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1. Name
John Ormonde ARMOUR
2. Date Commissioned
January 1938
3. Date retired
July 1960
4. Rank
Commander RN (Transferred from RM 1949)
5. Awarded wings
March 1942
6. Flying schools
24 EFTS Luton
31 SFTS Kingston, Ontario
7. Aircraft types flown
Over fifty types - mainly on the following :­
Magister, Harvard, Hurricane, Fulmar, Firefly, Hellcat F6F - SN, Mosquito, Meteor Mark IV, Sea Hornet (NF Mk 21), Sea Fury Mk 10, Mustang, Sikoorski S.51 Helicopter
8. Squadrons
746 Sqdn. Naval Night Fighter Interception Unit
800 Sqdn. Eglinton - Senior Pilot
784 Sqdn. Drem - Senior Pilot
892 Sqdn. Hellcat N.F. Sqdn CO
809 Sqdn. Culdrose - CO Sea Hornet N.F
9. Aircraft Carriers
1945. HMS Ocean - 892 Sqdn
1950. HMS Vengeance - Air Group Cdr
10. Senior Appointments
1945. CO 892 Sqdn. Hellcat N.F. First RN NF Sqdn
1946. CO 784 N.F. Training Sqdn
1949. CO 809 Sea Hornet N.F. Sqdn
1950. Air Group Commander, 15th Carrier Air Group - Sea Furies - HMS Vengeance
1939 - 45 War medals
Aircrew Europe
Africa Star
Atlantic Star
12. General
After initial training he served in HMS Valiant from December 1939 to Sept 1941 andsaw action off Norway, Africa, Malta and Matapan. He trained as a pilot in 1941, passing out top of his course. He was awarded his Wings in March 1942 and was then appointed for duties as a night fighter pilot. After a brief spell in 1943 in 800 Sqdn as Senior Pilot, he returned to the N.F.I.U. and saw action flying Mosquito night fighters in night defence of the U.K. and Intruder Operations over France.

On 24 February 1944 he intercepted a Junkers 88 over Basingstoke and engaged it from astern - hits were seen and the Junkers was seen to go down. Intelligence reports later confirmed that it crashed into the sea south of Newhaven.

On 24/25 March 1944 contact was made with a Junkers 88 over Weybridge. Searchlights caused some problem and although a few hits were seen, the JU 88 escaped.

On 15 July 1944 during the Allied invasion of Normandy he was on patrol West of Antwerp having taken off from Manston, when an enemy aircraft was seen. After a 15 minute pursuit an attack was made from 300 feet and the aircraft went down in flames. It has since been confirmed as a ME 110.

After a year in 784 Naval Night Fighter Training Sqdn as an Instructor and Senior Pilot (1944) he was appointed as CO of the first Hellcat Night Fighter Sqdn (No. 892) which was later in 1945 embarked in HMS Vengeance.

His career after the war was as follows :­
1946 - Appointed as CO No. 784 Sqdn (NF Training.)
1947/8 - Attached to the Tactics Branch of the Central Fighter Establisment, R.A.F West Raynham.
1948 - Mission to the U.S.A. in connection with Carrier Controlled Approach System.
1949 - appointed CO of 809 Sea Hornet Night Fighter Sqdn. Transferred to RN as Lt Cdr.
1950 - HMS Vengeance as Air Group Cdr. 15th Carrier Air Group.
1951 - Directing Staff, School of Land/Air Warfare, RAAF Williamtown, N.S.W. Australia.
1953 - i/c Pilots Pre - Flight Training School Gosport.
1954 - Helicopter Pilots conversion course.
1955 - Promoted to Commander and after Staff Course, appointed to Admiralty, Directorate of Air Equipment.
1958 - Loan Service to Naval H.Q. New Delhi for Indian Navy. Served as Deputy Director Air Warfare and Training.
1960 - Retired under Government Scheme for reduction of the Armed Forces.