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List of Royal Air Force aircraft independent flights

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This is a list of Royal Air Force independent Flights. An independent Flight is a military administrative structure which is used to command flying units where the number of aircraft is not large enough to warrant a fully fledged squadron.

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Contents

RAF Coastal based numbered Flights 1918–1929

(Flying Boat) Flights
  • No. 300 (Flying Boat) Flight RAF
  • No. 306 (Flying Boat) Flight RAF
  • No. 309 (Flying Boat) Flight RAF
  • No. 310 (Flying Boat) Flight RAF
  • No. 311 (Flying Boat) Flight RAF
  • No. 318 (Flying Boat) Flight RAF
  • No. 319 (Flying Boat) Flight RAF
  • No. 320 (Flying Boat) Flight RAF
  • No. 321 (Flying Boat) Flight RAF
  • No. 322 (Flying Boat) Flight RAF
  • No. 324 (Flying Boat) Flight RAF
  • No. 325 (Flying Boat) Flight RAF
  • No. 326 (Flying Boat) Flight RAF
  • No. 327 (Flying Boat) Flight RAF
  • No. 328 (Flying Boat) Flight RAF
  • No. 329 (Flying Boat) Flight RAF
  • No. 330 (Flying Boat) Flight RAF
  • No. 333 (Flying Boat) Flight RAF
  • No. 334 (Flying Boat) Flight RAF
  • No. 335 (Flying Boat) Flight RAF
  • No. 336 (Flying Boat) Flight RAF
  • No. 337 (Flying Boat) Flight RAF
  • No. 339 (Flying Boat) Flight RAF
  • No. 341 (Flying Boat) Flight RAF
  • No. 345 (Flying Boat) Flight RAF
  • No. 346 (Flying Boat) Flight RAF
  • No. 347 (Flying Boat) Flight RAF
  • No. 348 (Flying Boat) Flight RAF
  • No. 349 (Flying Boat) Flight RAF
  • No. 350 (Flying Boat) Flight RAF
  • No. 351 (Flying Boat) Flight RAF
  • No. 352 (Flying Boat) Flight RAF
  • No. 353 (Flying Boat) Flight RAF
  • No. 357 (Flying Boat) Flight RAF
  • No. 358 (Flying Boat) Flight RAF
  • No. 359 (Flying Boat) Flight RAF
  • No. 360 (Flying Boat) Flight RAF
  • No. 361 (Flying Boat) Flight RAF
  • No. 362 (Flying Boat) Flight RAF
  • No. 363 (Flying Boat) Flight RAF
  • No. 367 (Flying Boat) Flight RAF

(Seaplane) Flights

  • No. 400 (Seaplane) Flight RAF
  • No. 401 (Seaplane) Flight RAF
  • No. 402 (Seaplane) Flight RAF
  • No. 403 (Seaplane) Flight RAF
  • No. 404 (Seaplane) Flight RAF
  • No. 405 (Seaplane) Flight RAF
  • No. 406 (Seaplane) Flight RAF
  • No. 407 (Seaplane) Flight RAF
  • No. 408 (Seaplane) Flight RAF
  • No. 409 (Seaplane) Flight RAF
  • No. 410 (Seaplane) Flight RAF
  • No. 412 (Seaplane) Flight RAF
  • No. 413 (Seaplane) Flight RAF
  • No. 414 (Seaplane) Flight RAF
  • No. 415 (Seaplane) Flight RAF
  • No. 416 (Seaplane) Flight RAF
  • No. 417 (Seaplane) Flight RAF
  • No. 418 (Seaplane) Flight RAF
  • No. 419 (Seaplane) Flight RAF
  • No. 420 (Seaplane) Flight RAF
  • No. 421 (Seaplane) Flight RAF
  • No. 424 (Seaplane) Flight RAF
  • No. 425 (Seaplane) Flight RAF
  • No. 426 (Seaplane) Flight RAF
  • No. 427 (Seaplane) Flight RAF
  • No. 428 (Seaplane) Flight RAF
  • No. 429 (Seaplane) Flight RAF
  • No. 430 (Seaplane) Flight RAF
  • No. 431 (Seaplane) Flight RAF
  • No. 432 (Seaplane) Flight RAF
  • No. 433 (Seaplane) Flight RAF
  • No. 434 (Seaplane) Flight RAF
  • No. 435 (Seaplane) Flight RAF
  • No. 436 (Seaplane) Flight RAF
  • No. 437 (Seaplane) Flight RAF
  • No. 438 (Seaplane) Flight RAF
  • No. 439 (Seaplane) Flight RAF
  • No. 440 (Seaplane) Flight RAF
  • No. 441 (Seaplane) Flight RAF
  • No. 442 (Seaplane) Flight RAF
  • No. 443 (Seaplane) Flight RAF
  • No. 444 (Seaplane) Flight RAF
  • No. 445 (Seaplane) Flight RAF
  • No. 446 (Seaplane) Flight RAF
  • No. 447 (Seaplane) Flight RAF
  • No. 448 (Seaplane) Flight RAF
  • No. 449 (Seaplane) Flight RAF
  • No. 450 (Seaplane) Flight RAF
  • No. 451 (Seaplane) Flight RAF
  • No. 452 (Seaplane) Flight RAF
  • No. 453 (Seaplane) Flight RAF
  • No. 454 (Seaplane) Flight RAF
  • No. 455 (Seaplane) Flight RAF

