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No.861 Squadron
Role: Fighter-pilot training

First formed at RNAS Dale on 16 September 1946 under Royal Navy supervision. Worked up on ten Firefly F.1s and embarked on HrMS Karel Doorman in February 1947. Disbanded shortly afterwards.

Air Bases:
Base Duration
Dale, UK16 September 1946 to February 1947
HrMS Karel Doorman22 February 1947 to late Feb 1947

Aircraft Used:
Type Qty Service Badge Example Serials
Firefly F.11+16 Sept 1946 - Feb 1947 F-10

Unit Insignia:
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