No. 1422 Flight RAF

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No. 1422 Flight RAF
Douglas A-20G Havoc.jpg
A USAAF Douglas A-20G Havoc similar to those flown by 1422 Flight
Active 12 May 1941 – 3 June 1944
Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Branch Air Force Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg Royal Air Force
Role Experimental Night fighter
Aircraft flown
Bomber Vickers Wellington
Fighter Douglas Havoc (Turbinlite)
Douglas Boston
de Havilland Mosquito Mk.II (Turbinlite)
Boulton Paul Defiant
Hawker Hurricane
Trainer de Havilland Tiger Moth
Avro Anson
de Havilland Dominie

No. 1422 (Night Fighter) Flight was an independent Royal Air Force flight, used to test night fighting techniques and tactics.


The unit started originally as No. 422 (Fighter Interception) Flight, formed on 14 October 1940 at RAF Shoreham to study the use of single-seat night fighters[1] That unit went up into No. 96 Squadron RAF on 18 December 1940.[1]

The unit was reformed as No. 1422 (Night Fighter) Flight at RAF Heston on 12 May 1941,[1][2] equipped with a variety of night fighters for trials and experimental work. Tactics were developed here for the Turbinlite Douglas Havoc and Turbinlite de Havilland Mosquito, as well as radar equipped aircraft. The flight was disbanded on 3 June 1944 to become the Special Projectile Flight of the Royal Aircraft Establishment.[1][2]



  1. ^ a b c d Sturtivant and Hamlin 2007, p. 122.
  2. ^ a b Lake 1999, p. 88.


  • Lake, Alan. Flying Units of the RAF. Shrewsbury, Shropshire, UK: Airlife Publishing Ltd., 1999. ISBN 1-84037-086-6.
  • Sturtivant, Ray, ISO and John Hamlin. RAF Flying Training And Support Units since 1912. Tonbridge, Kent, UK: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd., 2007. ISBN 0-85130-365-X.