(Fighter) Flights

  • No. 470 (Fighter) Flight RAF
  • No. 471 (Fighter) Flight RAF
  • No. 472 (Fighter) Flight RAF
  • No. 473 (Fighter) Flight RAF
  • No. 474 (Fighter) Flight RAF
  • No. 475 (Fighter) Flight RAF
  • No. 476 (Fighter) Flight RAF
  • No. 477 (Fighter) Flight RAF
  • No. 478 (Fighter) Flight RAF
  • No. 479 (Fighter) Flight RAF
  • No. 480 (Fighter) Flight RAF
  • No. 481 (Fighter) Flight RAF
  • No. 482 (Fighter) Flight RAF
  • No. 483 (Fighter) Flight RAF
  • No. 484 (Fighter) Flight RAF
  • No. 485 (Fighter) Flight RAF
  • No. 486 (Fighter) Flight RAF
  • No. 487 (Fighter) Flight RAF

(Light Bomber) Flights

  • No. 490 (Light Bomber) Flight RAF
  • No. 491 (Light Bomber) Flight RAF
  • No. 492 (Light Bomber) Flight RAF
  • No. 493 (Light Bomber) Flight RAF
  • No. 494 (Light Bomber) Flight RAF
  • No. 495 (Light Bomber) Flight RAF
  • No. 496 (Light Bomber) Flight RAF
  • No. 497 (Light Bomber) Flight RAF
  • No. 498 (Light Bomber) Flight RAF
  • No. 499 (Light Bomber) Flight RAF

(Special Duty) Flights

  • No. 500 (Special Duty) Flight RAF
  • No. 501 (Special Duty) Flight RAF
  • No. 502 (Special Duty) Flight RAF
  • No. 503 (Special Duty) Flight RAF
  • No. 504 (Special Duty) Flight RAF
  • No. 505 (Special Duty) Flight RAF
  • No. 506 (Special Duty) Flight RAF
  • No. 507 (Special Duty) Flight RAF
  • No. 508 (Special Duty) Flight RAF
  • No. 509 (Special Duty) Flight RAF
  • No. 510 (Special Duty) Flight RAF
  • No. 511 (Special Duty) Flight RAF
  • No. 512 (Special Duty) Flight RAF
  • No. 513 (Special Duty) Flight RAF
  • No. 514 (Special Duty) Flight RAF
  • No. 515 (Special Duty) Flight RAF
  • No. 516 (Special Duty) Flight RAF
  • No. 517 (Special Duty) Flight RAF
  • No. 518 (Special Duty) Flight RAF
  • No. 519 (Special Duty) Flight RAF
  • No. 520 (Special Duty) Flight RAF
  • No. 521 (Special Duty) Flight RAF
  • No. 522 (Special Duty) Flight RAF
  • No. 523 (Special Duty) Flight RAF
  • No. 524 (Special Duty) Flight RAF
  • No. 525 (Special Duty) Flight RAF
  • No. 526 (Special Duty) Flight RAF
  • No. 527 (Special Duty) Flight RAF
  • No. 528 (Special Duty) Flight RAF
  • No. 529 (Special Duty) Flight RAF
  • No. 530 (Special Duty) Flight RAF
  • No. 531 (Special Duty) Flight RAF
  • No. 532 (Special Duty) Flight RAF
  • No. 533 (Special Duty) Flight RAF

(Light Bomber) Flights

  • No. 534 (Light Bomber) Flight RAF
  • No. 550 (Light Bomber) Flight RAF
  • No. 551 (Light Bomber) Flight RAF
  • No. 552 (Light Bomber) Flight RAF
  • No. 553 (Light Bomber) Flight RAF
  • No. 554 (Light Bomber) Flight RAF
  • No. 555 (Light Bomber) Flight RAF
  • No. 556 (Light Bomber) Flight RAF
  • No. 557 (Light Bomber) Flight RAF
  • No. 558 (Light Bomber) Flight RAF
  • No. 559 (Light Bomber) Flight RAF
  • No. 560 (Light Bomber) Flight RAF
  • No. 561 (Light Bomber) Flight RAF

(Anti-Submarine) Flights

  • No. 562 (Anti-Submarine) Flight RAF

Royal Air Force Numbered Flights 1923–36

later Fleet Air Arm of the RAF numbered Flights.[1][2]

