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Flight Histories - First Series


First Series

From around 25 May 1918 the small ex RNAS coastal units located around the coasts of the UK were given identities as numbered flights beginning at 300 as squadron numbers at that time only went into the 200s.

The breakdown of units was as follows: - 

Flight No Role/Type
300 - 367 Large flying boats
400 - 442 Seaplanes
450 - 455 Sopwith Baby seaplanes
470 - 487 Land based fighters for defence against enemy torpedo equipped aircraft
490 - 499 Light bombers for anti-submarine patrols
500 - 533 Special duties flights for anti-submarine patrols equipped with DH6s
534 Light bombers for anti-submarine patrols
550 - 561 Light bombers for anti-submarine patrols
562 Anti-submarine flight based in Malta

Eventually these flights were absorbed into squadrons in the 200 series but retained their numbered identities and by the end of 1919 most had been disbanded.

Where flights were formed within an existing squadron the aircraft used were probably listed under the squadron rather than the flight.


No 300 (Flying Boat) Flight

This was formed within No 28 Group at Catfirth on 15 June 1918 equipped with the Felixstowe F3 and Porte FB2.  It was never attached to a squadron and probably disbanded when the station closed on 15 April 1919.

Aircraft used: -

 

Felixstowe F3

N4407,


No 301 - 305 (Flying Boat) Flights

These were to  have joined No 300 Flight at Catfirth but their formation was put in abeyance on 23 September 1918.

Aircraft used: -

 

301

Felixstowe F3

N4232,


No 306 (Flying Boat) Flight

This was formed on 31 July 1918 within No 28 Group at Houton Bay from where it operated detachments at Pierowall and Dundee.  It was never attached to a squadron and disbanded in September 1919.

Aircraft used: -

 

Felixstowe F3

N4235, N4237, N4244, N4247, N4252, N4403, N4405, N4406, N4407, N4408, N4410, N4411,

Curtiss H16

N4065, N4895, N4896,


No 307 & 308 (Flying Boat) Flight

These were planned  to form at Houton Bay on 15 and 31 August 1918 respectively but these plans were placed in abeyance on 23 September 1918.


No 309 - 311 (Flying Boat) Flights

These flights was formed within No 28 Group at Stenness, the first two in May and the third on 15 July 1918, disbanding in September 1919.

Aircraft used: -

 

309/10

Felixstowe F3

N4245,


No 312 - 317 (Flying Boat) Flights

These were planned to form at Strathbeg under No 22 Group between 15 July and 15 October 1918 but plans were placed in abeyance on 23 September 1918.


No 318 & 319 (Flying Boat) Flights

These were formed at Dundee on 30 May 1918 and joined No 257 Squadron in July 1918.  On 8 August 1918 they came under the control of No 78 Wing, disbanding on 30 June 1919.

Aircraft used: -

 

Felixstowe F2A

N4084, N4285, N4431, N4432, N4433, N4440, N4484,

Felixstowe F3

N4235, N4417, N4418, N4419, N4420, N4421,

Curtiss H16 N4061, N4062, N4066, N4069, N4070, N4072,

No 320 - 323 (Flying Boat) Flights

The first two formed at East Halton near Killingholme in May 1918 under the control of No 18 Group with No 323 due to form by the end of October but they all ceased to exist on 20 July 1918 when the station closed and their aircraft were handed over to the US Navy.

Aircraft used: -

 

Felixstowe F2A

 

Curtiss H12  
Curtiss H12  
Curtiss H16  


No 324 - 326 (Flying Boat) Flights

The first two formed at Great Yarmouth in May 1918 followed by No 326 on 15 July 1918.  They were taken under the control of No 73 Wing on 20 Jul 1918 and joined No 228 Squadron on 20 August 1918.  They all disbanded on 30 June 1919.

Aircraft used: -

 

Felixstowe F2A

N4282, N4283, N4289, N4295, N4303, N4512, N4518,

Curtiss H8 8660, 8662,
Curtiss H16 N4063,

Hamble Baby

N1205, N1475,

Sopwith Baby

N1412, N2068, N2069, N2071[K],

Short 184

9056, N1250, N1598, N1599, N1658, N1663, N2819,

Short 320

N1693,


No 327 & 328 (Flying Boat) Flights

These were formed at Felixstowe between 25 - 30 May 1918, coming under the control of No 70 Wing on 20 July.  They joined No 230 Squadron on 20 August 1918 and disbanded in June 1919.

Aircraft used: -

 

Felixstowe F2A

N4298, N4545,


No 329 & 330 (Flying Boat) Flights

These were formed at Felixstowe on 30 May 1918, coming under the control of No 70 Wing on 20 July.  They joined No 231 Squadron on 20 August 1918 and disbanded on 7 July 1919.

Aircraft used: -

 

Felixstowe F2A

 


No 331 (Flying Boat) Flight

This was planned to form at Felixstowe but these plans were cancelled on 5 September 1918 and No 442 Flight was formed within No 230 Squadron instead.


No 332 (Flying Boat) Flight

This was planned to form at Felixstowe on 15 October 1918, later changed to 15 November but the formation did not proceed.


No 333 - 335 (Flying Boat) Flights

The first two were formed on 30 May 1918 with the third following on 15 June  at Felixstowe.  They come under the control of No 76 Wing on 20 July 1918 and joined No 232 Squadron on 20 August 1918.  Control transferred to No 70 Wing on 1 December 1918 with No 232 Squadron being redesignated No 4 Communication Squadron on 1 January 1919, at which point No 335 Flight disbanded but the other two continued until June 1919.

