No. 121 Squadron RAF


No. 121 Squadron RAF
No. 121 (Eagle) Squadron RAF
Active 1 April 1918 - 17 August 1918
14 May 1941 - 29 September 1942
Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Allegiance  United States
Branch Ensign of the Royal Air Force.svg Royal Air Force
Nickname Eagle
Motto For liberty
Aircraft Hurricanes, Spitfires (WW2)
Insignia
Squadron Badge heraldry An Indian warrior's head with head dress
Squadron Codes AV (May 1941 - Sep 1942)

No. 121 Squadron was a Royal Air Force aircraft squadron that during the Second World War was one of the three Eagle Squadrons manned by American volunteers.

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History

In World War I

121 Eagle Squadron, RAF, 1940

No. 121 Squadron Royal Flying Corps (Royal Air Force from the 1 April 1918) was formed at Narborough on 1 January 1918 as a day bomber squadron to operate the Airco DH.9. The squadron was equipped with Airco DH.4s for training, but due to delays with the DH.9 and the end of the war approaching, the squadron was disbanded on the 17 August 1918 without going operational.

In World War II

335th Fighter Squadron Badge

The squadron was reformed on 14 May 1941 as No. 121 (Eagle) Squadron at RAF Kirton-in-Lindsey, the second of three Eagle Squadrons manned by American volunteers. Equipped with the Hawker Hurricane, the squadron then converted to the Supermarine Spitfire and moved south to RAF North Weald to begin operations on channel sweeps and Rhubarb operations. On 15 November 1941 the squadron claimed its first enemy aircraft destroyed. The squadron then upgraded to cannon-armed Spitfire VBs and carried out offensive operations over the channel and providing bomber escorts.

To the USAAF

In September 1942, the squadron moved to RAF Debden to be with the other Eagle squadrons, the squadron was transferred to the USAAF as the 335th Fighter Squadron and officially disbanded as a RAF unit on the 29 September 1942. The new squadron became part of the 4th Fighter Group of the Eighth Air Force.

Aircraft operated

Dates Aircraft Variant Notes
Jan 1918 - Aug 1918 Airco DH.4
May 1941 - Jul 1941 Hawker Hurricane Mk.I
Jul 1941 - Nov 1941 Hawker Hurricane Mk.IIb
Oct 1941 - Nov 1941 Supermarine Spitfire Mk.IIa
Nov 1941 - Sep 1942 Supermarine Spitfire Mk.Vb

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See also

References

Notes

  1. ^ Halley 1988, p. 197.

Bibliography

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    • Republished by Eagle Publishing in 1983, ISBN 0-941624-71-4. Same as the 1943 edition, except it has an epilogue of the members as of 1982.
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