Lincolnshire Squadrons

Below is a list of all Squadrons to have served in the county, along with there basic information. The aircraft listed correspond to their stay in the county only and not their entire history.

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Squadron Nos. 1 - 99

No. 3 Sqn
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3 Squadron
MottoTertius primus erit (The Third shall be first)
Formed1912
LocationsConingsby 2006-Present
AircraftEurofighter Typhoon
No. 5 Sqn
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V (AC) Squadron
MottoFrangas non flectas (Thou mayst break but shall not bend)
Formed1913
LocationsBinbrook 1965-87 / Coningsby 1987-2003 / Waddington 2004-Present
AircraftEnglish Electric Lightning / Panavia Tornado / Raytheon Sentinel
No. 6 Sqn
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VI Squadron
MottoOculi exercitus (The eyes of the Army)
Formed1914
LocationsConingsby 1969-74 & 2006-07
AircraftMcDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom / SEPECAT Jaguar
No. 8 Sqn
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VIII Squadron
MottoUspiam et passim (Everywhere unbounded)
Formed1915
LocationsWaddington 1991-Present
AircraftBoeing E-3
No. 9 Sqn
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IX Squadron
MottoPer noctum volamus (Throughout the night we fly)
Formed1914
LocationsScampton 1936-38 / Binbrook 1946-59 / Bardney 1943-45 / Waddington 1942-43 & 1945-46 & 1975-82 / Coningsby 1959-61
AircraftHandley Page Heyford / Avro Lancaster - Lincoln - Vulcan / English Electric Canberra
No. 10 Sqn
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10 Squadron
MottoPer noctum volamus (Throughout the night we fly)
Formed1915
LocationsScampton 1953-55
AircraftEnglish Electric Canberra
No. 11 Sqn
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XI Squadron
MottoOciores acerierosquaquilis (Swifter and keener than eagles)
Formed1919
LocationsDigby 1919 / Binbrook 1972-88 / Coningsby 2007-Present
AircraftBristol Fighter F.2 / English Electric Lightning / Eurofighter Typhoon
No. 12 Sqn
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12 (B) Squadron
MottoLeads the field
Formed1915
LocationsBinbrook 1940-42 & 1945-46 / Wickenby 1942-45 / Waddington 1946 / Coningsby 1959-61 & 1962 -64
AircraftVickers Wellington / Avro Lincoln - Lancaster - Vulcan / E E Canberra
No. 15 Sqn
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XV (R) Squadron
MottoAim sure
Formed1915
LocationsConingsby 1951-54
AircraftBoeing B-29 Washington / English Electric Canberra
No. 17 Sqn
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17 Squadron
MottoOperta Aperta (Hidden things are revealed)
Formed1915
LocationsConingsby 2005-Present
AircraftEurofighter Typhoon
No. 18 Sqn
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18 Squadron
MottoAnimo et fide (With courage and faith)
Formed1915
LocationsScampton 1953-55
AircraftEnglish Electric Canberra
No. 19 Sqn
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XIX Squadron
MottoPossunt quia posse videntur (They can because they think they can)
Formed1915
LocationsDigby 1943
AircraftNorth American P-51 Mustang
No. 21 Sqn
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21 Squadron
MottoViribus vincimus (By strength we conquer)
Formed1915
LocationsScampton 1953-55 / Waddington 1955-57
AircraftEnglish Electric Canberra
No. 22 Sqn
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XXII Squadron
MottoPreux et audacieux (Valiant and brave)
Formed1923
LocationsNorth Coates 1940-41
AircraftBristol Beaufort
No. 23 Sqn
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23 Squadron
MottoSemper Aggressus (Always having attacked)
Formed1915
LocationsConingsby 1975-76 / Waddington 1996-2009
AircraftMcDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom / Boeing E-3 Sentry
No. 25 Sqn
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XXV Squadron
MottoFeriens tego (Striking i defend)
Formed1915
LocationsNorth Coates 1963-70 / Woodhall Spa 1969
AircraftAirco DH.9A / Bloodhound SAM
No. 27 Sqn
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27 Squadron
MottoQuam celerrime ad astra (With all speed to the stars)
Formed1914
LocationsScampton 1953-55 & 1961-72 & 1973-82 / Waddington 1955-56
AircraftEnglish Electric Canberra / Avro Vulcan
No. 29 Sqn
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29 Squadron
MottoImpiger et acer (Energetic and keen)
Formed1915
