No. 227 Squadron RAF

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No. 227 Squadron RAF
Active 1 April 1918 – 9 December 1918
1 July 1942 – 7 September 1942
20 August 1942 – 5 September 1945
Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Branch Air Force Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg Royal Air Force
Motto(s) None
Squadron Badge None
Squadron Codes 9J (Oct 1944 - Sep 1945)

No. 227 Squadron RAF was a Royal Air Force Squadron that formed as bomber unit in World War I and World War II.


Formation and World War I[edit]

No. 227 Squadron was formed on 1 April 1918 as a day bomber unit and operated former RNAS Capronis from Pizzone, Italy, but it did not become operational and it disbanded on 9 December 1918.

Reformation in World War II[edit]

On 1 July 1942 the squadron reformed, serviced and operated Handley Page Halifax Bombers of 10 Squadron pending the arrival of Bristol Beaufighters. The squadron merged with 76 Squadron and 462 Squadron. On 20 August 1942, Beaufighters at Luqa, Malta were named 227 Squadron and the unit then moved to Egypt, Libya and Italy. On 12 August 1944, it was renumbered 19 Squadron, South African Air Force. It reformed again at RAF Bardney on 7 October 1944 and flew Lancasters against Germany. No. 227 Squadron was based at RAF Balderton, Nottinghamshire with Avro Lancasters between October 1944 - April 1945. 227 Squadron moved to RAF Strubby, Lincolnshire on 5 April 1945, then in June to RAF Graveley, where it was finally disbanded on the 5th September.

Aircraft operated[edit]

Aircraft operated by No. 227 Squadron RAF[1]
From To Aircraft Variant
Apr 1918 Apr 1918 Caproni Ca 42
Apr 1918 Dec 1918 Airco DH.4
Jun 1918 Dec 1918 Airco DH.9
Aug 1942 Feb 1943 Bristol Beaufighter IC
Aug 1942 Aug 1944 Bristol Beaufighter VIC
Sep 1943 Aug 1944 Bristol Beaufighter XI
Oct 1943 Dec 1943 Bristol Beaufighter X
Oct 1944 Sep 1945 Avro Lancaster I & III


  1. ^ C.G.Jefford (1988). RAF Squadrons. UK Airlife Publishing. ISBN 1-85310-053-6. 

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