HMS Theseus

HMS Theseus

First tour: 29/9/50-23/4/51

Air Crew Casualties

Honours and Awards

Specifications and a brief history

First tour: 29/9/50-23/4/51

Ship's Officers

Captain A.S. Bolt DSO, DSC
17th Carrier Air Group Commander: Lieutenant Commander (P) F. Stovin-Bradford, DSC (Promoted Commander 31/12/50), succeeded by Lieutenant Commander (P) M.P. Gordon-Smith, DSC on 12/1/1951.
No.807 Squadron CO: Lieutenant Commander (P) M.P. Gordon-Smith, DSC
No.810 Squadron CO: Lieutenant Commander (F) K.S. Pattison, DSC

During the passage out from the United Kingdom, the Theseus' crew practiced achieving consistent and steady on and off flying operations for high intensity flying, Theseus sailed from Hong Kong at 1130 on Monday 2nd October, the Air Group had flown ashore to Kai Tak on 24th September, where they had stayed during the ship's hand-over from Triumph. All aircraft landed on successfully that afternoon. A typhoon was encountered in the evening, but by Wednesday,  it had passed, and Thursday saw Theseus arrive at Sasebo, where she anchored, adjacent to Warrior. During the next two days, replacement aircraft were passed, and the painting of recognition stripes was completed on all aircraft. A pool of reserve aircraft, together with maintenance staff, had been established at Iwakuni.

By 7th October, Admiral Andrewes had reorganized TE 95 into seven sections, numbered TE 95.10, to TE 95.16, with Theseus and her attached destroyers, forming TE 95.11. Thesues was carrying a new aircraft, the Hawker Sea Fury, never before seen over Korea, and there was some concern over possible incidents, but all concerned had been informed of the aircrafts' presence, and there were no incidents. An Anti-Submarine patrol of one Firefly was maintained, as the North Koreans had been presented with two submarines, although this was regarded as a slight threat. Although experience was gained in intercepting aircraft, later identified as friendly, no air combat experience was gained against Communist aircraft.

On ground attack sorties, usually controlled by forward air controllers, with the ground forces, the RN employed bombs, rockets, and bullets, whereas US aircraft, employed the vastly more effective, and more destructive napalm, against enemy positions. Since Korea is a mountainous country, a high degree of skill was required to navigate the terrain in cloud cover, especially on ridges, which were very close to a cloud base. Normally, a 50 sortie a day rate, for two and a half or three hour details, was desirable, but on one day, 66 sorties were flown. Sea Furies were fitted with RATOG for when the catapult failed for a short period, and later for Fury launches, so as to leave the Fireflies with bombing duties, since this meant the carrier did not have to work up to maximum speed for flying off, at 22 knots, which was only possible with her bottom scraped.

The 9-11th October 1950, saw the first phase of the Theseus's patrol, with air attacks directed against enemy defences and communications. Chinnampo was struck on the 9th October, by Fireflies and Furies, in seperate afternoon and morning attacks respectively. Operations continued through October, hitting supply lines, such as bridges, and opportunity targets. General communications interdiction missions were flown, in the general area North and West of a line, Changyang, to Sariwon, to Hwangju. Throughout these operations, the standard of maintenance was high, holes, due to small arms fire and shrapnel were patched, and if necessary, the Mainplanes were changed overnight. Frequently 19 out of the 20 Sea Furies, and 11 or 12 out of 12 Fireflies, were operational.

Thesues's first operational period ended on 21st October, when she returned to Sasebo. The increased performance of the Theseus's Furies and Firefly 5's was a welcome advantage, over the Seafires, and Firefly 1's, that Triumph had flown.

The Second Patrol started on 27th October, and during this patrol, she had onboard, a helicopter from USS Worcester for mine-spotting duties, in conjunction with the minesweeprs off the approaches to Chinnampo. Her catapult was inoperable during this patrol, and for the entire patrol, she had to operate her aircraft without rockets, bombs, or drop tanks, and with six fireflies alighted ashore, to reduce the deck park. The helicopter began mine-spotting on 29th October, off shore from Chinnampo. The patrol was limited to mainly providing CAP over the ship, and minesweeping force, the six fireflies returned, on the way back to Sasebo.

