Battle of Britain

204 Squadron

204 SQUADRON

Motto:

"Praedam mari quaero" ("I seek my prey in the sea")

Badge:

On water barry wavy, a mooring buoy, theron a cormorant displayed ("A crow on a teachest")

History of 204 Squadron:

No. 204 Squadron was formed on 1 April 1918 at Bray Dunes near Dunkerque from No.4 squadron, RNAS. For the remainder of the war it carried out fighter and ground attack missions on the Western Front and along the Belgian coast. In February 1919 it was reduced to a cadre and returned to the Uk disbanding on 31 December.

On 1 February 1929, No.204 reformed at Mount Batten Plymouth, as a flying boat squadron equipped with five Southamptons. It took these on a formation cruise to Malta in August 1932, and in August 1933, made a similar flight around the Baltic. In 1935 the first Scapa arrived to re-equip the squadron and next month No.204 moved to Egypt during the Abyssinian crisis, returning in August 1936. Two months later Londons started replacing the Scapas and five where taken to Australia in December, returning to the UK in May 1938. Conversion to Sunderlands began in June 1939 and No.204 was fully equipt with eight boats by the end of September. On the outbreak of war, the patrols began over the channel and the Western Approaches and in April 1940 the squadron moved to the Shetlands for patrols off Norway. A further move to Iceland took place in April 1941 and in July No.204 moved to Gibraltar and next month to Gambia. For the rest of the war the squadron flew anti-submarine patrols off the coasts of West Africa and disbanded on 30 June 1945.

On 1 August 1947 No.204 reformed at Kabrit as a transport squadron in Egypt and flew Dakotas until these where replaced by Valettas in 1949. On 20 February 1953, the squadron was renumbered 84 squadron. It was reformed at Ballykelly on 1 January 1954 as a Shackelton maritime reconnaissance squadron and sent a detachment to Australia from August until November 1957, to support a Nuclear trials task force. The squadron ceased operations at Ballykelly on 31 March 1971, and became operational at Honington next day as a shipping surveilance and search and rescue unit. On 28 April 1972, No 204 disbanded.

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