"the RNVR"

The RNVR, or Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, was a reserve of civilian volunteers, founded in 1903.

Between 1938 and 1957 the RNVR maintained their own Air Branch and provided aircrew personnel. After the war, this was limited to anti-submarine and fighter squadrons only. The Air Branch squadrons were disbanded in 1957 as the UK government considered the training needed beyond the expectations of reservists.