|No. 99 Squadron Royal Air Force|
Official squadron crest for no. 99 squadron RAF
15 August 1917 – 2 April 1920|
1 April 1924 – 15 November 1945
17 November 1947 – 7 January 1976
1 January 2002 – present Day
|Branch||Royal Air Force|
|Base||RAF Brize Norton|
Latin: Quisque tenax|
Western Front, 1917–1918*|
Independent Force & Germany, 1918*
German Ports, 1940–1941
France & Low Countries, 1940
Fortress Europe, 1940–1942*
Biscay Ports, 1940
Eastern Waters 1945.
Honours marked with an asterix (*) are those emblazoned on the squadron standard.
|W/Cdr. L. MacArthur|
|Squadron Badge heraldry||
A Puma salient|
The squadrons first aircraft had Puma engines, the cat chosen for independence and tenacity while the black colour signifies the night-bombing role
VF (Apr 1939 – Sep 1939)|
LN (Sep 1939 – Feb 1942)
No. 99 Squadron of the Royal Air Force was a bomber squadron in both first and second world war. At present it operates the Boeing C-17 Globemaster III from RAF Brize Norton, the RAF's air transport hub. The squadron was the first RAF unit to receive the Avro Aldershot, Handley Page Hyderabad, Handley Page Hinaidi, Vickers Wellington, Bristol Britannia and Boeing Globemaster. In case of the Avro Aldershot the squadron even was its only operator as it is now for the Globemasters.
History[edit | edit source]
World War I[edit | edit source]
What would later become No. 99 (Madras Presidency) Squadron was originally formed at Yatesbury, Wiltshire in England on 15 August 1917 from elements supplied by No. 13 Training Squadron, RFC. It was equipped with de Havilland DH.9 bombers in 1918, deploying to France to form part of the Independent Air Force, the RAF's strategic bombing force. It flew its first mission on 21 May, and continued to take part in large scale daylight raids against targets in Germany, sustaining heavy losses both due to the unreliable nature of the DH.9 and heavy German opposition. As an example, during one one raid against Saarbrücken on 31 July 1918, seven out of nine aircraft from 99 Squadron were shot down. 99 Squadron was withdrawn from the front line on 25 September to be re-equipped with de Havilland DH.9A bombers, and it was still being in the process of converting when the First World War ended. During the first World War it had taken part in 76 bombing raids, dropping 61 tons of bombs and claiming 12 German aircraft, of which eight alone on the raid of 31 July. In 1919 it was sent to India, flying patrols over the North-West Frontier from Mianwali and Kohat during the Mahsud and Waziristan campaigns. It was disbanded by being renumbered to No. 27 Squadron RAF on 2 April 1920.
Inter-war Period[edit | edit source]
No. 99 Squadron reformed on 1 April 1924 at Netheravon, Wiltshire, flying Vickers Vimys. In May 1924, it moved to RAF Bircham Newton in Norfolk, uniquely receiving the Avro Aldershot single-engined heavy bomber. These were replaced at the end of 1925 by twin-engined Handley Page Hyderabads, the squadron moving to RAF Upper Heyford in December 1927. In 1929, it again switched to new aircraft when it began receiving Handley Page Hinaidis, a radial engined derivative of the Hyderabad. By 1933, the Hinaidi, which was little improvement over bombers in use during the First World War, was recognised as obsolete, and November, the unit received the first production Handley Page Heyford heavy bombers. While these carried twice the bombload of the earlier aircraft, and had significantly better performance, it soon became outclassed, although 99 Squadron was forced to retain the Heyford until October 1938, when it converted to Vickers Wellington monoplanes.
World War II[edit | edit source]
The squadron was to be the first unit to be equipped with Vickers Wellingtons, just before the start of World War II. It was stationed first at RAF Newmarket, Suffolk, and then at RAF Waterbeach, assigned to No. 3 Group RAF, Bomber Command. The squadron bombed targets in Norway and Germany.
In February 1942 the squadron was posted to India, operating at first Wellingtons and later Consolidated Liberators. During this period, the squadron included a significant number of Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) aircrew personnel, attached to it under the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan. The squadron moved to the Cocos Islands in August 1945, where it remained until the end of the war. On 15 November 1945 the squadron disbanded.