LocationsSpitalgate 1919 / Digby 1940 / Wellingore 1940-41 / Hibaldstow 1941 / Coningsby 1974-98 & 2005-Present
AircraftBristol Blenheim - Beaufighter / M D F-4 Phantom / Eurofighter Typhoon
No. 33 Sqn
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33 Squadron
MottoLoyalty
Formed1916
LocationsElsham Wolds 1917-18 / Kirton in Lindsey 1916-19 / Scampton 1916-19 / Kelstern 1916 - 19
AircraftRoyal Aircraft Factory FE.2 / Avro 504 / Bristol Fighter
No. 35 Sqn
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XXXV Squadron
MottoUno animo agimus (We act with one accord)
Formed1916
LocationsConingsby 1962-64 / Scampton 1975-82
AircraftAvro Vulcan
No. 37 Sqn
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37 Squadron
MottoWise without eyes
Formed1916
LocationsScampton 1916-17 / Spitalgate 1917-18
AircraftAvro 504 / Royal Aircraft Factory RE.8
No. 38 Sqn
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38 Squadron
MottoAnte lucem (Before the dawn)
Formed1916
LocationsAnwick 1918 / Leadenham 1918
AircraftAirco BE.2 / Royal Aircraft Factory FE.2
No. 39 Sqn
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39 Squadron
MottoDi noctuque (By day and night)
Formed1916
LocationsSpitalgate 1923-28
AircraftAirco DH.9A
No. 41 Sqn
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XLI Squadron
MottoSeek and destroy
Formed1916
LocationsMcDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom / Panavia Tornado / BAe Harrier
AircraftAirco DH.9A
No. 42 Sqn
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42 Squadron
MottoFortiter in re (Bravely in action)
Formed1916
LocationsNorth Coates 1941-42
AircraftBristol Beaufort
No. 43 Sqn
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43 Squadron
MottoGloria finis (Glory is the end)
Formed1916
LocationsSpitalgate 1919 / Kirton-in-Lindsey 1942
AircraftSopwith Camel / Hawker Hurricane
No. 44 Sqn
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44 Squadron
MottoFulmina regis iusta (The kings thunderbolt's are righteous)
Formed1917
LocationsWaddington 1937-43 & 1960-82 / Dunholme Lodge 1943-44 / Spilsby 1944-45 / Coningsby 1951-54
AircraftHandley Page Hampden / Bristol Blenheim / Avro Lancaster - Vulcan / Boeing B-29 / English Electric Canberra
No. 45 Sqn
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45 Squadron
MottoPer ardua surgo (Through difficulties i arise)
Formed1916
LocationsConingsby 1957 / Cranwell 1992-Present
AircraftEnglish Electric Canberra / BAe Jetstream / Beechcraft King Air
No. 46 Sqn
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46 Squadron
MottoWe rise to conquer
Formed1916
LocationsDigby 1937-39 & 1940-41
AircraftGloster Gauntlet / Hawker Hurricane
No. 49 Sqn
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49 Squadron
MottoCave canem (Beware of the dog)
Formed1916
LocationsScampton 1938-43 / Fiskerton 1943-44 / Dunholme Lodge 1943 / Fulbeck 1944-45 / Waddington 1952-53
AircraftHandley Page Hampden / Avro Lancaster - Manchester / Hyderabad Hind
No. 50 Sqn
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50 Squadron
MottoSic fidem servamus (Thus we keep faith)
Formed1916
LocationsWaddington 1937-40 & 1946-50 & 1961-84 / Swinderby 1941 & 1942 / Skellingthorpe 1941-45 / Sturgate 1945-46 / Binbrook 1952-56
AircraftAvro Lancaster - Manchester - Lincoln - Vulcan / Hyderabad Hind / Handley Page Hampden / English Electric Canberra
No. 51 Sqn
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51 Squadron
MottoSwift and sure
Formed1916
LocationsWaddington 1995-Present
AircraftBAe Nimrod
No. 53 Sqn
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53 Squadron
MottoUnited in effort
Formed1916
LocationsNorth Coates 1942
AircraftLockheed A-28 Hudson
No. 54 Sqn
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54 Squadron
MottoAudax omnia perpeti (Boldness endures anything)
Formed1916
LocationsConingsby 1969-74 / Waddington 2005-Present
AircraftMcDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom / Boeing E-3 Sentry
No. 55 Sqn
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55 Squadron
MottoNil nos tremefacit (Nothing shakes us)
Formed1916
LocationsCranwell 1996-2011
AircraftHawker Siddeley Dominie
No. 56 Sqn
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56 Squadron
MottoQuid Si Coelum Ruat ( What if heaven falls?)
Formed1916
LocationsDigby 1940 / Coningsby 1976-2003 / Waddington 2008-Present
AircraftHawker Hurricane / McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom / PANAVIA Tornado
No. 57 Sqn
