united kingdom 118 Squadron

Royal Air Force



1918 to 1962    




Formed 1 Jan 1918 as a heavy bomber unit, it never saw service in WWI and was disbanded again on 7 Sep 1918. After service as a fighter squadron in WWII between Feb 1941 and Mar 1946, it reformed in May 1951 with Vampires, then Venoms, then Hunter F.4s until disbanding again in Jul 1957.

Its brief association with rotary wing operations started on 1 Sep 1959 when it reformed with 2x Sycamore HR.14s from Sycamore Flight of 228 Squadron, at RAF Aldergrove; a 3rd joined on 4 Sep, with a 4th joining later.

There was a good deal of administrative indecision about the role of support helicopters in Northern Ireland within the UK Government and the unit was threatened with disbandment several times from 1960. Indeed it acted as a detached Flight of 225 Squadron between May and Aug 1961, until it was retrospectively restored to full Squadron status. It finally disbanded on 31 Aug 1962.


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YearsLocationICAO/FAA
1959/62AldergroveEGAA




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1959/62 Type 171 Sycamore     Sycamore 4





118 Squadron List of helicopters

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C/NVersionBuiltIn this OrgIn other Org
13198 Sycamore 4 1952 XE317 : 118 Sq by Sep 1959
: 118 Sq; 225 Sq; 118 Sq; CFS (H) / S-N
- G-AMWO : Reg G-AMWO ntu ? To RAF as XE317
- XE317 : may78 pres Newark Air Museum in CFS c/s coded S-N - photo - www.airport-da+
: Pres at Firbeck, Yorkshire present jul97 photo www.airport-data.com/aircra+
: under restoration at South Yorkshire Aircraft Museum, Doncaster by May17
13247 Sycamore 4 1955 XG502 : 118 Sq in Nov 1961.
British Army XG502 : HR.14, Gate Guardian at AAC Middle Wallop until c May 1983
: to Museum of Army Flying, Middle Wallop by May 1983
13203 Sycamore 4 1955 XG506 : Joined 118 Sq at Aldergrove on 4 Sep 1959.
: 6 Dec 1961, landed due to poor weather, while with 118 Sq
: 275 Sq; 118 Sq; 225 Sq; 118 Sq; 72 Sq; Metropolitan Communications Sq; HD+
13375 Sycamore 4 1955 XG521 : 118 Sq by Sep 1959
: w/o 13 Oct 1961, crashed at RAF Aldergrove, while serving with 118 Squadro+
13384 Sycamore 4 1956 XG544 : 118 Sq 27 Oct 1961, to replace damaged XG521.
: Temporarily withdrawn from 118 Sq in Northern Ireland via Odiham during No+
- XG544 : Flew into Barton Pines on 11 Aug 1972 as one of founding exhibits at the T+
: to Tremar by 1989, still 1994. Sold c Nov 2000.
: If you think you saw this flying in the 1990s, it will very likely have be+