united kingdom Metropolitan Communications Squadron

Royal Air Force


MCS :

1944 to 1969    




Created Apr 1944 by redesignating 510 Squadron, at Hendon. Disbanded Jul 1948.

Reformed 1 Mar 1955, still at Hendon but moved to RAF Northolt on 4 Nov 1957. Amongst other fixed wing communications aircraft, the unit operated the Sycamore from 1958, until it became 32 Squadron on 3 Feb 1969.


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Locations


YearsLocationICAO/FAA
1957/69RAF NortholtEGWU
1955/57Hendon
1944/48Hendon


Models

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YearsModels
1958/69Type 171 Sycamore





MCS List of helicopters

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C/NVersionBuiltIn this OrgIn other Org
12890 Sycamore 3 1950 WT923 : HC.11 WT923, to 1906 Flt; 657 Sq;651 Sq; Metropolitan Communications Squad+
Bristol Aeroplane Company G-ALSV : Reg G-ALSV 17 Nov 1950; To RAF for Army Cooperation as WT923
13264 Sycamore 4 1955 XG503 : CFS (H); MCS; HDU; CFS (H) ; MCS
Bristol Aeroplane Company XG503 : HR.14 built at Filton. Del RAF Mar 1955
13265 Sycamore 4 1955 XG504 : Khormaksar SAR Flt; CFS (H); MCS; 32 Sq
13402 Sycamore 4 1956 XG507 : ex JEHU; MCS; 225 Sq; CFS (H)
13369 Sycamore 4 1955 XG515 : ex JHU; MCS; 225 Sq; CFS (H)
13380 Sycamore 4 1955 XG540 : CFS (H) / Y-S; Bristol Aeroplane Company; MCS
: 23 Jul 1965 - forced landing following engine failure while with MCS, near+
13384 Sycamore 4 1956 XG544 : MCS (Metro Comms Sq) Jan 1964; 32 Sq Feb 1969 until Aug 1972 (last Sycamo+
- 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+
13413 Sycamore 4 1956 XJ918 : 110 Sq by Nov 1959; Metropolitan Communications Squadron ( MCS );32 Sq by +
13474 Sycamore 4 1957 XL829 : HR.14 dd Dec 1957. Khormaksar SAR Flt until Mar 1964, returned to UK aboar+
- XL829 : In storage at Bristol City Museum from Dec 1971. To Bristol Industrial Mus+
: International Helicopter Museum; To IHM Weston-super-Mare in Oct 2007
: 12Jul15 pictured in 32Sq colours at the International Helicopter Museum, W+