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57 Squadron
MottoCorpus non animum muto ( I change my body, not my spirit)
Formed1916
LocationsSouth Carlton 1919 / Scampton 1942-43 & 1945-46 / East Kirkby 1943-45 / Elsham Wolds 1945 / Waddington 1946-52 / Coningsby 1951-54 & 1956-57
AircraftEnglish Electric Canberra / Avro Lincoln - Lancaster / Boeing B-29 Washington
No. 59 Sqn
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59 Squadron
MottoAb uno disce omnes (From one learn all)
Formed1916
LocationsNorth Coates 1942
AircraftLockheed A-28 Hudson
No. 61 Sqn
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61 Squadron
MottoPer purum tonantes (Thundering through the clear air)
Formed1917
LocationsHemswell 1937-41 & 47 / Skellingthorpe 1943-44 & 1944-45 / Coningsby 1944 / Sturgate 1945-46 / Waddington 1946-53
AircraftHandley Page Hampden / Hawker Audax / Avro Anson - Manchester - Lincoln - Lancaster
No. 64 Sqn
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64 Squadron
MottoTenax propositi (Firm of purpose)
Formed1916
LocationsBinbrook 1962-65
AircraftGloster Javelin
No. 65 Sqn
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LXV Squadron
MottoVi et armis (By force of arms)
Formed1916
LocationsKirton-in-Lindsey 1940-41
AircraftSupermarine Spitfire
No. 68 Sqn
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68 Squadron
MottoVzdy pripraven (Always ready)
Formed1917
LocationsHarlaxton 1917 / Coleby Grange 1944
AircraftAirco DH.5 / Bristol Beaufighter
No. 69 Sqn
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69 Squadron
MottoWith Vigilance we serve
Formed1916
LocationsSouth Carlton 1916-17
AircraftRoyal Aircraft Factory RE.8
No. 70 Sqn
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LXX Squadron
MottoUsquam (Anywhere)
Formed1916
LocationsSpitalgate 1919-20
AircraftSopwith Snipe - Camel
No. 73 Sqn
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73 Squadron
MottoTutor et ultor (Protector and avenger)
Formed1917
LocationsDigby 1937-39
AircraftGloster Gauntlet / Hawker Hurricane
No. 74 Sqn
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74 Squadron
MottoI fear no man
Formed1917
LocationsKirton-in-Lindsey 1940
AircraftSupermarine Spitfire
No. 75 Sqn
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75 Squadron
MottoAke ake kia kaha (For ever and ever be strong)
Formed1916
LocationsSpilsby 1945
AircraftAvro Lincoln - Lancaster
No. 81 Sqn
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81 Squadron
MottoNon solum nobis (Not for us alone)
Formed1917
LocationsScampton 1917-18 / Wellingore 1942
AircraftAvro 504 / Sopwith Dolphin - Camel / Supermarine Spitfire
No. 83 Sqn
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83 Squadron
MottoStrike to defend
Formed1917
LocationsConingsby 1944-46 / Hemswell 1946-56 / Waddington 1957-60
AircraftRoyal Aircraft Factory FE.2 / Hyderabad Hind / Handley Page Hampden / Avro Manchester - Lincoln - Lancaster - Vulcan
No. 85 Sqn
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85 Squadron
MottoNocto divque venamur (We hunt by day and night)
Formed1917
LocationsCaistor 1940 / Kirton in Lindsey 1940 / Binbrook 1963-72 / North Coates 1976-1990
AircraftHawker Hurricane / English Electric Canberra / Gloster Meteor / Bloodhound SAM
No. 86 Sqn
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86 Squadron
MottoAd libertates volamus (We fly to freedom)
Formed1917
LocationsNorth Coates 1941-42
AircraftBristol Blenheim - Beaufighter
No. 88 Sqn
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88 Squadron
MottoEn garde (Be on your guard)
Formed1917
LocationsWaddington 1937
AircraftHyderabad Hind
No. 90 Sqn
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XC Squadron
MottoCeler (Swift)
Formed1917
LocationsAnwick 1918-19 / Leadenham 1918-19
AircraftAvro 504
No. 92 Sqn
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92 Squadron
MottoAut pugna aut morere (Either fight or die)
Formed1917
LocationsDigby 1941-42
AircraftSupermarine Spitfire
No. 96 Sqn
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96 Squadron
MottoNocturni obambulamus (We prowl by night)
Formed1917
LocationsSouth Carlton 1917-18
AircraftRoyal Aircraft Factory BE.2
No. 97 Sqn
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97 Squadron
MottoAchieve your aim
Formed1917
LocationsWaddington 1917-18 / Coningsby 1941-42 & 1944-46 / Woodhall Spa 1942-43 / Hemswell 1946-56 & 1958-63
AircraftAvro Manchester - Lincoln - Lancaster / THOR IRBM

