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  • united kingdom 1563 (Tactical Support) Flight

    Royal Air Force


    1563 Flt :

    1942 to 2009    




    Formed Dec 1942 as a fixed wing Meteorological Flight and spent most of WWII in North Africa, disbanding in Libya in May 1946.

    Reformed as 1563 (Helicopter) Flight at Nicosia on 1 Aug 1963 from part of 103 Squadron with Sycamores and later, Whirlwinds. Disbanded 17 Jan 1972 at RAF Akrotiri and amalgamated with a detachment from 230 Squadron to become 84 Squadron.

    Reformed again on 7 Jul 1981 from a Puma HC.1 element of 33 Squadron, in the Tactical Support role as part of BRITFORBEL, the UK commitment to the recently independent Belize and conducted joint exercises and jungle training missions with the resident British Army detachment, until withdrawal in Jul 1993.

    Reformed in 2004 to support the Black Watch battle group (part of UK 4 Armoured Brigade) in eastern Iraq.


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    Locations


    YearsLocationICAO/FAA
    2004/09IQ Basrah International AirportORMM
    1981/93BZ Philip S W Goldson International Airport (PGIA)MZBZ
    1964/72CY RAF AkrotiriLCRA
    1963/64CY Nicosia (Lefkosia)LCNC


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    YearsModels
    2004/09SA330 Puma
    1981/93SA330 Puma
    1963/72 Whirlwind     Whirlwind HAR.10





    1563 Flt List of helicopters

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    C/NVersionBuiltIn this OrgIn other Org
    wa110 har.2 1956 XJ764 : HAR.10 CFS (H); 22 Sq; 1564 Flt; 1563 Flt; 22 Sq; 84 Sq / T
    13406 Sycamore 4 1956 XJ897 : 284 Sq; 103 Sq from Aug 1959; 1563 Flt from Aug 1963; CFS
    13408 Sycamore 4 1956 XJ898 : 284 Sq; 103 Sq from Aug 1959; 1563 Flt from Aug 1963; Khormaksar SAR Flt; +
    wa342 har10 1961 XP299 : 1563 Flt Jun 1969 to Apr 1970; 230 Sq /S Apr 1970 to Dec 1971; 22 Sq Dec 1+
    wa361 har10 1962 XP345 : CFS(H)/W-L by Apr 1962; 202 Sq/M by Jul 1967; 1563 Flt; 84 Sq B Flt by Sep+
    - XP345 : under restoration by Yorkshire Helicopter Preservation Group at Elvington +
    : pictured (pic2) XP345 Preserved at the South Yorkshire Aviation Museum; Un+
    : pictured (pic1) at Aeroventure, Doncaster in 84 Squadron and UNFICYP colou+
    wa386 har10 1962 XP398 : 225 Sq; 110 Sq; 103 Sq; 202 Sq; 1563 Flt to 84 Sq 1972.
    wa387 har10 1962 XP399 : 1563 Flt by
    - XP399 : to Kestner Caravan Park, nr Kettering by Dec 1991
    : noted Rettendon Gatwick
    : Painted pink and displayed outside the Wheatsheaf, Rettendon, by Sep 1994,+
    1042 sa330e 1970 XW199 : 1563 Flt ; PASF until c Sep
    1091 sa330e 1971 XW207 CD : 1563 Flt/CD Belize by Sep 1983
    CD : 33 Sq/CD by Oct 1984 to 1989; 1563 Flt/CD Belize by 1990; BFME/E by 1991; +
    1095 sa330e 1971 XW208 : 1563 Flt by Feb 2006
    : 1563 Flt by May 2007
    Newark (Notts & Lincs) Air Museum XW208 : main fuselage section arrived by lorry during Feb 2018
    : Mar18 undergoing restoration at Newark Air Museum
    : by Aug 2019, the engine housing and other upperworks had been refitted
    : restoration work on XW208 assisted by re-use of spares from XW225.
    1096 sa330e 1971 XW209 : 1563 Flt, in Iraq Jun 2009; to Kenya Jul 2009 (for 33Sq B Flt ?)
    1106 sa330e 1971 XW211 : suffered CAT4 damage in Iraq with 1563 Flt on 15 Apr 2007, when No. 2 in t+
    1111 sa330e 1971 XW212 : 240 OCU/FD by May 1984 still 1988; 240 OCU/ 1989; 1563 Flt/FD Belize by 19+
    : 1563 Flt ; PASF until c Sep
    1129 sa330e 1971 XW216 : 1563 Flt /CL Belize by
    1139 sa330e 1971 XW218 : w/o asg 1563 Flt then CAT5 accident in Iraq; It landed too close to the+
    1166 sa330e 1972 XW224 : 1563 Flt, in Iraq Jun 2009; to Kenya Jul 2009 (for 33Sq B Flt ?)
    1175 sa330e 1972 XW226 : 230 Sq /DK by May 1984 still Jun 1987 still 1990; BFME/T by 1991; 230 Sq /+
    1185 sa330e 1972 XW229 : 1563 Flt by May 2009; returned to UK 19 Jun 2009; 33 Sq by Jul 2009
    1650 sa330e 1980 ZA938 : w/o Iraq
    1591 sa330l 1978 ZE449 : 1563 Flt, in Iraq Jun 2009
    Argentine Coast Guard PA-12 : PNA d/d 20oct80; apr/jun82 pictured at Stanley during Malvinas/Falklands+
    Westland ZE449 : at Westland Training Centre by Mar 1990
    : repaired by Westland at Weston Super Mare
    1363 sa330h ZJ955 : ex SAAF 148. conv Puma HC1. RAF 1563 Flight
    South African Air Force 148 : to UK as ZJ955
    1374 sa330h ZJ956 : conv Puma HC1. RAF 1563 Flight, ex SAAF 172
    South African Air Force 172 : SAAF; 1995 15Sqn.
    : to UK as ZJ956
    1474 sa330h ZJ957 : RAF d/d 08jan08, ex SAAF 169; conv Puma HC.1; to 1563 flight
    South African Air Force 169 : SAAF; to UK as ZJ957



    Operations


    DatesOperation
    oct-04mar-09IQ Operation Telic
    16-nov-8524-nov-85CO Tragedia de Armero