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No. 151 Squadron RAF
Active 12 June 1918 - 10 September 1919
4 August 1936 - 10 October 1946
15 September 1951 - 19 September 1961
1 January 1962 - 25 May 1963
Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Branch Ensign of the Royal Air Force.svg Royal Air Force
Size squadron
Motto Foy pour devoir
French: "Fidelity unto duty"[1] or "Faith for duty"[2] or "Fidelity into duty"[3]
Engagements Battle of Dunkirk
Battle of Britain
Insignia
Squadron Badge On a hurt, an owl affrontée wings elevated, alighting on a seax
The owl represents No. 151 Squadron's role of night-fighting whilst the seax comes from the arms of Essex in which county the squadron was formed[3][4]
Squadron Codes TV (Sep 1938 - Dec 1938)
GG (Dec 1938 - Sep 1939)
DZ (Sep 1939 - Oct 1946)

151 Squadron was a squadron of the Royal Air Force.

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History

No. 151 squadron was founded at Hainault Farm in Essex on 12 June 1918, and was equipped with Sopwith Camel aircraft. During the five months in which 151 Squadron had taken part in hostilities overseas, the total number of hours flown by night was 1443 hrs 26 mins.

Sixteen enemy aircraft were destroyed at night on the Allies side of the lines, and five were destroyed on the enemy side and confirmed. Another five were unconfirmed, thus making a total of twenty six successful engagements. Of the enemy aircraft destroyed, twenty two were AEGs, Friedrichshafen or Gothas, with two engines and carrying a crew of three or more. Two were giant P 52’s with five engines carrying a crew of up to eight or nine.

During all the numerous combats there were very few occasions when the guns jammed or caused trouble, reflecting the devotion to duty of Lt Eggar and his gunnery staff.

Too much cannot be said for the NCOs and men of the Squadron. The long hours from dawn to dusk and the urgent necessity of getting all machines serviceable during the daytime was evidence of their keen spirit and esprit de corps, and nothing was more gratifying to a pilot on landing after a successful combat than to hear the rousing cheers of the NCOs and men of his Flight, echoed by the Squadron, that greeted him.”

The squadron was disbanded on 10 September 1919

On the 4 August 1939 the squadron was reformed at RAF North Weald from 'B' Flight of 56 Squadron, under Squadron Leader Edward Mortlock Donaldson. It operated throughout the Second World War disbanding on the 10 October 1946 at RAF Weston Zoyland.

The squadron was reformed again at RAF Leuchars, Scotland on 15 September 1951. It disbanded on 19 September 1961.

On 1 January 1962 the Signals Development Squadron at RAF Watton was redesignated as No. 151 Squadron operating a variety of aircraft on development and training duties. It was joined by the pilots and ground crew from the disbanded No. 97 (Strategic Missile) Squadron from RAF Hemswell on the 25 May 1963.

On 18 September 1981 151 Squadron reformed at RAF Chivenor as part of number 2 TWU operating BAE Hawk T1 & T1A aircraft. When 2 TWU became 7 FTS in 1992 151 Squadron was disbanded and its duties taken over by 92 Squadron.

Aircraft operated

Bases

From To Location Remark
12 June 1918 16 June 1918 Hainault Farm Squadron formed
16 June 1918 21 June 1918 Marquise, Pas-de-Calais, France
21 June 1918 25 June 1918 Fontaine-sur-Maye, France
25 June 1918 2 July 1918 Famechon, Somme, France
2 July 1918 8 September 1918 Fontaine-sur-Maye, France
8 September 1918 24 October 1918 Vignacourt, France
24 October 1918 5 December 1918 Bancourt, France
5 December 1918 21 February 1919 Liettres, France
21 February 1919 10 September 1919 Gullane, Scotland Squadron disbanded
4 August 1936 13 May 1940 RAF North Weald Squadron reformed
28 February 1940 12 May 1940 RAF Martlesham Heath Detachment
12 May 1940 17 May 1940 RAF Martlesham Heath Complete squadron
17 May 1940 18 May 1940 RAF Manston
18 May 1940 20 May 1940 Vitry-en-Artois, France
20 May 1940 29 August 1940 RAF North Weald
29 August 1940 1 September 1940 RAF Stapleford Tawney
1 September 1940 28 November 1940 RAF Digby
28 November 1940 6 December 1940 Bramcote
6 December 1940 30 April 1943 RAF Wittering
22 April 1941 25 January 1942 RAF Coltishall Detachment
30 April 1943 16 August 1943 RAF Colerne
16 August 1943 17 November 1943 RAF Middle Wallop
17 November 1943 24 March 1944 RAF Colerne
24 March 1944 7 October 1944 RAF Predannack
7 October 1944 19 November 1944 Castle Camps
19 November 1944 1 March 1945 RAF Hunsdon
1 March 1945 17 May 1945 Bradwell Bay
17 May 1945 1 June 1945 RAF Predannack
1 June 1945 8 July 1946 Exeter
8 July 1946 10 October 1946 RAF Weston Zoyland Squadron disbanded
15 September 1951 17 June 1957 RAF Leuchars Squadron reformed
17 June 1957 15 November 1957 RAF Turnhouse
15 November 1957 19 September 1961 RAF Leuchars Squadron disbanded
1 January 1962 25 May 1963 RAF Watton Squadron reformed and renumbered
18 September 1981 4 August 1992 RAF Chivenor Shadow Squadron reformed and disbanded

See also

References

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Notes

Bibliography

  • 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.
  • Rawlings, John D.R. Fighter Squadrons of the RAF and their Aircraft. London: Macdonald and Jane's (Publishers) Ltd., 1978. ISBN 0-354-01028-X.
  • Robinson, Anthony. RAF Squadrons in the Battle of Britain. London: Arms and Armour Press Ltd., 1987 (republished 1999 by Brockhampton Press, ISBN 1-86019-907-0.).

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