united kingdom 230 squadron

Royal Air Force

1918 to present    


Unit History:

Formed from 327, 328 and 487 Flights with seaplanes at Felixstowe on 20 Aug 1918.

Eventually reformed from 215 Squadron at RAF Dishforth (EGXD) in Sep 1958. It operated as a fixed wing Pioneer and Twin Pioneer unit from RAF Odiham and received its first 2 Whirlwind HAR.10 in May 1962. It began its rotary wing operations in Jul 1962, divested itself of its fixed wing flight in Dec 1962 and moved to Germany in Jan 1963. It deployed via HMS Triumph initially to Seletar in Feb 1965 and then after a fortnight acclimatisation, by HMS Bulwark on to Borneo (Labuan) on 8 Mar 1965, with regular detachments at Tawau, Sepulot and Sibu and occasional detachments to Cyprus.

230 Sqn based RAF Labuan (Sabah) 1964 to 1967. Detachments to Tawau and Sepulot. C/Os Sqn Ldr Doug Thomas, later Keith Cawdron.

The Puma was introduced at RAF Odiham (EGVO) in Oct 1971 and the units Whirlwinds were passed on, with those of 1563 Flight to 84 Squadron in Dec 1971. In Oct 1980 it moved to Germany at RAF Gutersloh (EDUO). After service in the 1991 Gulf War, it moved again to RAF Aldergrove (EGAA) in May 1992 and since 1999 its 13 Puma HC.1 have been assigned to UK Joint Helicopter Command. The unit left Aldergrove on 17 Nov 2009 for RAF Benson.


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Locations of this unit:

YearsLocationICAO/FAA
2009/nowRAF BensonEGUB
1992/09JHCFS AldergroveEGAA
1980/92DE GüterslohETUO
1971/80RAF OdihamEGVO
1969/71RAF WitteringEGXT
1966/69RAF OdihamEGVO
1965/66MY LabuanWBKL
1963/64DE GüterslohETUO
1960/63RAF OdihamEGVO

Models served in this unit: Login to Edit    

YearsModels
1971/nowsa330 puma
1962/71 whirlwind     Whirlwind HAR.10










Participated in operations :

DatesOperation
16-jul-1430-jul-14 Hot Blade 2014
19901991 Operation Desert Shield/Storm
08-mar-6511-aug-66 Konfrontasi


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