Squadron Nos. 100 - 199

No. 100 Sqn
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100 Squadron
MottoSarang tebuan jangan dijolok (Never stir up a hornet's nest)
Formed1917
LocationsVickers Vimy / Avro Lancaster - 504 / Bristol Fighter / Airco DH.9 / Fairey Fawn / Hawker Horsley / Avro Lincoln
AircraftEurofighter Typhoon
No. 101 Sqn
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101 Squadron
MottoMens agitat molem (Mind over matter)
Formed1917
LocationsLudford Magna 1943-45 / Binbrook 1945-57 / Waddington 1961-82
AircraftAvro Lancaster - Lincoln - Vulcan / English Electric Canberra
No. 103 Sqn
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103 Squadron
MottoNoli me tangere (Touch me not)
Formed1917
LocationsElsham Wolds 1941-45 / Waddington 1954
AircraftVickers Wellington / Handley Page Halifax / Avro Lancaster / English Electric Canberra
No. 104 Sqn
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104 Squadron
MottoStrike hard
Formed1918
LocationsLudford Magna 1959-63
AircraftTHOR IRBM
No. 106 Sqn
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CVI Squadron
MottoPro libertate (For freedom)
Formed1917
LocationsSpitalgate 1938 / Coningsby 1941-42 / Metheringham 1943-46 / Bardney 1959-63
AircraftFairey Battle / Avro Hampden - Manchester - Lancaster / THOR IRBM
No. 109 Sqn
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109 Squadron
MottoPrimi hastati (The first of the legion)
Formed1918
LocationsWoodhall Spa 1945 / Wickenby 1945 / Hemswell 1945-46 & 1950-56 / Coningsby 1946-50 / Binbrook 1956-57
Aircraftde Havilland Mosquito / English Electric Canberra
No. 110 Sqn
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110 Squadron
MottoNec timeo nec sperno (I neither fear nor despise)
Formed1917
LocationsWaddington 1937-39
AircraftHyderabad Hind / Bristol Blenheim
No. 111 Sqn
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111 Squadron
MottoAdstantes (Standing by them)
Formed1917
LocationsDigby 1940 / Coningsby 1974-75 & 1979
AircraftHawker Hurricane / McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom
No. 112 Sqn
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112 Squadron
MottoSwift in destruction
Formed1917
LocationsWoodhall Spa 1964-65
AircraftBloodhound SAM
No. 113 Sqn
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113 Squadron
MottoVelox et vindex (Swift to vengeance)
Formed1917
LocationsSpitalgate 1937-38
AircraftHyderabad Hind
No. 116 Sqn
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116 Squadron
MottoPrecision in defence
Formed1918
LocationsDigby 1944-45
AircraftAirspeed Oxford / Avro Anson
No. 121 Sqn
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121 Squadron
MottoFor liberty
Formed1918
LocationsBracebridge Heath 1918-19 / Kirton in Lindsey 1941
AircraftAirco DH.9 / Hawker Hurricane / Supermarine Spitfire
No. 139 Sqn
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139 Squadron
MottoSi placet necamus (We destroy all at will)
Formed1918
LocationsHemswell 1946 & 1950-56 / Coningsby 1946-50 / East Kirkby 1947-48 / Binbrook 1955-59
Aircraftde Havilland Mosquito / English Electric Canberra
No. 142 Sqn
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142 Squadron
MottoDetermination
Formed1937
LocationsWaddington 1940 / Binbrook 1940-41 / Waltham 1941-42 / Kirmington 1942-43 / Coleby Grange 1959-63
AircraftFairey Battle / Vickers Wellington / THOR IRBM
No. 143 Sqn
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143 Squadron
MottoVincere est vivere (To conquer is to live)
Formed1918
LocationsNorth Coates 1942-44
AircraftBristol Blenheim - Beaufighter
No. 144 Sqn
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144 Squadron
MottoWho shall stop us
Formed1918
LocationsHemswell 1937-41 / Strubby 1944
AircraftAvro Anson / Hawker Audax / Bristol Blenheim - Beaufighter / Handley Page Hampden
No. 148 Sqn
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148 Squadron
MottoTrusty
Formed1918
LocationsScampton 1937-38
AircraftVickers Wellesley / Hawker Audax
No. 150 Sqn
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150 Squadron
MottoAlways ahead
Formed1939
LocationsKirmington 1942-43 / Fiskerton 1944 / Hemswell 1944-45
AircraftVickers Wellington / Avro Lancaster
No. 151 Sqn
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151 Squadron
MottoFoy pour devoir (Fidelity unto duty)
Formed1918
LocationsDigby 1940
AircraftHawker Hurricane
No. 153 Sqn
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153 Squadron
MottoNoctividus (Seeing by night)
Formed1918
LocationsKirmington 1944 / Scampton 1944-45
AircraftAvro Lancaster
No. 154 Sqn
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154 Squadron
MottoHis modis ad victoriam (By this means to victory)
Formed1918
LocationsWellingore 1942
AircraftSupermarine Spitfire
No. 166 Sqn
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166 Squadron
MottoTenacity
Formed1918
LocationsKirmington 1943-45
AircraftAvro Lancaster / Vickers Wellington
No. 170 Sqn
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170 Squadron
MottoVidere non videri (To see and not to be seen)
Formed1942
LocationsKelstern 1944 / Dunholme Lodge 1944 / Hemswell 1944-45
AircraftAvro Lancaster
No. 189 Sqn
189 Squadron
MottoNone
Formed1944
LocationsBardney 1944 / Fulbeck 1944-45 / Bardney 1945 / Metheringham 1945
AircraftAvro Lancaster
No. 198 Sqn
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198 Squadron
MottoIgni renatus (Born again to fire)
Formed1917
LocationsDigby 1942-43
AircraftHawker Hurricane

