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  Royal Air Force - Encyclopedia, History, Geography and Biography
During the Cold War years was the main role of RAF was the defence of the continent of Europe against potential attack by the Soviet Union, including holding the UK's nuclear deterrent for a number of years.
RAF squadrons are somewhat analogous to the regiments of the British army, in that they have histories and traditions going back to their formation, regardless of where they are currently based, which aircraft they are operating, etc. They can be awarded standards and battle honours for meritorious service.
RAF personnel who have risen to prominence either by their actions whilst serving, or subsequently are detailed at List of famous Royal Air Force members.
www.arikah.com /encyclopedia/Royal_Air_Force   (3603 words)

 The Royal Air Force - Squadron Page   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
The squadron is the basic fighting unit of the Royal Air Force.
RAF Regiment will take you through to their own website full of information about this important arm of the RAF.
Strength of the RAF links to a list of current RAF units and their strengths.
www.raf.mod.uk /squadrons/index.html   (183 words)

 Regiment Sqns 2700-2850
In April 1942, it was at RAF Skitten and during a defence exercise, an intruder in civilian clothes was challenged by a squadron gunner, the intruder produced a pistol and counter challenged the airman to surrender, the airman, having been given live ammunition instead shot and wounded the intruder.
The squadron converted to the Light Anti Aircraft role in July 1943 and was one of three units defending the radar station at Swingate in late 1943, where the squadron disbanded in April 1945.
The squadron converted to the Light Anti Aircraft role in October 1942 and was one of three units defending the radar station at Swingate in late 1943.
www.rafweb.org /Regiment2.htm   (17009 words)

 ipedia.com: RAF Akrotiri Article   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
RAF Akrotiri is one of the few full-scale Royal Air Force stations left outside the United Kingdom.
Its regular squadrons of Meteor night fighers, Canberra photo reconnaissance aircraft and Venom ground attack machines were reinforced by further Canberras and by Hunters from Fighter Command in the United Kingdom.
Significant RAF units from Bomber Command were deployed to RAF Luqa in Malta, crowding that station as well.
www.ipedia.com /raf_akrotiri.html   (855 words)

 252 Squadron   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
This is a list of RAF squadrons known about to-date, with outline histories.
In January 1942, 252 Squadron re-formed, under 201 Group, with squadron commander Squadron Leader Arthur G Wincott.
By January 1944, 252 Squadron were one of the few remaining anti-shipping strike squadrons left in the Eastern Med.
homepage.ntlworld.com /p.myring/beau/the-squadrons/252-squadron.html   (640 words)

 Aces High Squadron Spotlight
Squadrons from 2001-2003 have been omitted so that up-to-date Squadron Spotlights may be posted.
All squadrons listed are current for the time this web page was last updated (shown at bottom of page).
Squadron CO's: If you would like your squadron to be included in the spotlight, please answer the questionnaire and send it to United.
squadronspotlight.netfirms.com   (394 words)

 Royal Air Force - Avoo - Ask Us A Question - The Royal Air Force (RAF) is the air force branch of the British Armed ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
The RAF was formed on April 1, 1918 and has taken a significant role in British military history since then, playing a large part in World War II and in conflicts such as the recent war in Iraq.
Whilst every squadron is different, most flying squadrons are commanded by a Wing Commander and, for a fast-jet squadron, have an establishment of around 100 personnel and 12 aircraft, but 16 aircraft for Tornado F3 Squadrons.
Colonel Tim Collins, the former Army officer described as a hero during the Iraq war, prompted controversy by calling for the RAF to be disbanded as a separate arm; allowing the Fleet Air Arm and Army Air Corps to absorb aircrew and aircraft dedicated to specific sea and ground roles.
www.millvalleycaus.com /profile/Royal_Air_Force   (4088 words)

 RAF Liberator Squadrons Forum - A Bravenet.com Forum
One of the RAAF squadrons guarding those waters in 1943 was 200 Squadron.
Stationed at Yundum, in Gambia, it was commanded by wing commander W.H.Ingle and equipped with Hudsons and Liberators.
Newly commanding one of the squadrons liberators was 29 year old flying officer Lloyd Allan Trigg of the RNZAF.
pub20.bravenet.com /forum/1673953212/fetch/636902   (568 words)

 Second World War Books: Book Survey
These squadrons served around the globe and were comprised of men from not only the United Kingdom itself, but virtually every corner of the British Commonwealth as well as most of the nations overrun by Axis forces.
"...a record of the movements of, and aircrafts types flown by, all the squadrons of the Royal Air Force..." Jefford's compilation is the most comprehensive of the works, with all RAF squadrons included from 1912 through the 1980s.
Each squadron's badge and motto are included along with a substantial synopsis of its history (more detailed than Lewis) and a variety of photos of aircraft and aircrew.
stonebooks.com /archives/960419.shtml   (958 words)