Aircraft used: -

 

Felixstowe F2A

N4541,


No 336 - 338 (Flying Boat) Flights

Only the first two of these actually formed at Felixstowe, No 336 on 31 July 1918 followed by No 337 on 15 September.  They came under the control of No 76 Wing on 20 July 1918 and joined No 247 Squadron on 20 August.  Control of the squadron and flights was transferred to No 70 Wing on 1 December 1918, with all units disbanding on 22 January 1919.

Aircraft used: -

 

Felixstowe F2A

 


No 339 - 341 (Flying Boat) Flights

These three flights were planned to form within No 261 Squadron at Felixstowe, No 339 on 30 September and Nos 340 and 341 on 15 October 1918 but by the beginning of 1919 only Nos 339 and 341 were in existence and they disbanded in June 1919.

Aircraft used: -

 

Felixstowe F2A

 


No 342 - 344 (Flying Boat) Flights

These three flights were planned to form within No 259 Squadron at Felixstowe under the control of No 72 Wing, Nos 342 and 343 on 15 October 1918 and No 344 on 15 November but by the beginning of 1919 only an element of No 342 was in existence and it disbanded in June 1919.

Aircraft used: -

 

Felixstowe F2A

 


No 345 & 346 (Flying Boat) Flights

Formed at Calshot in May 1918, they came under the control of No 72 Wing on 8 August and joined No 340 Squadron on 20 August.  They disbanded along with the squadron on 15 June 1919.

Aircraft used: -

 

Felixstowe F2A

N4081, N4285, N4286, N4535,

Curtiss H12B N4334, N4340, N4346, N4347, N4350,


No 347 - 349 (Flying Boat) Flights

These three flights were formed at Cattewater on 15 June, 15 July and 15 October 1918 respectively, coming under the control of No 72 Wing from 8 August 1918 and joining No 238 Squadron on 20 August 1918.  In mid November 1918 No 347 Flight was detached to Holy Island (Lindisfarne) but by early December was at Killingholme then moved to Calshot on 11 December and later returned to Cattewater.  All the flights disbanded in June 1919.

Aircraft used: -

 

347

Felixstowe F3

N4256,

347/8

Felixstowe F3

N4413, N4415, N4419, N4420, N4421,

347/9

Felixstowe F2A

N4449,

347/9

Felixstowe F3

N4239, N4248, N4250, N4416,


No 350 - 353 (Flying Boat) Flights

These four flights were formed at Tresco in the Scilly Isles on 31 May, 30 June, 15 September and 30 September 1918 respectively, coming under the control of No 71 Wing from 8 August 1918 and joining No 234 Squadron on 20 August 1918.  They presumably disbanded with the squadron on 15 May 1919.

Aircraft used: -

 

Felixstowe F3

N4000, N4001, N4002, N4234, N4238, N4240, N4241, N4243, N4413, N4415,

Short  184 N2828, N2954, N2955, N2962, N2963,
Curtiss H8 8654, 8675,
Curtiss H12B N4341,
FBA 2727


No 354 - 356 (Flying Boat) Flights

These were planned to form at Alexandria as part of of No 270 Squadron, but never appear to have formed.


No 357 & 358 (Flying Boat) Flights

These were planned to form at Taranto as part of of No 271 Squadron, but never appear to have formed, the squadron was disbanded on 9 December 1918.


No 359 (Flying Boat) Flight

Originally intended to be part of No 270 Squadron, it became part of No 263 Squadron at Otranto on 27 September 1918 but whether it existed prior to this is unclear.  By the beginning of 1919 it had relocated to Taranto, where it disbanded in August 1919.

Aircraft used: -

 

Felixstowe F3

N4317, N4318, N4320,

Hamble Baby N1981,


No 360 - 363 (Flying Boat) Flights

These were formed as part of No 267 Squadron on 27 September 1918 at Calafrana and disbanded into the squadron in August 1919.

Aircraft used: -

 

360/3

Felixstowe F3

N4311, N4312, N4313, N4314, N4319, N4321,


No 364 - 366 (Flying Boat) Flights

These flights were planned to form within No 265 Squadron at Gibraltar, but this never took place.


No 367 (Flying Boat) Flight

This flight was to form part of No 271 Squadron at Taranto but it was never embodied and the squadron disbanded on 9 December 1918.


No 400 & 401 (Seaplane) Flights

These were formed at Dundee on 30 May 1918, being placed under the control of No 22 Group on 8 August.  They joined No 248 Squadron on 18 August 1918 but 3401 Flight left the squadron later in the month when it moved to Strathbeg but returned to the unit at Dundee, probably after the armistice.  In March they moved to Killingholme as cadres where No 400 disbanded the same month and No 401 disbanded in June.

Aircraft used: -

 

Short 184

N1835, N2641, N2644, N2794, N2800, N2946, N2947, N9027, N9030, N9044, N9046, N9049, N9053, N9056, N9057, N9073, N9089. N9092, N9097,

Short 320 N1408, N1409,


No 402 (Seaplane) Flight

This was formed at Seaton Carew within No 18 Group on 30 June 1918 but was transferred to No 68 Wing on 11 July 1918.  It joined No 246 Squadron on 15 August 1918 and disbanded on 3 October 1919.

Aircraft used: -

 

Short 184

N1829, N2639, N2640, N2643, N2645, N9024, N9025, N9026, N9075, N9172, N9173,

Short 320

N1703,


No 403 (Seaplane) Flight

This was formed at East Halton, Killingholme within No 18 Group in May 1918 but was transferred to No 68 Wing on 11 July 1918.  On 15 August 1918 it moved to Seaton Carew, where it joined No 246 Squadron on and disbanded on 31 May 1919 along with the squadron.