Squadron Nos. 200 - 299

No. 200 Sqn
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200 Squadron
MottoIn loco parentis
Formed1917
LocationsHemswell 1918-19
AircraftRoyal Aircraft Factory FE.2
No. 203 Sqn
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203 Squadron
MottoOccidens oriensque (West and east)
Formed1914
LocationsWaddington 1919 / Digby 1919-20
AircraftSopwith Camel
No. 207 Sqn
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CCVII (R) Squadron
MottoSemper paratus (Always prepared)
Formed1915
LocationsWaddington 1940-41 / Swinderby 1942 / Spilsby 1943-45
AircraftAvro Manchester - Lancaster
No. 209 Sqn
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209 Squadron
MottoMight and main
Formed1918
LocationsDigby 1919
AircraftSopwith Camel
No. 210 Sqn
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210 Squadron
MottoYn y nwyfre yn hedfan (Hovering in the heavens)
Formed1918
LocationsDigby 1919
AircraftSopwith Camel
No. 211 Sqn
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211 Squadron
MottoToujours a propos (Always at the right moment)
Formed1917
LocationsSpitalgate 1937-38
AircraftHawker Hind
No. 214 Sqn
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214 Squadron
MottoUltor in umbris (Avenging in the shadows)
Formed1917
LocationsScampton 1936-37
AircraftVirginia / Handley Page Harrow
No. 217 Sqn
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217 Squadron
MottoWoe to the unwary
Formed1918
LocationsNorth Coates 1942
AircraftBristol Beaufort
No. 222 Sqn
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222 Squadron
MottoPambili bo
Formed1918
LocationsDigby 1940 / Kirton in Lindsey 1940 / Woodhall Spa 1960-64
AircraftSupermarine Spitfire / Bloodhound SAM Unit
No. 223 Sqn
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223 Squadron
MottoAle defendunt africam (Wings defend Africa)
Formed1918
LocationsFolkingham 1959-63
AircraftThor IRBM Unit
No. 227 Sqn
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227 Squadron
MottoNone
Formed1918
LocationsBardney 1944 / Strubby 1944-45
AircraftAvro Lancaster
No. 228 Sqn
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228 Squadron
MottoAuxilium a caelo (Help from the sky)
Formed1918
LocationsKillingholme 1919
AircraftCurtis H-12 Large America - H-16
No. 229 Sqn
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229 Squadron
MottoBe bold
Formed1918
LocationsDigby 1939-40
AircraftHawker Hurricane / Bristol Blenheim
No. 235 Sqn
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235 Squadron
MottoJaculamur humi (We strike them to the ground)
Formed1918
LocationsNorth Coates 1940
AircraftBristol Blenheim
No. 248 Sqn
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248 Squadron
MottoIl faut en finir (It is necessary to make an end to it)
Formed1918
LocationsNorth Coates 1940
AircraftBristol Blenheim
No. 249 Sqn
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249 Squadron
MottoPugnis et calcibus (With fists and heels)
Formed1918
LocationsConingsby 1957
AircraftEnglish Electric Canberra
No. 253 Sqn
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253 Squadron
MottoCome once, come all
Formed1918
LocationsKirton in Lindsey 1940-41 / Coleby Grange 1940 / Hibaldstow 1941-42
AircraftHawker Hurricane
No. 254 Sqn
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254 Squadron
MottoFljuga vakta ok ijosta (To fly, to watch and to strike)
Formed1918
LocationsSutton Bridge 1939-40 / North Coates 1942-45
AircraftBristol Blenheim - Beaufighter
No. 255 Sqn
