List of Royal Air Force aircraft independent flights

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This is a list of Royal Air Force independent Flights. An independent Flight is a military administrative structure which is used to command flying units where the number of aircraft is not large enough to warrant a fully fledged squadron.

RAF Coastal based numbered Flights 1918–1929

(Flying Boat) Flights

(Seaplane) Flights

(Fighter) Flights

(Light Bomber) Flights

(Special Duty) Flights

(Light Bomber) Flights

(Anti-Submarine) Flights

Royal Air Force Numbered Flights 1923–36

later Fleet Air Arm of the RAF numbered Flights.[1][2]

Flight Formed at Formed on Disbanded at Disbanded on Notes
No. 401 (Fleet Fighter) Flight RAF RAF Leuchars 1 April 1923 RAF Netheravon 3 April 1933 Renamed No. 401 (Fleet Fighter) Flight FAA from 1 April 1924. Became 801 Naval Air Squadron.
No. 402 (Fleet Fighter) Flight RAF RAF Leuchars 1 April 1923 RAF Netheravon 3 April 1933 Renamed No. 402 (Fleet Fighter) Flight FAA from 1 April 1924. Became 800 Naval Air Squadron
No. 403 (Fleet Fighter) Flight RAF RAF Leuchars 1 April 1923 RAF Kai Tak,
Hong Kong
15 July 1936 Renamed No. 403 (Fleet Fighter) Flight FAA from 1 April 1924. Became No. 715 (Catapult) Flight FAA
No. 404 (Fleet Fighter) Flight RAF RAF Leuchars 1 July 1923 RAF Netheravon 3 April 1933 Renamed No. 404 (Fleet Fighter) Flight FAA from 1 April 1924. Became 800 Naval Air Squadron.
No. 405 (Fleet Fighter) Flight FAA RAF Leuchars 31 May 1924 RAF Netheravon 3 April 1933 Became 803 Naval Air Squadron
No. 406 (Fleet Fighter) Flight FAA RAF Leuchars 31 May 1924 RAF Seletar,
Malaya
15 July 1936 Became No. 714 (Catapult) Fight FAA
No. 407 (Fleet Fighter) Flight FAA RNAS Donibristle 1 September 1927 RAF Mount Batten 15 July 1936 Became No. 712 (Catapult) Flight FAA
No. 408 (Fleet Fighter) Flight FAA RNAS Donibristle 30 March 1929 Aboard
HMS Glorious
3 April 1933 Became 802 Naval Air Squadron
No. 409 (Fleet Fighter) Flight FAA RAF Gosport 7 October 1932 Aboard
HMS Glorious
3 April 1933 Became 802 Naval Air Squadron
No. 420 (Fleet Spotter) Flight RAF RAF Gosport 1 April 1923 Aboard
HMS Glorious
26 April 1929 Renamed No. 420 (Fleet Spotter) Flight FAA from 1 April 1924. Became No. 449 (Fleet Spotter Reconnaissance) Flight FAA.
No. 421 (Fleet Spotter) Flight RAF RAF Gosport 1 April 1923 Aboard
HMS Glorious
26 April 1929 Renamed No. 421 (Fleet Spotter) Flight FAA from 1 April 1924. Became No. 447 (Fleet Spotter Reconnaissance) Flight FAA.
No. 422 (Fleet Spotter) Flight RAF RAF Gosport 1 April 1923 Aboard
HMS Argus
26 April 1929 Renamed No. 422 (Fleet Spotter) Flight FAA from 1 April 1924. Became No. 450 (Fleet Spotter Reconnaissance) Flight FAA.
No. 423 (Fleet Spotter) Flight RAF RAF Gosport 21 November 1923 Aboard
HMS Eagle
26 April 1929 Renamed No. 423 (Fleet Spotter) Flight FAA from 1 April 1924. Became No. 448 (Fleet Spotter Reconnaissance) Flight FAA.
No. 440 (Fleet Reconnaissance) Flight RAF RAF Leuchars 1 May 1923 RAF Kai Tak,
Hong Kong
11 June 1933 Renamed No. 440 (Fleet Reconnaissance) Flight FAA from 1 April 1924. Absorbed by 824 Naval Air Squadron.
No. 441 (Fleet Reconnaissance) Flight RAF RAF Leuchars 1 April 1923 Aboard
HMS Glorious
3 April 1933 Renamed No. 441 (Fleet Reconnaissance) Flight FAA from 1 April 1924. Became 823 Naval Air Squadron.
No. 442 (Fleet Reconnaissance) Flight RAF RAF Leuchars 1 April 1923 RAF Netheravon 3 April 1933 Renamed No. 442 (Fleet Reconnaissance) Flight FAA from 1 April 1924. Became 822 Naval Air Squadron.
No. 443 (Fleet Reconnaissance) Flight RAF RAF Leuchars 21 May 1923 RAF Mount Batten 15 July 1936 Renamed No. 443 (Fleet Reconnaissance) Flight FAA from 1 April 1924. Became No. 716 (Catapult) Flight FAA and No. 718 (Catapult) Flight FAA.
No. 444 (Fleet Reconnaissance) Flight RAF RNAS Lee-on-Solent 15 January 1925 RAF Kalafrana,
Malta
15 July 1936 Renamed No. 444 (Fleet Reconnaissance) Flight FAA from 1 April 1924. Became No. 701 (Catapult) Flight FAA and No. 705 (Catapult) Flight FAA.
No. 445 (Fleet Reconnaissance) Flight RAF RAF Leuchars 1 September 1927 RAF Mount Batten 15 July 1936 Renamed No. 445 (Fleet Reconnaissance) Flight FAA from 30 August 1935. Became No. 713 (Catapult) Flight FAA.
No. 446 (Fleet Reconnaissance) Flight FAA RAF Leuchars 1 September 1927 RAF Gosport 3 April 1933 Became 821 Naval Air Squadron.
No. 447 (Fleet Spotter Reconnaissance) Flight FAA Aboard
HMS Furious
26 April 1929 RAF Kalafrana,
Malta
15 July 1936 Divided to form No. 701 (Catapult) Flight FAA and No. 711 (Catapult) Flight FAA.
No. 448 (Fleet Spotter Reconnaissance) Flight FAA Aboard
HMS Eagle
26 April 1929 Aboard
HMS Glorious
3 April 1933 Became 823 Naval Air Squadron.
No. 449 (Fleet Spotter Reconnaissance) Flight FAA Aboard
HMS Furious
26 April 1929 RAF Netheravon 3 April 1933 Became 822 Naval Air Squadron.
No. 450 (Fleet Spotter Reconnaissance) Flight FAA ? 26 April 1929 RAF Gosport 3 April 1933 Became 820 Naval Air Squadron.
No. 460 (Fleet Torpedo) Flight RAF RAF Gosport 1 April 1923 RAF Gosport 3 April 1933 Became 824 Naval Air Squadron
No. 461 (Fleet Torpedo) Flight RAF RAF Gosport 1 April 1923 RAF Gosport 3 April 1933 Became 812 Naval Air Squadron
No. 462 (Fleet Torpedo) Flight FAA RAF Gosport 31 May 1924 RAF Gosport 3 April 1933 Became 812 Naval Air Squadron
No. 463 (Fleet Torpedo) Flight FAA RAF Gosport 1 September 1927 RAF Gosport 3 April 1933 Became 810 Naval Air Squadron
No. 464 (Fleet Torpedo) Flight FAA RAF Gosport 1 September 1927 RAF Gosport 3 April 1933 Became 810 Naval Air Squadron
No. 465 (Fleet Torpedo) Flight FAA RAF Gosport 20 March 1931 RAF Gosport 3 April 1933 Became 811 Naval Air Squadron
No. 466 (Fleet Torpedo) Flight FAA RAF Gosport 31 March 1931 RAF Gosport 3 April 1933 Became 811 Naval Air Squadron

