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92 Squadron

92 SQUADRON

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Motto:

Aut pugna aut morere - 'Either fight or die'

Badge:

A cobra entwining a sprig of maple leaf. The maple leaf signifies the squadron's association as a Canadian unit in World War One whilst the cobra represents the fact that No 92 was one of the East India gift squadrons in World War Two.


92(R) Tactics and Training Squadron Mission:

Mission:To support current and future operations by providing: timely, precise and impartial tactical advice for commanders and operators; expert support to the development and delivery of relevant and demanding training; and specialist advice to support future capability development planning.

Standards: Agility, Excellence, Impartiality. Delivering a timely response in support of operational tasking; providing precise and detailed advice that offers commanders choice; giving honest advice to inform commanders of capabilities and risks.

92 Sqn RAF 14/11/18

Battle Honours:

WesternFront, 1918. Somme, 1918. Hindenburg Line. Amiens. Home Defence, 1940-1941. France & Low Countries, 1940. Battle of Britain, 1940*. Fortress Europe, 1941-1941*. Egypt & Libya, 1942-1943. El Alamein. El Hamma. Mediterranean, 1943. Sicily, 1943. Italy, 1943-1945. Anzio & Nettuno. Gustav Line. Gothic Line.

(Honours marked with an asterisk, may be emblazoned on the Squadron Standard)

History of 92 Squadron:

No 92 Squadron was formed at London Colney on 1 September 1917 as a fighter unit and moved to France in July 1918. It was engaged in fighter and ground attack duties over the Western Front for the rest of the war and disbanded on 7 August 1919.

On 10 October 1939, No 92 reformed at Tangmere and received Blenheims. In March 1940, these were replaced by Spitfires which became operational on 9 May and flew patrols over France during May and June before being sent to South Wales for defensive duties. In September it was transferred to No 11 Group for the final phase of the Battle of Britain beginning offensive operations at the end of the year. Moving to Lincolnshire in October 1941, No 92 left for the Middle East in February 1942, but lack of aircraft had delegated the Squadron to maintenance duties. In August, Spitfires arrived and were used for fighter sweeps and bomber escort missions before No 92 moved to Tunisia and then on to Maltain June 1943. After moving in to captured airfields in Sicily the Squadron moved on to Italy in September 1943, where it became a fighter-bomber unit in July 1944 for the rest of the war. The Squadron disbanded in Austria on 30 December 1946.

On 31 January 1947, No. 91 Squadron at Acklington was renumbered 92 Squadron and flew Meteors as part of the fighter defence of the UK until converting to Sabres in February 1954. These were replaced by Hunters in April 1956 which in turn gave way to Lightnings in April 1963. At the end of 1968, No 92 moved to Germany and in January 1977 conversion to Phantoms began, the Squadron disbanding on 31 March 1977. On 1 April 1977, the Phantom element at Wildenrath became No 92 Squadron and remained so until the Squadron disbanded again on 1 July 1991.

On 23 September 1992 151 (Reserve) Squadron of 7 Flying Training School was renumbered No 92 (R) Squadron at Chivenor flying Hawks. These aircraft were flown until the Squadron was disbanded on 1 October 1994.

Following an initiative in 2009 by OC Tactics & Training Wing, part of the Operations Division of the Headquarters Air Warfare Centre at RAF Waddington; the Air Force Board approved the reformation of one of its most historic squadrons, 92 Squadron. Accordingly, during the morning of 30 June 2009, a formal reformation ceremony was conducted in the Rotunda at College Hall Officers’ Mess (CHOM) where the Sqn Standard, which has been held for safe keeping since the Sqn disbanded in October 1994, was retrieved.

Although the Squadron is not a flying squadron, it is closely associated with the frontline. The mission of 92(Reserve) Tactics and Training Squadron is to provide Front-Line Operators and Commanders and other external agencies with tactical and training advice on the effective employment of all current and future weapons systems and aircraft.


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