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255 Squadron
MottoAd auroram (To the break of dawn)
Formed1918
LocationsKirton in Lindsey 1940-41 / Hibaldstow 1941
AircraftBristol Beaufighter / Boulton Paul Defiant
No. 264 Sqn
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264 Squadron
MottoWe defy
Formed1918
LocationsSutton Bridge 1939 / Coleby Grange 1940 & 43 / Kirton In Lindsey 1940 / Caistor 1940 / North Coates 1958-62
AircraftFairey Battle / Boulton Paul Defiant / de Havilland Mosquito / Supermarine Spitfire / Bloodhound SAM
No. 266 Sqn
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266 Squadron
MottoHlabezulu (The stabber of the sky)
Formed1918
LocationsSutton Bridge 1939-40
AircraftFairey Battle / Supermarine Spitfire
No. 269 Sqn
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269 Squadron
MottoOmnia vidermus (We see all things)
Formed1918
LocationsCaistor 1959-63
AircraftTHOR IRBM
No. 275 Sqn
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275 Squadron
MottoNon interibunt (They shall not perish)
Formed1941
LocationsNorth Coates 1954-59
AircraftBristol Sycamore
No. 280 Sqn
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280 Squadron
MottoWe shall be there
Formed1944
LocationsStrubby
AircraftVickers Warwick
No. 288 Sqn
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288 Squadron
MottoHonour through deeds
Formed1941
LocationsDigby 1941-42 & 1943-44 / Wellingore 1942-43 / Coleby Grange 1943
AircraftBristol Blenheim / Hawker Hurricane / Supermarine Spitfire / Boulton Paul Defiant / Westland Lysander / Airspeed Oxford

Squadron Nos. 300 - 399

No. 300 Sqn
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300 Squadron (Polish)
MottoNone
Formed1940
LocationsSwinderby 1940-41 / Hemswell 1941-42 & 1943 / Ingham 1942-43 & 1943-44 / Foldingworth 1944-46
AircraftFairey Battle / Vickers Wellington / Avro Lancaster
No. 301 Sqn
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© Steve Clements
301 Squadron (Polish)
MottoNone
Formed1940
LocationsSwinderby 1940-41 / Hemswell 1941-43
AircraftFairey Battle / Vickers Wellington
No. 302 Sqn
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© Steve Clements
302 Squadron (Polish)
MottoNone
Formed1940
LocationsDigby 1943 / Kirton in Lindsey 1943
AircraftSupermarine Spitfire
No. 303 Sqn
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© Steve Clements
303 Squadron (Polish)
MottoNone
Formed1940
LocationsKirton in Lindsey 1942-43
AircraftSupermarine Spitfire
No. 305 Sqn
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© Steve Clements
305 Squadron (Polish)
MottoNone
Formed1940
LocationsHemswell 1942-43 / Ingham 1943 / Faldingworth 1946-47
AircraftVickers Wellington / de Havilland Moquito
No. 307 Sqn
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© Steve Clements
307 Squadron (Polish)
MottoNone
Formed1940
LocationsKirton in Lindsey 1940 / Coleby Grange 1944
AircraftBoulton Paul Defiant / de Havilland Mosquito
No. 310 Sqn
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© Steve Clements
310 Squadron (Czech)
MottoWe fight to rebuild
Formed1940
LocationsDigby 1944
AircraftSupermarine Spitfire
No. 349 Sqn
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© Steve Clements
349 Squadron (Belgian)
MottoStrike hard, strike home
Formed1942
LocationsWellingore 1943
AircraftSupermarine Spitfire
No. 350 Sqn
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© Steve Clements
350 Squadron (Belgian)
MottoBelage gallorum fortissmi (The Belgae, bravest of the gauls)
Formed1941
LocationsDigby 1944
AircraftSupermarine Spitfire