Fleet Air Arm of the RAF numbered catapult Flights 1936–1939

Numbered flights RAF 1940 on

Air Experience Flights

Air Sea Rescue Flights

Aircraft Delivery Flights

Anti-Aircraft Co-operation/Calibration Flights

Blind Approach Training Flights

Calibration Flights

Coast Defence / Co-operation Flights

Communication Flights

Conversion Flights

Meteorological flights

Seaplane Training Flights

Ferry flights

Specific Aircraft Type Flights

Special Duty Flights

Miscellaneous Flights

Target Towing Flights

See also

References

Citations

  1. ^ Lake 1999, p. 81.
  2. ^ Lake 1999, p. 82.
  3. ^ Lake 1999, p. 9.
  4. ^ Lake 1999, p. 35.
  5. ^ Lake 1999, p. 41.
  6. ^ Lake 1999, p. 56.
  7. ^ Lake 1999, p. 57.
  8. ^ Lake 1999, p. 66.
  9. ^ Lake 1999, p. 109.

Bibliography

  • Lake, A (1999). Flying units of the RAF. Shrewsbury: Airlife. ISBN 1-84037-086-6. 
  • Sturtivant, Ray, ISO and John Hamlin. RAF Flying Training and Support Units since 1912. Tonbridge Wells, Kent, UK: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd., 2007. ISBN 0-85130-365-X.
  • Sturtivant, R C (15 February 1957), "Below Squadron Status Part I" (pdf), Flight 
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