No.80 Squadron

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A bell
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01 August 1917
30 September 1969

No 80 Squadron was formed at Montrose on 1 August 1917 as a fighter unit. It took its Camels to France in January 1918. After a period of fighter patrols it ended the war mainly acting in a ground attack role. In May 1919 the squadron left for Egypt where it was renumbered No 56 Squadron on 1 February 1920.

On 8 March 1937 the unit reformed at RAF Kenley. The following year it moved to Egypt as a part of the air defences of the country. After the Italian declared war in June 1940 the unit moved up to the Libyan frontier. In November 1940 No 80 Squadron was transferred to Greece. Evacuated in April 1941 following the German attack on the country the unit provided air defence in Syria, Palestine and Cyprus. It moved back to the Western Desert in October. It was involved in the rest of the North African campaign. In January 1944 it moved to Italy but only remained there for four months before returning to the UK. It began fighter sweeps and escort missions over France and the Low Countries. It August it converted to Tempests and took them to the continent. It remained in Germany after the war until August 1949 when it moved to Hong Kong. It re-equipped with twin-engined fighters before disbanding on 1 May 1955.

On 1 August 1955 No 214 Squadron at RAF Laarbruch was renumbered No 80 Squadron. The unit operated as a photo reconnaissance unit within 2nd ATAF until it finally disbanded on 30 September 1969.


Camel 1917 - 1918
Snipe 1918 - 1920
Gauntlet 1937 - 1937
Gladiator 1937 - 1941
Hurricane I/II 1940 - 1943
Spitfire V/IX 1943 - 1944
Tempest V 1944 - 1948
Spitfire 24 1948 - 1952
Hornet 1951 - 1955
Canberra PR7 1955 – 1969

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

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

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