Theseus sailed for Hong Kong on 8th November, during the three days passage, the ships engineering department renewed both the acceleration, and retardation ropes of the catapult. Theseus anchored in Hong Kong, She put to sea, on 13th November, for catapult trials, and it was thought to stay at Hong Kong, as the war appeared to be virtually over, with the UN forces reaching the Yalu River.

The sudden appearance of the Chinese in the Korean War, upped the stakes, and Theseus and her escorts were recalled to Sasebo. Theseus sailed on 1st December, from Hong Kong and reached Sasebo on the 4th. The Commonwealth Task force, TG 95.1, was given responsibility for all West coast area, excluding the evacuation ports themselves. Theseus would provide air support.

The Third patrol started on 4th December, when Theseus, Concord, Cossack, and Everten, sailed from Sasebo. The Sea Furies, and Fireflies of Theseus, caused great destruction on bridges, rolling stock, M/T dumps, troops, and the rest of the advancing Communist forces. The Air Force at this time, was handicapped by having to pull out of its forward air fields, while the carrier could just up anchor and aweigh, although Communist seapower was negligible, and this was hardly ever necessary.

HMS TheseusFlying had started on 5th December, covering Chinnampo against enemy attacks, as the troops were evacuated. On the 8th, the activity continued, and the ship recorded 115 hours flown, a record for the ship. Poor weather on the 10th prevented operations, but four Furies returned from Kimpo, having been forced down, the the previous day by poor weather. Strikes resumed the next day, and the general destruction of the Communist supply lines and moving stock continued. Haeju and Chinnampo, were struck by the Furies of 807 on the 13th, while the Fireflies also targeted Chinnampo. The area was also combed for UN stragglers, with South Koreans being observed in many parties. MiGs were encountered on the 14th, the first the Theseus's aircrews had seen, when a lone MiG-15 attacked a helicopter moving stragglers to a waiting LST. Theseus returned to Sasebo on the 14th, after finishing the day's flying, but relaying shortly, to check on a fleet of Chinese ships which could have been ferrying troops in, they turned out to be fishing junks. 838 hours had been flown in 338 sorties.

After Theseus had refuelled and restored at Sasebo, She started on her Fourth Patrol, but weather prevented any flying in the two day passage North. Strikes resumed after the weather cleared, with Korea snowbound, and much evidence of enemy activity on the ground. On the 19th December, Furies accounted for 17 trucks, and 3 tanks, in the Hwangju/Sariwon area, in four strikes. Rocketing was made difficult by a low cloud base, and poor visibility. Poor weather continued, but the aircraft managed some strikes. One aircraft carried out bombardment spotting for Ceylon, at Suchon. The 23rd saw the Furies strafing Chinese troops, vehicles, and supplies, in the area east of Pyongyang. The patrol ended on 26th December, after a some mixed flying throughout the patrol, with mixed results, but no fatalities in the aircrews. 630 sorties had been flown for a total of 1630 hours, with over 1400 rockets fired.

Theseus anchored in Sasebo on the afternoon of 28th December, where three new pilots joined, and she departed for Kure. Gunnery and flight exercises were undertaken, and a fly-past over Sasebo was made. Flying finished at noon, for the Christmas Break. At Kure, she anchored alongside a pontoon near Unicorn, and exchanged two Furies, and two Fireflies, for three Furies, and one Firefly. On Sunday 31st December, Theseus celebrated Christmas and half-yearly promotions were announced. Commanders Larkin and Hopkins being promoted to Captain, and Lieutenant-Commanders White, Compston, Thompson, and Stovin-Bradford, all promoted to Commander. Theseus now carried out maintenance, while accompanied by a US 7th Fleet carrier, USS Badoeng Strait.

