No. 124 Squadron RAF


No. 124 Squadron RAF
No. 124 (Baroda) Squadron RAF
124Sqn.jpg
Active 1 March 1918 – 17 August 1918
10 May 1941 – 1 April 1946
Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Branch Ensign of the Royal Air Force.svg Royal Air Force
Motto “Danger is our opportunity”
Insignia
Squadron Heraldry A mongoose
Squadron Codes PX (Apr 1939 - Sep 1939)
ON (May 1941 - Sep 1946)

No. 124 (Baroda) Squadron RAF was a Royal Air Force Squadron formed to be a light bomber unit in World War I and reformed as a fighter unit in World War II.

Contents

History

Formation and World War I

No. 124 Squadron Royal Flying Corps was formed on 1 February 1918 at RFC Old Sarum and became a unit of the Royal Air Force. After a move to RFC Fowlmere 124 Sqn disbanded on 17 August 1918 having only operated as a training squadron.[1]

Reformation in World War II

Around the outbreak of World War II, from April to September 1939, 124 Sqn was allocated a squadron code but the squadron was not stood up. The squadron eventually reformed in 1941 as a fighter unit equipped with Spitfires, stationed at RAF Castletown, to provide air defence for Scapa Flow. It was then moved to RAF Biggin Hill, operating several variants of the Spitfire on bomber escort and high altitude reconnaissance duties, before it was re-equipped with the Meteor jet aircraft before being disbanded at RAF Bentwaters on 1 April 1946, becoming No. 56 Squadron RAF.

Aircraft operated

Data from:-[1]

Aircraft operated by no. 124 Squadron RAF
From To Aircraft Squadron code
Feb 1918 Aug 1918 Airco DH.9 (proposed)
Feb 1918 Aug 1918 miscellaneous training aircraft
Apr 1939 Sep 1939 Squadron not stood up PK
May 1941 Mar 1942 Supermarine Spitfire Mk.V ON
May 1942 Feb 1943 Supermarine Spitfire Mk.VI ON
May 1943 Jun 1944 Supermarine Spitfire Mk.VII ON
Jul 1944 Mar 1945 Supermarine Spitfire Mk.IX ON
Apr 1945 Apr 1946 Gloster Meteor F.3 ON

References

  1. ^ a b Lake, Alan. "Flying Units of the RAF".Airlife Publishing. Shrewsbury. 1999. ISBN 1 84037 086 6

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