No.116 Squadron

In front of a flash of lightning, a pair of dividers
Badge
In front of a flash of lightning, a pair of dividers
Motto
Precision in defence
Formed
01 December 1917
Disbanded
21 August 1958

No 116 Squadron was formed at RAF Andover on 1 December 1917 as a night bomber unit. The unit never became operational and disbanded on 20 November 1918.

The unit reformed at RAF Hatfield on 17 February 1941 from No 1 Anti-Aircraft Calibration Unit. The squadron’s main task was the calibration of predictors and anti-aircraft radar used by Army batteries in the UK. In November 1941 it began to receive Hurricanes for dive-bomber and low level attack training for the British gunners. The unit, which spent much of its life fragmented, but with large numbers of aircraft on strength, disbanded on 26 May 1945.

On 1 August 1952 N Calibration Squadron of the Central Signals Establishment at RAF Watton was redesignated No 116 Squadron. It flew a variety of aircraft until renumbered No 115 Squadron on 21 August 1958.


AIRCRAFT

Various types 1917 - 1918
O/400 1918 - 1918
Lysander II/III 1941 - 1943
Hurricane I/II 1941 - 1945
Tiger Moth 1942 - 1945
Spitfire V 1942 - 1942
Oxford 1942 - 1945
Anson I/XII 1945 - 1945
Hornet Moth 1942 - 1943
Lincoln 1952 - 1954
Anson 19 1952 - 1958
Varsity 1954 - 1958


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

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

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