Flight Formed at Formed on Disbanded at Disbanded on Notes
No. 401 (Fleet Fighter) Flight RAF RAF Leuchars 1 April 1923 RAF Netheravon 3 April 1933 Renamed No. 401 (Fleet Fighter) Flight FAA from 1 April 1924. Became 801 Naval Air Squadron.
No. 402 (Fleet Fighter) Flight RAF RAF Leuchars 1 April 1923 RAF Netheravon 3 April 1933 Renamed No. 402 (Fleet Fighter) Flight FAA from 1 April 1924. Became 800 Naval Air Squadron
No. 403 (Fleet Fighter) Flight RAF RAF Leuchars 1 April 1923 RAF Kai Tak,
Hong Kong
15 July 1936 Renamed No. 403 (Fleet Fighter) Flight FAA from 1 April 1924. Became No. 715 (Catapult) Flight FAA
No. 404 (Fleet Fighter) Flight RAF RAF Leuchars 1 July 1923 RAF Netheravon 3 April 1933 Renamed No. 404 (Fleet Fighter) Flight FAA from 1 April 1924. Became 800 Naval Air Squadron.
No. 405 (Fleet Fighter) Flight FAA RAF Leuchars 31 May 1924 RAF Netheravon 3 April 1933 Became 803 Naval Air Squadron
No. 406 (Fleet Fighter) Flight FAA RAF Leuchars 31 May 1924 RAF Seletar,
Malaya
15 July 1936 Became No. 714 (Catapult) Fight FAA
No. 407 (Fleet Fighter) Flight FAA RNAS Donibristle 1 September 1927 RAF Mount Batten 15 July 1936 Became No. 712 (Catapult) Flight FAA
No. 408 (Fleet Fighter) Flight FAA RNAS Donibristle 30 March 1929 Aboard
HMS Glorious
3 April 1933 Became 802 Naval Air Squadron
No. 409 (Fleet Fighter) Flight FAA RAF Gosport 7 October 1932 Aboard
HMS Glorious
3 April 1933 Became 802 Naval Air Squadron
No. 420 (Fleet Spotter) Flight RAF RAF Gosport 1 April 1923 Aboard
HMS Glorious
26 April 1929 Renamed No. 420 (Fleet Spotter) Flight FAA from 1 April 1924. Became No. 449 (Fleet Spotter Reconnaissance) Flight FAA.
No. 421 (Fleet Spotter) Flight RAF RAF Gosport 1 April 1923 Aboard
HMS Glorious
26 April 1929 Renamed No. 421 (Fleet Spotter) Flight FAA from 1 April 1924. Became No. 447 (Fleet Spotter Reconnaissance) Flight FAA.
No. 422 (Fleet Spotter) Flight RAF RAF Gosport 1 April 1923 Aboard
HMS Argus
26 April 1929 Renamed No. 422 (Fleet Spotter) Flight FAA from 1 April 1924. Became No. 450 (Fleet Spotter Reconnaissance) Flight FAA.
No. 423 (Fleet Spotter) Flight RAF RAF Gosport 21 November 1923 Aboard
HMS Eagle
26 April 1929 Renamed No. 423 (Fleet Spotter) Flight FAA from 1 April 1924. Became No. 448 (Fleet Spotter Reconnaissance) Flight FAA.
No. 440 (Fleet Reconnaissance) Flight RAF RAF Leuchars 1 May 1923 RAF Kai Tak,
Hong Kong
11 June 1933 Renamed No. 440 (Fleet Reconnaissance) Flight FAA from 1 April 1924. Absorbed by 824 Naval Air Squadron.
No. 441 (Fleet Reconnaissance) Flight RAF RAF Leuchars 1 April 1923 Aboard
HMS Glorious
3 April 1933 Renamed No. 441 (Fleet Reconnaissance) Flight FAA from 1 April 1924. Became 823 Naval Air Squadron.
No. 442 (Fleet Reconnaissance) Flight RAF RAF Leuchars 1 April 1923 RAF Netheravon 3 April 1933 Renamed No. 442 (Fleet Reconnaissance) Flight FAA from 1 April 1924. Became 822 Naval Air Squadron.
No. 443 (Fleet Reconnaissance) Flight RAF RAF Leuchars 21 May 1923 RAF Mount Batten 15 July 1936 Renamed No. 443 (Fleet Reconnaissance) Flight FAA from 1 April 1924. Became No. 716 (Catapult) Flight FAA and No. 718 (Catapult) Flight FAA.
No. 444 (Fleet Reconnaissance) Flight RAF RNAS Lee-on-Solent 15 January 1925 RAF Kalafrana,
Malta
15 July 1936 Renamed No. 444 (Fleet Reconnaissance) Flight FAA from 1 April 1924. Became No. 701 (Catapult) Flight FAA and No. 705 (Catapult) Flight FAA.
No. 445 (Fleet Reconnaissance) Flight RAF RAF Leuchars 1 September 1927 RAF Mount Batten 15 July 1936 Renamed No. 445 (Fleet Reconnaissance) Flight FAA from 30 August 1935. Became No. 713 (Catapult) Flight FAA.
No. 446 (Fleet Reconnaissance) Flight FAA RAF Leuchars 1 September 1927 RAF Gosport 3 April 1933 Became 821 Naval Air Squadron.
No. 447 (Fleet Spotter Reconnaissance) Flight FAA Aboard
HMS Furious
26 April 1929 RAF Kalafrana,
Malta
15 July 1936 Divided to form No. 701 (Catapult) Flight FAA and No. 711 (Catapult) Flight FAA.
No. 448 (Fleet Spotter Reconnaissance) Flight FAA Aboard
HMS Eagle
26 April 1929 Aboard
HMS Glorious
3 April 1933 Became 823 Naval Air Squadron.
No. 449 (Fleet Spotter Reconnaissance) Flight FAA Aboard
HMS Furious
26 April 1929 RAF Netheravon 3 April 1933 Became 822 Naval Air Squadron.
No. 450 (Fleet Spotter Reconnaissance) Flight FAA ? 26 April 1929 RAF Gosport 3 April 1933 Became 820 Naval Air Squadron.
No. 460 (Fleet Torpedo) Flight RAF RAF Gosport 1 April 1923 RAF Gosport 3 April 1933 Became 824 Naval Air Squadron
No. 461 (Fleet Torpedo) Flight RAF RAF Gosport 1 April 1923 RAF Gosport 3 April 1933 Became 812 Naval Air Squadron
No. 462 (Fleet Torpedo) Flight FAA RAF Gosport 31 May 1924 RAF Gosport 3 April 1933 Became 812 Naval Air Squadron
No. 463 (Fleet Torpedo) Flight FAA RAF Gosport 1 September 1927 RAF Gosport 3 April 1933 Became 810 Naval Air Squadron
No. 464 (Fleet Torpedo) Flight FAA RAF Gosport 1 September 1927 RAF Gosport 3 April 1933 Became 810 Naval Air Squadron
No. 465 (Fleet Torpedo) Flight FAA RAF Gosport 20 March 1931 RAF Gosport 3 April 1933 Became 811 Naval Air Squadron
No. 466 (Fleet Torpedo) Flight FAA RAF Gosport 31 March 1931 RAF Gosport 3 April 1933 Became 811 Naval Air Squadron

