Naval Aviation Heroes
The history of Naval aviation includes four Victoria Crosses for valour in the air. Two were awarded to the Royal Naval Air Service in the First World War and two were posthumously awarded during the Second World War. Numerous other acts of conspicuous bravery and gallantry have been recognised over the past 100 years.
Lieutenant-Commander Esmonde joined the newly formed Royal Naval Air Branch in 1939 and led a key attack against the Bismarck in 1941. He was awarded the Victoria Cross for his valiant attack on the German Battle Cruisers in the Channel Dash. read more