No.115 Squadron

A dexter hand erased at the wrist holding a tiller
Badge
A dexter hand erased at the wrist holding a tiller
Motto
Despite the elements
Formed
01 December 1917
Disbanded
01 October 1993

No 115 Squadron was formed at RAF Catterick on 1 December 1917 as a bomber unit. In September 1918 it took its aircraft to France to join the Independent Force. It made several attacks on German industrial targets before the end of the War. In March 1919 it returned to the UK and on 18 October 1919 it disbanded.

On 15 June 1937 the squadron reformed at RAF Marham again as a bomber squadron. In April 1940 it began attacks on the German forces invading Norway. In May, when the German blitzkrieg opened against France, the unit switched its attacks to Germany. It continued main force bomber operations for the rest of the War. The unit disbanded on 1 March 1950.

On 13 June 1950 the unit reformed at RAF Marham. In February 1954 it converted to jet bombers. On 1 June 1957 the squadron disbanded. On 21 August 1957 No 116 Squadron was renumbered No 115 Squadron. This time the unit operated as a signals unit. The unit disbanded on 1 October 1993.


AIRCRAFT

Various types 1917 - 1918
O/400 1918 - 1919
Harrow 1937 - 1939
Wellington I/III 1939 - 1943
Lancaster II/I/III 1943 - 1950
Lincoln 1949 - 1950
Washington 1950 - 1954
Canberra 2 1954 - 1957
Varsity 1958 - 1970
Hastings 1967 - 1969
Argosy 1968 - 1978
Andover 1/3 1976 - 1993


Reference Sources

The Squadrons of the Royal Air Force
James J Halley Air Britain (Historians) Ltd 1988

RAF Squadrons
Wg Cdr C G Jefford Airlife 2001

Bomber Squadrons of the RAF and their aircraft
Phillip J R Moyes Macdonald & Jane’s 1976

Coastal Support and Special Squadrons of the RAF and their aircraft
John D R Rawlings Jane’s Publishing 1982

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