Squadrons and Units

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1916 to 1940

UNITCOMMANDAIRCRAFTFROMTO
3 Wing RNASInitially two BE2c, one Short Biplane, four Sopwith 1½ Strutters, one Curtiss Biplane.29th May 191614th Oct 1916
War FlightFlt Cdr ButlerVarious (six aircraft)27th Jun 1916Aug 1918
Handley Page Training School?Flt Cdr ThomsonHandley Page 0/100Jul/Sep 191619 Jan 1918
7 Sqn RNASSquadron Commander J T Babington, DSOHandley Page 0/1002nd Oct 191621st Dec 1916
A Sqn RNASHandley Page 0/1005th Oct 1917Oct 1917
Pilots Pool5th Oct 1918
55 TDS (Training Depot Station)de Havilland DH91918Mar 1918
203 TDS (Training Depot Station)de Havilland DH91918Mar 1918
219 Sqn (470 Flt)Sopwith CamelAug 19188th Feb 1920
219 Sqn (550/556 Flt)de Havilland DH9Aug 19188th Feb 1920
2 Observer SchoolVarious14th Sep 1918Sep 1919
1 (Obs) School of Aerial
Gunnery
Sep 1919Dec 1919
6 FTS (Flight Training School)Bristol F.2B, Vickers Vimy, Avro 504KSep 1921Apr 1922
2 SqnBristol F.2B31st Mar 192420th Apr 1927
3 SqnSopwith Snipe1st Apr 192430th Apr 1924
9 SqnVickers Vimy, Vickers Virginia30th Apr 1924TBC
2 SqnBristol F.2B, Armstrong Whitworth Atlas, Hawker Audax27th Oct 19273rd Nov 1935
500 SqnVickers Virginia, Hawker Hart, Hawker Hind1st Mar 192728th Sep 1938
48 SqnAvro Anson, Saro Cloud16th Dec 19351st Sep 1938
School of Air NavigationAvro Anson6th Jan 19362nd Sep 1936
206 SqnAvro Anson15th Jun 193620th Jul 1936
224 SqnAvro Anson1st Feb 193715th Feb 1937
3 SqnHawker Hurricane10th Sep 193910th May 1940
235 SqnFairey Battle, Bristol Blenheim30th Oct 193927th Feb 1940
253 SqnFairey Battle30th Oct 193914th Feb 1940
79 SqnHawker Hurricane23rd Nov 19398th Mar 1940
600 Sqn (Det)Bristol Blenheim27th Nov 193927th Dec 1939
1 GRUVickers Wellington12th Dec 193917th May 1940
600 SqnBristol Blenheim27th Dec 193914th May 1940
32 SqnHawker Hurricane8th Mar 194022nd Mar 1940
1 GRUVickers Wellington22nd Apr 194024th May 1940
32 Sqn (Det)Hawker Hurricane10th may 194015th May 1940
604 SqnBristol Blenheim15th May 19403rd July 1940
504 SqnHawker Hurricane20th May 194021st May 1940
13 Sqn (Det)Westland Lysander21st May 194025th May 1940

 

Battle of Britain (10th July to 31st October 1940)

UNITCOMMANDAIRCRAFTFROMTO
1 SqnHawker Hurricane
41 SqnSupermarine Spitfire
54 SqnSupermarine Spitfire
65 SqnSupermarine Spitfire
74 SqnSupermarine Spitfire
264 SqnBoulton Paul Defiant
266 SqnSupermarine Spitfire
600 SqnBristol Blenheim

 