 Naval Air Squadrons Index of the Fleet Air Arm Archive 1939-1945
The wartime front-line squadrons consisted of the 800 series: 800-819 carrier squadrons, 820-859 spotter reconnaissance and torpedo bomber reconaissance squadrons, 860-879 Commonwealth and allied navy squadrons, 880-899 single-seat fighter squadrons in carriers, 1700 series: two-seat fighter squadrons, torpedo bomber reconnaissance squadrons, later listed as amphibian bomber reconnaissance squadrons, 1800 series: dive-bomber and single-seat fighter squadrons.
Navy Patrol Squadrons VPNAVY is dedicated to the men and women of the United States Navy flying "ASW" (VP/VPB) Patrol Aircraft (past and present).
Canadian squadrons The squadrons that were part of the RCN, their squadron crests and a synopsis.
www.fleetairarmarchive.net /Squadrons/Index.html   (949 words)

 Foreign RAF Squadrons
The squadrons that exist in the EAF and have a homepage have a link from their squadron number.
A further complication is that aircraft "acquired" by squadrons as communications hacks would be quickly overpainted with codes as proof of ownership.
In addition, there were a number of instances where a squadron had been financed by the country or region concerned.
www.europeanaf.org /sqn.htm   (378 words)

 The Battle of Britain - Home Page
Squadrons of Fighter Command in the Battle of Britain
In this section you will find the unit histories of every Squadron that took part in the Battle, including the badge of the unit and details of the aircraft the Squadron used.
Over time, a drawing of every type used by the Squadron during the Battle will be added to the pages, so check back regularly.
www.raf.mod.uk /bob1940/squadrons.html   (199 words)

 List of Royal Air Force aircraft squadrons - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The list also includes squadrons from British Empire and Commonwealth air forces which have served within RAF units.
However, the list excludes squadrons which were later transferred to the Army Air Corps or the Fleet Air Arm.
Squadrons with Roman numerals instead of Arabic numerals are identified in that fashion traditionally.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/List_of_Royal_Air_Force_aircraft_squadrons   (350 words)

 Amazon.co.uk: Bomber Squadrons at War: Books: Geoff D. Copeman   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
This narrative history traces 57 Squadron fr om its beginnings during World War 1 to its links with 630 S quadron during the bombing offensive during World War 2.
The squadron remained active right through to the Falklands con flict in 1982.
RAF Bomber Command Operations 1b: A list by "sentimentalmike"
www.amazon.co.uk /Bomber-Squadrons-War-Nos-57-630/dp/0750917105   (167 words)

 RAF Spilsby and its squadrons   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
The men of Bomber Command are the "forgotten army" of the air war, and while the sacrifices of the aircrew are glorified, neither air or ground crew have received official recognition in the form of a Campaign Medal for their part in World War II.
RAF Spilsby lies 3 miles east of Spilsby town and a few miles west of Skegness, in "Bomber County" - Lincolnshire, at Ordnance Survey National Grid reference TF 450645, Lat.53 09 45N / Long 00 10 15E, and at a height ASL of 33 feet.
It is interesting to note that 44 Squadron at that time (1941) were taking off at three minutes interval, whilst in 1944, from Waddington, 463, and 467 were taking off and landing, at 30 second intervals.
www.cavillconnections.co.uk /spilsby.htm   (708 words)

 Jet Provost heaven - RAF Jet Provost Squadrons   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
During 43 years of RAF service the Jet Provost served with several different squadrons on the RAF and indeed Royal Navy pilot training syllabus as well as various RAF Station Flights.
After being disbanded at RAF Feltwell in 1958 3FTS was reformed in September 1961 as a Jet Provost T.3 Unit based at RAF Leeming.
The Unit was resurrected during a short time at RAF Cranwell, again with T.3A and T.5A aircraft until the type retired from service in late 1991.
www.jetprovosts.com /jpsqns/index.html   (1662 words)

 Spartan History - Travel Trailers
The Eagle Squadrons are pilots, some trained by Spartan, who volunteered for duty in the Royal Air Force before the United States entered World War II.
Of the young men who signed up, 244, average age of 21 years old, served in one of the three RAF fighter squadrons that became known as the Eagle Squadrons, numbers 71, 121 and 133, Squadrons of RAF Fighter Command.
These units were deactivated on September 29, 1942 when the Eagles transferred to the U.S. Army Air Forces to become the Fourth Fighter Group of the Eighth Air Force, the highest scoring U.S. Fighter Group in World War II with 1096 enemy aircraft destroyed.
www.spartan.edu /history/eaglesquadrons.html   (1194 words)

