No. 114 Squadron RAF

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No. 114 (Hong Kong) Squadron RAF
Active 27 Sep 1917 - 1 Apr 1920
1 Dec 1936 – 1 Sep 1946
1 Aug 1947 – 31 Dec 1957
5 May 1959 – 29 Sep 1961
30 Sep 1961 – 31 Oct 1971
Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Branch Ensign of the Royal Air Force.svg Royal Air Force
Motto "With speed I strike".
Insignia
Squadron Heraldry A Cobra head
Squadron Codes 114 (Mar 1937 - Apr 1939)
FD (Apr 1939 - Sep 1939)
RT Sep 1939 - Sep 1946)

History[edit]

Formation and World War I[edit]

No. 114 Squadron Royal Flying Corps was formed In Lahore, India on 27 Sep 1917. It was equipped with the B.E.2 and Bristol F2B and operated on the North-West Frontier. The squadron became part of the Royal Air Force before it was disbanded on 1 April 1920.

Reformation and World War II[edit]

View from a 114 Squadron Blenheim bomber on a raid on Herdla, Norway.
114 Squadron Armstrong Whitworth AW.660 Argosy in RAF Air Support Command markings in 1971


The squadron reformed in 1936 at Wyton, equipped first with Hawker Hinds and then Bristol Blenheims. In July 1940 the squadron was evacuated from Vraux, France due to the German advance and lost most of its aircraft.

The squadron was transferred to RAF Coastal Command before returning to RAF Bomber Command in July 1941. It was moved to Algeria in November 1942 and took part in Operation Torch, it then operated from Sicily and Italy, having been re-equipped with Douglas Boston aircraft, which it retained until the end of the war when they were replaced with the De Havilland Mosquito.

Post War[edit]

The squadron reformed in Egypt in 1947, Equipped with Dakota transport aircraft. It then operated Vickers Valettas and De Havilland Chipmunks. The squadron's final equipment was the Armstrong Whitworth AW.660 Argosy tactical transport aircraft, which was flown from their RAF Benson base from 1962 until 1971, when the squadron was finally disbanded.[1]

Aircraft operated[edit]

Aircraft operated by no. 114 Squadron RAF
From To Aircraft Variant
Sep 1917 Oct 1919 B.E.2
Oct 1919 Apr 1920 Bristol F2 b
Sep 1936 Feb 1937 Hawker Hind Mk.I
Mar 1937 May 1939 Bristol Blenheim Mk.I
May 1939 Mar 1943 Bristol Blenheim Mk.IV
Apr 1943 Sep 1945 Douglas Boston
Sep 1945 Sep 1946 De Havilland Mosquito
Apr 1947 Aug 1949 Douglas DC3 Dakota
Apr 1947 Dec 1957 Vickers Valetta C1
Dec 1958 Mar 1959 De Havilland Chipmunk T10
May 1959 Sep 1961 Handley Page Hastings
Oct 1961 Oct 1971 Armstrong Whitworth Argosy

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Halley, 1988, p. 191
  2. ^ C.G.Jefford (1988). RAF Squadrons. UK Airlife Publishing. ISBN 1-85310-053-6. 

Bibliography[edit]

  • Halley, J.J., The Squadrons of the Royal Air Force & Commonwealth 1918-1988, 1988, Air-Britain (Historians) Limited, ISBN 0-85130-164-9.
  • Moyes, Philip J.R. Bomber Squadrons of the RAF and their Aircraft. London: Macdonald and Jane's (Publishers) Ltd. ISBN 0-354-01027-1.

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