THE

 14TH CARRIER AIR GROUP

The 14th Carrier Air Group (CAG) was formed on 30th June 1945 for HMS Colossus with 827 Barracudas and 1846 Corsairs, disbanding when the ship arrived home from Ceylon 23rd July 1946.

It reformed at Eglinton 1st Oct 1946 with 804 (Seafire) and 812 (Firefly) squadrons for HMS Theseus for service in the Far East, disbanding on return home on 21st December 1947.

Reformed at Ford on 15th January 1948 with same squadrons, but having later marks of the two aircraft types. The CAG moved around RNAS Donibristle, Ford, and Eglinton before embarking in HMS Ocean on 24th August 1948. Sailing for Malta, it arrived at RNAS Hal-Far 1st September, and alternated with Ocean for various cruises in the Mediterranean. In July 1949 804 changed its Seafires for Sea Furies, and 812 for Fireflie FR5's, in addition to which were added 4 NF 1s forming Black Flight which became known as the 14th CAG Night Fighter unit. In November 1949 Ocean was relieved by HMS Glory thus becoming the CAG's new home.

The Group saw action in Korea 1951/52 and disbanded on returning home in May 1952.

AIR GROUP COMMANDERS

Not Identified                                                  30 June 1945
Group Disbanded                                      23 July 1946    

Not Identified                                          1 Oct 1946

Lt Cdr  G R Callingham RN                       1 Jan 1947

Group Disbanded                                     21 Dec 1947

Lt Cdr  J  W Sleigh DSO DSC RN            15 Jan 1948

Lt Cdr  S J Hall DSC  RNB                     24 Oct 1950

Lt.Cdr. F.A.Swanton, DSC                      24 Dec 1951

Group Disbanded                                         May 1952