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Royal Air Force



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202 squadron
Originally formed as 2 Squadron, Royal Naval Air Service (RNAS) on 17 Oct 1914, it was redesignated 202 Squadron on 1 Apr 1918 when the RAF was created. It has variously been a specialist bombing, flying boat and weather reconnaisance unit during its service life. Rotary wing operations began on 29 Aug 1964 when it was reformed from 228 Squadron, and took over its Whirlwind HAR.10 in the SAR role at RAF Leconfield. Various detatchments have been made around Britain's coast and after the Sea King HAR.3 was introduced in Jul 1978, the Whirlwinds were retired in Nov 1979. The Wessex HC.2 was issued in Nov 1982. In early 2004, 202 Squadron provided SAR services from A Flt at RAF Boulmer (EGQM), D Flt at RAF Lossiemouth (EGQS) and E Flt at RAF Leconfield (EGXV) with Sea King HAR.3As.
D and E Flt were relieved of their SAR responsibilities on 31 Mar 2015, when the service was assumed by Bristow from the MCA Inverness and MCA Humberside bases (respectively), the next day.
Reformed from SARTU as 202 (R) Squadron in Apr 2016 to provide basic SAR training for DHFS.

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Locations

YearsLocationICAO/FAA
2016/nowRAF ValleyEGOV
1988/15RAF LeconfieldEGXV
1988/94Kent International / ManstonEGMH
1988Lee-on-SolentEGHF
1985/88RAF ColtishallEGYC
1979/94BrawdyEGDA
1976/82RAF ColtishallEGYC
1975/15RAF BoulmerEGQM
1972/15RAF LossiemouthEGQS
1964/79RAF LeconfieldEGXV
1964/76RAF LeucharsEGQL
1964/73RAF ColtishallEGYC
1964/72Acklington
? to ?Thorney IslandEGYT
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2016/now412
1982/83Wessex HC.2
1978/15sea king
1964/81whirlwind











Construction Numbers for . / 202 sqn / 202 Sqn / 202 sq / 202 Sq / 202sqn / 202Sqn Help Us

C/NVersionBuiltIn this OrgIn other Org
wa 22 har.4 1954 XD165 : 18sep71 D Flight 202Sqn Whirlwind HAR10 type pictured at RAF Coltishall. +
wa 29 har.4 1954 XD186 : RAF f/f Aug 1954, d/d Nov 1954 to 155 Sq; crashed 11 Sep 1958 and for repa+
13242 sycamore 1956 XJ380 : dd RAF as HR.14 on 22 Oct 1956;275 Sq; 228 Sq; CFS; Catterick Fire School +
- XJ380 : private owner in Drighlington, S. Yorks by 1988; to New Byth, Grampian by+
Boscombe Down Aviation Collection XJ380 : to Boscombe Down Aviation Collection Jun 2007. Restoration began Jan 2008.
wa 41 har.4 1954 XJ414 : w/o 22jun67 asg 202 Sqn Flight based at Coltishall, broke up in flight los+
wa151 har.2 1957 XL112 : broke up in flight and w/o 20 Nov 1970, near Patrick Brompton, North Yorks+
wa361 har10 1962 XP345 : CFS(H)/W-L by Apr 1962; 202 Sq/M by Jul 1967; 1563 Flt; 84 Sq B Flt by Sep+
wa362 har10 1962 XP346 : RAF; 1978 202Sqn.
- XP346 : pres. Long Marston by Jun 2005 still Jul 2013.
: All Things Wild, Honeybourne. Part of the play park.
wa386 har10 1962 XP398 : 225 Sq; 110 Sq; 103 Sq; 202 Sq; 1563 Flt to 84 Sq 1972.
- XP398 : pres. Gatwick Aviation Museum by Mar 1996, still Aug 2003, still Nov 2012
wa122 hc.2 1963 XR497 : RAF d/d 28feb63; SAR duty at RAF Valley with 202 Sq by 1977; 22 Sq by Au+
: 202 Sqn was NEVER at RAF Valley, However 22 Sqn was
Uruguayan Air Force 076 : FAU d/d 20jun02; ex RAF XR497; sep02 in service with EA5
: Pictured (bot) in Uruguay during firefighting duties, very good machine!
wa 851 har.3 1977 XZ585 : RAF d/d Jan78; RAF SKTU by Dec 1980; 202 Sq by 1986; Crashed on high grou+
wa 852 har.3 1977 XZ586 : 09aug14 asg 202Sqn A Flt at RAF Boulmer
wa 853 har.3 1977 XZ587 : RAF; 1995 202Sqn; 2001 202Sqn; 2003 202Sqn
wa 854 har.3 1978 XZ588 : 09mar92 202Sqn. several days at Soesterberg
: RAF type:HAR.3; 2008 202Sqn.D flight./D
: Apr12 D Flt, 202 Sqn at RAF Lossiemouth
wa 855 har.3 1978 XZ589 : Apr12 D Flt, 202 Sqn at RAF Lossiemouth
wa 856 har.3 XZ590 : RAF in 1990 202Sqn.
: 09mar92 202Sqn. visit Valkenburg
: 09aug14 along with XZ586 asg 202Sqn A Flt at RAF Boulmer. These two venera+
wa 858 har.3 1978 XZ592 : 28jan97 202Sqn /S visit Newcastle
: 2000 202Sqn /S; 2008 1564 Flight
- XZ592 : preserved on static display at Morayvia Science and Technology Centre, Kin+
wa 859 har.3 1978 XZ593 : 202 Sq D Flt based at Wideawake May 1982 to Sep 1982
: 202 Sq by 1986, 202Sq E Flt (Leconfield) by Jul 1991, ditched 22/9/1992 an+
: 2001 202Sqn; 2003 202Sqn
wa 860 har.3 1978 XZ594 : 2008 202Sqn D flight /J
wa 861 har.3 XZ595 : 20jun93 pictured with 202 Sqn at RAF Cosford Airshow
wa 862 har.3 1978 XZ596 : 202 Sq by 1988, 202Sq A Flt by Feb 1999; 78Sq by Aug 1999; HMF St Mawgan b+
wa 864 har.3 XZ598 : RAF; 2011 202Sqn. A Flt.
wa 865 har.3 1978 XZ599 : ff Dec 1978; 202 Sq by 1986; RAF SKTU CU by 1988
Vector Aerospace XZ599 : Vector Aerospace at Fleetlands, noted 01dec15; Stripped of all usable pa+
wa 886 har.3 ZA105 : 2001 202Sqn /S
wa 947 har.3 ZE368 : RAF; 2000 22Sqn.; 2003 202Sqn.
- ZE368 : 17feb16 sold, gone to Durham
: 10aug16 at mini moo's farm, Edmondsley, Durham. DH7 6EY
wa 949 har.3 ZE370 : 13+14jun12 202Sqn.
25 serials found for . / 202 sqn, 202 Sqn, 202 sq, 202 Sq, 202sqn, 202Sqn

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