No.29 Squadron

An eagle in flight, preying on a buzzard
Badge
An eagle in flight, preying on a buzzard
Motto
Impiger et acer - Energetic and keen
Formed
07 November 1915
Disbanded
31 October 1998

No 29 Squadron was formed at Gosport on 7 November 1915. After a period of training it moved to France in March 1916 as the third fully equipped fighter squadron. In August 1919 it returned to the UK and on 31 December 1919 it disbanded.

On 1 April 1923 No 29 Squadron re-formed at RAF Duxford as a fighter unit. In March 1935 it became a two seat fighter unit with the arrival of Hawker Demons. In October it moved to Egypt during the Abyssinian crisis. It returned to the UK in September 1936. On the outbreak of war the unit began early operational trials of airborne radar. By the middle of 1940 the squadron was wholly committed to night fighter defence. For much of the war No 29 Squadron remained on the defensive but in May 1944 it began intruder missions.

In August 1951 the unit converted to night fighter jets. In February 1963 the unit moved to Akrotiri, Cyprus and in December 1965 on to Zambian for nine months. The unit returned to the UK in May 1967. On 31 December 1974 the unit disbanded to reform the following day. In 1982 a detachment was sent to the Falkland Islands for air defence. On 30 March 1983 this detachment was renumbered No 23 Squadron. The squadron disbanded on 31 October 1998.


AIRCRAFT

Various types
including Caudron G III 1915 - 1916
DH2 1916 - 1917
FE8 1916 - 1916
Nieuport 17/27 1917 - 1918
SE5A 1918 - 1919
Snipe 1923 - 1925
Grebe 1925 - 1928
Siskin IIIA 1928 - 1932
Bulldog 1932 - 1935
Demon 1935 - 1938
Gordon 1936 - 1936
Blenheim If 1938 - 1941
Beaufighter I/VI 1940 - 1943
Mosquito XII/XIII/VI/30/36 1943 - 1951
Meteor 4/11/12 1951 - 1958
Javelin 6/9 1957 - 1967
Lightning 3 1967 - 1974
Phantom 2 1975 - 1986
Tornado 3 1987 - 1998


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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