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No . 8 Squadron Royal Air Force



   No. 8 Squadron was formed at Brooklands on 1 January 1915. It served throughout the war on the Western front, initially in artillery observation and reconnaissance. From 1918 it specialised in providing support to tank brigades and ground attack against anti-tank gun emplacements. After the Armistice, 8 Squadron served briefly in Germany as part of the British Army of Occupation. It moved back to the United Kingdom in July 1919 and was disbanded on 20 January 1920, only to be reformed 9 months later at Helwan near Cairo in Egypt as a bomber squadron. The squadron subsequently spent periods in Iraq, Turkey, Mesopotamia and finally at RAF Khormaksar in Aden. As well as bombing missions against insurgents, the squadron was engaged in survey flights, casualty evacuation and mail delivery. In April 1939 the squadron received a flight of Bristol Blenheim twin-engined bombers for maritime patrols, alongside their older Vickers Vincents which were employed on landward patrols.

 

12th June 1940 Raids

13th June 1940 Airfield bombed

5th August 1940 Italian invasion

10th August 1940 The Battle for the Tug Argan Pass

12th August 1940 Free French join 8 Squadron

January 1941 French flight moves on

16th January 1941 Aircraft lost in Somalia

9th March 1941 Re-conquest of Eritrea

August 1941 Red Sea patrols

July 1942 Re-equipped

February 1943 New aircraft arrive

14th July 1943 Submarine sunk

December 1943 Long range patrols

3rd May 1944 U-Boat destroyed

1st May 1945 Disbanded

15th May 1945 Squadron renumbered

June 1945 

2nd Sept 1945 

15 November 1945 Disbanded


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