united kingdom 772 squadron

Fleet Air Arm


772 naval air squadron

1938 to 1995    




Tail Codes
AO 1947/48
PO 1974/95
772 squadron
First formed as trials Squadron (with A and B flights) in 1938. A Flight eventually reformed as 772 Squadron on 6 Sep 1974 at RNAS Portland, from 6 Wessex HAS.1 left behind by 771 Squadron, which had just moved to RNAS Culdrose. The Wessex 1 was replaced by the Wessex 5 between Feb 1975 and Sep 1976 in the SAR role. Parenting the Fleet Tanker Wessex Flights became a 772 Squadron responsibility on 9 Sep 1976, with A Flt aboard RFA Resource, B Flt aboard RFA Olmeda and C Flt on RFA Regent. In Feb 1983, it gained the Wessex HAS.3 from 737 Squadron and the Lee-on-Solent SAR Flight was formed from C Flt of 772 Squadron. The Wessex HU.5s were replaced by Sea King HC.4s (as the Commando is known in RN service) in Mar 1988. It disbanded on 30 Sep 1995, after serving 21 years at RNAS Portland.



The ORB for RAF North Coates states that on 26 sept 1940. One aircraft ( Fairey Swordfish and personnel of 772 Sqdn Fleet Air Arm arrived at this station to carry out none operational flyting in conjunction with the Royal Navy
I served with 772 squadron at Arbroath 1946 to 1948. We had 9 Mosquitoes

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Locations

YearsLocationICAO/FAA
1974/95PortlandEGDP


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YearsModels
1988/95Sea King HC.4
1975/88 wessex     Wessex HU.5
1974/76 wessex     Wessex HAS.1

