united kingdom 275 squadron

Royal Air Force

1941 to 1959    

275 squadron
Formed 15 Oct 1941 at RAF Valley as an Air-Sea Rescue unit with Walrus and Lysander fixed wing aircraft, it was disbanded at Harrowbeer, north of Plymouth on 15 Feb 1945. It reformed on 1 Mar 1953 at RAF Linton-on-Ouse, to become the first RAF SAR squadron to use the helicopter, with the Sycamore HR.13 in Apr 1953. It was also one of the few RAF units to use the Hiller HTE-2 (between Feb 1954 and May 1955), most being in Royal Navy service. In Jul 1954 the Sycamore HR.14 was introduced and this served until the unit was finally disbanded. In Mar 1959, the Whirlwind HAR.4 arrived, followed by some Whirlwind HAR.2s in Aug 1959. On 1 Sep 1959, the unit disappeared, being renumbered as 228 Squadron.

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1957/59JHCFS AldergroveEGAA
1957/59RAF LeconfieldEGXV
1957/58RMB ChivenorEGDC
1955/59RAF LeucharsEGQL
1955/59Norwich / Horsham St. FaithEGSH
1953/54RAF Linton-on-OuseEGXU


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C/NVersionBuiltIn this OrgIn other Org
13246 Type 171 Sycamore 1955 XG501 : HR.14 dd 9 Mar 1955. 275 Sq. While operating from RAF Leuchars, ditched a+
13384 Type 171 Sycamore 1956 XG544 : Built at Filton, dd 14 Dec 1956, 275 Sq Feb 1957, 72 Sq Oct 1961, 118 Sq O+
- XG544 : Flew into Barton Pines on 11 Aug 1972 as one of founding exhibits at the T+
13385 Type 171 Sycamore 1956 XG545 : Built at Weston-super-Mare as HR.14. 275 Sq. Ditched into the North Sea 16+
13242 Type 171 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 46 har.4 1955 XJ430 : 275 Sq A Flt by Sep 1959
13460 Type 171 Sycamore 1957 XL826 : 275 Sq by Jan 1959, CFS(H)/A-S Ternhill by 1963. w/o 28 Feb 1966 Ternhill,+

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