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No. 227 Squadron RAF
Active 1 April 1918 – 9 December 1918
1 July 1942 – 7 September 1942
20 August 1942 – 5 September 1945
Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Branch Ensign of the Royal Air Force.svg Royal Air Force
Motto(s) None
Squadron Badge None
Squadron Codes 9J (Oct 1944 - Sep 1945)

No. 227 Squadron RAF was a Royal Air Force Squadron that formed as bomber unit in World War I and World War II.


Formation and World War I

No. 227 Squadron was formed on 1 April 1918 as a day bomber unit and operated former RNAS Capronis from Pizzone, Italy but it did not become operational and it disbanded on 9 December 1918.

Reformation in World War II

On 1 July 1942 the squadron reformed and serviced and operated Halifaxes of No. 10 Squadron RAF pending the arrival of Beaufighters. It then merged with No. 76 Squadron RAF and No. 462 Squadron RAF. On 20 August 1942 some Beaufighters at Luqa, Malta were designated 227 squadron and the unit then moved to Egypt, Libya and Italy. On 12 August 1944 it was renumbered 19 Squadron, South African Air Force. It reformed again at RAF Bardney on 7 October 1944 and equipped with Lancasters flying bombing missions over Germany before it was finally disbanded on 5 September 1945.

Aircraft operated

Aircraft operated by no. 227 Squadron RAF
From To Aircraft Variant
Apr 1918 Apr 1918 Caproni Ca 42
Apr 1918 Dec 1918 Airco DH.4
Jun 1918 Dec 1918 Airco DH.9
Aug 1942 Feb 1943 Bristol Beaufighter IC
Aug 1942 Aug 1944 Bristol Beaufighter VIC
Sep 1943 Aug 1944 Bristol Beaufighter XI
Oct 1943 Dec 1943 Bristol Beaufighter X
Oct 1944 Sep 1945 Avro Lancaster I & III

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