The squadron was first formed as No. 12 Squadron RNAS as a training unit within No 1 Wing of the Royal Naval Air Service at Hondschoote on 8 June 1917. Unlike other RNAS squadrons, it was not redesignated to an RAF 200-series squadron number on the day the RAF was established (1 April 1918) as the squadron was disbanded.
- 1918-1919 Airco DH.4
- 1918-1920 Airco DH.9 and 9A
- 1918-1919 Sopwith Camel
- 1940 Supermarine Spitfire C
- 1940 Bristol Blenheim IV
- 1949 Lockheed Hudson I
- 1942-1944 Consolidated Catalina IB
- 1944-1945 Consolidated Catalina V
- 1945 Consolidated Catalina IB
- Halley, James J. The Squadrons of the Royal Air Force. Tonbridge, Kent, UK: Air Britain (Historians) Ltd., 1980. ISBN 0-85130-083-9.
- Jefford, C.G., Wing Commander MBE, BA, RAF (Retd). RAF Squadrons, a Comprehensive Record of the Movement and Equipment of all RAF Squadrons and their Antecedents since 1912. Shrewsbury, UK: Airlife Publishing Ltd., 1998 (second edition 2001). ISBN 1-84037-141-2.
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