Captain A.S. Bolt DSO, DSCThe Fifth patrol began on 5th January, when Theseus left Kure, flying began on 7th January, with the main task of maintaining a coastal reconnaissance, from the front line, to Chinnampo, and to prevent troop movements, or supplies reaching the enemy by sea. The coast was mainly iced up, and little activity, including mining was noticed,  the air effort was so great. Admiral Andrewes offered up to 20 sorties a day, to the 5th USAF, in support of ground operations. By the afternoon of 8th January, Theseus's aircraft were working in close support of the US 25th Division, Southward of Osan. Control was mainly effected by airborne controllers in Havard trainers. Strikes were mounted against targets of opportunity, and in support of ground operations throughout the patrol, as well as a constant coastal watch, and observation of unused airfields. On 13th January, heavy snow storms prevented flying, and weather improved the following day. The catapult main reeving became unusable on that day, with a number of aircraft already airborne. Furies could be launched, but only if armed with cannons only, and carrying no long-range tanks. The Fireflies carried normal armaments and petrol loads, but had to use RATOG to launch.

On the 15th, some ingenious parking, enabled the Furies to fly off, and the Fireflies were again launched by RATOG, during the day Lieutenant Highett carried out the 1,000th accident free deck landing. On the 16th, 60 sorties were carried out, a new record for the ship. A message from the Joint Operations Centre, Korea, was received, stating that the carrier Air Group had carried out more sorties the previous day, than the entire 5th USAF. Theseus was joined by USS Bataan on 16th January, enabling Admiral Andrewes to work his two carriers in eighteen day cycles. This cycle, when war needs did not dictate otherwise, was eight or nine days flying, and one replenishing at sea, one additional day each way on passage, six, or seven days in harbour, for maintenance and rest. Theseus now returned to Sasebo, for a rest and maintenance period, during which her air group was presented with the Boyd trophy, for the finest feat of aviation in the previous year by a naval pilot(s) or aircrew(s).

The Sixth patrol, saw a USN helicopter on board, in place of the Sea Otter, which was being  refitted with a new engine, by HMS Unicorn. On January 25th, Theseus sailed for Korean Waters, with her new pilots practicing deck landings during the passage. Off the West coast of Korea, UN ships were delivering gunfire support to the left flank of the UN lines, as well as picking up downed pilots, and maintaining the coastal blockade. Theseus relieved Bataan on 25th January, and started flying in fine weather, flying 408 sorties in eight days. Aerial reconnaissance, and Close Air Support sorties, were the main tasks, and on the 26th, Lieutenant A.C. Bevan's aircraft was seen to flick, and seemingly spin, the spin continued until the aircraft hit the sea, about ten miles East of the fleet. HMS Cossack was at the point of impact within 15 minutes, but no sign of the pilot was found.

The AGC was hit by small arms, or 25mm fire during the CAS sorties of the 27th, and was forced to ditch near the destroyer Nootka, and was picked up. :Lieutenant Keighley-Peach's aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire, and he was obliged to crash land in a narrow valley near Tongduchon-ni. There he hid in a ditch, for some 90 minutes until an American helicopter picked him up, a CAP was maintained by the remaining aircraft of his flight, and then by the relieving aircraft, until he was retrieved. The wreckage of his Firefly, resisted all efforts to fire it, by the Sea Furies strafing the aircraft. Furies, and Fireflies also indulged in spotting for UN ships, and on the 29th, Furies spotted for St Paul, to direct her fire onto the Nippon Vehicle factory at Inchon, thirty 8-inch shells landing in the target area, causing fires, and destroying several buildings. The 31st January, was a non-flying day, being devoted to replenishment and maintenance. The weather on the 1st February, with low cloud preventing CAS sorties until the afternoon. Furies were prevented by the weather, from spotting for Ceylon, and instead, attacked dock installations, in the Haeju area. The weather cleared up later, and CAS strikes resumed.

On 2nd February, the series of 1463 accident-free deck landings was broken, when a Fury landed heavily on a pitching deck, and burst a tyre, straining the fuselage at the undercarriage attachment points. In the morning, Furies directed Ceylon's fire against targets West of Inchon, and later, CAS were run against enemy positions. A CAP was run, over a downed "Mosquito" aircraft, until the crew was picked up by helicopter. The Suwon area received the benefit of the air group's CAPs, as did Kimpo airfield, and a village North-West of Seoul.

