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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: 20 Aug 04

Formed: 11 May 1919

Disbanded: 21 Jan 1920

Reformed: Oct 1920

Disbanded: 1 May 1945

Reformed: 16 May 1945 from renumbered 200 Sqn

Disbanded: 15 Nov 1945

Reformed: Sep 1946

Disbanded: Dec 1971

Reformed: ?

Disbanded: still an active RAF Squadron

Squadron was based at:

Sart (France) :: - 11 May 1919

RAF Duxford :: 11 May 1919 - 21 Jan 1920

Egypt :: Oct 1920 -

Aden :: 1927 -

Khormaksar :: 1 May 1942 - 15 May 1945

RAF Lossiemouth :: <1971 - ??

RAF Waddington :: ??, current base

RAF Scampton :: ??

Aircraft operated:

BE2c :: Jan 1915 -

Armstrong-Whitworth FK8 :: - Jan 1920

F2B :: 1919

DH9A :: Oct 1920 - 1927

Fairey MkIIIF :: 1927

Blenheim :: 1939 -

Liberator :: May 1945 - Nov 1945

Mosquito :: Sep 1946 - 1947

Tempest :: 1947 - 1949

Brigand :: 1949 - 1953

Vampire :: 1953 - 1956

Venom :: 1956 - <1960

Hunter :: <1960 - Dec 1971

Shackleton AEW2 :: - 1991

E-3D SENTRY :: 1991 - present

8 Sqn RFC formed at Brooklands on 1 Jan 1915 and moved to St Omer in April. It was equipped with BE2C as an army co-operation unit, specialised in spotting anti-tank guns. After helping occupy defeated Germany the Sqn disbanded in Jan 1920. In early post-Great War years 8 Sqn operated in cadre strength at RAF Duxford.

8 Sqn reformed in Egypt in Oct 1920 as a day-bomber unit. During the 1920s 8 Sqn was one of the sqns responsible for the air-policing of Iraq. In 1927 the Sqn moved to Aden and re-equipped with Fairey IIIF.

By 1939 8 Sqn had received the Blenheim and was involved in the fighting Italy in Somaliland. It then specialised in maritime reconnaissance but with little success, disbanding on 1 May 1945. 15 days later the Liberator-equipped 200 Sqn at Jessore in India was renumbered at 8 Sqn. This lasted for a short period of supply-dropping flights in Malaya, disbanded again in November 1945.

Reformed again in Sep 1946 in Aden on Mosquito these were superceded by Tempest in 1947, Brigand in 1949 and then Vampire in 1953 respectively. By 1956 these had been replaced with the Venom.

In 1960, 8 Sqn on Hunters moved to Bahrain to protect Kuwait against Iraqi aggression.

After disbanding again in Dec 1971, 8 Sqn was reformed with the Shackletons at RAF Kinloss on airborne early warning duties, moving to RAF Lossiemouth in 1973. The Shackleton AEW survived until 1991 when 8 Sqn re-equipped with E3-D SENTRY and moved to RAF Waddington.

8 Sqn website and Association

RAF Waddington website

8 Sqn history on RAF Website

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