Aircraft used: -

 

Short 184

N1829, N2639, N2638, N2643, N2996, N9019, N9020, N9172, N9173,

Short 320

N4100, N1703,

Hamble Baby N1468,


No 404 (Seaplane) Flight

This was formed at East Halton, Killingholme within No 18 Group in May 1918, equipped with Short 184s, but moved to Hornsea Mere on 15 August, where it joined No 248 Squadron.  On 26 August 1918 it was transferred to the control of No 79 Wing and a month later moved to North Coates Fitties, where it re-equipped with DH6s

Aircraft used: -

 

Short 184

N2922, N2997,

DH6  


No 405 (Seaplane) Flight

This was formed at Hornsea Mere within No 18 Group on 15 June 1918, equipped with Short 184s.  It joined No 248 Squadron on 20 August 1918 and was transferred to the control of No 79 Wing on 26 August.  It disbanded along with the squadron on 6 March 1919.

Aircraft used: -

 

Short 184

N1226, N1235, N2922, N2997, N9088,


No 406 (Seaplane) Flight

This was formed at Westgate within No 4 Group on 25 May 1918, equipped with Short 184s.  It joined No 219 Squadron on 22 July 1918 and disbanded in September 1919.

Aircraft used: -

 

Short 184

8364, N1229, N1264, N1273, N1275, N1782, N1962, N2635, N2642, N2807, N2921, N2927, N2937, N2938, N2995, N9001, N9007, N9058,

Sopwith Baby

N1019,

Hamble Baby

N1962,


No 407 (Seaplane) Flight

This was formed at Dover within No 5 Group on 20 May 1918, equipped with Short 184s.  It joined No 233 Squadron on 31 August 1918 and disbanded on 31 March 1919.

Aircraft used: -

 

Short 184

8015, 8357, 9050, N1681, N2806, N2939, N2966, N2967, N2968, N2969, N2972, N2977, N9001, N9002,

Sopwith Baby

N1069, 

Hamble Baby

N1962,


No 408 (Seaplane) Flight

This was formed at Newhaven within No 10 Group in May 1918, equipped with Short 184s.  It was transferred to No 75 Wing on 15 August 1918 and joined No 242 Squadron on 15 August 1918, it disbanded along with the squadron on 15 September 1919.

Aircraft used: -

 

Short 184

N1249, N1685, N1766, N1799, N2804, N2820, N2821, N2928, N2964, N2970, N2974, N2980, N2985, N2998, N9061,

Campania

N2380, N2392, N2398, N2399,

Fairey IIIB

N2234, N2235, N2237,


No 409 (Seaplane) Flight

This was formed at Newhaven within No 10 Group as part of No 242 Squadron on 15 August 1918.  It was transferred to No 75 Wing on 8 August 1918 and probably disbanded along in November 1918.

It was due to reform on 30 November 1918 but this never happened.


No 410 (Seaplane) Flight

This was formed at Calshot within No 10 Group on 31 May 1918.  It was transferred to No 74 Wing on 8 August 1918 and joined No 240 Squadron on 20 August, disbanding on 15 May 1919.

Aircraft used: -

 

Campania

N2376, N2377, N2390, N2395, N2381

Short 184

N1769,

Short 320

N1360, N1707,

Hamble Baby

N1970, ,


No 411 (Seaplane) Flight

This was due to form around 31 August 1918 at Calshot within No 240 Squadron and be equipped with Short 184s but plans were postponed in September and cancelled on 15 December.


No 412 (Seaplane) Flight

This was formed at Bembridge within No 10 Group on 20 May 1918.  It joined No 253 Squadron on 7 June 1918 and was transferred to No 75 Wing on 8 August disbanding with the squadron on 5 May 1919.

Aircraft used: -

 

Hamble Baby

N1333,

Campania

N2378, N2383, N2385, N2388, N2646,

Short 184

N1595, N1755, N1764, N1792, N1798, N2646, N2801, N2928, N2971, N2975, N2980, N2986, N9003, N9006, N9060,


No 413 (Seaplane) Flight

This was formed at Bembridge within No 10 Group on 15 September 1918 as part of No 253 Squadron under the control of No 75 Wing on 8 August disbanding in 5 November 1918.

It was due to reform around 21 December 1918 but the formation did not proceed.

Aircraft used: -

 

Short 184

N1595, N1755, N1764, N1792, N1798, N2928, N2971, N2975, N2980, N2986, N9003, N9006, N9060,

Hamble Baby

N1333,


No 414 & 415 (Seaplane) Flights

These were formed at Cherbourg within No 10 Group in May 1918.  They were transferred to No 75 Wing on 8 August and joined No 243 Squadron on 7 June 1918, disbanding with the squadron on 15 March 1919.

Aircraft used: -

 

Short 184

N1793, N1795, N2805, N2833, N2834, N2900, N2964, N2981, N9021, N9170,

Wight

9845, 9854, 9857, 9858, 9859,

Campania

N2365, N2394,


No 416 & 417 (Seaplane) Flights

These were formed at Portland within No 10 Group in May 1918.  They were transferred to No 75 Wing on 8 August and joined No 241 Squadron on 20 August 1918, disbanding with the squadron on 18 June 1919.

Aircraft used: -

 

Short 184

N1006, N1259, N1594, N1758, N2965, N2973, N9007, N9008, N9062,

Wight

9841, 9850, 9851, 9856,

Campania

N2363, N2375, N2382, N2384, N2386,


No 418 (Seaplane) Flight

This flight formed at Torquay within No 4 Group on 15 June 1918.  It was transferred to No 72 Wing on 8 August and joined No 239 Squadron on 20 August 1918, disbanding with the squadron on 15 May 1919.

