The period you quote, up to 1953, covers the whole of the Korean War, but you haven't included that conflict in your list of operational theatres. Since the RAF were largely concerned with the Malayan Confrontation, they had no representation in the Korean theatre apart from individual secondments of RAF pilots to American squadrons and reconnaissance by RAF Sunderlands.

In the air, the British fighting force was entirely supplied by the Fleet Air Arm with significant success. Practically all of the interdiction of bridges, roads and dams was carried out by RN squadrons and one, 802 Squadron, actually destroyed MiG15's in combat.

Much has been written on this subject and I recommend that you read "With the Carriers in Korea" by John R.P. Lansdown.


Brian Randall