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901 EAW

Overview

901 Expeditionary Air Wing (901 EAW) is based alongside Headquarters 83 Expeditionary Air Group (83 EAG) in the Middle East. The Wing provides services to HQ 83 EAG and other assigned units, including Joint Force Communication and Information Systems (Middle East), who support military voice and data services throughout the region. The Wing employs personnel from all 3 Services.

Command and Control

901 EAW is one of 4 EAWs under command of 83 EAG and is commanded by an RAF Squadron Leader, who is responsible to the Air Officer Commanding 83 EAG for the Wing’s operations.

History

901 Wing was formed on 1 October 1944 at Chiringa, India, and consisted of 177 and 211 Squadrons flying Beaufighter twin-engined fighter-bombers. The Wing was renamed No 901 (Tactical) Wing on 1 December 1944.

The Wing continued to operate up to 4 squadrons equipped with Beaufighters and Mosquitoes during 1944-45, flying primarily in the long-range, low-level interdiction role in support of the 14th Army during the liberation of Burma and attacking Japanese lines of communication as far away as Thailand. Such was the effectiveness of the rugged and heavily-armed Beaufighter in this role that the Japanese are reputed to have nicknamed the aircraft the 'Whispering Death'. The Wing disbanded in December 1945.

On 1 April 2006, 901 Wing was re-formed as an EAW with three flights, replacing an RAF deployed operating base in the Middle East. The 3 flights were located at separate Middle Eastern bases. Two of the flights were later disbanded, leaving ‘A’ Flight as a single entity until the end of April 2015, when it became known as 901 EAW.

 
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