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No. 76 Squadron
Active 15 September 1916 (RFC) to 1919
1937-1940
1941-1946
1953-1960
2007-Present
Motto Resolute
Insignia
Identification
symbol
In front of a rose, a lion passant, guardant.

No. 76 Squadron is a squadron of the Royal Air Force. Currently, it is a training unit, equipped with the Short Tucano at RAF Linton-on-Ouse.

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First World War

No. 76 Squadron, RFC was formed at Ripon, Yorkshire for home defence duties on 15 September 1916. It was equipped with Royal Aircraft Factory B.E.2s and B.E.12s, these being replaced by Bristol F.2Bs in 1918. The squadron disbanded at Tadcaster in June 1919.

Second World War

The squadron was next reformed at RAF Finningley in April 1937 from 'B' Flight of No. 7 Squadron, equipped with Vickers Wellesley bombers. These were replaced by HP Hampdens and Avro Ansons by 1939, the unit moving to RAF Upper Heyford at the outbreak of war. It performed an operational training role until April 1940, when it merged with No. 7 Squadron to form No. 16 Operational Training Unit.

On 1 May 1941, the squadron reformed at RAF Linton-on-Ouse as the second HP Halifax bomber squadron, part of No. 4 Group, RAF Bomber Command. The Squadron moved to Middleton St George in June 1941, returning to Linton-on-Ouse in July 1942 and moving again to Holme-on-Spalding-Moor in June 1943. From August 1942 to April 1943, No 76 Squadron was commanded by Wing Commander Leonard Cheshire.

With the rest of No.4 Group, 76 Squadron was transferred to Transport Command in May 1945, re-equipping with Dakotas, shortly thereafter moving to Broadwell. It moved to India in September the same year, where it was disbanded in September 1946 by being re-numbered as No. 62 Squadron.

Post-war

In December 1953 the squadron reformed at RAF Wittering, equipped with English Electric Canberras bombers. Some of these aircraft were tasked with collecting air samples during the Operation Grapple nuclear trials in 1956/57. The squadron disbanded in December 1960 at RAF Upwood.

The squadron remained dormant until 1 May 2007, when the Tucano Air Navigation Squadron at Linton-on-Ouse was redesignated as No. 76 (Reserve) Squadron.

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