Aircraft used: -

 

Short 184

N1622, N1767, N1770, N2655, N2798, N2799, N2818, N2828, N2918, N2924, N2926, N2846, N2919, N2962, N2978, N2979, N2989, N9029, N9029, N9074, N9102,


No 419 (Seaplane) Flight

This flight was due to form at Torquay within No 4 Group on 31 July 1918 but this was postponed and then cancelled.  It eventually formed as part of No 239 Squadron at Torquay on 15 November 1918 but moved immediately to Strathbeg in No 22 Group but was transferred to No 249 Squadron at Dundee.  It disbanded in June 1919.


No 420 - 423 (Seaplane) Flights

These were due to form at Cattewater within No 9 Group in May 1918 but only Nos 420 and 421 came into existence.  They were transferred to No 72 Wing on 8 August and joined No 237 Squadron on 20 August 1918, disbanding with the squadron on 15 May 1919.

Aircraft used: -

 

421

Short 184

N2913, N2918, N2923, N2924, N2925,
420/1 Short 184 N2799, N2802, N2832, N2836, N2845, N2846, N2953, N2954, N2956, N2959, N2960, N2961,


No 424 & 425 (Seaplane) Flights

These were formed from the War Flight at Newlyn within No 4 Group on 20 May 1918.  They were transferred to No 71 Wing on 8 August and joined No 235 Squadron on 7 June 1918, disbanding with the squadron on 15 March 1919.

Aircraft used: -

 

Short 184

N1254, N1255, N1601, N1616, N1618, N1635, N1767, N1770, N1785, N2631, N2798, N2799, N2828, N2919, N2926, N2958, N2959, N2960, N2961, N2779, N2988, N2989,


No 426 & 427 (Seaplane) Flights

These were formed from the War Flight at Fishguard within No 14 Group on 20 May 1918.  They were transferred to No 77 Wing on 8 August and joined No 245 Squadron on 20 August 1918, disbanding with the squadron on 19 May 1919.

Aircraft used: -

 

Short 184

N1199, N1610, N2657, N2658, N2659, N2790, N2795, N2830, N2842, N2843, N2907, N2908, N2940, N2941, N2942, N9015, N9032, N9033,


No 428 & 429 (Seaplane) Flights

These were formed at Yarmouth within No 73 Wing, No 4 Group on 20 May 1918.  They joined No 229 Squadron on 20 August 1918, disbanding in March 1919.

Aircraft used: -

 

Short 184

N2901,

Short 320 N1303


No 430 (Seaplane) Flight

This was formed from the War Flight at Houton Bay within No 28 Group on 30 May 1918 but was never attached to a squadron, disbanding in September 1918.

Aircraft used: -

 

Short 184

8030, N1220, N1221, N1662, N2651, N2652,


No 431 & 432 (Seaplane) Flights

Authority to form these flight at Port Said was given on 6 June 1918 but only No 431 appears to have formed under the control of No 64 Wing on 22 July 1918.  It joined No 269 Squadron on 6 October 1918 and disbanded in August 1919.

Aircraft used: -

 

Short 184

N2073, N2643, N2653, N2791, N2792, N2812, N2838, N2847, N2849, N2904, N2915,

Felixstowe F3 N4360,


No 433 & 434 (Seaplane) Flights

These were formed at Calafrana, Malta as part of No 268 Squadron on 26 September 1918, disbanding in August 1919.

Aircraft used: -

 

Short 184

 N1302, N1822, N1828,

Short 320

 N1491, N1502, N1504,


No 435 & 436 (Seaplane) Flights

These were formed at Otranto as part of No 263 Squadron on 26 September 1918, moving to Taranto in November and disbanding with the squadron on 16 May 1919.

Aircraft used: -

 

Short 184

N1306, N1307, N1308, N1309, N1310, N1311, N1312, N1313, N1315, N1316, N1317, N1318, N1319, N1783, N2835, N2840, N2841, N2906, N2929, N2930, N2948,

Short 320 N1308, N1384, N1386, N1390, N1391, N1392, N1395, N1396, N1399, N1492, N1500, N1501,
Sopwith Baby N2090,


No 437 (Seaplane) Flight

This was formed at Mudros on 15 September 1918 as part of No 266 Squadron being fully absorbed into the squadron on 1 February 1919 when No 266 moved to South Russia.

Aircraft used: -

 

Short 184

 N1783, Probably more listed under No 266 Squadron


No 438 (Seaplane) Flight

This was formed at Skyros on 26 September 1918 as part of No 266 Squadron being fully absorbed into the squadron on 1 February 1919 when No 266 moved to South Russia.

Aircraft used: -

 

Short 184

 Probably those listed under No 266 Squadron


No 439 (Seaplane) Flight

This was formed at Suda Bay on 26 September 1918 as part of No 264 Squadron, disbanding with the squadron on 1 March 1919.

Aircraft used: -

 

Short 184

 Probably those listed under No 264 Squadron


No 440 (Seaplane) Flight

This was formed at Syra on 26 September 1918 as part of No 264 Squadron, disbanding with the squadron on 1 March 1919.

Aircraft used: -

 

Short 184

 Probably those listed under No 264 Squadron


No 441 (Seaplane) Flight

This was formed at St Maria Di Leuca on 26 September 1918 as part of No 263 Squadron, moving to Taranto in November, where it disbanded on 16 May 1919.

Aircraft used: -

 

Hamble Baby

N1336, N1982, N1983,

Short 184

N1791, N1982, N1983,

Short 320

N1500,

Sopwith Baby

N2081, N2090, N2091, N2092, N2093,


No 442 (Seaplane) Flight

This was formed at Felixstowe within No 4 Group on 15 October 1918 as part of No 219 Squadron as a replacement for No 331 Flight.  It moved to Westgate in November 1918, disbanding with the squadron on 7 February 1920.

Aircraft used: -

 

Fairey IIIB

N2230, N2243,


No 450 (Baby Seaplane) Flight

This was formed at Dundee within No 22 Group on 30 May 1918, being transferred to No 78 Wing on 8 August and joining No 249 Squadron on 18 August 1918 before disbanding on 30 September 1918.