Squadron Nos. 400 - 499

No. 401 Sqn
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© Steve Clements
401 Squadron (RCAF)
MottoEscadron
Formed1941
LocationsDigby 1941
AircraftHawker Hurricane / Supermarine Spitfire
No. 402 Sqn
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402 Squadron (RCAF)
MottoWe stand on guard
Formed1932
LocationsWellingore 1941 & 1944 / Digby 1941 & 1943-44 / Coleby Grange 1941
AircraftHawker Hurricane / Supermarine Spitfire
No. 407 Sqn
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407 Squadron (RCAF)
MottoTo hold on high
Formed1941
LocationsNorth Coates 1941-42
AircraftLockheed A-28 Hudson
No. 409 Sqn
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409 Squadron (RCAF)
MottoNedia nox meridies noster (Midnight is our noon)
Formed1941
LocationsDigby 1941 / Hibaldstow 1942 / Coleby Grange 1941-43
AircraftBristol Beaufighter / Boulton Paul Defiant
No. 410 Sqn
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410 Squadron (RCAF)
MottoNoctivaga (Wandering by night)
Formed1941
LocationsColeby Grange 1943
Aircraftde Havilland Mosquito
No. 411 Sqn
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411 Squadron (RCAF)
MottoInimicus inimico (Hostile to the enemy)
Formed1941
LocationsDigby 1941-43
AircraftSupermarine Spitfire
No. 412 Sqn
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412 Squadron (RCAF)
MottoPromptus ad vindictum (Swift to avenge)
Formed1941
LocationsDigby 1941 / Wellingore 1941-42
AircraftSupermarine Spitfire
No. 415 Sqn
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415 Squadron (RCAF)
MottoAd metam (To the mark)
Formed1941
LocationsNorth Coates 1942
AircraftLockheed A-28 Hudson
No. 416 Sqn
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416 Squadron (RCAF)
MottoAd saltum paratus (Ready for the leap)
Formed1941
LocationsWellingore 1943 / Digby 1943-44
AircraftSupermarine Spitfire
No. 420 Sqn
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420 Squadron (RCAF)
MottoPugnamus finitum (We fight to a finish)
Formed1941
LocationsWaddington 1941-42
AircraftHandley Page Hampden
No. 421 Sqn
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421 Squadron (RCAF)
MottoBellicum cecinere (They have sounded the war trumpet)
Formed1942
LocationsDigby 1942
AircraftSupermarine Spitfire
No. 438 Sqn
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438 Squadron (RCAF) - Originally formed in 1932 as No. 18 Sqn
MottoGoing down
Formed1937
LocationsDigby 1943
AircraftHawker Hurricane
No. 439 Sqn
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439 Squadron (RCAF)
MottoFangs of death
Formed1941
LocationsWellingore 1943-44
AircraftHawker Hurricane
No. 441 Sqn
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441 Squadron (RCAF)
MottoStalk and kill
Formed1942
LocationsDigby 1944-45
AircraftSupermarine Spitfire / North American P-51 Mustang
No. 442 Sqn
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442 Squadron (RCAF)
MottoUn dieu, une reine, un coeur (One god, one queen, one heart)
Formed1942
LocationsDigby 1944-45
AircraftSupermarine Spitfire / North American P-51 Mustang
No. 443 Sqn
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443 Squadron (RCAF)
MottoOur sting is death
Formed1942
LocationsDigby 1944
AircraftSupermarine Spitfire
No. 452 Sqn
452 Squadron (RNZAF)
MottoNone
Formed1941
LocationsKirton-in-Lindsey 1941
AircraftSupermarine Spitfire
No. 455 Sqn
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455 Squadron (RAAF)
MottoStrike and strike again
Formed1941
LocationsSwinderby 1941 / Skellingthorpe 1941-42
AircraftHandley Page Hampden
No. 460 Sqn
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460 Squadron (RAAF)
MottoStrike and return
Formed1940
LocationsBinbrook 1943-45 / East Kirkby 1945
AircraftAvro Lancaster
No. 463 Sqn
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463 Squadron (RAAF)
MottoPress on regardless
Formed1943
LocationsWaddington 1943-45 / Skellingthorpe 1945
AircraftAvro Lancaster
No. 467 Sqn
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467 Squadron (RAAF)
MottoRecidite adversarius atque ferociter (Your opponents will retreat)
Formed1942
LocationsScampton 1942 / Waddington 1943-45 / Metheringham 1945
AircraftAvro Lancaster

