Narrative: The Junkers Ju 52/3m floatplane was destroyed, early morning, on the 10th April 1940, during the bombing raid by sixteen Royal Navy Skua's of 800/803 Sqn's. HMS Spiteful from the front . The airfield officially opened as HMS Sparrowhawk under Fleet Air Arm control in October 1939. Died 13/04/1940. At the time of Sub Lt Franklin’s death, the two Fleet Air Arm squadrons. Hatston was probably the first airfield in Britain to be built with hard runways, four of which were constructed. By the end of the war the worldwide strength of the Fleet Air Arm was 59 aircraft carriers, 3,700 aircraft, 72,000 officers and men, and 56 Naval air stations. HMS Spitfire showing damage suffered at Jutland . HMS Storm flying the Jolly Roger . 24 May 1939 the Royal Navy's Fleet Air Arm consisted of 20 squadrons with 232 aircraft. She was built at the Wallsend yard of Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson and launched on 12 October 1912. Lieutenant Commander Geoffrey Hare of the Royal Navy observed for himself the tempting targets at Bergen and persuaded the commander of HMS Sparrowhawk… HMS Spenser. It was located near the strategically vital naval base of Scapa Flow , which for most of the twentieth century formed the main base of the ships of the Home Fleet . She joined the 4th Destroyer Flotilla on completion. HMS Sparrowhawk from the left . Hatston air field (also known as RNAS Hatston, or HMS Sparrowhawk) was an airfield in the Orkneys in Scotland. HMS Spartan from the right . HMS Somme at Hong Kong . The airfield was built in 1939 as a Royal Navy Air Station. HMS Spiteful from the left . Disbanded Mar 1944, into 771 Squadron , … January 29, ... HMS Sparrowhawk arrived from Victoria carrying Governor Frederick Seymour of British Columbia who came to settle Hudson’s Bay Company affairs in Russian America. RNAS Hatston, also called HMS Sparrowhawk, was a Royal Naval Air Station, one mile to the north west of Kirkwall on the island of Mainland, Orkney, Scotland. HMS Sparrowhawk was an Acasta Class Destroyer. Acasta class HMS Sparrowhawk. and Mrs Franklin of Aldeburgh. 800 and 803. Age 20. HMS Staunch from the right . Originally formed in Jan 1940 at Hatston (HMS Sparrowhawk) in a plan to centralise the operations of the 700 series Catapult flights, around the Scapa Flow base. During World War II it served as one of the most important airstation, in defense of the Home Fleet … They all received in 1940 a 25 mm AA gun and four 13.2 mm machine guns (one 37 … The company had much of Southeastern Alaska under lease from the Russians. HMS Sparrowhawk was the Royal Naval Air Station near Kirkwall. 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