No. 200 Squadron RAF

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No. 200 Squadron RAF
Royal Air Force No. 200 Squadron (crest).jpg
200 Squadron crest.
Active July 1917 -
May 1941 – April 1945
Country United Kingdom
Branch Royal Air Force
Motto In loco parentis
Latin: "We act as guardians"
Equipment Lockheed Hudson
Consolidated Liberator
Insignia
Squadron Badge In front of a fountain, a Pegasus.

No. 200 Squadron of the Royal Air Force operated during the First and Second World War.

First world war[edit]

No. 200 Depot Squadron Royal Flying Corps was formed at East Retford on 1 July 1917, it operated the Royal Aircraft Factory F.E.2 in the night flying training role.[1] It was disbanded on 13 June 1919 at the end of the war.

Second world war[edit]

The squadron was formed on 25 May 1941 from a section of No. 206 Squadron RAF at RAF Bircham Newton in Norfolk, the first Lockheed Hudson patrol bombers for the squadron arrived at the beginning of June.[1] Later in the month the squadron deployed to Gibraltar and then to the Gambia, where it flew convoy protection missions out of Jeswang, moving to Yundum in 1943 and re-equipping with the four-engined Consolidated Liberator VI bombers.[1]

Detachments of the squadron also flew from several other West African airfields in this period.

In March 1944, the squadron redeployed to Madras in India as part of South East Asia Command.[1] It only carried out a few missions from Madras before moving to Bengal for special duties, mainly suppling and delivering guerilla parties into Burma and Malaya.[1] In April 1945 it was renumbered as No. 8 Squadron RAF and 200 Squadron was disbanded.[1][2]

Victoria Cross[edit]

In August 1943, Flying Officer Lloyd Allan Trigg was awarded the Victoria Cross for an action in which his aircraft sank U-468, a German submarine. Flying out of Banjul, the Liberator V he piloted depth-charged the submarine, taking heavy anti-aircraft fire in the process and crashing into the ocean with the loss of all crew. The only survivors of the engagement were seven German crewmen, who commended the bravery of the aircrew, making this one of the few Victoria Crosses to have been awarded on the recommendation of an enemy officer (and the sole VC to be awarded solely on enemy testimony).

Aircraft operated[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Halley 1969, p. 126
  2. ^ a b c d e f Jeffored 1988, p. 67

Bibliography[edit]

  • Jefford, C.G. (1988). RAF Squadrons. Airlife Publishing Ltd. ISBN 1 85310 053 6. 
  • Halley, J.J. (1969). Royal Air Force Unit Histories, Volume 1 Nos 1 to 200 Squadron. Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. 

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