united kingdom 22 Squadron

Royal Air Force



1916 to 2015    





Helicopters

22 Squadron
Formed at Fort Grange, Gosport on 1 Sep 1916 from a nucleus of 13 Squadron, 22 Squadron undertook a variety of tasks before its famous Search and Rescue Helicopter role began at RAF Thorney Island (EGYT) in Feb 1955 with the Sycamore. Since then, the Unit has operated the Whirlwind HAR.10, Wessex HC.2 and the Sea King HAR.3/3A in up to 4 Flights around Britains coast. In early 2004, 22 Squadron provided SAR services from A Flt at RMB Chivenor (EGDC), B Flt at AAC Wattisham (EGUW) and C Flt at RAF Valley (EGOV).
The transition from Whirlwind to Wessex completed in mid Dec 1981 for A Flight at Chivenor; Whirlwind HAR.10 XD186 and XP344 were replaced by Wessex HAR.2 XV724 and XV730.
B and C Flt were relieved of their SAR responsibilities on 30 Jun 2015, when the service was assumed by Bristow from the MCA Lydd and MCA Caernarfon bases (respectively), the next day. A Flt at RMB Chivenor stood down on 4 Oct 2015 when the new service commenced from MCA St Athan.



I was a Crewman with Sycamores at Chivenor 1955, then spent 2 years at Leconfield on the then new Whirlwinds


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Locations


YearsLocationICAO/FAA
1994/15AAC WattishamEGUW
1992/97Newquay / St MawganEGHQ
1988/94RAF ColtishallEGYC
1982/85RAF ColtishallEGYC
1979/88RAF LeconfieldEGXV
1976/93RAF LeucharsEGQL
1976/88Kent International / ManstonEGMH
1974/79BrawdyEGDA
1974/76Thorney IslandEGYT
1973/76RAF ColtishallEGYC
1964/73Thorney IslandEGYT
1961/69Kent International / ManstonEGMH
1958/15RMB ChivenorEGDC
1956/74Newquay / St MawganEGHQ
1955/15RAF ValleyEGOV
1955/59Thorney IslandEGYT


Models

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YearsModels
1994/15Sea King
1974/97Wessex
1955Type 171 Sycamore
1955/81Whirlwind















Operations


DatesOperation
16-aug-0416-aug-04 Boscastle Flood Disaster
03-nov-6203-nov-62 Rescue from Trawler Jeanne Gougy



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