Aircraft used: -

 

Sopwith Baby

N1063, N1100, N1432, N1438, N1439, N1440, N1441,

Hamble Baby

N1460,


No 451 & 452 (Baby Seaplane) Flights

These were formed at Seaton Carew, as part of No 252 Squadron, within No 18 Group on 25 May 1918.  They were transferred to No 68 Wing on 13 June and they moved to No 246 Squadron on 15 August.  No 451 disbanded on 30 September 1918 followed by No 452 o 31 October.

Aircraft used: -

 

451

Sopwith Baby

N1423, N1437, N2063, N2064, N2109,

452

Sopwith Baby

N1423, N1447, N2063, N2064, N2067, N2098, N2101, N2107, N2111,


No 453 (Baby Seaplane) Flight

This was formed at Hornsea Mere within No 18 Group on 30 May 1918, joining No 249 Squadron on 20 August 1918 and being transferred to the control of No 79 Wing on 26 August.  It disbanded on 30 November 1918.

Aircraft used: -

 

Sopwith Baby

N1413, N1448, N1449, N2078, N2087, N2088, N2089, N2094, N2095, N2097, N2099, N2112, N2113,


No 454 & 455 (Baby Seaplane) Flights

These were formed at Yarmouth within No 73 Wing on 25 May 1918, joining No 229 Squadron on 20 August 1918.  No 454 disbanded on 30 September 1918 followed by No 455 on 31 October.

Aircraft used: -

 

Sopwith Baby

N1412, N2114, N2115, N2116, N2117, 


No 470 (Fighter) Flight

This was formed within No 4 Group at Manston on 27 May 1918 and was also known as 'Tongue Defence Flight' or 'Manston Naval Flight'.  It joined No 219 Squadron on 22 July 1918 but was transferred to No 273 Squadron 13 November 1918.  From 11 November three aircraft were detached to Bacton and the following day three were detached to Burgh Castle.  It disbanded in May 1919.

Aircraft used: -

 

Camel

N6634, B3922, B5600, B5601, B5600, B5706, B5707, B7269, C67, C69, E1559, F1518, F1520, F1522, F1524, F3196, F3918,


No 471 (Fighter) Flight

This was formed within No 5 Group at Walmer on 14 June 1918, joining No 233 Squadron on 31 August.  It moved to Stalhille in Belgium on 25 October 1918, where it remained until 17 March 1919 when it retrned to Walmer and disbanded.

Aircraft used: -

 

Avro 504A

D1631,

Camel

N6634, B3922, B5600, B5601, B5600, B5706, B5707, B7269, C67, C69, D9434, D9436, D9488, D9490, D9496, F1526, F1528, F1530, F1534, F1536, F1537, F3959, F3965, F8510,


No 472 - 474 (Fighter) Flights

These were formed at Pizzone as part of No 226 Squadron on 26 September 1918 and disbanded with the squadron on 18 December 1918.

Aircraft used: -

 
  Camel C42,

472/4

DH9

B7659, B7670, D1657, D1658, D1659, D1661, D1662,

  DH9A  


No 475 - 477 (Fighter) Flights

These were formed at Mudros as part of No 220 (Mobile) Squadron on 26 September 1918 and disbanded in August 1919.

Aircraft used: -

 
Camel Probably those listed under No 220 Squadron


No 478 - 480 (Fighter) Flights

These were formed at Mudros as part of No 222 Squadron on 26 September 1918 and disbanded with the squadron on 27 February 1919.

Aircraft used: -

 

478/80

DH9

D2853, D2854,


No 481 - 483 (Fighter) Flights

These were formed at Andrano as part of No 225 Squadron on 26 September 1918 and disbanded with the squadron on 19 December 1918.

Aircraft used: -

 
1 Strutter N5223,
Camel C56
Hamble Baby N1989,


No 484 (Fighter) Flight

This was planned to form as part of No 269 Squadron at Port Said on 6 October 1918 to be equipped with Camels but disbandment was authorised on 4 October.


 No 485 & 486 (Fighter) Flights

These were formed at Burgh Castle on 7 August 1918, joining No 273 Squadron on 20 August but then being attached to No 212 Squadron.  They disbanded in August 1919.

Aircraft used: -

 

486

Camel

N6621, N6624, F3128, F3133, F3196, F3241, F8527,

486

Camel

E1558,


No 487 (Fighter) Flight

Formed as the Supernumerary Camel Flight at Butley on 1 September 1918, it was redesignated No 487 on 3 September as part of No 230 Squadron.  It disbanded in January 1919.

Aircraft used: -

 

Camel

F3128,


No 490 (Light Bomber) Flight

Formed as the Temporary 'D' Flight at Yarmouth on 25 May 1918, it was redesignated No 490 Flight and joined No 212 Squadron on 20 August.  In September 1918 it moved to Dover and disbanded along with the squadron on 9 February 1920.

Aircraft used: -

 

Hamble Baby Convert

N1992, N1993, N1994, N1995, N2007,

BE2C

8411, 8417, 8492, 9971,

Pup

9904, 9905,

Camel

B5596, B5606, B5596, B5740, B5741, B5746, B7268, C68, C70,

DH4

A7830, A7848, N6395, N6396,

DH9

B7642, B7647, D1653, D1654, D1655, D1656,


No 491 (Light Bomber) Flight

This was formed at Guston Road, Dover on 25 May 1918 and joined No 233 Squadron on 31 August.  On 1 March 1919 it moved to Walmer and disbanded the same day with its personnel being absorbed into No 233 Squadron.

