|No. 187 Squadron RAF|
1 April 1918–1919|
1 February 1945 – 1 Dec 1946
1 February 1953 – 2 Sept 1957
|Branch||Royal Air Force|
|Squadron Badge||A buzzard carrying a propeller in its claws|
|Squadron codes||PU (Feb 1945 - Dec 1946)|
History[edit | edit source]
Formation in World War I[edit | edit source]
The squadron formed on 1 April 1918 as a night training unit and disbanded in 1919 without acquiring its own aircraft.
Formation in World War II[edit | edit source]
The squadron reformed on 1 February 1945 at RAF Merryfield and equipped with Halifax transport aircraft. It then equipped with Dakotas for trooping flights to India and then destinations in Europe including Bari, Italy. The squadron disbanded in Austria on 1 November 1946 upon renumbering as No. 53 Squadron RAF.
Postwar period[edit | edit source]
The squadron reformed on 1 February 1953 when the No.2 Home Ferry Unit was numbered as 187 Squadron and it ferried aircraft in the UK and to Germany before it was finally disbanded on 2 September 1957.
Aircraft operated[edit | edit source]
|Feb 1945||Mar 1945||Handley Page Halifax||III|
|Mar 1945||Oct 1946||Douglas Dakota||II|
|Feb 1953||Sep 1957||Avro Anson||C.19|
|Mar 1955||Sep 1957||Vickers Varsity||T.1|
|Apr 1955||Sep 1957||Avro Anson||C.12|
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