Squadron Nos. 500 - 599

No. 503 Sqn
503 (R) Squadron
MottoNone
Formed1926
LocationsWaddington 1926-38
AircraftFairey Fawn / Hyderabad Hart - Hind / Avro 504
No. 504 Sqn
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504 Squadron
MottoVindicat in ventis (It avengers in the wind)
Formed1928
LocationsDigby 1939 & 1944
AircraftHawker Hurricane / Supermarine Spitfire
No. 527 Sqn
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527 Squadron
MottoSilently we serve
Formed1943
LocationsDigby 1944-45
AircraftSupermarine Spitfire / Vickers Wellington / Airspeed Oxford
No. 528 Sqn
528 Squadron
MottoNone
Formed1943
LocationsDigby 1944
AircraftBristol Blenheim
No. 538 Sqn
538 Squadron
MottoNone
Formed1942
LocationsHibaldstow 1942-43
AircraftDouglas A-20 Boston - Havoc / Hawker Hurricane
No. 550 Sqn
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550 Squadron
MottoPer ignem vincimus
Formed1943
LocationsWaltham 1943-44 / North Killingholme 1944-45
AircraftAvro Lancaster
No. 576 Sqn
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576 Squadron
MottoCarpe diem (Seize the opportunity)
Formed1943
LocationsElsham Wolds 1943-44 / Fiskerton 1944-45
AircraftAvro Lancaster

Squadron Nos. 600 - 699

No. 609 Sqn
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609 Squadron
MottoTally Ho
Formed1936
LocationsDigby 1941-42
AircraftSupermarine Spitfire
No. 611 Sqn
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611 Squadron
MottoBeware! Beware!
Formed1936
LocationsDigby 1939-40
AircraftSupermarine Spitfire
No. 613 Sqn
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613 Squadron
MottoSemper parati (Always ready)
Formed1939
LocationsWellingore 1943
AircraftNorth American Aviation P-51 Mustang
No. 616 Sqn
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616 Squadron
MottoNulla rosa sine spina (No rose without a thorn)
Formed1938
LocationsKirton in Lindsey 1940-42 / Goxhill 1942
AircraftSupermarine Spitfire
No. 617 Sqn
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617 Squadron
MottoApres moi, le deluge (After me, the flood)
Formed1943
LocationsScampton 1943 & 1958-82 / Coningsby 1943-44 / Woodhall Spa 1944-45 / Waddington 1945-46 / Binbrook 1946-55
AircraftAvro Lancaster - Vulcan - Lincoln / English Electric Canberra / de Havilland Mosquito
No. 619 Sqn
619 Squadron
MottoNone
Formed1943
LocationsWoodhall Spa 1943-44 / Coningsby 1944 / Dunholme Lodge 1944 / Strubby 1944-45 / Skellingthorpe 1945
AircraftAvro Lancaster
No. 625 Sqn
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625 Squadron
MottoWe avenge
Formed1943
LocationsKelstern 1943-45 / Scampton 1945
AircraftAvro Lancaster
No. 626 Sqn
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626 Squadron
MottoTo strive and not to yield
Formed1943
LocationsRAF Wickenby 1943-45
AircraftAvro Lancaster
No. 627 Sqn
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627 Squadron
MottoAt first sight
Formed1943
LocationsWoodhall Spa 1944-45
Aircraftde Havilland Mosquito
No. 630 Sqn
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630 Squadron
MottoNocturna mors (Death by night)
Formed1943
LocationsEast Kirkby 1943-45
AircraftAvro Lancaster