The 3rd February, was the last day of the patrol, and 17 CAG achieved a record 66 sorties, all Firefly details, apart from Anti-submarine patrols, were CAS sorties attacking villages and foxholes North-West of Suwn and gun positions around Anyang-ni. Other details, included a reconnaissance to the Ongjin airfields, and pounding troop positions in the hills. Bataan relieved Theseus, and she sailed for Kure. Theseus spent 48 hours at Kure, and the aircrew had leave if they wished. Theseus left Kure on 12th February. On 19th February, Admiral Andrewes was appointed in command of all, Un Blockade and Escort Forces (TF 95).

At the start of the Seventh patrol, Theseus flew a short session of DLPs, for its new pilots on 13th February, while on passage, in company with Comus, Cayuga, Athabaskan, and Nootka. On the next day, the 5th USAF was grounded, due to low cloud over their bases. The Fireflies divided their efforts between two CAS missions and two strikes North-West of Seoul. Sea Furies carried out reconnaissances of the area from Seoul to Pyongyang, and from Sariwon, to Haeju, and Ongjin airfield. Targets were attacked with good results, but little activity was reported. On landing, three of the Fireflies guns went off, one fatally wounding Petty Officer Airman J.F. Wigley, an aircraft handler, and he was buried at sea, with full Naval Honours, the next day.

On 15th February, ice was discovered to be melting round the Chinnammpo estuary and northern area, which might permit enemy mine-laying operations to recommence. CAS sorties continued. The next day was poor, flying being stopped at 1230, and sea conditions steadily worsened. On 17th February, the weather was good, and the Fireflies devoted nearly all their effort to CAS, North-West of Inchon. The forenoon of the 17th, saw poor weather reduce flying to two details. The 18th was spent replenishing fuel and stores, out of the area.

Furies carried out reconnaissance sorties of the Ongjin airfields, of the Han River estuary, as far North as Chaeryong, and of the road from Sariwon to Pyongyang. Heavy rain and high seas prevented flying after 1200 on the 21st, but some CAS had already been flown. Cloudy conditions hampered flying on the 22nd, with the low cloud base of 900 feet. Reconnaissance sorties were flown, due to the mosquito aircraft being grounded for much of the day, and bridges North of Hwangju were struck and one was partially destroyed. The last day of the patrol, saw reconnaissance of Chinnampo, where railway installations were attacked. Fireflies were involved, with CAS supporting IX Corps in the Wonju area. At the end of the day's flying, Theseus set course for Sasebo, arriving the following evening, having been relieved by USS Bataan. During the Theseus's absence, Minesweepingwas increased on route to Chinnampo, and  likely landing beaches were bombarded. Kenya relieved Belfast, after  three week self-refit period in Hong Kong.

The Eighth patrol saw Theseus leave Sasebo on 4th March. Operations commenced on the 4th March, while Kenya and her escorts, bombarded the coast, while patrolling from Chinnampo to Kuhsa-Sung, to maintain the impression of an imminent amphibious landing. The Fireflies concentrated on reconnaissance, and bombing of bridges, while the Furies spotted for shoots by Kenya, and her escorts, and reconnoitred the airfields of Ongjin and Haeju. On the 6th, weather conditions prevented CAS by the Fireflies, and the Furies had only limited success, with reconnaissance of the roads in the area West of Haeju. The following day was filled spotting for Kenya and other ships, while Fireflies mounted CAS operations.

The 8th, saw a reconnaissance of the Soeul-Kaesong-Sinmak area. Railway installations were attacked as were enemy positions, and the road-bridge at Pangyong-ni. CAS were flown for the 1st cavalry Division, and Furies performed the last three Anti-submarine sweeps, as there was a shortage of Fireflies. On the 9th, the carrier replenished, and low mist and fog preventedflying on the 10th. The 11th saw the usual attacks, and on the 12th, the Fireflies encountered heavy, accurate and intense flak South of Hwangju, during their reconnaissance of the Ongjin and Changyon areas. The railway tracks West of Paeongo was severed. Firefly CAS attacked enemy positions on ridges south-west of Hongchon, and a double railway bridge was knocked out with 1,000 lb bombs, in a position South-East of Sariwon, and another was dealt with, near Hungsa-ri. during this detail,  Lieutenant James, was hit by AA fire at 4,500 feet, he diverted to Suwon, having incurred damage, and spent the night there with Lieutenant Johnson, who had accompanied him there.

