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No. 116 Squadron RAF
116 Squadron badge
Official Squadron Badge of 116 Squadron RAF
Active (RFC) 1 December 1917 - 20 November 1918
(RAF) 17 February 1941 to 26 May 1945
1 August 1952 - 21 August 1958.
Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Branch Ensign of the Royal Air Force.svg Royal Air Force
Role Bomber Command and Anti-Aircraft Calibration
Motto Precision in Defence
Aircraft Lysander
Hawker Hurricane
Tiger Moth
Avro Anson
Airspeed Oxford
Vickers Varsity
Avro Lincoln
Battle honours World War I 1917-1918
World War II
• Home Defence, 1941-1945
Squadron Badge heraldry In front of a flash of lightning, a pair of dividers.

No. 116 Squadron, Royal Flying Corps, was formed on 1 December 1917 at Andover and was intended to become a night bomber unit but the end of the war resulted in the Squadron's disbandment on 20 November 1918.

The Squadron reformed at Hatfield on 17 February 1941 from No. 1 Anti-Aircraft Calibration Flight with Lysanders. Its main task was the calibration of predictors and AA radar used by numerous AA batteries in the UK. Due to the wide dispersal of these batteries, No. 116 was fragmented into numerous detachments based at convenient airfields. In November 1941 some Hurricanes were received for simulating dive-bombing and low-level attacks and in June 1942, Tiger Moths were allotted for use in AA radar alignment checks. Oxfords began to replace the Lysanders and were later supplemented by Ansons. These were used for the rest of the war, the Squadron disbanding on 26 May 1945.

On 1 August 1952, the Squadron reformed at Watton from the Calibration Squadron of the Central Signals Establishment. It flew Varsities, Lincolns and Ansons until renumbered 115 Squadron on 21 August 1958.


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