Fleet Air Arm of the RAF numbered catapult Flights 1936–1939

Numbered flights RAF 1940 on

Air Experience Flights

Air Sea Rescue Flights

  • 'A' Flight No. 22 Squadron RAFRMB Chivenor, Devon
  • 'B' Flight No. 22 Squadron RAF – Wattisham, Suffolk
  • 'C' Flight No. 22 Squadron RAF – RAF Valley, Anglesey
  • HQ No. 202 Squadron RAFRAF Valley
  • 'A' Flight No. 202 Squadron RAF – RAF Boulmer
  • 'D' Flight No. 202 Squadron RAF – RAF Lossiemouth
  • 'E' Flight No. 202 Squadron RAF – RAF Leconfield
  • No. 1 Air Sea Rescue Flight (Far East) RAF
  • No. 2 Air Sea Rescue Flight (Far East) RAF
  • No. 3 Air Sea Rescue Flight (Far East) RAF
  • No. 4 Air Sea Rescue Flight (Far East) RAF
  • No. 5 Air Sea Rescue Flight (Far East) RAF
  • No. 1 Air Sea Rescue Flight (North Africa) RAF
  • No. 5 Air Sea Rescue Flight (North Africa) RAF
  • No. 6 Air Sea Rescue Flight (North Africa) RAF
  • Air Sea Rescue and Communication Flight, Malta RAF
  • Air Sea Rescue Flight RAF
  • Air Sea Rescue Flight, Berka RAF
  • Air Sea Rescue Flight, Fairwood Common RAF
  • Air Sea Rescue Flight, Friston RAF
  • Air Sea Rescue Flight, Hawkinge RAF
  • Air Sea Rescue Flight, Kalafrana RAF
  • Air Sea Rescue Flight, Martlesham Heath RAF
  • Air Sea Rescue Flight, Matlaske RAF
  • Air Sea Rescue Flight, Merston RAF (moved to Westhampnett)
  • Air Sea Rescue Flight, Westhampnett RAF (originally Merton)
  • Air Sea Rescue Flight, North Africa RAF
  • Air Sea Rescue Flight, Pembrey RAF (moved to Fairwood Common)
  • Air Sea Rescue Flight, Perranporth RAF
  • Air Sea Rescue Flight, Roborough RAF
  • Air Sea Rescue Flight, Shoreham RAF
  • Air Sea Rescue Flight, Tangmere RAF
  • Sea Rescue Flight RAF
  • Search and Rescue Flight, Khormaksar RAF
  • Search and Rescue Flight, Muharraq RAF

Aircraft Delivery Flights

Anti-Aircraft Co-operation/Calibration Flights

Blind Approach Training Flights

Calibration Flights

  • 1 Calibration Flight
  • 1 Calibration Flight, India
  • 2 Calibration Flight, India
  • 3 Calibration Flight, India
  • 4 Calibration Flight, India
  • 1 Radio Maintenance Unit Calibration Flight
  • 2 Radio Maintenance Unit Calibration Flight
  • 3 Radio Maintenance Unit Calibration Flight
  • 4 Radio Maintenance Unit Calibration Flight
  • 5 Radio Maintenance Unit Calibration Flight
  • 6 Radio Maintenance Unit Calibration Flight
  • 7 Radio Maintenance Unit Calibration Flight
  • 8 Radio Maintenance Unit Calibration Flight
  • 1 Radio Servicing Section Calibration Flight
  • 2 Radio Servicing Section Calibration Flight
  • 3 Radio Servicing Section Calibration Flight
  • 4 Radio Servicing Section Calibration Flight
  • 5 Radio Servicing Section Calibration Flight
  • 6 Radio Servicing Section Calibration Flight
  • 7 Radio Servicing Section Calibration Flight
  • 8 Radio Servicing Section Calibration Flight
  • 70 Wing Calibration Flight
  • 71 Wing Calibration Flight
  • 72 Wing Calibration Flight
  • 73 Wing Calibration Flight
  • 74 Wing Calibration Flight
  • 75 Wing Calibration Flight
  • 76 Wing Calibration Flight
  • 77 Wing Calibration Flight
  • 78 Wing Calibration Flight
  • 79 Wing Calibration Flight
  • 110 Wing Calibration Flight
  • Calibration Flight, Bangalore
  • Calibration Flight, Bengal
  • Calibration Flight, Biggin Hill
  • Calibration Flight, Church Fenton
  • Calibration Flight, Duxford
  • Calibration Flight, Dyce
  • Calibration Flight, Filton
  • Calibration Flight, Seletar
  • Calibration Flight, Speke
  • Calibration Flight, Usworth
  • Calibration Flight, Wick
  • Calibration Flight, Longman
  • RDF Calibration Flight, Sebala II
  • RDF Calibration Flight, Blida
  • Mediterranean Allied Coastal Air Force Calibration Flight

