Merlin

902 EAW

Overview

902 Expeditionary Air Wing (902 EAW) provides support to a Royal Navy detachment of Merlin and Wildcat helicopters in support of Op KIPION.

Command and Control

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

History

166 (Tactical) Wing was formed at Chittagong, India, on 1 October 1944. On 1 December 1944 it was re-designated No 902 (Tactical) Wing. During 1944-45 the Wing operated 6 squadrons equipped with Spitfires and Hurricanes, later converting to Thunderbolts, Beaufighters and Mosquitoes. The Wing’s Communications Flight operated Sentinel aircraft. The Wing disbanded in 1945. On 1 April 2006, 902 Wing was re-formed as an EAW and deployed to an operating base in the Middle East.

 
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