806 Squadron was formed in early 1940 and was equipped with Skuas and Rocs, both outdated as fighters and dive-bombers, the latter hampered by a gunner’s turret, and most unsuited for modernwarfare. However, 806 was fortunate to have at its head the volatile but skilful and aggressive Lt-Cdr Charles Evans, a 30-year-old born-leader with ten years experience flying with both the RAF and RN. With the aid of his equally experienced Senior Observer, Lt Desmond Vincent-Jones, the young fledgling pilots, mainly straight from training school, were soon receiving expert instruction. Having survived early ops over Norway and Dunkirk, 806 was selected to fly the new fleet-fighter, the underrated Fulmar, with which it went to war in the Mediterranean aboard the aircraft carrier Illustrious and won its spurs. The young pilots, led by the CO, wreaked havoc amongst the Italian navy’s spotter seaplanes and bombers.
806 NAVAL AIR SQUADRON The FAA’s Top-Scoring Fighter Squadron of the Second World War
A good squadron history from Brian Cull the highly respected author with many past historical aviation gems to his credit. 806 NAS was a fighter squadron that flew, Blackburn Skua &Roc’s, Fairey Fulmar,Gloster Sea Gladiator,Hawker Hurricane,Grumman Martle, and the Supermarine Seafire. It formed in February 1940 and saw active service in the Norwegian campaign, the Dunkirk evacuation and the Malta Convoys.