Coast Defence / Co-operation Flights

  • 1 Coast Artillery Co-Operation Flight
  • 1 Coast Defence Flight, Indian Air force Volunteer Reserve
  • 21 Coast Defence Flight, Indian Air force Volunteer Reserve
  • 3 Coast Defence Flight, Indian Air force Volunteer Reserve
  • 4 Coast Defence Flight, Indian Air force Volunteer Reserve
  • 5 Coast Defence Flight, Indian Air force Volunteer Reserve
  • 6 Coast Defence Flight, Indian Air force Volunteer Reserve
  • 1 Coastal Patrol Flight
  • 2 Coastal Patrol Flight
  • 3 Coastal Patrol Flight
  • 4 Coastal Patrol Flight
  • 5 Coastal Patrol Flight
  • 6 Coastal Patrol Flight
  • Coastal Battery Co-Operation Flight
  • Coastal Battery Co-Operation School Flight
  • Coast Defence Co-Operation Flight
  • Coast Defence Torpedo Training Flight
  • Coast Defence Training Flight
  • Coastal Reconnaissance Beaufighter Flight

Communication Flights

  • 1 (Communication) Flight (Kenya Auxiliary Air Unit)
  • 1 (Indian) Group Communication Flight
  • 2 (Indian) Group Communication Flight
  • 3 (Indian) Group Communication Flight
  • 4 (Indian) Group Communication Flight (plans to be formed from 227 Group Communication Flight probably not carried through)
  • 85 Wing Communication Flight
  • 87 Wing Communication Flight
  • 87 Group Communication Flight
  • 2nd Tactical Air Force Communication Flight
  • Air Defence of Great Britain Communication Flight
  • Air Headquarters Austria Communication Flight / Austria Commission Flight
  • Air Headquarters Burma Communication Flight
  • Air Headquarters Ceylon Communication Flight
  • Air Headquarters Communication Flight Iraq and Persia
  • Air Headquarters East Africa Communication Flight
  • Air Headquarters Eastern Mediterranean Communication Flight
  • Air Headquarters Egypt Communication Flight
  • Air Headquarters Greece Communication Flight
  • Air Headquarters India Communication Flight
  • Air Headquarters Austria Communication Flight
  • Air Headquarters Burma Communication Flight
  • Air Headquarters Ceylon Communication Flight
  • Air Headquarters Communication Flight Iraq and Persia
  • Air Headquarters East Africa Communication Flight
  • Air Headquarters Iraq Communication Flight
  • Air Headquarters Italy Communication Flight
  • Air Headquarters Malaya Communication Flight
  • Air Headquarters Malta Communication Flight
  • Air Headquarters Middle East Communication Flight
  • Air Headquarters Western Desert Communication Flight
  • Allied Expeditionary Force Communication Flight
  • Andover Communication Flight
  • Army Co-Operation Command Communication Flight
  • Austria Commission Flight
  • Austria Communication Flight
  • Balkan Air force Communication Flight
  • Berlin Air Command (RAF) Communication Flight
  • Bomber Command Communication Flight
  • British Air Command Berlin Communication Flight
  • British Commonwealth Air Communication Flight
  • Burma Communication Flight
  • Central Air Communication Section Training Flight
  • Civil Aircraft Flight, National Air Communications
  • Coastal Command Communication Flight
  • Communication Flight, Aden
  • Communication Flight, Air Headquarters New Delhi
  • Communication Flight, Aldermaston
  • Communication Flight, Dar es Salaam (Air Defence Unit, Tanganyika)
  • Communication Flight, Dum Dum
  • Communication Flight, Eastleigh
  • Communication Flight, GHQ Royal Flying Corps, France
  • Communication Flight, Heliopolis
  • Communication Flight, Iraq
  • Communication Flight, Iraq and Persia
  • Communication Flight, Khartoum (see 117 Squadron)
  • Communication Flight, Lydda
  • Communication Flight, Nicosia
  • Communication Flight, Ramleh
  • Communication Flight, Takoradi
  • Desert Air force Communication Flight
  • East Africa Communication Flight
  • Eastleigh Communication Flight
  • Far East Communication Flight
  • Flying Training Command Communication Flight
  • Free French Communication Flight
  • Headquarters British Forces Aden Communication Flight
  • Headquarters Combat Cargo Task Force Communication Flight
  • Headquarters Far East Communication Flight
  • Headquarters Middle East Air Force Communication Flight
  • Headquarters Middle East Air Force Flight
  • Headquarters Rhodesian Air Training Wing Communication Flight
  • Headquarters Rhodesian Air Training Wing Communication Flight
  • Headquarters Royal Air Air Force Northern Ireland Communication Flight
  • Helicopter Communication Flight
  • Home Communication Flight
  • India Communication Flight
  • Inland Area Communication Flight
  • Iraq Communication Flight
  • Kuala Lumpur Communication Flight
  • Light Communication Trial Flight
  • Maintenance Command Communication Flight
  • Malta Air Sea Rescue and Communication Flight
  • Malta Communication, Ferry Unit and Air Sea Rescue Flight
  • Malta Communication Flight
  • Mediterranean Allied Coastal Air Forces Communication Flight
  • Mediterranean Allied Tactical Air Forces Communication Flight
  • Mediterranean Tactical Air Forces Communication Flight
  • Middle East Air Force Communication Flight
  • Middle East Air Force Flight
  • Middle East Air Force Special Communication Flight
  • Middle East Command Communication Flight
  • Middle East Communication Flight
  • Northern Ireland Communication Flight
  • Northwest African Air Forces Communication Flight
  • Northwest African Coastal Air Force Communication Flight
  • Northwest African Tactical Air Force Communication Flight
  • Overseas Staff College Communication Flight
  • Reserve Command Communication Flight
  • Rhodesian Air Group Communication Flight
  • Rhodesian Air Training Wing Communication Flight
  • Royal Air Force Communication Flight
  • Royal Air Force Delegation (Belgium) Communication Flight
  • Royal Air Force Delegation (Denmark) Communication Flight
  • Royal Air Force Delegation (France) Communication Flight
  • Royal Air Force Delegation (Greece) Communication Flight
  • Royal Air Force Delegation (Washington) Communication Flight
  • Royal Air Force Staff College Communication Flight
  • Royal Air Force Staff College (Overseas) Communication Flight
  • Royal Hellenic Air Force Communication Flight
  • Southeastern Area Communications Flight
  • Southern Rhodesia Communications Flight
  • Special Communication Flight
  • Technical Training Command Communication Flight
  • Training Command Communication Flight
  • Transport Command Communication Flight
  • Wessex Bombing Area Communication Flight
  • Western Desert Communication Flight