The last day of the patrol saw Furies doing Armed reconnaissance sorties in the Kangsan-sa to Chinnampo region, and encountered flak near Chanyong. Fireflies continued their CAS sorties, and during these, Lieutenant G.H. Cooles, and Flight Lieutenant D.W. Guy, RAF, on their return, crashed, due either to AA fire, or damage form their own bomb bursts. Furies maintained a CAP over the crash site but saw no survivors. Theseus sailed for Sasebo, on completion of flying that day, arriving at the port the following evening. 226 offensive and 113 defensive sorties had been flown.

The Ninth patrol began, when Theseus and her escort left Sasebo on 22nd March at 0700 for the West coast. The first day saw reconnaissances, and details for CAS and strikes. On 24th March, Furies found several concentrations of enemy vehicles and attacked, firing several vehicles. Lieutenant Commander Gordon-Smith's aircraft was hit by a 0.5inch armoured piercing round, which damaged his fuel tank, and it failed to self seal, forcing him down at Suwon, nearly overcome with petrol fumes.

CAS were mounted as usual against enemy positions, and intense flak was encountered by the Furies near Sariwon. Two Fireflies were hit by 40mm flak, but returned and landed safely. One pilots vision was affected by too-much sun glare and hediverted to Suwon landing with next to no petrol.

Heavy rain, and poor visibility, prevented flying on the 25th, but the 26th, saw three reconnaissance details and CAS missions. The next day's flying was cut short, when low cloud, and rain, forced a cessation of flying in mid-afternoon. Two aircraft also spotted for Comus's bombardment of gun positions, on the South side of the Chinnampo estuary. The carrier replenished on the28th, and operations resumed the next day. Furies once again involved in reconnaissance. Six large boats were hit the following morning, and enemy vehicles were attacked near Namchujon. Lieutenant Commander Coy's aircraft was hit by AA fire, in the port wing, during one of the day's CAS details.

Low cloud on the 1st April, prevented coastal reconnaissance, but the Fireflies attacked hangers at Haeju airfield. More vehicles were found and destroyed, near Namchonjon, and CAS details were flown. Lieutenant Nunn, had to land at Sywon after his anti-submarine patrol, due to a break in the constant-speed-unit control, a party from Unicorn was there, and robbed another Firefly, to repair his aircraft, he then returned to Theseus. Fog rolled in, and cancelled the last detail, and Theseus set course for Sasebo, and entered the harbour, and secured at 1500 on the 2nd April. Some aircraft were exchanged for replacements aboard Unicorn, during the layover at Sasebo, and the USN loaned  a Sikorsky helicopter and crew to the carrier, on 3rd April.

HMS Theseus with BelfastDuring this period, Admiral Sir William Andrewes, was succeeded by Rear Admiral A.K. Scott-Moncrieff, who sailed for Sasebo, in Belfast, on 11th April. The HMNZ's Tutira, and Hawaea, supervised minesweeping in March, in the waters around Paengyong-do. Considerable difficulties were encountered. A MiG-15 was shot down over Sinmi-do, on 10th April, and the 5th USAF, was anxious to recover it. HMS Kenya was ordered to recover the vessel, from the relatively shallow water at the crash site, the 5th USAF, would provide air cover, and search planes, and a helicopter, with an LST base, were provided. A salvage tug, USS Bolster, was added, as a final precaution. Kenya arrived at 1015 on the 12th, and a hectic day was enlivened by USAF B-29s,  bombing the Yalu bridges nearby. Three destroyers, Nootka, Warramunga, and Amethyst, searched the area, and recovered one body, from two downed B-29s. The MiG was not found, and the operation ceased on 16th April.

The Tenth patrol commenced on 8th April, with both Theseus, and USS Bataan, operating in the Sea of Japan, in place of the US heavy carriers, which were off Formosa, to preclude Red China assault there. A daily reconnaissance was maintained on the West coast, but otherwise, it was devoid of carrier support. During this time, a joint US/Commonwealth destroyer screen operated, the first of its kind. The Theseus aircrews, were much more experienced than the USMC pilots of Bataan, and theBritish carrier was able to outperform the theoretically superior Bataan, with her two catapults, to Theseus's one. Operations continued in this area until 15th April, with Theseus replenishing on the 13th, but flying again that afternoon. Bataan replenishing the next day. Theseus flew 276 sorties, and Bataan 244.

