7-8 September 1943
HMS Unicorn arrived as part of Force ‘V’ which included HM Escort Aircraft Carriers Attacker, Battler, Hunter, Stalker, the cruisers Euryalus, Scylla and Charybdis, the destroyers Cleveland, Holcombe, Atherstone, Liddesdale, Farndale, Calpe, and Polish destroyers Orp Slazak and Orp Krakowiak.
Force ‘V’ was meant to cover the landings on Italy and prevent interference from Italian forces, but as Italy had surrendered on the 8th, the threat had passed but there were still strong German forces in the area.
The carriers had the following squadrons on board, consisting only of Seafires. Between them, the five carriers had 11 squadrons, for a total of 109 aircraft.
Unicorn had embarked three squadrons on board, these being 809, 887 and 897, for a total of thirty aircraft. I have no aircraft details except for those listed below, ironically because they were lost/damaged in accidents.