Primary sources of information

The details and histories of the ships and squadrons are drawn from a collection of primary sources brought together in a synthesis of the historical significance. Many of these sources are the product of years of research by dedicated aviation and naval researchers, without their dedication much of the detail included in these accounts would not have been possible.



Reference works :

Barnett, C. (2001) 'Engage the enemy more closely' London, Penguin Books
Brown, D. (1974) 'Carrier Operations in World War 2 - vol 1 the Royal Navy' Shepperton, Ian Allen Ltd.
de S Winser, J. (2002) 'British invasion fleets' Gravesend, The World Ship Society Ltd.
Eadon, S. (1995) 'Sakishima and Back' Bristol, Crecy Books
Eadon, S. (1995) 'Kamikaze' Worcester, Square One Publications
Foster, S. (1994) 'Assault on the Empire - OKINAWA 1945' London, Cassell & Co.
Hobbs, D. (2003) 'Royal Navy Escort Carriers' Liskeard, Maritime Books
Hobbs, D. (2007) 'Moving bases: Royal Navy Maintenance Carriers and MONABs' Liskeard, Maritime Books
Hobbs, D. (2020) 'Taranto: And Naval Air Warfare in the Mediterranean, 1940-1945' Barnsley, Seaforth Publishing.
Poolman, K. (1988) 'Allied Escort Carriers of World War Two in Action' London, Blandford Press
Poolman, K. (1972) 'Escort Carriers 1941 - 1945' Shepperton, Ian Allen Ltd
Roskill, S. (1960) 'The War At Sea 1939-1945' Her Majesty's Stationary Office
Smith, P. (2001) 'Task Force 57' Third Ed, Lanchester, Crecy publishing.
Sturtivant, R. & Burrows, M. (1995) 'Fleet Air Arm Aircraft 1939 to 1945' Tonbridge Wells, Air Britain (Historians)
Sturtivant, R., Burrows, M. & Lee, H., (2004) 'Fleet Air Arm Fixed-wing Aircraft Since 1946' Tonbridge Wells, Air Britain (Historians)
Sturtivant, R & Balance, T. (1994) 'Squadrons of the Fleet Air Arm' Tonbridge Wells, Air Britain (Historians)
Warlow, B. (2000) 'Shore Establishments of the Royal Navy' Liskeard, Maritime Books
Winton, J. (1969) 'The forgotten Fleet', London, Michael Joseph Ltd.
Admiralty publications:
The Navy List, Feb 1939 - Jul 1946 editions
Admiralty Fleet Orders 1939 - 1945




Electronic publications::

British & Commonwealth officers serving in British units section of the web site

Allied Warships in World War Two section of web site

Service histories of Royal Navy warships in World War 2 section of web site

Casualty Lists of the Royal Navy and Dominion Navies World War 2 section of web site

Admiralty war diaries and reports section of web site

Royal Navy Escort Carriers section of web site

The MONAB Story section of web site

Arnold Hague convoy database section of web site

Trove -  National Library of Australia, online catalogue of digitised newspapers and more

Australian War Memorial on-line collections section of the web site

Imperial War Museum on-line collections section of the web site


On-line archive various documents including;
Admiralty War Diaries, US Navy Yard War Diaries, an various miscellaneous documents.