No.173 Squadron

A sword bentwise in its scabbard grasped beneath the hilt with an eagle’s claw couped at the thigh in chief and a gauntlet likewise grasping the scabbard in base
Badge
A sword bentwise in its scabbard grasped beneath the hilt with an eagle’s claw couped at the thigh in chief and a gauntlet likewise grasping the scabbard in base
Motto
Quocumque - Whithersoever
Formed
09 July 1942
Disbanded
01 September 1957

No 173 Squadron was formed at RAF Heliopolis on 9 July 1942 as a communications unit. A Flight flew passenger and freight services while B Flight undertook communications. Throughout its two year existence it had a very mixed collection of aircraft. On 29 February 1944 the squadron was renamed the Middle East Communications Squadron.

On 1 February 1953 No 4 (Home) Ferry Unit was renumbered No 173 Squadron. It was engaged in ferrying aircraft until it disbanded on 1 September 1957.


AIRCRAFT

Various types 1942 - 1944
Lodestar 1942 - 1944
Proctor 1942 - 1944
Argus 1942 - 1944
Anson I 1943 - 1944
Anson 19 1953 - 1957
Varsity 1953 - 1957


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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