Conversion Flights

  • 26 Conversion Flight
  • 28 Conversion Flight
  • 106 Conversion Flight
  • 107 Conversion Flight
  • 108 Conversion Flight
  • 2 Tactical Air Force Sabre Conversion Flight
  • Bassett Conversion Flight
  • Blenheim Conversion Flight
  • Halifax Conversion Flight
  • Check and Conversion Flight
  • Halifax Conversion Flight
  • Helicopter Operational Conversion Flight
  • Hornet Conversion Flight
  • Lancaster Conversion Flight
  • Lincoln Conversion Flight
  • Mosquito Conversion Flight
  • Phantom Conversion Flight
  • Photographic Reconnaissance Conversion Flight
  • Sabre Conversion Flight

Meteorological flights

  • 1 Meteorological Flight
  • 2 Meteorological Flight
  • 3 Meteorological Flight
  • 4 Meteorological Flight
  • Air Ministry Meteorological Flight Aldergrove
  • Meteorological Flight, Duxford
  • Meteorological Flight, Eastchurch
  • Meteorological Flight, Heliopolis
  • Meteorological Flight, Khartoum
  • Meteorological Flight Mildenhall – became 401 (Meteorological) Flight
  • Meteorological Flight, Ramleh
  • Meteorological Research Flight
  • Temperature and Humidity Flight (THUM Flight)
  • Transport Command Meteorological Flight

Seaplane Training Flights

Ferry flights

Specific Aircraft Type Flights

  • 1 Queen Bee Flight
  • Andover Training Flight
  • Buccaneer Training Flight
  • Blenheim Flight
  • Canberra Standardisation and Training Flight
  • Catalina Flight, Aden
  • Catalina Special Duty Flight
  • Defiant Flight
  • Fortress Flight
  • Gladiator Flight
  • Hudson Flight, West Africa
  • Lancaster Finishing Flight
  • Lightning Augmentation Flight
  • Lightning Training Flight
  • Lysander Flight
  • Meteor Flight
  • Oxford Test Flight
  • Sea King Training Flight
  • Victor Flight
  • Victor (B.2) Training Flight
  • Vulcan Display Flight
  • Wellington Flight, Luqa
  • Wellington Flight, Malta
  • Wessex Training Flight

Special Duty Flights

  • Special Duties Flight, Baginton
  • Special Duties Flight, Sculthorpe (RB-45C Tornados at Sculthorpe 1952)
  • Special Duty Flight, Baginton
  • Special Duty Flight, Boscombe Down
  • Special Duty Flight, Christchurch
  • Special Duty Flight, Invergordon
  • Special Duty Flight, Malta
  • Special Duty Flight, Martlesham Heath
  • Special Duty Flight, Netheravon
  • Special Duty Flight, Northolt
  • Special Duty Flight, Old Sarum
  • Special Duty Flight, Royal Flying Corps ('I' Flight)
  • Special Duty Flight, St. Athan

