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Updated: 19 Jan 12

Formed: 25 Sep 1915, Montrose

Disbanded: 13 Jan 1920

Reformed: 26 Apr 1920

Disbanded: 1 Jul 1958 at Tangmere

Reformed: 2 Jul 1958 at Waterbeach

Disbanded: 31 Dec 1962

Reformed: 1 Oct 1963 as Missile Squadron at North Coates

1 Oct 1989 absorbed into 85 Sqn

Disbanded: still an active RAF Squadron

Squadron based at:

Montrose :: 25 Sep 1915 - 31 Dec 1915

Tetford :: 31 Dec 1915 - 19 Feb 1916

St Omer :: 20 Feb 1916 - 1 Apr 1916

Western Front until

RAF South Carlton :: 6 Sep 1919 - 3 Dec 1919

RAF Scopwick (RAF Digby) :: 3 Dec 1919 - 13 Jan 1920

RAF Hawking :: 26 Apr 1920 - 26 Sep 1938

RAF Northolt :: 22 Sep 1938

Many movements during WWII; see the Sqn Association website for full details

RAF West Malling :: May 1948 - 30 Sep 1957

RAF Tangmere :: 30 Sep 1957 - 1 Jul 1958

RAF Waterbeach :: 2 Jul 1958 - 30 Oct 1961

RAF Leuchars :: 30 Oct 1961 - 31 Dec 1962

RAF North Coates :: 1 Oct 1963 - 7 Aug 1971

RAF Bruggen :: 1971 - 1 Mar 1983

RAF Wyton :: 1 Mar 1983 - 3 Jul 1989

detachment of A Flt based at RAF Barkston Heath

RAF Leeming :: 3 Jul 1989 - present

Aircraft operated:

Shortorn S7 :: Sep - Nov 1915
Caudron III :: Sep - Nov 1915
Curtiss JN4 :: Sep - Dec 1915
Martinsyde S1 :: Sep - Dec 1915
Avro 504 :: Sep - Dec 1915
BE 2c :: Sep - Dec 1915

Many ac types during the early years; see the Sqn Association website for full details

FE2b :: Feb 1916 - May 1917
Bristol Scout :: 1916

Bristol Scout C :: - Dec 1919

Tornado F3 :: - present

25 Squadron was formed at Montrose in Scotland on 25 Sep 1915 as a fighter-recce unit, drawing its nucleus from No 6 Reserve Sqn. It deployed to St Omer on 20 Feb 1916, staying until 1 Apr before spending the rest of the Great War deployed on the Western Front.

The Sqn relocated to Lincolnshire on 6 Sep 1919, to South Carlton, where it was reduced to cadre strength on 9 Oct before moving on to RAF Scopwick (later Digby) on 3 Dec. The first formation of 25 Sqn disbanded at Scopwick in 31 Jan 1920.

It reformed quickly, on 26 Apr 1920 on the Snipe, progressing via other types to the Gladiator I in Feb 1939, by now at RAF Northolt.

25 Sqn disbanded on 1 Apr and reformed on 2 Apr 1958 at Waterbeach flying Meteor, followed by Javelin. It disbanded again in 31 Dec 1962 but reformed on 1 Oct 1963 as a Missile Squadron at RAF North Coates, operating the Bloodhound II until 1 Jan 1971. It is believed that at North Coates 25 Squadron consisted of three sections each of the Type 86 and Type 87 Radars with eight missiles. During its missile sqn service A Flt was detached for some time to Barkston Heath and the Sqn disbanded before 3 Jul 1989.

The Sqn's final re-formation was on 3 Jul 1989 at RAF Leeming, where it was equipped with the Tornado F3 air defence fighter. During this period it was detached to Dharan and Al Kharj in Saudi Arabia to provide air defence to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, fly in Op GRANBY and they patrol the Southern No Fly Zone in Iraq.

The Sqn finally disbanded in 2007/08.

25(F) Sqn Association website

25 Sqn on Bloodhound site

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