No.90 Squadron

A hind salient
A hind salient
Celer - Swift
08 October 1917
16 April 1965

Formed at Shawbury on 8 October 1917, No 90 Squadron was a fighter unit but disbanded on 3 August 1918 before becoming operational. Its aircraft and personnel were used as re-enforcements for existing units. On 14 August 1918 it reformed at RAF Buckminster as a home defence unit. It operational area was the British Midlands but it saw no action. It disbanded on 13 June 1919.

On 15 March 1937 the unit reformed at RAF Bicester as a training squadron. On 4 April 1940 it merged with No 35 Squadron to form No 17 Operational Training Unit.

On 7 May 1941 it reformed at RAF Watton as the first Fortress squadron in the RAF. Daylight missions began on 8 July but the type proved inadequate for European theatre It lost some of its Fortress aircraft to the Middle East in October and then operated a few Blenheims until disbanded on 14 February 1942.

On 7 November 1942 the unit reformed again; this time at RAF Bottsford. It began bombing operations at the beginning of the following year and it formed a pat of Bomber Command’s strategic bombing offensive for the rest of the war. The squadron disbanded on 1 September 1950.

The squadron reformed at RAF Marham on 4 October 1950. It disbanded once again on 1 May 1956. On 1 January 1957 it reformed for the last time at RAF Honington. This time it was a V-bomber squadron. In April 1962 it was redesignated a flight refuelling squadron. It disbanded on 16 April 1965.


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

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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