Miscellaneous Flights

  • 'B' Flight, Palestine
  • 'G' Flight
  • 'H' Flight
  • 'I' Flight
  • 'J' Flight
  • 'K' Flight
  • 'M' Flight
  • 'N' Flight
  • 'O' Flight
  • 'P' Flight (1)
  • 'P' Flight (2)
  • 'Q' Flight
  • 'Sparrow' Ambulance Flight
  • 'V' Flight
  • 'W' Flight
  • 'X' Flight (1940 – Palestine)
  • 'X' Flight (RFC/RAF)
  • 'Y' Flight
  • 'Z' Flight
  • 1 Chain Home Low Flight
  • 1 Engine Control Instruction Flight
  • 1 Free French (Bomber) Flight
  • 1 Gunnery Co-Operation Flight
  • 2 (Training) Flight, Kenya Auxiliary Air Unit
  • 2 Gunnery Co-Operation Flight
  • 2nd Tactical Air Force Instrument Training Flight
  • 3 Reconnaissance Flight, Kenya Auxiliary Air Unit
  • 60 (Photographic Survey) Squadron, South African Air Force – Royal Air Force Flight
  • Aden Command Training Flight
  • Aden Conversion Flight
  • Aden Defence Flight
  • Aden Protectorate Reconnaissance Flight
  • Aden Protectorate Support Flight
  • Advanced Ship Recognition Flight
  • Air Depot Hinaidi Training Flight
  • Air Headquarters Iraq Command Training Flight
  • Air Headquarters Levant Flight
  • Air Movements Development Flight
  • Air Observation Post Training Flight / Team
  • Air Pilotage Flight
  • Air Training Corps Flight
  • Air-Command Far East All-Weather Flight
  • Air-Command Far East Instrument Flying Training Flight
  • Air-to-Surface Vessel (ASV) Training Flight
  • Airborne Interception Conversion Flight, Cranfield and Twinwood Farm
  • Airborne Interception Conversion Flight, Italy
  • Airborne interception Mk VIII Conversion Flight
  • Airborne interception Mk X Conversion Flight
  • Anti-locust Flight (Middle East)
  • Anti-locust Flight (Persia)
  • Arabian Peninsular Reconnaissance Flight
  • Argus Flight
  • Artillery Flight
  • Autogyro Training Flight
  • Baltimore Photographic Flight
  • Bangalore Calibration Flight
  • Battle Flight
  • Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (Battle of Britain Flight)
  • Beam Approach Calibration Flight (to Blind Approach Calibration Flight)
  • Beam Approach Training Flight, Church Lawford
  • Beam Approach Training Flight, Nanyuki
  • Bengal Calibration Flight
  • Blind Approach Calibration Flight (from Beam Approach Calibration Flight)
  • Bomber Command Instrument Rating and Examining Flight
  • Bomber Command Jet Conversion Flight
  • Bomber Transport Flight
  • Bristol Wireless Flight
  • British Air Forces of Occupation Instrument Training Flight
  • Camouflage Flight
  • Casualty Air Evacuation Flight
  • Centaurus Flight
  • Command Training Flight
  • DDT Spray Flight
  • Defence Flight, Heliopolis
  • Desert Air Force Training Flight
  • Eagle Trials Flight
  • Emergency Flying Training Flight
  • Enemy Aircraft Flight (from 1426 (Enemy Aircraft) Flight)
  • Engine Control Demonstration Flight
  • Experimental Flight, Upavon
  • Extended Reconnaissance Flight
  • Famine Relief Flight
  • Far East Casualty Evacuation Flight
  • Far East Flight
  • Fighter Command Instrument Rating Flight
  • Fighter Command Instrument Training Flight
  • Fighter Command Vanguard Flight – AEW Trials Flight at RAF Kinloss
  • Fighter Defence Flight, Aden
  • Fighter Defence Flight, Gibraltar
  • Fighter Defence Flight, Iraq
  • Fighter Defence Flight, Sheikh Othman
  • Fighter Defence Flight, Takoradi
  • Fighter Experimental Flight
  • Fighter Flight, Shetland
  • Fighter Pilots Practice Flight, Blida
  • Fighter Pilots Practice Flight, Sétif
  • Floatplane Flight
  • Floatplane Training Flight
  • Flying Boat Development Flight
  • Free French Flight, Khartoum
  • Free French Flight, Sudan
  • Gee (TR1335) Training Flight
  • Gee-H Training Flight
  • General Purpose Flight, Sheikh Othman
  • Governor General's Flight, Australia
  • Greek Training Flight
  • Hal Far Fighter Flight
  • Heavy Transport Flight
  • Helicopter Development Flight
  • Helicopter Flight, Nicosia
  • Helicopter Training Flight
  • Heston Flight
  • High Altitude Flight, 244 Wing
  • High Altitude Flight, Northolt
  • High Commissioners Flight
  • High Speed Flight
  • Historic Aircraft Flight
  • Home Command Instrument Training Flight
  • Home Defence Flight, Cramlington
  • Hong Kong Auxiliary Flight
  • Instrument Training Flight, Tangmere
  • Intelligence Photographic Flight
  • Internal Security Flight, Nicosia
  • Irish Flight
  • Jet Training Flight
  • Joint Services Staff College Flight
  • Kalafrana Rescue Flight
  • Kangaroo Flight
  • King's Flight
  • Long Range Flight
  • Malta Night Fighter Flight
  • Manston Flight
  • Manston Naval Flight
  • Medical Flight, Hendon
  • Middle East Air Force Instrument Training Flight
  • Military Governor's Flight
  • Miscellaneous Flight, Malta
  • Navigation Flight
  • New Zealand Flight
  • Night Flying Flight
  • No. 160 (Special) Flight (see – 159 Squadron)
  • Ogaden Flight
  • Operational Reserve Flight
  • Overseas Air Delivery Flight
  • Overseas Aircraft Despatch Flight
  • Overseas Aircraft Preparation Flight
  • Oxford University Flight
  • Palestine Truce Observance Flight
  • Photographic Reconnaissance Advanced Training Flight
  • Polish Training and Grading Flight
  • Practice Flight, Blida
  • Practice Flight, Heliopolis
  • Practice Flight, Home Aircraft Depot, Henlow
  • Practice Flight, Manston
  • Practice Flight, Sétif
  • Psychological Warfare Flight
  • Queen's Flight
  • Radar Meteorological Flight
  • Radar Navigational Aids Flight
  • Radar Reconnaissance Flight
  • Radar Training Flight
  • Radio Development Flight
  • Rapid Landing Flight
  • RDF Flight Blida
  • Reconnaissance Flight, Mombassa
  • Reserve Command Instrument Training Flight
  • ROC Flight
  • Rota Experiment Flight
  • Royal Air Force Antarctic Flight
  • Royal Air Force Meteorological Flight, Eastchurch, Duxford and Mildenhall
  • Royal Air Force Staff College Flight
  • Royal Flying Corps Detached Flight, Moascar
  • Royal Flying Corps Flight, Basra
  • Royal Norwegian Navy Flight
  • Seaplane Flight, Basra
  • Seaplane Rescue Flight, Kalafrana
  • Secret Intelligence Service Flight
  • Security Flight, Ismailia
  • Shipping Interception Flight
  • Signals Co-Operation Flight
  • Singapore Operational Training Flight
  • South African Air Observation Post Flight
  • Special Experimental Flight
  • Special Instruction Flight
  • Special Operations (Liberator) Flight
  • Special Performance Flight, Aboukir
  • Special Service Flight, Northolt
  • Special Survey Flight
  • Special Transport Flight
  • Spotter Flight, Kai Tak
  • Spotter Flight, Seletar
  • Supernumerary Camel Flight
  • Swifter Flight
  • Tanker Training Flight
  • Target Development Flight
  • Target Facilities Flight, Binbrook
  • Target Facilities Flight, Leuchars
  • Target Facilities Flight, Wattisham
  • Torpedo Experimental Flight
  • Training Command Practice Flight
  • Training Flight, Halton
  • Transport Command Development Flight
  • Transport Training Flight
  • Vintage Pair Flight
  • VISTRE Flight
  • Voice Flight
  • VVIP Flight
  • Winter Experimental and Training Flight
  • Wireless Direction Finding Flight
  • Wireless Flight
  • Yatesbury Wireless Flight
  • Yugoslav Training Flight, Royal Air Force Element
  • Yugoslav Training Flight

