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