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No. 117 Squadron RAF
117 Squadron badge
Official Squadron Badge of 117 Squadron RAF
Active (RFC) 1 January 1918 - 6 October 1919
(RAF) 30 April 1941 to 17 December 1945
Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Branch Ensign of the Royal Air Force.svg Royal Air Force
Role Bomber Command and Transport Command
Motto It Shall Be Done
Aircraft DH.9
Bristol Bombay
Savoia-Marchetti SM.79
Douglas DC-2
Lodestar
Dakota
Hudson
Battle honours World War I 1917-1918
World War II 1939-1945
• Western Desert
• Mediterranean
• Malta
• Far East
Insignia
Squadron Badge heraldry A Terrestial Globe
Squadron Codes EX allocated April 1939 - September 1939
LD July 1942 - September 1943 (Carried on Hudsons)

No. 117 Squadron, Royal Flying Corps, was formed at Waddington on 1 January 1918 as a day bomber unit but did not become operational before the end of the war. In March 1919 the Squadron was sent to Ireland for internal security duties equipped with D.H.9s. On 6 October 1919, the Squadron merged with No. 141 Squadron.

On 30 April 1941, No. 117 reformed at Khartoum and incorporated the local communications flight. Four Bombays were acquired from No. 216 Squadron for long-range flights and in May four Savoia-Marchetti S.79Ks were added. In October the Squadron received DC-2s and in November it moved to Egypt, leaving the communication aircraft behind and returning its Bombays to No. 216 Squadron. Freight flights to the Western Desert began in December and in March 1942 a flight of D.H.8Bs was added. In April the Squadron converted to Lodestars and at the same time the first Dakota arrived. In August the Dakotas began operating freight and passenger services to Malta while Hudsons were used in North Africa, the Squadron standardising with Hudsons in November. Until June 1943 it flew freight and casualty evacuation flights from airfields captured by the advancing 8th Army and then began to convert to Dakotas. Routine services were flown around the Mediterranean until the Squadron moved to India at the end of October. After parachute-dropping training, supply missions began in January 1944. In addition the Squadron flew Chindits behind the Japanese lines in March and April and kept them maintained. Withdrawn in November 1944 for rest, No. 117 returned to the Burma front in December and flew supply-dropping missions for the rest of the war. On 17 December 1945, the Squadron was disbanded.

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