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Heavy Conversion Units
1654 HCU
1656 HCU
1660 HCU
1661 HCU
1662 HCU
1665 HCU
1667 HCU
1668 HCU
21 HGCU

Advanced Flying Schools
201 AFS

Advanced Flying Units
12 AFU
15 AFU

Flying Training Schools
1 FTS
2 FTS
3 FTS
6 FTS
7 FTS
12 FTS
1 Lancaster Finishing School
Central Flying School

Operational Training/
Conversion Units
(Fighter)
6 OTU
53 OTU

56 OTU

(Bomber)
228 OCU
230 OCU

Air Armament Schools
1 AAS
2 AAS
Empire Central AS

Other schools
1 Gp Aircrew School
1 Ground Defence School
1 Air Observers School
Central Gunnery School
5 Gp Anti Air School

Other units
Bomber Command
Coastal Command
Fighter Command
HQ No 5 Group
HQ No 23 Group
1485 Gunnery Flight
2782 Defence Sqn
178 Support Unit
399 Signals Unit
Nationality based Sqns

Updated: 27 May 07

Formed: 26 Jul 1913, Farnborough

Reformed: 1920, Quetta

Disbanded: 1947

Reformed: 1949, Pembrey

Disbanded: 1957

Reformed: 1959

Disbanded: ?2003

Reformed: 2004

Disbanded: still an active RAF Squadron

Squadron based at:

Quetta :: 1920 - 1940

RAF Pembrey :: 1949 - 1951

Germany :: 1951 - 1957; 1959 - 1965

RAF Binbrook :: 1965 - 1987

RAF Coningsby :: 1987 - 2003

RAF Waddington :: ?? - present

Aircraft operated:

BE2c :: Aug 1914 - 1920

Bristol Fighter :: 1920 - 1931

Wapiti :: 1931 - 1940

Hart :: 1940 - 1942

Mohawk :: 1942 -

Hurricane ::

Thunderbolt ::

Javelin :: 1959 - 1965

Lightning :: 1965 - 1987

Tornado F3 :: 1987 - 2003

SENTINEL R1 :: 2004 - present

Formed at Farnborough in 1913, 5 Sqn RFC provided reconnaissance for the BEF in Aug 1914. The Sqn has the distinction of recording the RFC's first war casualties when an aircraft was hit by rifle fire on 22 Aug 1914. It also records the Royal Flying Corps’ first ever victory 24 Aug 1914 when an Erich monoplane was forced down by a 5 Sqn Avro 540.

5 Sqn took a leading role in the development of aerial photography and wireless telephony during the early phases of the Great War. Artillery observation was the main task with the BE2C.

In 1915 it formed a close association with the Canadian 16 Corps which led to the maple leaf being adpoted as its emblem.

In 1920 the Squadron reformed at Quetta, India (now Pakistan) for army co-operation work on the North West Frontier. Its Bristol Fighters remained with them for 11 years until replaced in 1931 by Wapitis. These outdated biplanes remained until 1940 when they where replaced by the equally ancient Hart. These were replaced by the Mohawk fighter in 1942 for escort duties, accompanying Blenheim from Assam attacking targets in Burma. Up to disbandment in 1947 the Sqn also flew Hurricane and Thunderbolt.

5 Sqn reformed at RAF Pembrey on 11 Feb 1949 on target-towing duties. In Sep 1951, 5 Sqn moved to Germany and flew Vampire and Venom fighter bombers before disbanding in the 1957 defence round.

In 1959 it was reformed in the all-weather fighter force in Germany, flying Javelin. It stayed here until 1965, moving to RAF Binbrook to be re-equipped with with the Lightning F6. In 1987 the Sqn moved to RAF Coningsby and re-equipped to the Tornado F3.

A combined 5 Sqn and 29 Sqn force was the first RAF component to arrive in Saudi Arabia in Aug 1990 after the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait.

5 Sqn disbanded again in 2003 at Coningsby and reformed on 1 Apr 04 at RAF Waddington to operate SENTINEL R1, the Airborne STand-Off Radar (ASTOR) aircraft.

V Sqn Association

For details on the V Sqn Association please contact Bob Riste (01522 794035) or briste@btinternet.com

5 Sqn history on RAF website

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