No.89 Squadron

A wivern pierced by a flash of lightning
A wivern pierced by a flash of lightning
Dei auxilio telis meis - By the help of God with my own weapons
01 January 1917
30 November 1958

Formed at Catterick on 1 January 1917, No 89 Squadron was a training unit but was disbanded on 4 July 1918 before it became operational. It was reformed on 11 November 1918 at Wyton but formation was immediately suspended.

On 25 September 1941 No 89 Squadron reformed at RAF Colerne as a night fighter unit. In November 1941 it flew out to the Middle East to provide night fighter cover. In October 1943 the unit moved to Ceylon. In September 1944 it began intruder missions as well as normal night fighter patrols over the Burma front. In September 1945 the unit moved to Singapore. By March 1946 it was without aircraft. In the remaining months before disbandment on 1 May 1946 it flew some air-sea-rescue missions with Walrus aircraft.

On 15 September 1955 the unit reformed at RAF Stradishall as a night fighter unit. On 30 November 1958 it was renumbered No 85 Squadron.


Various types including Camel 1917 - 1918
Beufighter I/VI 1941 - 1945
Mosquito VI/XIX 1945 - 1946
Walrus 1946 - 1946
Venom 3 1955 - 1957
Javelin 2/6 1957 – 1958

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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