united kingdom 705 squadron

Fleet Air Arm


1936 to present    


Unit History:

705 squadron
Formed from 447 Flight RAF with Swordfish. Disbanded at Lee-on-Solent in 1940. After a 4 month existence during early 1945, it reformed on 7 May 1947 with the Sikorsky R4 Hoverfly element from 771 NAS, at RNAS Gosport as the Helicopter Fleet Requirements Unit. Operated the Dragonfly from Dec 1949 and during Jan and Feb 1951 conducted experimental ship landings aboard RFA Fort Duquesne (A229). Sikorsky S-55s from November 1952, followed by British built Whirlwind HAR.1s and Hiller HT.1s in 1953. On 1 Feb 1953 the unit responded to a Dutch Government request to assist with relief from severe flooding in the Netherlands by despatching 5 Dragonfly. It became the Helicopter Training Squadron in November 1955 and moved to RNAS Lee-on-Solent.

Moved to RNAS Culdrose in January 1958. The Hiller HT.2 (introduced in 1963) was replaced by the Gazelle HT.2 between Mar 1974 and Mar 1975 and the Whirlwinds were phased out.

In April 1997, the tri-service Defence Helicopter Flying School was formed and 705 moved to RAF Shawbury as the Advanced Single-engine Rotary Wing squadron. Some Gazelles were transferring to the RAF and the Eurocopter Squirrel HT.1 was adopted.




I was drafted to 705 squadron in 1954 and in june 1955 was a member of the ground crew at white waltham aerodrome, where the queens flight was stationed, where HRH the Duke of Edinburgh trained as a helicopter pilot, on the hiller ht1 and later in the year at bircham newton where he received training in ASR on the sikorsky s55



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Locations of this unit:

YearsLocationICAO/FAA
1997/nowRAF ShawburyEGOS
1958/97RNAS CuldroseEGDR
1955/58Lee-on-SolentEGHF
1953NL Gilze-RijenEHGR
1950PortlandEGDP
1947/55Gosport

Models served in this unit: Login to Edit    

YearsModels
1997/nowAS350 Ecureuil
1975/97SA341C Gazelle HT.2
1965/67wasp
1962/74UH-12E Raven
1960/74 whirlwind     Whirlwind HAS.7
1957/62 dragonfly     Dragonfly HR.5
1955/66 whirlwind     Whirlwind HAR.3
1954/60 whirlwind     Whirlwind HAR.1
1953/56 s-55 H-19     Whirlwind HAS.22
1953/63UH-12B HTE-2
1953s-55 H-19
1952skeeter
1952/60 dragonfly     Dragonfly HR.3
1950/53 dragonfly     Dragonfly HR.1
1947/50R-4 Hoverfly



Participated in operations :

DatesOperation
25-jun-7728-jun-77 Fleet Review: Silver Jubilee of HM The Queen
02-feb-5317-feb-53 Operation WaNo






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