united kingdom 240 Operational Conversion Unit

Royal Air Force


240 OCU : 240 OCU

1948 to 1993    





Helicopters

Formed at RAF North Luffenham in Jan 1948 as a Transport Unit, until disbanded there in Apr 1951, to re-emerge as 242 OCU by amalgamation with 241 OCU. Its rotary wing story began on 29 Dec 1971 when it reformed from the short-lived Air Training Squadron, at RAF Odiham. It has used Wessex HC.2, Puma HC.1 and latterly the Chinook, before disbanding on 1 Oct 1993 to become 27(R) Squadron.


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Locations


YearsLocationICAO/FAA
1991SA King Khaled Air BaseOERY
1990/91SA Ras-al-Ghar
1971/93RAF OdihamEGVO


Models

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YearsModels
1980/93CH-47C Chinook
1972/93SA330 Puma
1971/81Wessex



240 OCU List of helicopters

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C/NVersionBuiltIn this OrgIn other Org
1042 sa330e 1970 XW199 : d/d 29 Jan 1971 240 OCU?/CY by Sep 1973; 230 Sq/DU by May 1984 still 1992;+
1048 sa330e 1971 XW200 : Jun89 pictured (bot) as 240 OCU /FA, RAF Odiham
1054 sa330e XW201 : Displayed at RAF Leuchars air show sep84 when coded FB with 240OCU
: 06nov92 pictured as 240 OCU /FB at RAF Odiham
1061 sa330e 1971 XW202 : RAF Puma HC1 in 1983 /FC 240OCU ; 1997 27(r)Sqn.
1111 sa330e 1971 XW212 : 240 OCU/FD noted at Coypool 3 Jun 1982
: 240 OCU/FD by May 1984 still 1988; 240 OCU/ 1989; 1563 Flt/FD Belize by 19+
1170 sa330e 1972 XW225 : RAF Puma HC1 in 1983 /FE 240OCU.
: 26jul89 240OCU./FE at Chivenor Air Day
: 06nov92 pictured (pic2) as 240 OCU /FE at RAF Odiham
1195 sa330e 1972 XW231 : 06nov92 pictured (middle) as 240 OCU /FD at RAF Odiham
b-819 ch-47c 1980 ZA672 : RAF Chinook HC.1, MA003; 1982 240 OCU /FF; 1983 7Sqn /EX; 1987 18Sqn /BH
Boeing Helicopters N37015 : Boeing Vertol toward ZA672
b-820 ch-47c ZA673 : RAF Chinook HC1; 1982 240 OCU /FG; 1986 18Sqn /BQ; 1993 18Sqn /BF; cnvt. t+
Boeing Helicopters N37016 : Boeing Vertol toward ZA673
b-821 ch-47c ZA674 : RAF Chinook HC.1; 1981 240OCU./FH
Boeing Helicopters N37019 : Boeing Vertol toward ZA674
b-830 ch-47c ZA681 : 240 OCU / FZ; 1st Chinook HC.1 detached to Northern Ireland, for a fortni+
Boeing Helicopters N37027 : Boeing Vertol toward ZA681
M.7006 ch-47d ZA704 : RAF Chinook HC.2 cnvt. from ex Chinook HC.1 b-834; 1990 240OCU./FJ
b-867 ch-47c ZD575 : RAF Chinook HC1; 1985 240OCU./FF; 1993 18Sqn./BL; cnvt. to Chinook HC2 M.7+
Boeing Helicopters N37078 : Boeing Vertol toward ZD575
b-868 ch-47c 1984 ZD576 : RAF Chinook HC1; Ex N37079 ff 1984; arr UK Dec 1984; dd to RAF 22 Dec 1984+
: 18jun89 pictured as HC.1 type /FG 240 OCU at RAF Odiham
: 1991 240 OCU /FG desert c/s
Boeing Helicopters N37079 : Boeing Vertol toward ZD576
b-872 ch-47c ZD980 : HC.1 240 OCU / FJ by Jan 1988
Boeing Helicopters N37082 : Boeing Vertol toward ZD980
b-874 ch-47c ZD982 : HC.1 240 OCU / FI by Jan 1988
: 26jul89 240OCU./FI at Chivenor Air Day
Boeing Helicopters N37085 : Boeing Vertol toward ZD982



Operations


DatesOperation
25-nov-9015-mar-91IQ Operation Desert Shield/Storm
sep-83feb-84LB Operation Offcut