Despite a heavy North-Easterly swell, Theseus experienced no deck-landing accidents, which was not usually the case on the West coast, the pilots were given much of the credit for this accident-free term. Five Furies, and one Firefly, were lost, or badly damaged, during operations. On the 8th April, a duty carrier system was announced. The duty carrier providing the CAP and beacon guard, but Theseus's Fireflies continued to provide anti-submarine patrols daily. Spare aircraft, would also be manned before launch, so that in the event of unserviceability on the deck, each detail got the required number of aircraft into the air.

On the 9th April, Fireflies struck rail sidings, and 'marshalling yards, and on warehouses and buildings in the Wonsan area, an attack on a possible minelaying base, resulted in a large fire. Reconnaissance was carried out in the Wonsan and East coast areas, resulting in junks and sampans being strafed, and buildingsand stores being rocketed. The following day, during a reconnaissance of the same area, two Sea Furies were attacked by two Corsairs, they seriously damaged one, and the other escaped unharmed, after some violent maneuvering. The Corsairs claimed one La-9 destroyed. Two other Furies were carrying out a reconnaissance of the Kowon area, and had made several attacks on railway wagons and dumps, when they heard the call for help, from the two aircraft under attack by the Corsairs. On the way to assistthem P3 H. Johnson's  aircraft was hit by 37mm flak, and crashed in a valley, trying to make a forced landing. He was presumed killed, but later found to have been taken prisoner. Lieutenant (E) Julian, in a detail searching for Johnson's aircraft, was hit by flak, which caused him to land at Kangnung, where his aircraft flipped onto it's back after landing. Julian escaped.

Operations on the 11th, were called off, after only one abortive first detail, with a cloud base of 200 feet, and visibility being only 2 miles. The next day, saw Fireflies attack bridges in the Hungnam area, among other targets. Another Firefly, piloted by Bailey, was hit by flak, and ditched, 40 miles from the carrier, and the crew were picked up by helicopter, after spending 40 minutes in their dinghies. The Furies attacked tanks, and other targets, during their reconnaissance sweeps, and spotted for HMS Manchester, St Paul, and Hank.Refuelling took place on 13th April, and flying recommenced at 1140. During an inland reconnaissance to Hamhung, Lieutenant Humphries's  aircraft was hit by flak, and he was obliged to crashlandHe landed in a small paddy field, but skidded into a dry river bed, which provided some protection from small arms fire. The remaining aircraft, acted as a RESCAP (Rescue CAP), while two other Furies escorted a helicopter from Manchester, at Wonsan, about 40 miles away. After 38 minutes, the pilot was picked up, and found to be severely injured, with head injuries, and a badly broken ankle,by doctors on the Manchester. During the afternoon, Fireflies struck three bridges, while the Furies demolished some warehouses of Sontang-ni, and strafed troops in a village North of Wonsan. On the 14th, Furies were reconnaissance bound again, while Fireflies attacked bridges inthe Hingnam area. Details also attacked marshalling yards at Chinnampo, tanks and small craft. Intense flak in the area made things dangerous, and Lieutenant Bowman's aircraft was hit by flak, and made a successful forced landing. A RESCAP was flown over him by the other aircraft in the area, until he was pickedup by helicopter,despite intense small arms fire. The helicopter pilot, Lieutenant Roger Gill was awarded a DSC for the rescue, and waspresented with it by the British Consul in Seattle. Operations on the 15th were reduced to three details, by fog.

TE 95.11 ceased operations on the East coast,and flying came to an end at 1630 on 15th April, when Bataan and her escort proceeded to Sasebo, leaving Theseus and her escort, to proceed to the West coast. Admiral Scott-Moncrieff transferred to Theseus on 16th April. Flying started as soon as Theseus was within range of the targets on the 17th, Sariwon airfield was rendered completely unserviceable, and the bridges were worked over the following day. Lieutenant Hamilton ditched, about 60 miles from Theseus, on return from a sortie, and was rescued, after spending about 55 minutes in freezing water.

