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33 squadron
Originally formed on 12 Jan 1916, 33 Squadron served with distinction in both World Wars.

It reformed in Jun 1971 and the Puma HC.1 officially entered service at RAF Odiham on 29 Sep. It maintained a small detachment in Northern Ireland. It provided CASEVAC support to UK 7th Armoured Brigade during the 1991 Gulf War (through British Forces Middle East) and has seen RAF and UN service in Europe, the Middle East and Africa since then. In Jun 1997, it moved with its Pumas, to RAF Benson. 33 Squadron is committed to UK Joint Helicopter Command.

33Sq B Flt detached to Kenya in Nov 2009 and was still there in May 2011, supporting pre-theatre training of British ground forces prior to their deployment to Afghanistan.

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News about this Rotary Wing Unit :

RAF 33 Squadron Marks 100 Years, 13-Jan-16 : Royal Air Force 33 Squadron marked 100 years since its formation. They fly the SA330 Puma since 1971, currently in their HC.2 variant.


Locations

YearsLocationICAO/FAA
2009/??KE Nanyuki Show Ground
1997/nowRAF BensonEGUB
1991SA King Khaled Air BaseOERY
1990/91SA Ras-al-Ghar
1971/97RAF OdihamEGVO
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YearsModels
2012/nowPuma Mk2
1971/12sa330 puma