Post War[edit | edit source]
The Squadron was reformed again on 17 November 1947 at RAF Lyneham as a transport squadron, equipped with Avro York. In that rôle it operated amongst others as part of the Berlin Airlift, operating from RAF Wunstorf in Germany. It continued in the transport rôle, from 1994 to 1959 with the Handley Page Hastings, which were normally used as normal transport aircraft but, as the squadron also had a tactical support rôle, were also used in 1956 to drop paratroops on Gamil Airfield during the Suez crisis. Later, from 1959 to 1976, the squadron flew the Bristol Britannia, putting it to use to evacuate citizens from troublespots all over the worldd such as Congo 1960, Kuwait 1961, Belize 1961 and Aden 1967. The squadron moved to RAF Brize Norton in June 1970 and was disbanded almost six years later, on 7 January 1976, following the 1974 Defence White Paper.
Today[edit | edit source]
The squadron was reformed again in November 2000, to operate the RAF's C-17s. The first of the squadron's four initial C-17s was delivered to the RAF on 17 May 2001, arriving at Brize Norton, Oxfordshire on 23 May. One of the first high-profile missions of the squadron was the deployment of Lynx helicopters and support equipment to Macedonia as part of a NATO peacekeeping force. This deployment was codenamed Operation Bessemer.
Since then the Squadron has supported military exercises "Saif Sareea II" in Oman, the War on Terror in Afghanistan, and the Invasion of Iraq (Operation Telic.) More routine tasks have gone largely unpublicised, for example the replacement of 1435 Flight's Tornado F3s in the Falkland Islands. Previously the RAF had to lease commercial heavy lifters such as the Antonov An-124 to return the aircraft to the UK, or launch a major logistical effort to allow a ferry flight. In any case the C-17 has proved invaluable to the RAF, so much so that the original seven-year lease has been bought out, and an additional aircraft was purchased. On 26 July 2007, the order for a sixth was confirmed, delivered in June 2008.
In December 2009, the Ministry of Defence announced its intention to acquire a seventh. This was received by the RAF at Boeing's Long Beach, California facility on 16 November 2010. The UK announced the purchase of its 8th C-17 in February 2012.
On 13 January 2013 it was announced two 99 Squadron C-17s were to be used to transport French military equipment and troops to Mali.
The squadron is currently under the command of Wg Cdr Stu Lindsell.
Aircraft operated[edit | edit source]
|March 1918||November 1918||de Havilland DH.9||Single-engined biplane bomber|
|August 1918||March 1920||de Havilland DH.9A||Single-engined biplane bomber|
|April 1924||December 1924||Vickers Vimy||Twin-engined biplane bomber|
|August 1924||December 1925||Avro Aldershot||Mk.III||Single-engined heavy bomber|
|December 1925||January 1931||Handley Page Hyderabad||Twin-engined biplane heavy bomber|
|October 1929||December 1933||Handley Page Hinaidi||Twin-engined biplane heavy bomber|
|November 1933||September 1937||Handley Page Heyford||Mk.I||Twin-engined biplane heavy bomber|
|November 1934||August 1938||Handley Page Heyford||Mk.II||Twin-engined biplane heavy bomber|
|December 1935||November 1938||Handley Page Heyford||Mk.III||Twin-engined biplane heavy bomber|
|October 1938||December 1939||Vickers Wellington||Mk.I||Twin-engined medium bomber|
|September 1939||April 1940||Vickers Wellington||Mk.Ia||Twin-engined medium bomber|
|March 1940||February 1942||Vickers Wellington||Mk.Ic||Twin-engined medium bomber|
|July 1941||October 1941||Vickers Wellington||Mk.II||Twin-engined medium bomber|
