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February 1945 - August 1946


Formation and work-up

No.1701 Squadron formed at RNAS Lee-on-Solent on February 1st 1945 as an amphibian bomber reconnaissance squadron under the command of Lt. (A) L.F. Plant RNVR. The squadron was issued with six Sea Otters which, after a short workup, embarked in HMS BEGUM on April 17th 1945 for passage to the Pacific for operations with the British Pacific Fleet.

On reaching Australia in early June the squadron split into two flights; ‘A’ flight disembarked to RNAS Maryborough, Queensland to operate ashore, while ‘B’ flight had been put ashore at RNAS Ponam in the Admiralty Islands at the end of May to operate ashore.


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Content revised: 23 November 2018

Sources used in compiling this account:

Sturtivant, R. & Burrows, M. (1995)'Fleet Air Arm Aircraft 1939 to 1945' Tonbridge Wells, Air Britain (Historians)

Sturtivant, R & Balance, T., (1994)'Squadrons of the Fleet Air Arm' Tonbridge Wells, Air Britain (Historians)






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Battle Honours



Aircraft Types

Sea Otter I Feb 45 - Aug 46

Oxford Apr - Aug 46

Tiger Moth II Jul - Aug 46

Commanding Officers

Lt. (A) L.F. Plant RNVR 1 Feb 1945

Lt. (A) P.H. Woodham DSC RNVR 19 Oct 1945

Squadron disbanded 27 Aug 1946


Aircrew and Squadron Personnel


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