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|unit_name= No. 116 Squadron RAF
 
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|motto= Precision in Defence
 
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|equipment=[[Westland Lysander|Lysander]]<br> [[Hawker Hurricane]]<br>[[Tiger Moth]]<br> [[Avro Anson]]<br> [[Airspeed Oxford]]<br> [[Vickers Varsity]] <br> [[Avro Lincoln]]
 
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|battle_honours=• [[World War I]] 1917-1918<br>•[[World War II]]<br>• Home Defence, 1941-1945
 
|battle_honours=• [[World War I]] 1917-1918<br>•[[World War II]]<br>• Home Defence, 1941-1945
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|identification_symbol=In front of a flash of lightning, a pair of dividers.
 
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'''No. 116 Squadron''', [[Royal Flying Corps]], was formed on 1 December 1917 at [[RAF Andover|Andover]] and was intended to become a night bomber unit but the end of the war resulted in the Squadron's disbandment on 20 November 1918.
 
'''No. 116 Squadron''', [[Royal Flying Corps]], was formed on 1 December 1917 at [[RAF Andover|Andover]] and was intended to become a night bomber unit but the end of the war resulted in the Squadron's disbandment on 20 November 1918.
   
The Squadron reformed at [[Hatfield Aerodrome|Hatfield]] on 17 February 1941 from No. 1 Anti-Aircraft Calibration Flight with [[Westland Aircraft|Westland]] [[Westland Lysander|Lysanders]]. Its main task was the [[calibration]] of predictors and [[Anti-aircraft warfare|AA]] [[radar]] used by numerous AA batteries in the UK. Due to the wide dispersal of these batteries, No. 116 was fragmented into numerous detachments based at convenient airfields. In November 1941 some [[Hawker Aircraft|Hawker]] [[Hawker Hurricane|Hurricanes]] were received for simulating dive-bombing and low-level attacks and in June 1942, [[de Havilland]] [[de Havilland Tiger Moth|Tiger Moths]] were allotted for use in AA radar alignment checks. [[Airspeed Ltd.|Airspeed]] [[Airspeed Oxford|Oxfords]] began to replace the Lysanders and were later supplemented by [[Avro]] [[Avro Anson|Ansons]]. These were used for the rest of the war, the Squadron disbanding on 26 May 1945.
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The Squadron reformed at [[Hatfield Aerodrome|Hatfield]] on 17 February 1941 from No. 1 Anti-Aircraft Calibration Flight with [[Westland Aircraft|Westland]] [[Westland Lysander|Lysanders]]. Its main task was the calibration of predictors and [[Anti-aircraft warfare|AA]] [[radar]] used by numerous AA batteries in the UK. Due to the wide dispersal of these batteries, No. 116 was fragmented into numerous detachments based at convenient airfields. In November 1941 some Hawker [[Hawker Hurricane|Hurricanes]] were received for simulating dive-bombing and low-level attacks and in June 1942, de Havilland [[de Havilland Tiger Moth|Tiger Moths]] were allotted for use in AA radar alignment checks. Airspeed [[Airspeed Oxford|Oxfords]] began to replace the Lysanders and were later supplemented by Avro [[Avro Anson|Ansons]]. These were used for the rest of the war, the Squadron disbanding on 26 May 1945.
   
On 1 August 1952, the Squadron reformed at [[RAF Watton|Watton]] from the Calibration Squadron of the [[Central Signals Establishment]]. It flew [[Vickers-Armstrongs|Vickers]] [[Vickers Varsity|Varsities]], [[Avro]] [[Avro Lincoln|Lincolns]] and Ansons until renumbered [[No. 115 Squadron RAF|115 Squadron]] on 21 August 1958.
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On 1 August 1952, the Squadron reformed at [[RAF Watton|Watton]] from the Calibration Squadron of the [[Central Signals Establishment]]. It flew Vickers [[Vickers Varsity|Varsities]], Avro [[Avro Lincoln|Lincolns]] and Ansons until renumbered [[No. 115 Squadron RAF|115 Squadron]] on 21 August 1958.
   
 
[[Category:Royal Air Force aircraft squadrons|116]]
 
[[Category:Royal Air Force aircraft squadrons|116]]

Latest revision as of 21:40, 10 December 2019

No. 116 Squadron RAF
Active (RFC) 1 December 1917 - 20 November 1918
(RAF) 17 February 1941 to 26 May 1945
1 August 1952 - 21 August 1958.
Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Branch Ensign of the Royal Air Force.svg Royal Air Force
Role Bomber Command and Anti-Aircraft Calibration
Motto(s) Precision in Defence
Aircraft Lysander
Hawker Hurricane
Tiger Moth
Avro Anson
Airspeed Oxford
Vickers Varsity
Avro Lincoln
Battle honoursWorld War I 1917-1918
World War II
• Home Defence, 1941-1945
Insignia
Squadron Badge heraldry In front of a flash of lightning, a pair of dividers.
Squadron Codes ZD (Allocated Apr 1939 - Sep 1939)
II (Apr 1939 - Sep 1939)

No. 116 Squadron, Royal Flying Corps, was formed on 1 December 1917 at Andover and was intended to become a night bomber unit but the end of the war resulted in the Squadron's disbandment on 20 November 1918.

The Squadron reformed at Hatfield on 17 February 1941 from No. 1 Anti-Aircraft Calibration Flight with Westland Lysanders. Its main task was the calibration of predictors and AA radar used by numerous AA batteries in the UK. Due to the wide dispersal of these batteries, No. 116 was fragmented into numerous detachments based at convenient airfields. In November 1941 some Hawker Hurricanes were received for simulating dive-bombing and low-level attacks and in June 1942, de Havilland Tiger Moths were allotted for use in AA radar alignment checks. Airspeed Oxfords began to replace the Lysanders and were later supplemented by Avro Ansons. These were used for the rest of the war, the Squadron disbanding on 26 May 1945.

On 1 August 1952, the Squadron reformed at Watton from the Calibration Squadron of the Central Signals Establishment. It flew Vickers Varsities, Avro Lincolns and Ansons until renumbered 115 Squadron on 21 August 1958.

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