Construction Numbers for 772Sq Help Us

C/NVersionBuiltIn this OrgIn other Org
wa 7 has.1 1959 XM326 : 772Sq/515-PO by Jul 1975; Wroughton store by Apr 1976; Culdrose store by J+
Ministry of Defence (MoD) XM326 : dd Aug 1959 to Westland. Used as trials aiframe at several MoD establishm+
wa 9 has.1 1959 XM328 : As HAS.3, 737 Sq/522-PO by Jul 1968 still Jul 1971; 737 Sq Norfolk Flt/4+
Westland XM328 : Westlands Oct59 before first flight; A&AEE Sep61; Westland as HAS.3 develo+
- XM328 : acquired in 2004 by the Helicopter Museum, Weston-super-Mare
: Nov16 completed 7-year restoration at The Helicopter Museum
: 03Dec16 pictured at International Helicopter Museum, after restoration
wa 22 has.1 1961 XM841 : 815 Sq/301-C by Jun 1965, 815 Sq/051-R by Mar 1966 to c Oct 1966; 819 Sq/5+
wa 92 has.1 1962 XP159 : 820Sq/297-E by Nov 1964, 814Sq/341-V by Apr 1965, 814Sq/270-V by Jul 1966,+
- XP159 : to Electrical Research Association, Leatherhead by Jun 1979 to Jun 1983
Royal Air Force XP159 : to 8877M at RAF Odiham by May 1986, privately owned Brands Hatch, scrapped+
wa153 hu.5 1963 XS479 : f/f 17 Nov 1963, d/d 3 Dec 1963 to RN. 1st production HU.5. 700Sq 700V IFT+
: 772Sq/623-PO noted visiting on 18 Mar 1982
Royal Marines XS479 : reactivated 847 NAS 07may-24sep 1982 as /XF
: 847Sq /XF noted here on 13 May 1982, to join mv Atlantic Causeway later th+
wa162 hu.5 1964 XS488 : Repaired at Weston by summer 1979; 772Sq/625-PO by Aug 1981; to RNAY Wroug+
Royal Marines XS488 : reactivated 847 NAS 07may-24sep 1982 as /XK
: 847Sq /XK noted here on 13 May 1982, to join mv Atlantic Causeway later th+
- XS488 : 21sep13 at a residential address in Shropshire
Gunsmoke Paintball XS488 : Airframe has been extensively patched during BDRT and the main fuselage is+
wa172 hu.5 1964 XS498 : Wessex HU5C. d/d to RN 1964, 848Sq/T-A by 1965, 845Sq, 847 Sq/C-S by 1969+
Royal Marines XS498 : 847 Sqn Mar/Apr69 as /C
Royal Air Force XS498 : To RAF 84 Sq /Joker by 1991
- XS498 : to Air and Ground Aviation, Hixon autumn 2000. Some parts used in XT601.
wa176 hu.5 1964 XS507 : dd 27/08/1964, 707Sq/W-CU by 1965, still Jun 1967 still 1969, 845Sq/C by S+
: Cat 4 damage 04Aug78 with airframe hours of 3132:05; Repaired; 772Squadron+
: 847 Squadron Coded XU noted RNAS Yeovilton 07May82; 707 squadron coded ZG +
Royal Marines XS507 : reactivated 847 NAS 07may-24sep 1982 as /XU
: 847Sq /XU noted here on 13 May 1982, to join mv Atlantic Causeway later th+
Royal Air Force XS507 : ex FAA Wessex HU.5. To 606Sq (Royal Aux AF) for Helicopter Support traini+
: May 2011 pictured with 606 (Chiltern) Sq RAFR at RAF Benson
wa177 hu.5 1964 XS508 : 772Squadron coded 627.PO noted RNAS Portland 02Sep81; 707Squadron coded ZE+
wa179 hu.5 1964 XS510 : RN; 05nov64 entered service with 848Sqn; 11Feb82 noted RNAS Portland coded+
: 20jun84 pictured as HU.5 type PO/626 with 772Squadron, detached to RNAS Le+
wa191 hu.5 1965 XS522 : d/d 3 Feb 1965, 707Sq Olna Flt/347-ON Dec 1975 to Jan 1977, 707Sq Tidepool+
wa267 has.1 1966 XS887 : dd 6 Apr 1966; 829 Sq Fife Flt/403-FI, Yeovilton Station Flight/18-VL by S+
- XS887 : 08dec07 aquired by the Yorkshire Helicopter Preservation Group and moved t+
wa280 hu.5 1965 XT458 : 10Apr76 noted HMS Hermes coded H/J of 845Squadron; 04Jun76 noted RNAS Yeov+
: 25jun82 pictured coded L/315 of 772Squadron C Flight named "Statler" opera+
: 707Sq/Y-CU by Jul 1966, 707Sq/WY-CU by Jul 1971, 707Sq/WY-VL by May 1972, +
wa290 hu.5 1965 XT468 : 1985 772Sqn /LS-628
: 772Sq/628-PO by 1987; RNAY Wroughton, to AES Lee-on-Solent as A2757 25 Jun+
Royal Marines XT468 : 847 Sqn Mar/Apr69 as /H
wa291 hu.5 1965 XT469 : RN Wessex HU.5; d/d Nov 1965,  848Sq/E-A; 847 Sq/E-S by 1969: 848Sq/VE-B +
: Jun78 pictured (top) as 772Sq /PO-14 at Portland
Royal Marines XT469 : 847 Sqn Mar/Apr69 as /E
: reactivated 847 NAS 07may-24sep 1982 as /XN
: 847Sq /XN noted here on 13 May 1982, to join mv Atlantic Causeway later th+
Royal Air Force XT469 : to RAF as /8920M; 17jul92 pictured (bot) preserved at RAF Stafford
- XT469 : 22nov13 Its on e-bay for £12500
: Dec14 at Carisbrooke, Isle of Wight. Initially in a yard to south-west of +
: 21sep15 is for sale on Ream Salvage for 11000,00£
: 21oct16 still at Isle of Wight. Local newspaper County Press reported havi+
wa307 hu.5 1966 XT485 : 848Sq/VT-A by Jun 1971, 848Sq/VT-B by sep 1971 still Sep 1974. 771Sq/522-C+
Royal Marines XT485 : 847 Sqn Mar/Apr69 as /K
wa482 hu.5 1966 XT760 : Wessex HU.5 d/d 10 Oct 1966, 847 Sq/A-S by 1969, 846Sq/VS-B by Jul 1979. F+
Royal Marines XT760 : 847 Sqn Mar/Apr69 as /A
wa485 hu.5 1966 XT763 : Wroughton store by Apr 1972, 772Sq/515-PO by Jul 1976 still May 1979, w/o +
wa489 hu.5 1967 XT767 : about 1976 noted RNAS Yeovilton coded OD/VR 846Sqd, RFA Olmedia Flight; 31+
wa555 hu.5 1967 XT773 : del into long term storage, spending time between Fleetlands, Lee and Wrou+
Royal Marines XT773 : reactivated 847 NAS 07may-24sep 1982 as /XT
: 847Sq /XT noted here on 13 May 1982, to join mv Atlantic Causeway later th+
wa 952 hc.4 1985 ZE425 : RN; 1992 846Sqn /VJ; 1994 772Sqn /26; 2000 846Sqn /VJ; 2007 848Sqn /WR
wa 955 hc.4 1985 ZE428 : NASU CU by 1986, 845Sq/D by Sep 1986 still 1988 still Jan 1990, 772Sq/625-+
wa 962 hc.4 1986 ZF116 : 1993 pictured with 772Sqn at Mildenhall Air Fete 93
: 772Sq/620-PO by Apr 1993, 772Sq/625-PO by Mar 1994; 848Sq/ZR by Mar 1995, +
Her Majesty's Government ZF116 : A&AEE Boscombe by Jul 1988, cold weather trials Canada winter 1991
wa 967 hc.4 1986 ZF120 : 11Nov86 First Flight Westlands Yeovil; 27Nov86 delivered NASU RNAS Yeovilt+
: 04jul88 pictured as /PO.(6)20 of 772Squadron on SAR duty at RNAS Portland
: 12Dec89 to Westlands for update; 27Feb90 to 772Squadron coded PO.-20; 25Ju+
: 22feb93 772Sqn./20
: 16Mar93 noted RNAY Fleetlands coded -.-20; 10Feb94 noted RNAS Portland cod+
wa 968 hc.4 1986 ZF121 : 09sep91 pictured (pic1) as 772Sq /21 at RNAS Portland
wa 969 hc.4 1986 ZF122 : RN; 22feb93 772Sqn./22
wa 973 hc.4 1987 ZF123 : RN; 22feb93 772Sqn./23
: RN; 20aug94 pictured (top) as (unusual?) Rescue /23 772sqn at RAF Lossiemo+
wa 974 hc.4 1987 ZF124 : 09sep91 pictured (pic1) as 772Sq /24 at RNAS Portland. Notice undercarria+
28 serials found for 772Sq

Operations

DatesOperation
04-oct-9406-oct-94NL SAR meet 1994
nov-77dec-77 Operation Journeyman


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