Aircraft used: -

 

1 Strutter

9378, 9670, N5082, N5090,

Camel

N6372, B6317, B6320, B7263, D8146, D8147, D8177, D8179, D8188, D8190, D9191, D9434, D9436, D9488, D9490,

DH4

A3269, A7762, A7942, A8012, A8013, A8022, A8023, A8025, N6389, N6408, D1751, D1756, D1757, D1758, D8400, D8407, D8417, D8420,

DH9

B7642, B7647, D5742, D7243, D7245, D7246, D7248,

Dolphin

C3785,


No 492 (Light Bomber) Flight

This was formed at Prawle Point on 30 May 1918, becoming part of No 254 Squadron on 15 August.  It disbanded along with the squadron on 22 February 1919.

Aircraft used: -

 

DH9

B7612, B7639, B7666, C1269, C1296, C1297, C1298, C1299, D1682, D1683, D1684, D1685, D1686, D1711, D1712, D2968, D2969,


No 493 (Light Bomber) Flight

This was formed at Mullion on 30 May 1918, becoming part of No 236 Squadron on 20 August.  It probably disbanded along with the squadron on 15 May 1919.

Aircraft used: -

 

1 Strutter

N5619,

DH9

B7613, B7662, B7663, B7666, C1302, C1306, C1387, D1711, D1712, D5754,

DH6

C7832, C7834, C7836, C7838, C7840, C7842, C7844, C7846, C7847,


No 494 (Light Bomber) Flight

This was formed at Padstow on 2 May 1918, as a DH9 flight within No 250 Squadron, being redesignated as No 494 Flight on 30 May.  It probably disbanded along with the squadron on 15 May 1919.

Aircraft used: -

 

DH4

C5497,

DH9

B7611, B7613, B7665, C1301, D1683, D1713, D1714, D2963, D2964, D2965, D2966, D2968,


No 495 (Light Bomber) Flight

This was formed at Seaton Carew on 30 May 1918 within No 252 Squadron but was transferred to No 246 Squadron on 15 August 1918.  In October it was transferred to No 256 Squadron and split between Seahouses and West Ayton to allow Seaton Carew to be used by a Vimy unit.  In November 1918 the West Ayton element moved to Seahouses and it disbanded along with the squadron on 30 June 1919.

Aircraft used: -

 

DH4

B7985,

Kangaroo I

B9971, B9972, B9973, B9974, B9975, B9976, B9977, B9978, B9979, B9980, B9981, B9982, B9983,


No 496 - 498 (Light Bomber) Flights

These were formed at Otranto within No 224 Squadron on 26 September 1918, moving to Taranto from 9 December, where they disbanded in September 1919.

Aircraft used: -

 

DH4

B9484, N6421, N6422,


No 499 (Light Bomber) Flight

This was formed on paper at Pizzone on 26 September 1918 as part of No 227 Squadron and was to have been equipped with Caproni bombers but it was never embodied and subsequently disbanded on 9 December 1918.


No 500 & 501 (Special Duty) Flights

These were formed at Padstow on 31 May 1918 as part of No 250 Squadron, probably disbanding along with the squadron on 15 May 1919.

Aircraft used: -

 
500/1 DH6 B2847, B2848, B2851, B2852, B2857, B2889, B2895, B2897, B2964, B2965, B2966, C2114, C5191, C5193, C5194, C5205, C5206, C5207, C5706, C6678, C6679, C6680, C6681, C6682, C6683, C7413, C7613, C7681, C7835, C7848, C7848, C7850, C7851, C7851, C7853, C7854, C7855,C7856, C7857, C7858, C7859,

501

DH6

C6873,


No 502 & 503 (Special Duty) Flights

These were formed at Westward Ho! on 6 June 1918 as part of No 260 Squadron, before being transferred to No 250 Squadron on 15 August.  They were disbanded in March 1919.

Aircraft used: -

 

502/3

DH6

A9569, A9659, C2087, C2088, C2112, C6671, C6672, C6680, C6872, C7417, C7418, C7419, C7422, C7423, C7431, C7432, C7554, C7848, C7849, C7850,C7852,  C7854,


No 504 (Special Duty) Flight

This was formed at Atwick on 31 May 1918 as part of No 251 Squadron, disbanding along with the squadron on 30 June 1919.

Aircraft used: -

 

DH6

B3032, B3051, B3061, B3082, B3100, C5159, C5170, C5183, C5184, C5185, C5186, C5187, C5188, C5189, C5211, C6887, C6888, C6890, F3366, F3393,


No 505 (Special Duty) Flight

This was formed at Greenland Top on 31 May 1918 as part of No 251 Squadron, moving to West Ayton on 27 August.  It moved as a cadre to Killingholme in March 1919 where it disbanded along with the squadron on 30 June 1919.

Aircraft used: -

 

DH6

B2784, B3064, B3065, B3067, B3068, B3079, B3100, C7335, C7339, C7340, C7348, C7655, F3403, F3407,


No 506 (Special Duty) Flight

This was formed at Owthorne on 7 June 1918 as part of No 251 Squadron, moving as a cadre to Killingholme in March 1919 where it disbanded along with the squadron on 30 June 1919.

Aircraft used: -

 

DH6

B3068, B3096, C5212, C5213, C5214, C5215, C7337, C7554, C7655, F3368, F3369, F3392, F3393, F3394, F3409,

Pup

B2218,


No 507 & 508 (Special Duty) Flights

These were formed at Cramlington on 24 May 1918 within No 18 Group as part of No 252 Squadron, moving to Tynemouth on 8 June.  They were transferred to the control of No 68 Wing on 11 July and then moved as a cadre to Killingholme in March 1919 where it disbanded along with the squadron on 30 June 1919.

