No. 92 Squadron

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No. 92 Squadron

active September 1, 1917 (RFC) - 1919
2009 to date
Country United KingdomUnited Kingdom United Kingdom
Armed forces Royal Air Force
Type Jagdstaffel
training session
Location Semy (France)
Biggin Hill
Landing Ground 173
motto Aut pugna aut morere
(Either Fight or Die)
Aircraft type Sopwith Pup
Bristol Blenheim
Gloster Meteor
Canadair Saber
Hawker Hunter
BAC Lightning
McDonnell Phantom
BAe Hawk
Butcher Somme
evacuation from Dunkirk
Air battle for England
El Alamein

James Rankin
February 1941 to December 1941

No. 92 Squadron is a Royal Air Force unit now based at Waddington Airfield .


First World War

The Army Air Force Royal Flying Corps provided the No. 92 Squadron on September 1, 1917 in London Colney. In July 1918 the company was relocated to France. Until the end of the war, the planes were used as fighters and in ground combat. On August 7, 1919, the unit was dissolved.

Second World War

On October 10, 1939, the Squadron was re-established at Tangmere , West Sussex . It initially received twin-engined Bristol Blenheim bombers, which were replaced by Spitfire fighters in March 1940 . They were ready for action on May 9, 1940 and flew over France in May and June. The station was then stationed in South Wales . In September 1940, the squadron took part as part of No. 11 Group took part in the Battle of Britain . No. 92 Squadron was the first unit to be equipped with Spitfires Mk V. In February 1941 the first converted, former Mk IB with the registration number X4257 arrived in Manston . In the weeks that followed, the unit gradually sent its Spitfires IB to the Rolls-Royce plant in Hucknall for conversion . The unit left Great Britain via Lincolnshire for the Middle East. Initially there were too few aircraft there and missions could only be flown when the Spitfires arrived in August 1942. The squadron was transferred to Tunisia and on to Malta , where it arrived in June 1943. After the capture of airfields in Sicily , it was moved there. In September 1943 another relocation to mainland Italy took place. There it was converted into a Jabo relay in July 1944 . On December 30, 1946, the squadron in Zeltweg was disbanded.

post war period

On January 31, 1947, the No. 91 Squadron in No. 92 Squadron renamed. By February 1954, the unit was equipped with jet-powered fighters, the Gloster Meteors . This was followed by Sabers combat aircraft, which were replaced by Hawker Hunters in April 1956 . In April 1963 twin-engine English Electric Lightning interceptors followed . At the end of 1968 the squadron was relocated to Gütersloh (Germany). In January 1977 the conversion to the American supersonic aircraft McDonnell Phantom II began . The squadron was disbanded on March 31, 1977. The part stationed in Wildenrath was ready on April 1, 1977 again as No. 92 Squadron activated. It stayed that way until the next dissolution on July 1, 1991. On September 23, 1992, No. 151 Squadron, a training unit equipped with BAE Hawk jet trainers, at No. 92 Squadron renamed. The resolution took place on October 1, 1994. In November 2008 it was re-established as part of the Air Warfare Center test facility at RAF Waddington .

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Alfred Price: Spitfire Mark V Aces 1941–45 , p. 9.

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