1941-1950

UNITCOMMANDAIRCRAFTFROMTO
92 SqnSupermarine Spitfire9th Jan 194120th Feb 1941
59 SqnBristol Blenheim1st Feb 194115th Mar 1941
74 SqnSupermarine Spitfire20th Feb 19411st May 1941
601 SqnHawker Hurricane1st May 19412nd Jul 1941
110 Sqn (Det)Bristol Blenheim26th May 19419th Jun 1941
222 SqnSupermarine Spitfire1st Jul 194119th Jul 1941
21 SqnBristol Blenheim17th Jul 194125th Jul 1941
242 SqnHawker Hurricane19th Jul 194116th Sep 1941
18 SqnBristol Blenheim16th Aug 194127th Aug 1941
139 Sqn (Det)Bristol Blenheim27th Aug 19417th Sep 1941
615 SqnHawker Hurricane11th Sep 194127th Nov 1941
22 Sqn (Det)Bristol Beaufort30th Sep 19419th Oct 1941
601 Sqn (Det)Bell P-39 Airacobra6th Oct 194112th Oct 1941
607 SqnHawker Hurricane10th Oct 194120th Mar 1942
217 Sqn (Det)Bristol Beaufort27th Oct 194120th Nov 1941
26 SqnCurtiss Tomahawk22nd Nov 194130th Nov 1941
32 SqnHawker Hurricane26th Nov 19414th May 1942
825 SqnFairey SwordfishFeb 194212th Feb 1942
174 SqnHawker Hurricane3rd Mar 19426th Dec 1942
222 SqnSupermarine Spitfire30th May 19427th Jul 1942
331 SqnSupermarine Spitfire30th Jun 19427th Jul 1942
403 SqnSupermarine Spitfirelst Jul 19428th JuI 1942
23 Sqnde Havilland Mosquito6th Aug 194214th Aug 1942
331 SqnSupermarine Spitfire14th Aug 194220th Aug 1942
332 SqnSupermarine Spitfire14th Aug 194220th Aug 1942
23 Sqnde Havilland Mosquito21st Aug 194213th Oct 1942
242 SqnSupermarine Spitfire14th Aug 194220th Aug 1943
841 Sqn (Det)Fairey Albacore23rd Aug 194221stNov 1943
137 SqnWestland Whirlwind17th Sep 194212th Jun 1943
331 SqnSupermarine Spitfire2nd Oct 19429th Oct 1942
832 Sqn (Det)Fairey Albacore19th Oct 194223rd Nov 1942
609 SqnHawker Typhoon2nd Nov 194222nd Jul 1943
832 SqnFairey Albacore2nd Jan 19431st Jun 1943
198 SqnHawker Typhoon24th Mar 194315th May 1943
3 SqnHawker Typhoon11th Jun 194328th Dec 1943
184 SqnHawker Hurricane12th Jun 194314th Aug 1943
56 SqnHawker Typhoon22nd Jul 194323rd Aug 1943
164 SqnHawker Hurricane5th Aug 194322nd Sep 1943
137 SqnHawker Hurricane8th Aug 194314th Dec 1943
198 SqnHawker Typhoon23rd Aug 194317th Mar 1944
1401 Met FltSupermarine Spitfire3rd Sep 194314th Jan 1945
263 Sqn (Det)Westland Whirlwind7th Sep 194310th Sep 1943
415 Sqn (Det)Fairey Albacore21st Nov 194319th Jul 1944
609 SqnHawker Typhoon14th Dec 19436th Mar 1944
197 SqnHawker Typhoon15th Mar 19441st Apr 1944
183 SqnHawker Typhoon15th Mar 19441st Apr 1944
137 SqnHawker Typhoon1st Apr 194413th Aug 1944
605 Sqnde Havilland Mosquito7th Apr 194421st Nov 1944
819 SqnFairey Swordfish20th Apr 19441st Aug 1944
848 SqnGrumman Avenger20th Apr 194413th Jun 1944
143 SqnBristol Beaufighter23rd May 19449th Sep 1944
119 SqnFairey Albacore19th Jul 19449th Aug 1944
616 SqnGloster Meteor, Supermarine Spitfire21st Jul 194417th Jan 1945
501 SqnS/L J. BerryHawker Tempest2nd Aug 194422nd Sep 1944
855 SqnGrumman Avenger8th Aug 19447th Sep 1944
504 SqnSupermarine Spitfire13th Aug 194425th Feb 1945
274 SqnS/L J.F. EdwardsHawker Tempest17th Aug 194420th Sep 1944
80 SqnS/L R.L. SpurdleHawker Tempest29th Aug 194420th Sep 1944
197 SqnHawker Typhoon2nd Sep 194411th Sep 1944
263 SqnHawker Typhoon6th Sep 194411th Sep 1944
193 SqnHawker Typhoon8th Sep 194411th Sep 1944
266 SqnHawker Typhoon8th Sep 194411th Sep 1944
124 SqnSupermarine Spitfire25th Sep 194410th Feb 1945
118 SqnSupermarine Spitfire25th Sep 194415th Dec 1944
229 SqnSupermarine Spitfire25th Sep 194422nd Oct 1944
91 SqnSupermarine Spitfire29th Oct 19448th Apr 1945
26 SqnSupermarine Spitfire1st Nov 19444th Nov 1944
63 SqnSupermarine Spitfire1st Nov 19444th Nov 1944
406 Sqnde Havilland Mosquito27th Nov 194413th Jun 1945
1 SqnSupermarine SpitfireI8th Dec 19448th Apr 1945
310 SqnSupermarine Spitfire27th Feb 19457th Aug 1945
312 SqnSupermarine Spitfire27th Feb 194524th Aug 1945
313 SqnSupermarine Spitfire27th Feb 194524th Aug 1945
822 SqnFairey Barracuda14th Apr 19452nd Jun 1945
29 Sqnde Havilland Mosquito11th May 194529th Oct 1945
175 SqnHawker Typhoon11th Jun 194516th Jun 1945
567 SqnAirspeed Oxford, Supermarine Spitfire, Vultee Vengeance21st Aug 194526th Apr 1946
TP CMD Exam UnitDouglas Dakota15th Sept 194515th Nov 1947
180 SqnSupermarine Spitfire27th Jan 194616th Jun 1946
46 SqnDouglas DakotaOct 46Nov 47
77 SqnDouglas Dakota2nd Sep 19475th Nov 1948