|October 1942||May 1943||Vickers Wellington||Mk.Ic||Twin-engined medium bomber|
|April 1943||August 1944||Vickers Wellington||Mk.III||Twin-engined medium bomber|
|April 1943||August 1944||Vickers Wellington||Mk.X||Twin-engined medium bomber|
|September 1944||November 1945||Consolidated Liberator||Mk.VI||Four-engined heavy bomber|
|November 1947||September 1949||Avro York||C.1||Four-engined transport|
|August 1949||June 1959||Handley Page Hastings||C.1||Four-engined transport|
|May 1952||June 1959||Handley Page Hastings||C.2||Four-engined transport|
|June 1959||January 1976||Bristol Britannia||C.1 and C.2||Four-engined transport|
|2002||Present Day||Boeing Globemaster||C-17A||Four-engined strategic transport|
Squadron bases[edit | edit source]
|15 August 1917||30 August 1917||RAF Yatesbury, Wiltshire||First formation|
|30 August 1917||25 April 1918||RAF Ford Farm, Wiltshire|
|25 April 1918||3 May 1918||St. Omer, France|
|3 May 1918||5 June 1918||Tantonville, France|
|5 June 1918||16 November 1918||Azelot, France|
|16 November 1918||29 November 1918||Auxi-le-Chateau, France|
|29 November 1918||12 December 1918||St. André-aux-Bois, France|
|12 December 1918||1 May 1919||Aulnoye, France|
|1 May 1919||15 June 1919||en route to British India via SS Magwa and SS Syria|
|15 June 1919||30 September 1919||Ambala, Haryana, British India|
|30 September 1919||2 April 1920||Mianwali, Punjab, British India||Det. at Kohat, North-West Frontier Province|
|1 April 1924||31 May 1924||RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire||Second formation|
|31 May 1924||5 January 1928||RAF Bircham Newton, Norfolk|
|5 January 1928||15 November 1934||RAF Upper Heyford, Oxfordshire|
|15 November 1934||2 September 1939||RAF Mildenhall, Suffolk|
|2 September 1939||8 March 1941||RAF Newmarket, Suffolk||Det. at RAF Lossiemouth, Moray, Scotland|
on loan to Coastal Command Nov/Dec 1939
Det. at Salon, France, June 1940
|8 March 1941||12 February 1942||RAF Waterbeach, Cambridgeshire|
|12 February 1942||1 June 1942||en route to British India|
|1 June 1942||12 September 1942||Ambala, Haryana, British India||Re-formed here. Dets at Solan, Punjab, British India|
and Pandaveswar, Bengal, British India
|12 September 1942||24 October 1942||Pandaveswar, Bengal, British India|
|24 October 1942||3 April 1943||Digri, Bengal, British India|
|3 April 1943||14 June 1943||Chaklala, Punjab, British India|
|14 June 1943||27 August 1944||Jessore, Bengal, British India||Dets. at Argatala, Twipra Kingdom|
and Kumbhirgram, Assam, British India
|27 August 1944||1 August 1945||RAF Dhubalia, Bengal, British India|
|1 August 1945||15 November 1945||RAF Cocos Islands, Straits Settlements|
|17 November 1947||16 June 1970||RAF Lyneham, Wiltshire||Third formation. Det. at RAF Wunstorf, Germany during Berlin Blockade|
|16 June 1970||7 January 1976||RAF Brize Norton, Oxfordshire|
|1 January 2002||present||RAF Brize Norton, Oxfordshire||Fourth formation|
Commanding Officers[edit | edit source]
|15 August 1917||11 March 1918||Capt. A.M. Swyny|
|11 March 1918||5 November 1918||Maj. L.A. Pattinson, MC, DFC|
|5 November 1918||2 April 1920||Maj. C.R. Cox, AFC|
|23 April 1924||4 September 1925||S/Ldr. G.R.M. Reid, DSO, MC|
|4 September 1925||1 October 1925||S/Ldr. L.T.N. Gould, MC, DFC|
|1 October 1925||3 April 1927||S/Ldr. W.J. Ryan, CBE|
|3 April 1927||26 July 1929||W/Cdr. B.E. Smithies, DFC|
|26 July 1929||19 November 1929||W/Cdr. W.B. Hargreaves, OBE|
|19 November 1929||19 February 1930||S/Ldr. G.H. Cock|
|19 February 1930||1 August 1932||W/Cdr. H.G. Smart, CBE, DFC, AFC|
|1 August 1932||13 January 1934||W/Cdr. E.D. Johnson, AFC|
|13 January 1934||1 January 1936||W/Cdr. F.J. Linnell, OBE|
