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 reformed on 1 March 1938 at RAF Abingdon and was supplied with Harts, then Battles. It then operated from RAF Cottesmore as a bomber squadron equipped with Hampdens after having a training role. 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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