 

1950-1958

UNITCOMMANDAIRCRAFTFROMTO
7512th Air Base SqnAdmin & Base Support11th Jul 1950Oct 54
20th Fighter Bomber Wing
55th, 77th and 79th Fighter Bomber Sqns
F84-E Thunderstreak25th Jul 195010th Dec 1950
31st Fighter Escort Wing
307th, 308th and 309th Fighter Escort Sqns
F84-E Thunderstreak3rd Jan 195127th Jul 1951
12th Fighter Escort Wing
559th, 560th and 561st Fighter Escort Sqns
F84-E Thunderstreak18th Jul 195122nd Nov 1951
123rd Fighter Bomber Wing
156th, 165th and 167th Fighter Bomber Sqns
F84-E Thunderstreak9th Dec 195110th Jul 1952
406th Fighter Bomber Wing
512th, 513th and 514th Fighter Bomber Sqns
F84-E Thunderstreak, T-6 and T-33 trainers and C-47 Cargo10th Jul 19521st Apr 1954
Various 406th auxilliary Sqnsn/a
406th Fighter Intercepter WingF-86F Sabrejet1st Apr 195415th May 1958
92nd Fighter Bomber SqnF-86D Sabrejet then F84-F Thunderstreak28th Mar 195529th Apr 1958
Flight A, 9th Air Rescue SqnSA-16 Albatross, SB-2919501958
66th Air Rescue SqnHU-16B Albatross, S-5519501958

 

1958-

UNITCOMMANDAIRCRAFTFROMTO
22 Sqn `D” FltWestland Whirlwind1st Jul 196131st Mar 1969
1 Air Experience Flightde Havilland Chipmunk2nd Apr 19631st April 1995
618 Volunteer Gliding SqnGliders24th Mar 631965
617 Volunteer Gliding SqnGlidersDec 70Apr 1968
Bristow HelicoptersWestland Whirlwind1st Jun 197130th Sep 1974
72 Sqn ‘D’ FltWestland Wessex HC2Oct 1974Jun 1976
22 Sqn ‘E’ Flt
(transfer from 72 Sqn)
Westland Wessex1st Jun 19761st Sep 1988
202 SqnSea King HAR 331st Aug 1988July 1994

 

 

REFERENCES
The History of RAF Manston by Rocky Stockman

216 Sqn History: http://www.raf.mod.uk/organisation/216squadron.cfm

22 Sqn History: http://www.raf.mod.uk/rafsearchandrescue/22squadronassociation/22sqnhistory55to02.cfm

617 Gliding School (end date): http://waldor0e.my3gb.com/kfb/617-glidinpc.html