No. 185 Squadron RAF
|No. 185 Squadron RAF|
|Active||21 October 1918 – 14 April 1919
1 March 1938 – 17 May 1940
12 May 1941 – 14 August 1945
15 September 1951 – 1 May 1953
|Branch||Royal Air Force|
|Motto(s)||Maltese: Ara fejn hu
("Look where it is").
|Squadron Badge||A griffin in front of a Maltese Cross.|
|Squadron Codes||ZM (Apr 1939 - Sep 1939)
GL (Sep 1939 - Apr 1940, May 1942 - Aug 1945)
No. 185 Squadron RAF was a Royal Air Force Squadron formed in World War I and reformed as a bomber and fighter unit in World War II. It then reformed in Malta in the post war period as a jet fighter squadron.
Formation and World War I
No. 185 Squadron was formed in East Fortune, East Lothian, Scotland on 21 August 1918 and was equipped with Sopwith Cuckoo torpedo-bomber aircraft, it did not become operational and disbanded on 14 April 1919.
Reformation in World War II
The squadron was reformed at RAF Abingdon on 1 June 1938, two days later six Hawker Hind aircraft were transferred from 40 (Bomber) Squadron  and from the 21 June these were gradually replaced with Fairey Battles before moving to RAF Thornaby on 1 September 1938. On 2 June 1939 the squadron were re-equipped with Handley Page Hampden Mk.1's before moving from RAF Thornaby to RAF Cottesmore on 24 August 1939  where it continued as a bomber squadron equipped with 15 Hampdens, a Handley Page Hereford and 4 Avro Ansons . The squadron was absorbed into an OTU on 8 April 1940 before re-forming in Malta on 12 May 1941 as a fighter squadron. The Squadron served all its time in the Mediterranean Theatre. It disbanded on 14 August 1945.
|Nov 1918||Apr 1919||Sopwith Cuckoo|
|Mar 1938||Jul 1938||Hawker Hind|
|Jun 1938||Jun 1939||Fairey Battle|
|Jun 1939||Apr 1940||Handley Page Hampden|
|Aug 1939||Apr 1940||Handley Page Hereford|
|Aug 1939||Apr 1940||Avro Anson||I|
|Apr 1940||May 1940||Handley Page Hampden|
|May 1941||Jun 1942||Hawker Hurricane||I|
|May 1941||Jun 1942||Hawker Hurricane||IIA & IIC|
|May 1942||Sep 1944||Supermarine Spitfire||VC|
|Jun 1943||Jul 1944||Supermarine Spitfire||IX|
|Aug 1944||Sep 1944||Supermarine Spitfire||VIII|
|Sep 1944||Aug 1945||Supermarine Spitfire||IX|
|Mar 1945||Apr 1945||Supermarine Spitfire||VIII|
|Sep 1951||May 1953||de Havilland Vampire||FB.5|
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