Aircraft used: -

 

507

DH6

A9571, B2720, B2843, B3011, C2079, C2081, C2082, C9336, F3396, F3398,

508

DH6

B2843, B3081, B3085, B3090, C2083,

507/8

DH6

B2709, B2711, B2719, B2809, B2909, B3026, B3026, B3028, B3029, B3030, B3031, B3054, B3072, B3078, B3082, C2016, C2027, C2078, C2119, C5198, C5460, C5461, C5478, C6553, C6653, C6691, C6693, C6697, C6698, C6699, C5700, C6872, C6883, C6884, C7778, C7900, C9478, C9380, C9481, C9482, F3397, F3400, F3404, F3410, F3412, F3414, F3432,


No 509 (Special Duty) Flight

This was formed at Cramlington on 7 June 1918 within No 18 Group as part of No 252 Squadron being transferred to the control of No 68 Wing on 11 July.  It disbanded on 25 October 1919.

Aircraft used: -

 

DH6

A9565, B3018, B3019, B3036, B3037, B3062, B3066, B3069, B3086, B3087, B3089, B3090, C5171, C6686, C6688, C6699, C6700, C6875, C6876, C6878, C9404, F3353, F3373, F3406, F3408, F3428, F3419,


No 510 (Special Duty) Flight

This was formed at Redcar on 7 June 1918 within No 18 Group as part of No 252 Squadron being transferred to the control of No 68 Wing on 11 July.  In November 1918 it moved to West Ayton where it joined No 251 Squadron before moving as a cadre to Killingholme in March 1919 where it disbanded along with the squadron on 30 June 1919.

Aircraft used: -

 

DH6

B2856, B2933, B3003, B3005, B3063, B3079, B3086, B3100, C2035, C5730, C6685, C6689, C6692, C6694, C6695, C6696, C6697, C6699, C6700, C6862, C6871, C6873, C6881, C6882, C6885, C7655, C7657, F3430, F3433, F3435,


No 511 & 512 (Special Duty) Flights

These were formed at Brading on 7 June 1918 within No 10 Group as part of No 253 Squadron, moving to Now Bembridge on 8 August under the control of No 75 Wing, disbanding on 21 January 1919.

Aircraft used: -

 

511/12

DH6

C6565, C6566, C6578, C6582, C6587, C6590, C6591, C6592, C6593, C6677, C6877, C6889, C6891, C6897, C7875, C7877, C7878, C7883, C7885, C7889, C7891, C7892, C7893, C7896, C7897, F3413, F3417, F3424,


No 513 (Special Duty) Flight

This was formed at Chickerell on 7 June 1918 within No 10 Group as part of No 253 Squadron.  It was transferred to the control of No 75 Wing on 8 August and joined No 241 Squadron on 20 August, disbanding on 23 January 1919.

Aircraft used: -

 

DH6

C6513, C6617, C6618, C6882, C6889, C6892, C6899, C6900, F3414, F3415, F3421,


No 514 (Special Duty) Flight

This was formed at Telscombe Cliffs on 7 June 1918 within No 10 Group as part of No 253 Squadron.  It was transferred to the control of No 75 Wing on 8 August and joined No 242 Squadron on 15 August, disbanding on 20 January 1919.

Aircraft used: -

 

DH6

C6886, C6891, C6893, C6895, F3420, F3421, F3425, F3416,


No 515 & 516 (Special Duty) Flights

A SD Flight was formed at Mullion within No 9 Group on 16 May 1918 followed by a further flight on 6 June at which point they received to designations Nos 515 and 516 and became part of No 254 Squadron.  They moved to join No 236 Squadron on 20 August and disbanded along with the squadron on 15 May 1919.

Aircraft used: -

 

515/16

DH6

B2903, B2905, B2968, B2969, C5199, C5200, C5201, C5202, C5203, C5204, C5208, C5209, C5210, C5740, C6516, C6519, C6561, C6588, C6661, C6664, C6666, C6667, C7645, C7647, C7649, C7666, C7832, C7838, C7847,


No 517 & 518 (Special Duty) Flights

These were formed at Prawle Point within No 9 Group on 6 June 1918 as part of No 254 Squadron.  Control was transferred to No 72 Wing on 8 August and they disbanded along with the squadron on 22 February 1919.

Aircraft used: -

 

517

DH6

B2856,

517/18

DH6

B2903, B2905, B2968, B2969, C5199, C5200, C5201, C5202, C5203, C5204, C5208, C5209, C5210, C6514, C6515, C6516, C6521, C6562, C6563, C6564, C6657, C6666, C6667, C7899,


No 519 & 520 (Special Duty) Flights

These were formed at Pembroke within No 14 Group on 6 June 1918 as part of No 255 Squadron.  Control was transferred to No 77 Wing on 8 August and they disbanded along with the squadron on 14 January 1919.

Aircraft used: -

 

519/20

DH6

B2771, B2781, B2796, B2789, B2903, B3038, B3039, C2067, C2076, C7346, C7350, C9412, C9415, C9423, C9439, C9440, C9443, F3349, F3351, F3353, F3357,


No 521 & 522 (Special Duty) Flights

These were formed at Pembroke within No 14 Group on 6 June 1918 as part of No 255 Squadron.  Control was transferred to No 77 Wing on 8 August and they moved to Bangor on 15 August, joining No 244 Squadron, disbanding along with the squadron on 22 January 1919.

Aircraft used: -

 

521/22

DH6

B2791, B2937, B2971, B2973, B2976, B2977, B2978, B2979, B2982, B2983, B3010, B3020, B3026, C2021, C2074, C6560, C6655, C6656, C7217, C7862, C7864, C9447, C9447,

522

DH6

B3023,


No 523 & 524 (Special Duty) Flights

These were formed at Luce Bay on 6 June 1918 as part of No 255 Squadron.  They joined No 258 Squadron on its formation on 15 August, both disbanding along with the squadron on 5 March 1919.

