No. 141 Squadron RAF
|No. 141 Squadron RAF|
|Active||1 January 1918 - 1964|
|Branch||Royal Air Force|
|Motto||"We slay by night"|
No. 141 Squadron of the Royal Air Force was formed on 1 January 1918 at Rochford, for home defence in the London Area. The Squadron moved to RAF Biggin Hill in February and giving up its mixed collection of types in favour of Bristol F.2 Fighters during March. In March 1919, it moved to Ireland, and was disbanded the following year, on 1 February 1920.
The first operational patrol was flown on 29 June before moving to RAF West Malling in July. Following an unsuccessful encounter with the enemy a few days later, the squadron changed from a day- to night-fighter role, more suited to the Defiant.
The Squadron motto Caedimus noctu (Latin: "We slay by night") derives from this period.
Notes and references
- Battle of Britain MoD Records Retrieved 14 July 2007
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