How Squadron Information is Presented
Squadron numbers (and name if any)*
Squadron motto (if any)
Aircraft used during war
(3 Sept 1939-15 Aug 1945)
Squadron bases during the war***
Squadron aces (for fighter and attack squadrons only)†
Number of sorties and losses (for bomber squadrons only)
Aircraft are (in some cases)
*Some RAF squadrons during the war had official names which indicated the financier of the squadron, in most cases a country, an organization or a regions, such as "East India’" and the "Argentine-British." British Auxiliary, Polish, French and Canadian squadrons all had names which indicated the squadron’s association with a home region or a specific animal. Single aircraft were in some cases, paid for by communities, companies or individuals, whose names stenciled on every respective aircraft.
**In the wartime unit coding system, two letters, which indicated the squadron, were separated from a third - which indicated the aircraft identifying letter – by an RAF roundel. For example, in the code: BL-H, ‘BL’ is the squadron code and ‘H’, the individual aircraft identifying letter. The same squadron codes were sometimes used to by separate squadrons at the same time.
***Every airfield that is not accompanied by a region or a country name should be assumed as being located in Great Britain. Thise squadrons that ended the war in the European and Mediterranean theaters, the base list only covers the wartime period from 1 Sept 1939 to 8 May 1945 (VE-day) and for those that finished in the Far East, this list is extended to conclude on 15 Aug 1945 (VJ-Day).
†Only ace pilots who contributed materially to a unit’s victory tally are included in this list. Where known, the highest rank attained by the pilot during his service with a particular squadron has also been included, as are his gallantry awards up to the time the time of leaving the unit in question.