|1 January 1936||21 June 1937||W/Cdr. H.N. Drew, OBE, AFC|
|21 June 1937||26 September 1939||W/Cdr. H.E. Walker, MC, DFC|
|26 September 1939||29 June 1940||S/Ldr. J.F. Griffiths, DFC|
|29 June 1940||16 January 1941||W/Cdr. R.J.A. Ford|
|16 January 1941||12 December 1941||W/Cdr. F.W. Dixon-Wright, DFC|
|12 December 1941||14 June 1942||W/Cdr. P. Heath|
|14 June 1942||25 April 1943||W/Cdr. J.B. Black, OBE, DFC|
|25 April 1943||11 June 1943||S/Ldr. C.L.M. Schräder|
|11 June 1943||15 March 1944||S/Ldr. R.G. Maddox, AFC|
|15 March 1944||24 May 1944||S/Ldr. A.S.R. Ennis, DSO, AFC|
|24 May 1944||3 September 1944||S/Ldr. P.R. O'Connor, DFC|
|3 September 1944||23 April 1945||W/Cdr. L.B. Ercolani, DSO, DFC|
|23 April 1945||15 November 1945||W/Cdr. A. Webster, DSO, DFC|
|17 November 1947||6 May 1949||S/Ldr. G.V. Ridpath, DFC|
|6 May 1949||10 June 1950||S/Ldr. S.E. Pattinson, DFC|
|10 June 1950||3 May 1951||S/Ldr. W.G. James|
|3 May 1951||14 September 1952||W/Cdr. B.C. Bennett, AFC|
|14 September 1952||17 July 1954||S/Ldr. K.B. Orr|
|17 July 1954||27 April 1956||S/Ldr. R.F.B. Powell|
|27 April 1956||27 May 1957||S/Ldr. D.R. Ware, DFC, AFC|
|27 May 1957||9 January 1959||S/Ldr. T.M. Stafford|
|9 January 1959||5 October 1959||W/Cdr. J.O. Barnard, OBE|
|5 October 1959||28 September 1961||W/Cdr. W.E.F. Grey, AFC|
|28 September 1961||12 November 1963||W/Cdr. P. Barber, DFC|
|12 November 1963||27 December 1965||W/Cdr. R.M. Jenkins, AFC|
|27 December 1965||1 August 1967||W/Cdr. T.L. Kennedy, AFC|
|1 August 1967||21 June 1969||W/Cdr. F.B. Yetman|
|21 June 1969||25 June 1971||W/Cdr. W.C. Milne|
|25 June 1971||3 September 1973||W/Cdr. F. Appleyard|
|3 September 1973||7 January 1976||W/Cdr. C.E. Bowles|
See also[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
- Moyes 1976, p. 127.
- Rawlings 1982, p. 97.
- Edgerley 1993, pp. 42–44.
- Bowyer and Rawlings 1979, p. 13.
- Flintham and Thomas 2003, p. 52.
- Bowyer and Rawlings 1979, pp. 67–68.
- Flintham and Thomas 2003, p. 88.
- Rawlings 1961, p. 339.
- Edgerley 1993, p. 35.
- 99 Squadron 99 Squadron Royal Air Force. Retrieved 26 December 2009.
- Rawlings 1961, p. 340.
-  99 Squadron, WWW.raf.mod.uk. Retrieved 30 September 2010
- "RAF Brize Norton: Gateway Magazine: RAF Receives Seventh C-17". Royal Air Force. Retrieved 25 February 2011.
- Hoyle, Craig. "UK to buy eighth C-17 transport". Flight International, 8 February 2012.
- "Mali: RAF C17 cargo plane to help French operation". BBC News. 13 January 2013. Retrieved 25 January 2013.
- "RAF aid plane on way to Philippines in relief effort2. BBC News. 15 November 2013. Retrieved 17 November 2013.
- Moyes 1976, pp. 129–130.
- Jefford 2001, p. 56.
- Moyes 1976, pp. 128–129.
- Edgerley 1993, p. 313.
- 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.
- Edgerley, Squadron Leader A.G. Each Tenacious: A History of No. 99 Squadron (1917–1976). Worcester, UK: Square One Publications, 1993. ISBN 1-872017-67-3.
- 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.
- Gwynne-Timothy, John R.W. Burma Liberators: RCAF in SEAC. Toronto, Ontario, Canada: Next Level Press, 1991. ISBN 1-895578-02-7.
- Halley, James J. The Squadrons of the Royal Air Force & Commonwealth, 1918–1988. 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.
- Moyes, Philip J.R. Bomber Squadrons of the RAF and their Aircraft. London: Macdonald and Jane's (Publishers) Ltd., 1964 (new edition 1976). ISBN 0-354-01027-1.
- Rawlings, John D.R. "Squadron Histories: No. 99". Air Pictorial, November 1961, Vol. 23 No. 11. pp. 339–340, 342.
- 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.
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