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151 Squadron was founded at Hainault Farm in Essex on 12 June 1918, and was equipped with Sopwith Camel aircraft.During the five months in which 151 Squadron had taken part in hostilities overseas, the total number of hours flown by night was 1443 hrs 26 mins.

Sixteen enemy aircraft were destroyed at night on the Allies side of the lines, and five were destroyed on the enemy side and confirmed. Another five were unconfirmed, thus making a total of twenty six successful engagements. Of the enemy aircraft destroyed, twenty two were AEGs, Friedrichshafen or Gothas, with two engines and carrying a crew of three or more. Two were giant P 52’s with five engines carrying a crew of up to eight or nine.

During all the numerous combats there were very few occasions when the guns jammed or caused trouble, reflecting the devotion to duty of Lt Eggar and his gunnery staff.

Too much cannot be said for the NCOs and men of the Squadron. The long hours from dawn to dusk and the urgent necessity of getting all machines serviceable during the daytime was evidence of their keen spirit and esprit de corps, and nothing was more gratifying to a pilot on landing after a successful combat than to hear the rousing cheers of the NCOs and men of his Flight, echoed by the Squadron, that greeted him.”

The squadron was disbanded on 10 September 1919

On the 4 August 1939 the squadron was reformed at RAF North Wealdmarker from 'B' Flight of 56 Squadron, under Squadron Leader Edward Mortlock Donaldson. It operated throughout the Second World War disbanding on the 10 October 1946 at RAF Weston Zoylandmarker.

The squadron was reformed again at RAF Leucharsmarker, Scotlandmarker on 15 September 1951. It disbanded on 19 September 1961.

On 1 January 1962 the Signals Development Squadron at RAF Wattonmarker was redesignated as No. 151 Squadron operating a variety of aircraft on development and training duties. It was joined by the pilots and ground crew from the disbanded No. 97 Squadron from RAF Hemswellmarker on the 25 May 1963.

On 18 September 1981 151 Squadron reformed at RAF Chivenormarker as part of number 2 TWU operating BAE Hawk T1 & T1A aircraft. When 2 TWU became 7 FTS in 1992 151 Squadron was disbanded and its duties taken over by 92 Squadron.

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Bases

From To Location Remark
12 June 1918 16 June 1918 Hainault Farm Squadron formed
16 June 1918 21 June 1918 Marquise, Pas-de-Calaismarker, Francemarker
21 June 1918 25 June 1918 Fontaine-sur-Mayemarker, Francemarker
25 June 1918 2 July 1918 Famechon, Sommemarker, Francemarker
2 July 1918 8 September 1918 Fontaine-sur-Mayemarker, Francemarker
8 September 1918 24 October 1918 Vignacourtmarker, Francemarker
24 October 1918 5 December 1918 Bancourtmarker, Francemarker
5 December 1918 21 February 1919 Liettresmarker, Francemarker
21 February 1919 10 September 1919 Gullanemarker, Scotlandmarker Squadron disbanded
4 August 1936 13 May 1940 RAF North Wealdmarker Squadron reformed
28 February 1940 12 May 1940 RAF Martlesham Heathmarker Detachment
12 May 1940 17 May 1940 RAF Martlesham Heathmarker Complete squadron
17 May 1940 18 May 1940 RAF Manstonmarker
18 May 1940 20 May 1940 Vitry-en-Artoismarker, Francemarker
20 May 1940 29 August 1940 RAF North Wealdmarker
29 August 1940 1 September 1940 RAF Stapleford Tawneymarker
1 September 1940 28 November 1940 RAF Digbymarker
28 November 1940 6 December 1940 Bramcotemarker
6 December 1940 30 April 1943 RAF Witteringmarker
22 April 1941 25 January 1942 RAF Coltishallmarker Detachment
30 April 1943 16 August 1943 RAF Colernemarker
16 August 1943 17 November 1943 RAF Middle Wallopmarker
17 November 1943 24 March 1944 RAF Colernemarker
24 March 1944 7 October 1944 RAF Predannackmarker
7 October 1944 19 November 1944 Castle Camps
19 November 1944 1 March 1945 RAF Hunsdonmarker
1 March 1945 17 May 1945 Bradwell Bay
17 May 1945 1 June 1945 RAF Predannackmarker
1 June 1945 8 July 1946 Exetermarker
8 July 1946 10 October 1946 RAF Weston Zoylandmarker Squadron disbanded
15 September 1951 17 June 1957 RAF Leucharsmarker Squadron reformed
17 June 1957 15 November 1957 RAF Turnhousemarker
15 November 1957 19 September 1961 RAF Leucharsmarker Squadron disbanded
1 January 1962 25 May 1963 RAF Wattonmarker Squadron reformed and renumbered
18 September 1981 4 August 1992 RAF Chivenormarker Shadow Squadron reformed and disbanded


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References

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Bibliography

  • Halley, James J. The Squadrons of the Royal Air Force & Commonwealth, 1981-1988. Tonbridge, Kent, UK: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd., 1988. ISBN 0-85130-164-9.
  • Jefford, Wing Commander C.G., MBE,BA,RAF (Retd). RAF Squadrons, a Comprehensive Record of the Movement and Equipment of all RAF Squadrons and their Antecedents since 1912. Shrewsbury, Shropshire, UK: Airlife Publishing, 2001. ISBN 1-84037-141-2.
  • Rawlings, John D.R. Coastal, Support and Special Squadrons of the RAF and their Aircraft. London: Jane's Publishing Company Ltd., 1982. ISBN 0-7106-0187-5.
  • Rawlings, John D.R. Fighter Squadrons of the RAF and their Aircraft. London: Macdonald and Jane's (Publishers) Ltd., 1978. ISBN 0-354-01028-X.
  • Robinson, Anthony. RAF Squadrons in the Battle of Britain. London: Arms and Armour Press Ltd., 1987 (republished 1999 by Brockhampton Press, ISBN 1-86019-907-0.).


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