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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

BRITAIN'S NAVAL AIR ARM

Never as well publicized as its counterpart Royal Air Force, Britain's Naval Air Arm nevertheless made its presence felt in every major action of the sea war.

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One of the great paradoxes of the 1939-1945 Naval war was that while Great Britain had pioneered development of the aircraft carrier in WW I and thereafter built an imposing fleet of carriers, it entered World War II with only 242 Naval aircraft - not one of which was considered of modern design. A deplorable condition obviously no accident, the reality was that Britain’s Naval aviation had been allowed to totally languish ever since its operational control had been taken from the Navy and given to the Royal Air Force in 1919.

A move intended as an economy measure and organizational consolidation transformed
Naval aviation into an operational fiasco which would reverberate throughout the British Empire.

This is a rather lengthy article.....describing this group of brave men...there little known accomplishments and devotion to their country

It is a "TWO PART" article......hope you find it interesting and informative.