|No. 518 Squadron RAF|
|Active||6 July 1943 – 1 October 1946|
|Branch||Royal Air Force|
|Part of||No. 15 Group RAF, Coastal Command|
Gealic: Tha An Iuchair Againn-Ne|
(Translation: "We hold the key")
|Squadron Badge heraldry||A hand couped at the wrist holding a key, the ward uppermost|
|Squadron Codes||Y3 (Jun 1944 – Oct 1946)|
No. 518 Squadron formed on 6 July 1943 from at RAF Stornoway, Scotland and was equipped with the Handley Page Halifax. After moving to RAF Tiree on 25 September 1943, and absorbing 1402 Flight, it became operational with daily flight out into the North Atlantic to collect meteorological data. It also kept observations for U-Boat activity. After the end of the Second World War the squadron moved to RAF Aldergrove in Northern Ireland where it absorbed 1402 Flight who had been operating Supermarine Spitfires and Hawker Hurricanes. With these added to the squadron, the main equipment was changed from the Handley Page Halifax Mk.V to the Mk.VI. No. 518 squadron was the last of the wartime meteorological squadrons when it was re-numbered to 202 Squadron on 1 October 1946.
|July 1943||June 1945||Handley Page Halifax||Mk.V|
|March 1945||October 1946||Handley Page Halifax||Mk.III|
|September 1945||October 1946||Supermarine Spitfire||Mks.VII & IX|
|September 1945||October 1946||Hawker Hurricane||Mk.IIc|
|March 1946||October 1946||Handley Page Halifax||Mk.VI|
|9 July 1943||25 September 1943||RAF Stornoway, Western Isles, Scotland|
|25 September 1943||18 September 1945||RAF Tiree, Hebrides, Scotland||Spitfire detachment at RAF Tain, Ross and Cromarty, Scotland|
|18 September 1945||1 October 1946||RAF Aldergrove, County Antrim, Northern Ireland|
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