|No. 215 Squadron RAF|
|Branch||Royal Air Force|
Surgite nox adest|
Latin: "Arise, night is at hand"
No. 215 Squadron was a Royal Air Force aircraft squadron formed as a night bomber squadron in World War I and again in World War II, becoming a transport squadron near the end of the Second World War.
History[edit | edit source]
No. 215 Squadron RAF was formed in France on 1 April 1918 by renumbering No. 15 squadron of the Royal Naval Air Service. No. 15 Squadron RNAS had been formed on 10 March 1918 to operate the Handley Page 0/100 as a night bomber squadron against targets in Germany. Soon after the squadron became part of the Royal Air Force it returned to England to re-equip with the Handley Page O/400 before returning to France as part of the Independent Air Force. After World War I hostilities ended (November 1918), the squadron disbanded on 18 October 1919.
The squadron was reformed on 1 October 1935 from 'A' flight of No. 58 Squadron at RAF Worthy Down. It was merged into 11 OTU. The squadron re-formed at RAF Honnington on the same day with the Vickers Wellington only to be merged into 11 OTU the following month.
The squadron was reformed in December 1941 at RAF Newmarket ready for movement to India. The squadron was posted to Calcutta in 1942 and was involved in bombing operations using first Vickers Wellington and then later, Consolidated Liberator aircraft.
The squadron was reformed in April 1956 at RAF Dishforth to operate the Scottish Aviation Pioneer in the light transport role and Army support duties, and was disbanded two years later in September 1958 when it was re-numbered as 230 Squadron.
The squadron was again formed in May 1963 at RAF Benson as a medium-range transport squadron for operation in the Far East and it moved to RAF Changi with the Armstrong Whitworth Argosy until it was disbanded in December 1967.
Aircraft operated[edit | edit source]
|1918||Handley Page O/100||Twin-engined biplane bomber|
|1918–1919||Handley Page O/400||Twin-engined biplane heavy bomber|
|1935–1937||Vickers Virginia||X||Twin-engined biplane heavy bomber|
|1937–1939||Handley Page Harrow||Twin-engined heavy bomber|
|1939–1940||Vickers Wellington||I and IA||Twin-engined medium bomber|
|1944–1945||Consolidated Liberator||VI||Four-engined heavy bomber|
|Douglas Dakota||Twin-engined transport|
|1956–1958||Scottish Aviation Pioneer||CC1||Twin-engined light transport|
|1963–1967||Armstrong Whitworth Argosy||C1||Four-engined medium transport|
References[edit | edit source]
Notes[edit | edit source]
- Jefford 1988, page 71
Bibliography[edit | edit source]
- Gwynne-Timothy, John R.W. Burma Liberators: RCAF in SEAC. Toronto, Ontario, Canada: Next Level Press, 1991. ISBN 1-895578-02-7.
- Jefford, Wing Commander C.G. (2001). RAF Squadrons, a Comprehensive record of the Movement and Equipment of all RAF Squadrons and their Antecedents since 1912. Shrewsbury, Shropshire, UK: Airlife Publishing Ltd.. ISBN 1-85310-053-6.
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