Formed as a Mediterranean fixed wing Meteorological Flight in Libya in Dec 1942 and disbanded after WWII at Istres (France) in Jun 1946. It had three more activations as a rotary wing unit. It reformed as 1564 (Helicopter) Flight from part of 103 Squadron
at El Adem, Libya in Aug 1963 with Sycamores and Whirlwinds, to disband again in Dec 1966. It reformed with Whirlwinds from D Flight of 22 Squadron
again at El Adem, to disband in Cyprus in Mar 1970. The Sea King HAR.3s of C Flight, 202 Squadron
were sent from RAF Coltishall
to Navy Point, Stanley (FI
) in Jul 1982 and became 1564 (Tactical Support) Flight in Aug 1983. It continued to provide CSAR and SAR cover until it amalgamated with the Chinook HC.1s of 1310 Flight
and disbanded, to form 78 Squadron
in Jun 1986 at RAF Mount Pleasant.