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No. 16 Squadron Royal Air Force



   No. 16 Squadron was founded at St Omer on 10th February 1915 out of elements of 2,5 and 6 Squadrons. It served on the Western Front throughout WW1 as an Army Cooperation unit and was disbanded in Germany in 1919.

16 Squadron was reformed in April 1924 at RAF Old Sarum for cooperation with Army units in Southern Command equipped with Bristol Fighters, and later the Armstrong Whitworth Atlas and then Audaxs. With these types it took part in exercises all over southern England. In June 1938 it became the first unit to be equipped with the Westland Lysander.

Airfields at which 16 Squadron was based during the war:

  • 1 April 1924-16 February 1940: Old Sarum
  • 16 February-14 April 1940: Hawkinge
  • 14 April-19 May 1940: Bertangles (France)
  • 19 May-2 June 1940: Lympne (United Kingdom)
  • 2-29 June 1940: Redhill
  • 29 June-3 August 1940: Cambridge
  • 3-14 August 1940: Okehampton
  • 14 August 1940-25 September 1941: Weston Zoyland
  • 25 September-3 October 1941: Thruxton
  • 3 October-23 November 1941: Weston Zoyland
  • 23-27 November 1941: Lympne
  • 27 November 1941-2 January 1943: Weston Zoyland
  • 2 January-1 June 1943: Andover
  • 1-29 June 1943: Middle Wallop
  • 29 June 1943-7 April 1944: Hartfordbridge
  • 7 April-4 September 1944: Northolt
  • 4-9 September 1944: A.12 Balleroy (France)
  • 9-27 September 1944: B.48 Amiens/ Glisy
  • 27 September-15 April 1945: B.58 Melsbroek
  • 15 April-22 September 1945: B.78 Eindhoven

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February 1940 Move into France

17th May 1940 Lysander lost in France

18th May 1940 Aircraft lost

19th May 1940 Retreat from France

19th May 1940 Lost on reconnaissance

22nd May 1940 Supplies

26th May 1940 Friendly fire incident

28th May 1940 Aircraft lost

31st May 1940 Two aircraft lost

2nd June 1940 Move

29th June 1940 

15th August 1940 Maritime search role

April 1942 Re-equipped

2nd June 1943 Re-equipped and moved

16th April 1944 D-day preparations

June 1944 Back to France

1st January 1945 Air Raid


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No. 16 Squadron Royal Air Force

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