Construction Numbers for . / 33Sq / 33 Sq Help Us

C/NVersionBuiltIn this OrgIn other Org
1042 sa330e 1970 XW199 : d/d 29 Jan 1971 240 OCU?/CY by Sep 1973; 230 Sq/DU by May 1984 still 1992;+
: RAF Puma HC1; 2007 33Sqn.
1048 sa330e 1971 XW200 : 2001 33Sqd IFOR at Kosovo; w/o 09apr01 struck trees near Kacanik, 13m Sou+
1054 sa330e XW201 : 20sep91 33 Sqn visit Antwerp
1068 sa330e 1971 XW203 : Also allocated Fairey series c/n F.9750.  ff 23 Mar 1971, dd 5 Apr 19+
1080 sa330e 1971 XW205 : RAF, also allocated a Fairey series c/n F.9752; f/f 22apr71, d/d 05may71;+
1086 sa330e XW206 : RAF Puma HC1; 1983 33Sqn./CC
: 1987 33Sqn./CC; 1995 27Sqn./NG
1091 sa330e 1971 XW207 : Puma HC.1, ff 18may71, dd 02jun71 to RAF; to 33 Sq/CD by Aug 1972 to Jul 1+
: 29jul99 asg 33Sqn visit Soesterberg, Netherlands
1095 sa330e XW208 : RAF Puma HC.1; 23oct81 33Sqn./CE
: 29jul99 33Sqn. visit Soesterberg
: 2007 33 Sqn
1096 sa330e 1971 XW209 : RAF Puma HC.1 Fairey c/n F.9772; 1983 33Sqn /CF; 1987 33Sqn /CF
: 1563 Flt, in Iraq Jun 2009; to Kenya Jul 2009 (for 33Sq B Flt ?)
1101 sa330e 1971 XW210 : RAF Puma HC1 Fairey c/n F.9773; 1983 33Sqn./CG; 2007 1563Flt.
1106 sa330e 1971 XW211 : RAF Puma HC1 in 1983 /CH 33Sqn. ; 1992 /CH 33Sqn.
: w/o following emergency landing on 5 Jul 2011. Returning to RAF Benson fro+
1111 sa330e 1971 XW212 : RAF Puma HC1 ff 12 jul 1971, dd 26 Jul 1971; 33 Sq/CJ by Sep 1972; minor d+
1116 sa330e 1971 XW213 : 33Sq/CJ, noted visiting Dunkeswell 3 Jun 1982
1120 sa330e 1971 XW214 : damaged at Aldergrove as 33 Sq/CL on 8 Feb 1972
: 2007 33Sqn
1125 sa330e XW215 : 33Sq/CM visited the Air Tattoo, 23 Jun 1979
1129 sa330e 1971 XW216 : dd 5 Oct 1971 33 Sq/CN by Sep 1972, 33 Sq/CL by May 1984 still 1986
: 33 Sq/CL by 1989 still 1990; BFME/F by 1991; 33 Sq/CL by 1992; 230 Sq by 1+
: RAF Puma HC1 in 2007 33Sqn.
1134 sa330e 1971 XW217 : RAF Puma HC1; 1983 /CJ 33Sqn.; 2004 33Sqn.
1139 sa330e 1971 XW218 : Repaired; 230 Sq /DT by May 1984 still 1992; 18 Sq/BW by 1993 still 1996;+
: 1995 18Sqn /BW; 2007 33Sqn.
1148 sa330e 1971 XW220 : RAF Puma HC1 in July 1991 /CZ 33Sqn.
1152 sa330e XW221 : RAF Puma HC1. 33 sqd w/o 19jul04 near Basra, Iraq
1157 sa330e 1972 XW222 : RAF Puma HC.1; 1991 230Sqn /DF desert c/s; 1992 18Sqn /BX; 1993 18Sqn /BX;+
1166 sa330e 1972 XW224 : 24+25jul99 33Sqn. Fairford air show
: 1563 Flt, in Iraq Jun 2009; to Kenya Jul 2009 (for 33Sq B Flt ?)
1170 sa330e 1972 XW225 : 20sep91 asg 33Sqn visit Antwerp, Belgium
1175 sa330e 1972 XW226 : 1982 230Sqn /DK; 1986 230Sqn /DK; jul91 230Sqn; 1997 27(r)Sqn /NK; 1999 23+
: 230 Sq /DK by May 1984 still Jun 1987 still 1990; BFME/T by 1991; 230 Sq /+
1178 sa330e 1972 XW227 : 06nov92 pictured as 33 Sqd /DN at RAF Odiham
1183 sa330e 1972 XW228 : ff 15 May 1972. 230 Sq/DP by Jul 1974, struck telegraph pole in Mtoko, Rho+
1185 sa330e 1972 XW229 : RAF Puma HC1 in 1990 /DB 230Sqn. ; 2003 33Sqn.
: 1563 Flt by May 2009; returned to UK 19 Jun 2009; 33 Sq by Jul 2009
1195 sa330e 1972 XW231 : 1983 33 Sqn /CM
1199 sa330e 1972 XW232 : 05oct97 33Sqn. at Groningen
: 2003 33Sqn.; 2007 33Sqn.
Eurocopter France F-ZWDE : Eurocopter France 2012, conv to Puma Mk2
QinetiQ XW232 : QinetiQ Mk2 type d/d Sep12
1205 sa330e 1972 XW233 : RAF Puma HC1 in 1983 /CN 33Sqn. ; 2009 230Sqn.
1212 sa330e 1972 XW235 : RAF Puma HC.1; 1983 33Sqn./CP
: 20sep91 33Sqn. visit Antwerp
: 2007 33Sqn.
Eurocopter France F-ZWBI : 2012 conv to Puma HC.2
1216 sa330e 1972 XW236 : RAF Puma HC1; 1983 33Sqn./CQ; 1993 18Sqn./BZ; 1994 33Sqn.; 2003 33Sqn.; 20+
: 33Sq B Flt, to Kenya Sep 2009
1218 sa330e 1972 XW237 : RAF Puma HC1 in 1992 /CR 33Sqn.
1622 sa330e 1980 ZA934 : RAF Puma HC.1; 20sep91 33Sqn. visit Antwerp
: RAF Puma HC1; 1994 18Sqn./BX; 2003 33Sqn./BZ
: RAF Puma HC.1 ZA934/BZ 33sqd w/o 08aug07 near Catterick, UK
1633 sa330e ZA935 : 20sep91 33Sqn. visit Antwerp
: 230Sq until Aug 2009; 33Sq B Flt, to Kenya Sep 2009
1640 sa330e 1980 ZA936 : 23oct81 33Sqn./CU
: 1983 33Sqn./CU
: 24+25jul99 33Sqn. Fairford air show
1643 sa330e ZA937 : RAF Puma HC.1; 23oct81 33Sqn./CV
: 17jul07 33Sqn. Operational Intergration Exercise, photo call
1650 sa330e 1980 ZA938 : 33Sq /CW noted at QA RN Hospital 29 Jun 1982
: RAF Puma HC.1; 20sep91 33Sqn. visit Antwerp
: 2007 33Sqn.; 20nov07 w/o 1563Flt.
: Oct07 pictured with 33 Sqn at RAF Benson; w/o 20nov07 in Iraq
1653 sa330e ZA939 : RAF Puma HC1; 2003 33Sqn.; 2004 33Sqn.
1656 sa330e 1981 ZA940 : RAF Puma HC1 in 1983 /CY 33Sqn.
1591 sa330l 1978 ZE449 : RAF; ex Argentine coast guard PA-12 captured Falklands/Mavinas; 2001 conv +
Argentine Coast Guard PA-12 : PNA d/d 20oct80; apr/jun82 pictured at Stanley during Malvinas/Falklands+
Westland ZE449 : 2001 repaired by Westland at Weston Super Mare
1310 sa330h ZJ954 : RAF Puma HC.1;10sep06 33 Sqn special c/s Tag der Heeresflieger
: 2007 33 Sqn.
South African Air Force 144 : SAAF; to UK as ZJ954
Eurocopter Romania ZJ954 : Eurocopter Romania 2009
1474 sa330h ZJ957 : 33Sq B Flt, to Kenya Sep 2009
: 06oct16 33 Sq pictured at RAF Northolt during Nightshoot XXI
South African Air Force 169 : SAAF; to UK as ZJ957
43 serials found for . / 33Sq, 33 Sq

Operations

DatesOperation
sep-17oct-17AI Hurricanes Irma, Jose and Maria Relief Operations
06-oct-1417-oct-14 Exercise Joint Warrior 14-2
08-feb-0304-may-03IQ Operation Telic
21-mar-9220-dec-95BA UNPROFOR
nov-90mar-91IQ Operation Desert Shield/Storm
18-dec-79mar-80ZW Operation Agila
23-jul-74sep-74CY Partition of Cyprus
aug-48mar-55MY Operation Firedog

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