Battle of Britain

Battle of Britain No.79 Squadron

Battle of Britain history of No. 79 Squadron.

Squadron badge

Aircraft:

Hurricane Mk.1

Motto:

Nil nobis obstare potest - 'Nothing can stand without us'

Badge:

A salamander salient. The salamander is always ready to face any danger.

No 79 Squadron was formed at Gosport on 1 august 1917 and moved to France as a fighter unit in December. Until the end of the war it carries out fighter patrols and ground attack missions with Dolphins and after the Armistice moved to Germany as part of the occupation forces, disbanding there on 15 July 1919.

On 22 March 1937, B Flight of No 32 Squadron at Biggin Hill became No 79 Squadron and flew Gauntlets until the arrival of Hurricanes at the end of 1938. After the outbreak of war, it flew defensive patrols and in May 1940 was sent to France for ten days when the German offensive opened. After taking part in the Battle of Britain the squadron moved to South Wales.

A Hawker Hurricane Mk 1 in 79 Squadron markings

A Hawker Hurricane Mk 1 in 79 Squadron markings

Stations

Biggin Hill 5 June 1940

Hawkinge 2 July 1940

Sealand 11 July 1940

Acklington 13 July 1940

Biggin Hill 27 August 1940

Pembrey 8 September 1940

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