Target Towing Flights

  • 1 Royal Air Force Regiment Anti-Aircraft practice Camp Target Towing Flight
  • 2 Royal Air Force Regiment Anti-Aircraft practice Camp Target Towing Flight
  • 3 Royal Air Force Regiment Anti-Aircraft practice Camp Target Towing Flight
  • 4 Royal Air Force Regiment Anti-Aircraft practice Camp Target Towing Flight
  • 5 Royal Air Force Regiment Anti-Aircraft practice Camp Target Towing Flight
  • 6 Royal Air Force Regiment Anti-Aircraft practice Camp Target Towing Flight
  • 7 Royal Air Force Regiment Anti-Aircraft practice Camp Target Towing Flight
  • 8 Royal Air Force Regiment Anti-Aircraft practice Camp Target Towing Flight
  • 9 Royal Air Force Regiment Anti-Aircraft practice Camp Target Towing Flight
  • 1 Royal Air Force Regiment School Target Towing Flight
  • 3 Royal Air Force Regiment School Target Towing Flight
  • 1 Target Towing Flight
  • 1 Target Towing Flight (India)
  • 2 Target Towing Flight (India)
  • 1 Target Towing Flight, Nicosia
  • 1 Target Towing Flight, Shallufa
  • 1 Towed Target Flight
  • Base and Target-Towing Flight, Royal Air Force Maintenance Base (Far East), Seletar
  • Middle East Air Force Target Towing Flight
  • Station and Target Towing Flight, Seletar
  • Towed Target Flight, Bentwaters
  • Towed Target Flight, Changi
  • Towed Target Flight, Gibraltar
  • Towed Target Flight, Helwan
  • Towed Target Flight, Ismailia
  • Towed Target Flight, Khartoum
  • Towed Target Flight, St. Eval
  • Towed Target Flight, Schleswigland
  • Towed Target Flight, Seletar
  • Towed Target Flight, Sutton Bridge
  • Towed Target Flight, Tangmere
  • Towed Target Flight, Trincomalee

See also

References

Citations

  1. ^ Lake 1999, p. 81.
  2. ^ Lake 1999, p. 82.
  3. ^ Lake 1999, p. 9.
  4. ^ Lake 1999, p. 35.
  5. ^ Lake 1999, p. 41.
  6. ^ Lake 1999, p. 56.
  7. ^ Lake 1999, p. 57.
  8. ^ Lake 1999, p. 66.
  9. ^ Lake 1999, p. 109.

Bibliography

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