Squadron Royal Air Force
Leads the Field
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Formed: 14 Feb 1915, Netheravon
Squadron was based at:
RAF Finningley :: - 3 Jul 1940
RAF Binbrook :: 3 Jul 1940 - 7 Aug 1940; 7 Sep 1940 - 25 Sep 1942; 24 Sep 1945 - Jul 1946
RAF Wickenby :: 25 Sep 1942 - 24 Sep 1945
RAF Waddington :: Jul 1946 - 1953
RAF Wittering :: 1953 -
RAF Coningsby :: 1962 - 1964
RAF Cottesmore :: 1964 - 1967
RAF Honington :: 1969 -
RAF Lossiemouth ::
Sqn Code: PH, GZ
Fairey Fox ::
Fairey Battle :: Feb 1938 - Nov 1940
Wellington MkII :: Nov 1940 - Aug 1942
Wellington MkIII :: Aug 1942 - Nov 1942
Lancaster Mk I, Mk III :: Nov/Dec 1942 -
Lincoln :: >= 1946 - ??
Canberra B2 ::
Canberra B6 ::
Vulcan B2 :: 1962 - 1967
Tornado :: - present
12 Squadron was formed on 14 February 1915 at Netheravon. Its fox emblem was taken from its full squadron crest, which in turn came from the fact that this squadron was the only one to use the Fairey Fox biplane. The motto Leads The Field is because the Fairey Fox bomber was faster than the fighters then in service.
RAF Wickenby and 12 & 626 Sqns are commemorated in memorial stone of Icarus at the entrance to the airfield, now a flying club. See "A Brief History of the RAF in Lincolnshire" :: website. The relevant page is linked directly in the column to the right of this page.
12 Sqn arrived at Binbrook from Finningley in early July 1940 flying Fairy Battles, but converted to Wellington bombers in Nov 1940. In April 1941 12 Sqn sent 28 aircraft on the first of the bomber raids targetting Cologne. In 1942 12 Sqn moved to Wickenby and converted to Lancasters while concrete runways were constructed at Binbrook, returning there on 24 Sep 1945. It was disbanded in 1961 but reformed in 1962 at Coningsby with the Vulcan B2 Bomber. In 1964 it moved to Cottesmore, staying until 1967 when the primacy of the Royal Navy in generating Britain's nuclear deterrent began to take its toll on the Vulcan Sqns.
The entire RAF Form 540, otherwise known as the Summary of Events, for 12 Sqn May 1943 has been typed up and posted to the web. It is a fascinating insight into day-to-day operations :: website
Roy Lambeth was an LAC Supplier Accounts at RAF Honington in March 1970 whilst 12 Sqn was re-equipping.
books about 12 Sqn
12 Sqn Memorial Stone
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