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10-24-2004, 03:15 PM
I'm trying to gather information on operational Corsairs with the Fleet Air Arm, and put together a time line for reference.

I have found a source stating that FAA Corsairs performed their first combat action on 3 April 1944, with Number 1834 Squadron flying from the HMS VICTORIOUS to help provide cover for a strike on the German super-battleship TIRPITZ in a Norwegian fjord. This was apparently the first combat operation of the Corsair off of an aircraft carrier.

I wanted to double check if that info was correct. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_confused.gif

Also while April '44 was supposidly the first operational use of the FAA Corsair, I have found info stating that FAA squadrons were already operating from the HMS ILLUSTRIOUS way back in Dec '43.

So I'm a little confused http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/53.gif

Does this simply mean that, although squadrons on the Illustrious were equiped with Corsairs, they just didn't see any combat operations from Dec '43. Or is the info on the first use being April '44 a big lie? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/53.gif

Any and all info welcome http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

10-24-2004, 04:05 PM

10-24-2004, 04:05 PM
Have you checked here?


10-24-2004, 04:07 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Zyzbot:
http://www.fleetairarmarchive.net/Aircraft/Corsair.htm <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Great minds think alike http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

10-24-2004, 04:09 PM
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Thankyou Gentlemen!

hehe funnily enough I had been using that site for the Ships, but not for the planes http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/35.gif

That page is pretty good, giving numbers of planes in service, but it doesn't realy detail the operations the Corsairs were used in...

any more info? http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

10-24-2004, 08:05 PM
Um, why call the Tirpitz a "super" battleship? It was an early war design with insufficient AAA, poor compartmentalization, overly complex systems, and severe vulnerabilites in the steering gear and screws.


10-24-2004, 09:16 PM
Every source I found so far says the first combat use was April 6, 1944.

Here is one more site with some FAA info: