RNAS Culdrose; 19Jun70 to 826Squadron, +
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 : 02Jul70 delivered to NASU RNAS Culdrose; 14Aug70 of 826Squadron, HMS Eagle+
: Displayed at SBAC Farnborough Air Show sep70 when HAS.2 coded 144-E of 826+
: Sep70 826Sq/144-E still Sep 1972; Aug78 Conv HAS.2A, 706Sq /598
HeliOperations XV666 : HeliOps; VAHS Fleetlands for overhaul and repainting by Jun17 following l+
wa 655 has.1 1970 XV667 : f/f 14 Jul 1970, d/d 6 Aug 1970 as HAS.1, 826Sq/145-E by 1971, ditched in +
wa 659 has.1 1970 XV671 : noted at RNAS Culdrose Airday 25jul79 coded 413 with 826NAS
: 826 NAS / 146-H, in flyng display at Portsmouth Navy Days 1981
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 667 has.1 1971 XV696 : conv HAS.6 1991, 826Sq B Flt/132 by Jan 1992 still Mar 1993 (deployed HMS +
wa 668 has.1 1971 XV697 : 25Jun77 noted RNAS Yeovilton coded TG.142 of 826Squadron, HMS Tiger; 28Feb+
wa 670 has.1 1971 XV699 : 01sep78 HAS.2 type 826Sqn./TG-143
: noted as 826Sq/143 on 11 Mar 1982, en route Portsmouth
: 5 Jun 1989: While operating from RFA Fort Austin off Glasgow as 826 NAS /1+
British Army XV699 : noted embarked on HMS Bulwark coded 141-B with 826NAS mar79 for Exercise C+
Vector Aerospace XV699 : Dec08 Vector Aerospace
wa 680 has.1 1971 XV709 : 1979 Type: HAS.1 noted at RNAS Culdrose Airday 25jul79 coded 412 with 826N+
wa 839 has.2 1976 XZ571 : RN HAS.2, f/f 08jul76, d/d 01sep76; 826Sq/140-TG by Aug 1978 still Jun 197+
: 01sep78 HAS.2 type 826Sqn./TG-140
: 826Sq /140, noted at Bickleigh 6 Jun 1979
: replaced XV699 as 826Sq/143-H on 25 Feb 1982.
: Conv. to HAS.5 826Sq/526 by Jan 1985 still 1986; 826Sq/136 by 1988; HMS Su+
: 826Sq B Flt/136 (deployed HMS Coventry during Gulf War, May 1990-Feb 1991)
: 826Sq B Flt/136 Cornwall Flt Jul 1991 to c Jun 1992
wa 840 has.2 1976 XZ572 : 826Sq/141-TG by Dec 1976 until c Jan 1977; 814Sq/270-H by Dec 1977
wa 841 has.2 1976 XZ573 : RN Sea King HAS.2 f/f 05aug76, d/d 13sep76; w/o 18may82 asg 826Sqn during+
: HAS.2 826Sq/141-TG by Feb 1977; 826Sq/141-B by May 1979 still Jun 1979
: 826Sq /141, noted at Bickleigh 6 Jun 1979
: RN HAS.2 noted 25jul79 at RNAS Culdrose Air Day coded 143-B with 826NAS
: conv to HAS.5 from Jun 1980; 706Sq/593-CU by Jan 1981; 820Sq/22 Apr 1982; +
wa 843 has.2 1976 XZ575 : RN HAS.2 noted 25jul79 at RNAS Culdrose Air Day coded 410 with 826NAS
QinetiQ XZ575 : Asset transferred from DERA, on creation of QinetiQ, Jul 2001.
wa 845 has.2 1976 XZ577 : noted as 826Sq/142 on 11 Mar 1982, en route Portsmouth
wa 876 has.5 1979 XZ916 : Built as HAS.5 f/f 16 Feb 1979, d/d 30 March 1979 to RN. Ex "XV916" ntu, M+
: 23May84 noted RNAS Portland coded -.525 of 826Squadron; 24Jan86, noted RNA+
wa 879 has.5 1979 XZ919 : 826 NAS / 141-H, aboard HMS Hermes at Portsmouth Navy Days 1981
: noted as 826Sq/141 on 11 Mar 1982, en route Portsmouth
: 27Jun85 Coded -.529 of 826Squadron Crashed after in-flight collision with +
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 892 has.5 1981 ZA131 : noted as 826Sq/133 on 11 Mar 1982, en route Portsmouth
: HAS.5 826Sq/533 by 1986, 826Sq/131 by 1988
wa 893 has.5 1981 ZA132 : noted as 826Sq/134 on 11 Mar 1982, en route Portsmouth
wa 894 has.5 1981 ZA133 : RN HAS.5, f/f 03apr81, d/d 14may81; 826Sq/135 by Mar 1982; 824Sq B Flt Art+
wa 897 has.5 1981 ZA136 : noted as 826Sq/140 on 11 Mar 1982, en route Portsmouth
wa 898 has.5 1981 ZA137 : 826Sq /146, noted visting HMS Cambridge on 16 Nov 1982
QinetiQ ZA137 : QinetiQ from 26aug14, on loan until the end of its flying life
wa 900 has.5 1982 ZA167 : 814Sq/273-L by Jun 1982 still 1986, 814Sq/265-L by Jun 1987, 814Sq/264-N b+
wa 958 has.5 1986 ZE420 : 22+23jun90 type:HAS.5 826Sqn./134 Participated with Fleet days Den Helder,+
: 04Dec91 noted RNAS Portland coded -.138 of 826Squadron
: 1992 type:HAS.5 826Sqn./138; 1994 type:HAS.5 706Sqn./CU-92


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