united kingdom 26 Squadron

Royal Air Force



1915 to 1976    




26 Squadron
Formed on 8 Oct 1915 at Netheravon (EGDN), it left for East Africa, serving for a little over 2 years before returning to the UK in Jul 1918 when it disbanded. It reformed 11 Oct 1927 as an Army Cooperation unit and served throughout WWII, disbanding at Lubeck on 1 Apr 1946. Reformed the same day as a fighter unit from 41 Squadron. It disbanded at Gütersloh on 30 Dec 1960.
Its rotary wing service began at RAF Odiham (EGVO) where it formed with the Belvedere HC.1 in Jun 1962. The unit administratively moved to RAF Khormaksar in Aden in Mar 1963, while its Belevederes staged in from the UK in pairs, over a period of a year. It played a key role supporting operations in the Crater and Radfan areas. Temporary detachments occurred as trouble flared, for example, 2 of the Unit airframes accompanied Royal Marines on HMS Centaur to Dar-es-Salaam on 21 Jan 1964.

It disbanded on 30 Nov 1965 shortly after its Belvedere HC.1s had left for Singapore aboard HMS Albion for 66 Squadrons use.
26 Squadron's last period of service was from 3 Feb 1969 as a fixed wing Communications unit, until 31 Mar 1976 when it was disbanded.

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Locations


YearsLocationICAO/FAA
1963/65YE Khormaksar / Aden InternationalOYAA
1962/63RAF OdihamEGVO

Models

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YearsModels
1962/65Type 192 Belvedere



List of aircraft

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C/NVersionBuiltIn this OrgIn other Org
13356 Type 192 Belvedere 1960 XG461 : Belvedere Trials Unit by Jul 1960; 26Sq/G by May 1964, w/o 31 Dec 1964 dur+
13358 Type 192 Belvedere 1961 XG463 : crashed E of Lahij following failure of forward engine while with 26 Sq on+
13362 Type 192 Belvedere 1962 XG467 : 72 Sq; 26 Sq; 66 Sq
13365 Type 192 Belvedere 1962 XG474 : 66 Sq/O Jun 1962, 66 Sq/B and detached to Brunei by Dec 1962 and returned +



Operations


DatesOperation
22-may-6411-jun-64YE Operation Flamingo
21-jan-64mar-64 East African Mutinies
04-jan-6415-jan-64YE Operation Nutcracker

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