|No. 518 Squadron RAF|
|Active||6 July 1943 – 1 October 1946|
|Branch||Royal Air Force|
|Part of||No. 15 Group RAF, Coastal Command|
Gealic: Tha An Iuchair Againn-Ne|
(Translation: "We hold the key")
|Squadron Badge heraldry||A hand couped at the wrist holding a key, the ward uppermost|
|Squadron Codes||Y3 (Jun 1944 – Oct 1946)|
History[edit | edit source]
No. 518 Squadron formed on 6 July 1943 from at RAF Stornoway, Scotland and was equipped with the Handley Page Halifax. After moving to RAF Tiree on 25 September 1943, and absorbing 1402 Flight, it became operational with daily flight out into the North Atlantic to collect meteorological data. It also kept observations for U-Boat activity. After the end of the Second World War the squadron moved to RAF Aldergrove in Northern Ireland where it absorbed 1402 Flight who had been operating Supermarine Spitfires and Hawker Hurricanes. With these added to the squadron, the main equipment was changed from the Handley Page Halifax Mk.V to the Mk.VI. No. 518 squadron was the last of the wartime meteorological squadrons when it was re-numbered to 202 Squadron on 1 October 1946.
Aircraft operated[edit | edit source]
|July 1943||June 1945||Handley Page Halifax||Mk.V|
|March 1945||October 1946||Handley Page Halifax||Mk.III|
|September 1945||October 1946||Supermarine Spitfire||Mks.VII & IX|
|September 1945||October 1946||Hawker Hurricane||Mk.IIc|
|March 1946||October 1946||Handley Page Halifax||Mk.VI|
Squadron bases[edit | edit source]
|9 July 1943||25 September 1943||RAF Stornoway, Western Isles, Scotland|
|25 September 1943||18 September 1945||RAF Tiree, Hebrides, Scotland||Spitfire detachment at RAF Tain, Ross and Cromarty, Scotland|
|18 September 1945||1 October 1946||RAF Aldergrove, County Antrim, Northern Ireland|
See also[edit | edit source]
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Bibliography[edit | edit source]
- Bowyer, Michael J.F. and John D.R. Rawlings. Squadron Codes, 1937–56. Cambridge, UK: Patrick Stephens Ltd., 1979. ISBN 0-85059-364-6.
- Delve, Ken. The Source Book of the RAF. Shrewsbury, Shropshire, UK: Airlife Publishing, 1994. ISBN 1-85310-451-5.
- Flintham, Vic and Andrew Thomas. Combat Codes: A full explanation and listing of British, Commonwealth and Allied air force unit codes since 1938. Shrewsbury, Shropshire, UK: Airlife Publishing Ltd., 2003. ISBN 1-84037-281-8.
- Halley, James J. The Squadrons of the Royal Air Force & Commonwealth, 1981–1988. Tonbridge, Kent, UK: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd., 1988. ISBN 0-85130-164-9.
- Jefford, Wing Commander C.G., MBE,BA,RAF (Retd). RAF Squadrons, a Comprehensive Record of the Movement and Equipment of all RAF Squadrons and their Antecedents since 1912. Shrewsbury, Shropshire, UK: Airlife Publishing, 2001. ISBN 1-84037-141-2.
- Rawlings, John D.R. Coastal, Support and Special Squadrons of the RAF and their Aircraft. London: Jane's Publishing Company Ltd., 1982. ISBN 0-7106-0187-5.
- Sturtivant, Ray, ISO and John Hamlin. RAF Flying Training And Support Units since 1912. Tonbridge, Kent, UK: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd., 2007. ISBN 0-85130-365-X.
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