No.141 Squadron

On an Ogress, a leopard’s face
Badge
On an Ogress, a leopard’s face
Motto
Caedimus noctu - We slay by night
Formed
01 January 1918
Disbanded
31 March 1964

No 140 Squadron formed at Rochford as a home defence fighter unit in the London area. In March 1919 it moved to Ireland. On 1 February 1920 it disbanded.

On 14 October 1939 the unit reformed at RAF Turnhouse. Equipped with a selection of obsolescent types for training it was not until June 1940 the unit became operational. Although a night fighter unit No 141 had a disastrous first, and last, daylight encounter with German fighters in the early summer of 1940. It lost six out of nine aircraft put up over the Channel to opposing German fighters. It was withdrawn northwards to rebuild. When it returned to the south at the end of 1940 it only operated at night. It continued in it night fighter defensive duties but in 1943 it added night intruder missions to its portfolio. In December 1943 it joined No 100 Group, and remained with them until the end of the war, sending aircraft into the bomber stream to attack German night fighters and their airfields. On 7 September 1945 the unit disbanded.

On 17 June 1946 it reformed, again as a night fighter squadron. In September 1951 it converted to jets. The squadron was renumbered No 41 Squadron on 1 February 1958. It reformed on 1 April 1959 as a surface-to-air- missile (SAM) squadron equipped with Bloodhounds. It disbanded at RAF Dunholme Lodge on 31 March 1964.


AIRCRAFT

Dolphin 1918 - 1918
BE2e 1918 - 1918
Pup 1918 - 1918
BE12 1918 - 1918
Vickers FB26 1918 - 1918
F2b 1918 - 1920
Gladiator I/II 1939 - 1940
Blenheim If 1939 - 1940
Defiant I 1940 - 1941
Beaufighter I/VI 1941 - 1944
Mosquito II/VI/30/36 1943 - 1951
Meteor II 1951 - 1955
Venom 3 1955 - 1957
Javelin 4 1957 - 1958
Bloodhound 1959 – 1964


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

Fighter Squadrons of the RAF and their aircraft
John D R Rawlings Crecy Books 1993

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