861 Naval Air Squadron

861 Naval Air Squadron (861 NAS) was a Naval Air Squadron of the Royal Navy's Fleet Air Arm.

861 Naval Air Squadron
CountryUnited Kingdom
BranchRoyal Navy
Part ofFleet Air Arm

Service history

861 Squadron was formed in September 1946 at RNAS Dale, Wales, from personnel of the Royal Netherlands Navy, under the command of Luitenant G.H. Greve.[1] Flying the Fairey Firefly, the squadron was assigned to the escort carrier HNLMS Karel Doorman (QH1) in February 1947, but was disbanded soon afterwards.[2]


  1. "Fleet Air Arm 861 Squadron". Squadron Database of the Fleet Air Arm Archive 1939-1945. 2005. Archived from the original on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 17 August 2015.
  2. "Netherlands Naval Aviation Unit History: No.861 Squadron". Aeroflight. 2008. Retrieved 17 August 2015.

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