Supermarine Attacker FB.2, 1831 Naval Air Squadron, Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve, 1955-57.
1831 Naval Air Squadron initially formed on 1 July 1943 at NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island, equipped with Lend-Lease supplied Vought Corsair fighters. It crossed the Atlantic to Britain in October, but was broken up to re-inforce 1830 and 1833 Naval Air Squadrons and was disbanded on 10 December 1943. It reformed on 1 November 1944, again as a Corsair-equipped squadron, at NAS Brunswick in Maine. The Squadron returned to Britain in February 1945, embarking on the aircraft carrier HMS Glory and sailed to join the British Pacific Fleet in May 1945. By the time HMS Glory reached the Pacific, the Second World War was almost over, and 1831 Squadron saw no combat. The squadron returned to Britain and disbanded on arrival on 13 August 1946.
1831 Squadron reformed at RNAS Stretton in Cheshire on 1 June 1947 as part of the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve, equipped with Supermarine Seafires and one Harvard trainer. The squadron, its strength supplemented by a single Hawker Sea Fury and Fairey Firefly in 1948, carried out a training deployment aboard HMS Illustrious in September 1949 and again in August–September 1950. The Squadron re-equipped with the Sea Fury, in June 1952 became part of the newly established Northern Air Division of the RNVR. On 15 June 1953, 1831 Squadron took park in the flypast for the Coronation Fleet Review marking the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.
From May–June 1955, the Squadron became the first jet-equipped squadron of the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve, replacing its Sea Furys with seven Supermarine Attacker jet fighters and one de Havilland Vampire T22 trainer. Later that same year, the squadron formed an aerobatic team with its Attackers, displaying at five airshows. On 9 January 1957, it was announced that flying units of the Royal Auxiliary Air Force and the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve were to be disbanded, with operational training ending on 10 January. As a result, 1831 Naval Air Squadron disbanded on 10 March 1957, effectively ending the Attackers military service with England.