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No. 518 Squadron RAF
Active 9 July 1943 - 1 October 1946
Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Branch Ensign of the Royal Air Force.svg Royal Air Force
Role meteorological
Motto Gealic: Tha An Iuchair Againn-Ne
("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)

No. 518 Squadron RAF was a meteorological squadron of the Royal Air Force during the Second World War.



Formed on 9 July 1943 at RAF Stornoway, Scotland equipped with the Handley Page Halifax. After moving to RAF Tiree on 25 September 1943 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 to the Handley Page Halifax VI. It was the last of the wartime meteorological squadrons when it was re-numbered as 202 Squadron on 1 October 1946.

Aircraft operated

Dates Aircraft Variant Notes
1943-1945 Handley Page Halifax V
1945-1946 Handley Page Halifax III
1945-1946 Supermarine Spitfire VII
1945-1946 Hawker Hurricane IIC
1946 Handley Page Halifax VI


See also




  1. ^ Halley 1988, p. 397.


  • 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.

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