On the 19th the weather was low cloud, short visibility, heavy rain, and worse to come. TE 95.11 withdrew to Sasebo and Theseus ended her patrol. HMS Glory entered  Sasebo on 23rd April, and after a full days handing over, Theseus sailed for Hong Kong, doing a tour of the harbour, before passing through the boom. Unicorn, and Glory both manned the side and cheered, Theseus returned the compliment. Warramunga, remained in company until 1900.

During her tour, Theseus had flown 3,446 operational sorties in 86 operational flying days. No operations had been flown in November 1950, and the main credit was ascribed by Captain Bolt, to the pilots for their high, and consistent standard of flying, and to the Deck Landing Control Officers, for their excellent work. At the end of the last operational period, the sequence of accident-free landings stood at 939.

Air Crew Casualties

Lieutenant A.C. Beavan, 26/1/1951
Lieutenant G.H. Cooles, 13/3/1951
Flight Lieutenant D.W. Guy, RAF, 13/3/1951

Honours and Awards

Captain A.S. Bolt, DSO
Commander Robert White, OBE?
Commander Francis Wyatt Rawson Larken, Mentioned in Despatches
Commander Frank Henry Edward Kopkins, Mentioned in Despatches
Commander Peter Maxwell Compston, Mentioned in Despatches
Commander (E) George Allen Thompson, Mentioned in Despatches
Lieutenant Commander (P) Frederick Stovin-Bradford, DSC, DSC*
Lieutenant Commander (F) Geoffey Rolfe Coy, DSC
Lieutenant Commander (P) Major Patrick Gordon-Smith, DSC, DSC*
Lieutenant Commander (P) Bernard Bevans, DSC
Lieutenant Commander (E) Allan Frederick Budden, MBE
Lieutenant Commander Alaric Hubert St.George Gore-Langton, Mentioned in Despatches
Lieutenant Commander (F) Kenneth Stuart Pattison, DSC, Mentioned in Despatches
Lieutenant (P) Peter Lindsey Keighley-Peach, DSO
Lieutenant (P) Charles James Lavender, DSC
Lieutenant (P) William Noble. DSC
Lieutenant Anthony John Austin, Mentioned in Despatches
Lieutenant (P) Geoffrey Hammond Cooles, Mentioned in Despatches
Lieutenant (P) David John Holmes Davis, Mentioned in Despatches
 Lieutenant (P) Albert Ford, Mentioned in Despatches
Lieutenant Gerald Young Temple, Mentioned in Despatches
Lieutenant (P) Neville Richard Willaims, Mentioned in Despatches
Lieutenant (F) David Willoughby Winterton, Mentioned in Despatches
Lieutenant (E)(A/E)(P) Harry Graham Julian, DSC
Lieutenant (E)(OE) Meville Ruan Hocken, Mentioned in Despatches
Commissioned Pilot Francis Dominic Bailey, Mentioned in Despatches
Commissioned Pilot Ian Mackenzie, Mentioned in Despatches
Pilot 3 Frank Edward Bottomley, DSM
Pilot 3 Raymond Charles Grant, DSM
Pilot 3 Peter Ronald Lines, DSM
Aircrewman 1 Charles Frederick Beeton, DSM
Aircrewman 1 Frederick Henry Shield, DSM
Bandmaster Ernest William Buckingham, Mentioned in Despatches
Chief Petty Officer Airman (AH) George Short, BEM
Chief Mechanic Leslie Madden, BEM
Chief Electrician (Air) Clarence Frederick Headon, Mentioned in Despatches
Chief Radio Electrican (Air) David Stephen Chapman, Mentioned in Despatches
Chief Radio Electrician Douglas Craig Davidson, Mentioned in Despatches
Chief Aircraft Artificer (O) Ewart Leslie Hornbuckle, Mentioned in Despatches
Chief Engine Room Artificer Thomas Henry Smith, Mentioned in Despatches
Aircraft Artificer 2 Ronlad Frederick John Gatrell, Mentioned in Despatches
Radio Electrical Artificer 3 Brian Anthony de La Pain, Mentioned in Despatches
Leading Seaman Albert Lindley Rich, Mentioned in Despatches
Leading Airman (O) Alfred John Russell, Mentioned in Despatches
Leading Airman (E) Brian Warwick Smith, Mentioned in Despatches

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