|92 Squadron History|
|92 Squadron Royal Flying Corps|
|92 Squadron was established at London Colney on 1 September 1917, working up as a scout squadron with Sopwith Pups, Spads, and SE.5as. The Squadron became part of the RAF on its formation on 1 April 1918. Standardising on SE.5as, the squadron went to France in July 1918, at first operating in the Dunkirk area. It was then moved to Serny in August 1918, where it began scoring victories. During the Somme offensive of 1918 the squadron was heavily involved, and continued to operate over the Western Front until the Armistice. It was disbanded on 7 August 1919, while stationed at Eil with the Army of Occupation. It had claimed a total of 37 victories during its World War I service. Eight aces had served in the squadron, including Oren Rose, Thomas Stanley Horry, William Reed, Earl Frederick Crabb, future Air Chief Marshal James Robb, Evander Shapard, Herbert Good, and future Air Marshal Arthur Coningham.|
|No 92 (East India) Squadron|
|On 10th October 1939, No 92 squadron reformed at Tangmere and received Blenheims. In March 1940, these were replaced by Spitfires Mk 1 which became operational on 9th May and flew patrols over France during May and June. The squadron spent the early part of the Battle of Britain on defensive duties in South Wales, operating from Pembrey. On 8th September it was transferred to No 11 Group as part of the Biggin Hill Sector for the final phase of the Battle of Britain, it remained in the south, going over to the offensive in 1941 flying the Spitfire Mk Vb until moving to Digby in Lincolnshire in October 1941 of that year.
However, in February 1942, the squadron embarked for the Middle East, arriving in Egypt in April. Unfortunately, on arrival it found there were no aircraft available to equip the squadron and therefore it had to undertake maintenance duties, although some of the pilots did fly with No 80 Squadron. Spitfires Vb and Vc arrived in August and with these it carried out escort and fighter sweeps and bomber escort missions in defence of the El Alamein area. Following the break out, 92 Squadron accompanied the Allied armies through Libya and Tunisia as they threw the Germans and Italians out of North Africa.
In April 1943 the Vb and Vc were replaced with the Spitfire Mk IX, the squadron re-located to Malta in June 1943 from where it was involved with Operation Husky, the Allied landings in Sicily. Then moving to Sicily in July 1943 and to the Italian mainland in September, it continued to act in the fighter role until with the air war over Italy increasingly won, No. 92 switched to fighter-bomber duties with its Spitfire Mk VIIIs. It remained on the Italian Front in this role for the remainder of the war and in September 1946, it transferred to Austria and became part of the occupation forces, where it disbanded on 30 December 1946.
At Acklington on 31st January 1947, No 91 Squadron was disbanded by being re-numbered to No 92. Equipped with Meteor F Mk 3s, it moved to Duxford on 15th February 1947 and then to Lubeck on the 31st August 1947 for a brief spell before returning to Duxford on the 30th October 1947. Another move to Lubeck on the 10th March returning to Duxford on the 29th April 1948. In May 1948 the squadron received the Meteor F.4 and again moved airfields arriving at Linton-on-Ouse in Yorkshire on the 7th October 1949. In October 1950 the squadron was equipped with the Meteor F.8 which was replaced in succession by the Sabre F.4 in February 1954 and later by the Hunter in April 1956. Further moves followed to Middleton St George on the 1st March 1957 and in the same month receiving the Hunter F.6, Thornaby on 30th September 1957 and back to Middleton St George on the 1st October 1958 before the squadron arrived at Leconfield on 22nd May 1961.
At Leconfield, the squadron took over the role of RAF Aerobatic Display Team from 'Treble One' squadron, 92 squadron team was named 'Blue Diamonds', their Hunter aircraft were painted all blue. The Hunters were replaced by Lightning F.2s in April 1963. On the 29th December 1965 92 squadron were relocated to RAF Germany and based at Geilenkirchen, they later moved to Gutersloh on the 24th January 1968, where they remained until 31 March 1977 flying the F.2A version of the Lightning until March when the squadron was disbanded. 1st January 1977 No 92 (Designate) Squadron had begun training as a Phantom air defence unit at Wildenrath (Germany) and on 1st April this unit was reformed as 92 squadron. The squadron continued to fly the Phantom FGR 2 from Wildenrath until the British Governments' Options for Change policy which was a restructuring of the British Armed Forces in the 1990's and the closure of RAF bases in Germany following the collapse of the Eastern Bloc, 92 squadron once again disbanded on the 5th July 1991.
On 23rd September 1992 151 (Reserve) Squadron of 7 Flying Training School was renumbered No. 92 (Reserve) Squadron at Chivenor, which was now involved in weapons training, being equipped with the Hawk. However, when No 7 FTSs role was transferred to No 4 FTS at RAF Valley, the Squadron was disbanded on 1st October 1994, but in November 2008 it was allocated to Tactics and Training Wing of the Air Warfare Centre at RAF Waddington where it still is to the present day and is in the forefront of all of our current operations, most recently involved in the strategic operational planning, controlling and directing of all airborne operations over Libya.
|Western Front, 1918;
Home Defence, 1940-1941;
France & Low Countries, 1940;
Battle of Britain, 1940*;
Fortress Europe, 1941-1941*;
Egypt & Libya, 1942-1943;
Anzio & Nettuno;
Oren Rose: 16 confirmed
Thomas Horry: 8 confirmed
William Reed: 7 confirmed
Earl Crab: 6 confirmed
James Robb: 6 confirmed
Evander Shapard: 6 confirmed
Herbert Good: 5 confirmed
Arthur Coningham: 4 confirmed
Robert Stanford Tuck: 27 Enemy aircraft destroyed, two shared destroyed, six probably destroyed, six damaged and one shared damaged.
Allan Wright: 11 Enemy aircraft destroyed, three shared destroyed, five probable destroyed and seven damaged.
Brian Kingcome: 11 Enemy aircraft destroyed.
Ronnie Fokes: 9 Enemy aircraft destroyed, four shared destroyed, two unconfirmed destroyed, three probable's, one damaged and one shared damaged.
John Fraser Drummond: 8 Enemy aircraft destroyed, one shared destroyed, three probable's and four damaged, all in less than five months.
Neville Duke: 28 Enemy aircraft destroyed, 3 probable destroyed, 6 damaged.