Aircraft used: -

 

523/24

DH6

B2960,

523

Fairey IIIA

N2850,

524

DH6

B2965, B2966, B2967, B2970, B2972, C5520, C6642, C9402, C9407, C9408, C9409, C9410, C9411, C9413, C9419, C9416, C9420, C9436, C9438, C9442, C9452,


No 525 (Special Duty) Flight

This was formed at Prawle Point within No 18 Group on 6 June 1918 as part of No 254 Squadron, moving to Ashington on 28 June.  Control was transferred to No 68 Wing on 11 July and it disbanded in June 1919.

Aircraft used: -

 

DH6

B3093,


No 526 (Special Duty) Flight

This was formed at New Haggerstont within No 18 Group on 30 May 1918 as part of No 256 Squadron.  Control was transferred to No 68 Wing on 11 July and it operated from Seahouses between October and December 1918, disbanding along with the squadron on 30 June 1919.

Aircraft used: -

 

DH6

B3033, B3025, B3074, C2084, C5173, C6680, C6815, C6860, C6876, C6880, C7334, C7336, F3395, F3399, F3431,


No 527 & 528 (Special Duty) Flights

These were formed at Seahouses within No 18 Group on 6 Jun 1918 as part of No 256 Squadron.  Control was transferred to No 68 Wing on 11 July and they moved to Killingholme as cadres in March 1919, where they disbanded.

Aircraft used: -

 

527

DH6

B2842, B2845, B2853, B2883, B2895, B3074, B3097, C5172, C5173, C5174, C6686, C6687, C6815, C6879, C6880, C7334, C7338, F3399, F3402, F3411,

528

DH6

B2819, B2891, B2912, B2913, B2916, B2919, B2983, B2995, B3034, B3040, B3073, C2080, C2084, C5173, C5193, C5195, C5196, C6874, C6876, C6879, C6881, C7652, C7654, F3347, F3372, F3401, F3404,

527/28

DH6

B2894, B3098, C6877, C7871, F3355,


No 529 (Special Duty) Flight

This was formed at Luce Bay within No 25 Group on 15 August 1918 as part of No 258 Squadron, disbanding along with the squadron on 5 March 1919.

Aircraft used: -

 

DH6

B2965, B2966, B2967, B2970, B2972, C5520, C6642, C9402, C9407, C9408, C9409, C9410, C9411, C9413, C9419, C9416, C9420, C9436, C9438, C9442, C9452,


No 530 (Special Duty) Flight

This was formed at Bangor under the control of No 77 Wing on 15 August 1918 as part of No 244 Squadron.  It moved to Tallaght on 18 October before returning to Bangor on 11 December, where it disbanded along with the squadron on 22 January 1919.

Aircraft used: -

 

DH6

C7796,


No 531 - 533 (Special Duty) Flights

These were formed at Machrihanish within No 25 Group on 15 August 1918 as part of No 272 Squadron, disbanding along with the squadron on 5 March 1919.

Aircraft used: -

 

531/33

DH6

B2960, B2961, B2962, B2964, C2082, C2085, C2111, C2115, C2120, C2121, C2123, C5499, C7780, C7782,


No 534 (Light Bomber) Flight

This was formed from Temporary 'D' Flight at Covehithie in August 1918 as part of No 273 Squadron, disbanding along with the squadron on 5 July 1919.

Aircraft used: -

 

DH6

C5463, C6560, C7786, C7796, C7800, C7861, C7863, C9447,

DH4

A8032, A8033, A8044, A8066, 

DH9

D612, D1053, D1079, D1654, D1655, E601, H4268, H4272, H4279,


No 550 & 551 (Light Bomber) Flights

These were formed on paper at Pizzone on 26 September 1918 as part of No 227 Squadron to operate Capproni bombers but were never embodied being disbanded on 9 December 1919.


No 552 - 554 (Light Bomber) Flights

These were formed at Mudros on 26 September 1918 as part of No 221 Squadron.  Nos 552 and 553 Flights went with the squadron to Petrovsk Zaskar between January and February 1919 and they disbanded in March 1920.

Aircraft used: -

 

552

DH9A

F1094, F1095 [G], F1626,

553

DH9

D2803 [1],


No 555 & 556 (Light Bomber) Flights

These were formed at Manston within No 1 Group on 26 June 1918 and was to have been part of No 146 Squadron for service in Egypt but in July it was transferred to No 4 Group and on 22 July it joined No 219 Squadron.  Both flights disbanded on 17 June 1919.

Aircraft used: -

 

555/56

DH9

C1326, C1327, C1328, C1329, C1330, C1331, C1332, D2921, D2922, D2923, D2924, D2925, E9022, E9025, E9031, H4223,

555/56

DH9A

F956, F958,


No 557 & 558 (Light Bomber) Flights

These were formed at Yarmouth within No 4 Group on 26 June 1918, joining No 212 Squadron on 20 August.  No 558 Flight operated from Holt in August before both flights moved to Dover in March 1919, where they disbanded in October 1919.

Aircraft used: -

 

557/8

DH9

D1078, D1081, D5793, D5807, D7368, E603, E9032, F1106, F1109,

557

DH9

D5709,

557/58

Camel

F3197, F3198,

557/58

DH9A

F955, F956, F959,


No 559 - 561 (Light Bomber) Flights

These were formed at Mudros on 26 September 1918 as part of No 223 Squadron, disbanding in August 1919.

Aircraft used: -

 

DH9

Probably those listed under No 223 Squadron


No 562 (Malta Anti-submarine) Flight

This was formed at Marsa Racecourse, Malta under the control of No 17 Wing on 26 September 1918, disbanding on 1 January 1919.


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