 History of the Desert Air Force and FAA squadrons WW2
The RFC, which gave birth to the RAF, was formed in 1912.
During July 1941, No.253 wing was formed for experiments in close support over the front lines and included two squadrons of Hurricanes and one of Blenheims.
In support of the offensive were No 28 RAF squadron, 258 wing of four Hurricane and two Tomahawk squadrons, 262 wing of three Tomahawk and two hurricane Squadrons and 80 squadron which was equipped with the first hurri-bombers.
www.fleetairarmarchive.net /squadrons/RAF_DAF_FAA_squadrons.html   (452 words)

 Java Index
Young RAF man captured in Java, held in Surabaya Jaarmarkt, Semarang, Haruku, Ambon and Muna Island.
History of RAF 242 (Canadian) Sqn, commemorating Harrison's grandfather, LAC1 George Henry Reid Slater, died on voyage Haruku-Ambon in 1944.
The book has several appendices, listing Japanese POW ships believed torpedoed or lost; summary of vessels known to have sailed from Singapore and Java ports 1942; parties of POWs ex Java; and many other treasures.
www.roll-of-honour.org.uk /Java_Index   (1268 words)

 Strategic Air Command Munitions Maintenance Squadrons in the Cold War
My position in the squadron was usually referred to as “the loading officer.” Services Branch within the squadron was responsible for all flight line munitions activities, including transporting, uploading, and downloading of bombs, Rocket Assisted Take Off (ATO) units, and the 20mm ammunition for the B-47’s twin tail guns.
All systems had to be operational before munitions could be loaded onto the aircraft, which was the last step in readying the “Alert Bird.” For the Reflex aircraft, it was necessary to complete a preflight of all the weapons and munitions systems including the ATO, prior to its departure for Brize Norton.
We were not authorized the equipment necessary to mow the igloos, which had a 35 degree slope on the end and sides, and had to cut the grass using “idiot stick” scythes.
www.zianet.com /tmorris/mms.html   (11524 words)

 The Tempsford Airfield Pages
Even the locals, at the time, were quite ignorant of it's real activities, and many of its secrets have only been released from the Official Secrets List within the last decade.
This R.A.F. airfield (with many Royal Canadian Air Force servicemen) was used by the SOE (Special Operations Executive).
Tempsford based aircraft, flying out of their forward base at RAF Tangmere, supplied the Czech resistance, leading to the ambush and assassination of the "Beast of Prague", S.S. Intelligence Chief Reinhard Heydrich (right) on 27 May 1942.
www.geocities.com /uksteve.geo/blunhistory2.html   (607 words)

 The 103 and 576 Squadron Website
Royal Air Force Bomber Command Squadrons 103 and 576 participated in the Allied bombing offensive against Germany during World War Two.
part of One Group, 103 squadron joining in July 1940, and 576 squadron in November 1943.
If you have any additional information about the squadrons or would like to contribute to this site, please e-mail David Fell.
elshamwolds.50g.com   (97 words)

 Subject Listing for Air Forces - United Kingdom
This report presents the case studies and survey results which resulted in Volume I of the report which looks at recruitment and retention of armed forces personnel in the UK and the shortfall of trained armed forces personnel against the Ministry of Defence's estimated requirements to maintain current levels of activity.
There are details on Squadrons, the locations of Royal Air Force stations, and an explanation of command and rank structures.
There is also a history section that covers the origins of the RAF, RAF Squadron histories, aircraft histories and other topics relating to the history of the RAF.
aerade.cranfield.ac.uk /subject-listing/air1.html   (725 words)

 Key Publishing Ltd Aviation Forums - RAF squadrons in Australia?
I saw a reference some time back when my computer was bung so didn't post this question then, but it had a photo of Spitfires which it said were an RAF squadron based in Australia in WWII.
I don't mean in India and Burma, and I refer to post-collapse of Singapore and Malaya region.
Were any RAF squadrons or units used in the Solomons or PNG campaigns, etc? I have never read of any.
forum.keypublishing.co.uk /showthread.php?t=48196   (379 words)

 TankKiller.com - A-10 Warthog, Squadron Patches, Unit Information
It is also possible that a squadron may be listed for x Wing when it may have been with y Wing in the past.
This is not a complete list of squadrons.
If a unit is missing, it just means we don't have any content for a squadron page yet.
www.tankkiller.com /squadrons/squadrons.html   (165 words)

 Armed Forces - RAF Contents List - RAF Index Page
Armed Forces - RAF Contents List - RAF Index Page
RAF Squadron listings (1 May 2006 - includes recent campaigns)
RAF Pay Scales (April 1 2006 - March 31 2007)
www.armedforces.co.uk /rafindex.htm   (112 words)

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