No.76 Squadron

In front of a rose, a lion passant guardant
Badge
In front of a rose, a lion passant guardant
Motto
Resolute
Formed
15 September 1916
Disbanded
31 December 1960

No 76 Squadron was formed at Ripon on 15 September 1916 as a home defence unit for the Yorkshire area. On 13 June 1919 the unit disbanded.

On 12 April 1937 the unit reformed at RAF Finningley as a bomber squadron. In June 1939 it became a Group Pool Squadron responsible for training bomber crews. On 22 April 1940 No 76 Squadron was absorbed into No 16 Operational Training Unit.

On 30 April 1940 it reformed but this was abandoned on 20 May 1940. On 1 May 1941 the squadron reformed at RAF Linton-on-Ouse. A detachment went to Palestine to form the nucleus of a heavy bomber force in the region but the home based unit continued to form a part of the main bomber force attacking German targets until the end of the war. On 8 May 1945 the squadron moved to Transport Command. It moved to India in September as a general transport unit. On 1 September 1946 the unit was renumbered No 62 Squadron.

On 9 December 1953 the squadron reformed at RAF Wittering as a light bomber unit. It provided a detachment for atomic cloud sampling over Christmas Island and Australia during the 1956/7British nuclear bomb trails. It disbanded on 31 December 1960.


AIRCRAFT

BE2c/e 1916 - 1918
BE12/12a 1917 - 1918
504K 1918 – 1919
F2b 1918 – 1919
Wellesley 1937 – 1939
Hampden 1939 – 1940
Anson I 1939 – 1940
Halifax I/II/V/III/VI 1941 – 1945
Dakota IV 1945 – 1946
Canberra 2/6 1953 – 1960


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

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

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