Formed on 5 Nov 1915 from a core of 24 Squadron at Hounslow, 27 Squadron saw service in both World Wars. It was a V-Bomber unit throughout the 1960s and 70s and operated Tornados during the 1980s. On 1 Oct 1993, 27(R) Squadron took over the role of 240 Operational Conversion Unit and with it, its Chinook HC.1a and Puma HC.1s at RAF Odiham (EGVO). On 1 Jan 1998 27(R) Squadron lost its reserve status and shortly afterwards, its Pumas departed for RAF Benson.
For c 12 days during early May 2015, a flight of 3 Chinooks was deployed in stages to assist in humanitarian disaster efforts, following the Nepal earthquakes, but were held on the ground in India at Chandigarh AFS, while the Nepalese Government decided that they were not required. They returned to RAF Odiham via RAF Brize Norton in May 2015 without taking any part in the relief effort.
On 28 Dec 2015, in response to flooding in York, the unit delivered critical parts to repair machinery at the Citys River Foss Barrier.
News of 27 Squadron
Chinook Visits Historical RAF Germany Bases, 27-Apr-18 : A RAF Chinook from Odiham’ 27 Squadron taking part at Berlin air show visited former RAF Germany bases of Geilenkirchen, Wildenrath, Brüggen and Laarbruch as part of RAF 100 years celebrations
RAF Chinook to Support Nepal Earthquake Relief, 03-May-15 : UK assistance after the Kathmandu 7.8 earthquake includes sending three Royal Air Force Chinooks helicopters to Nepal
27 Squadron List of helicopters
|C/N||Version||Built||In this Org||In other Org|
|M.7007||ch-47d||1980|| ZA671 : while operating from NAF El Centro, heavily damaged in a practice landing + |
|M.7031||ch-47d|| ZA683 : 06oct16 pictured (pic1) at RAF Northolt during Nightshoot XXI in 27 Sq ann+ |
|M.7018||ch-47d|| ZA708 : Arrived in theatre 21 May 2010. Damaged prior to emergency landing on 10 A+ |
|M.4454||ch-47d||1997|| ZH891 : HC.6A 27 Sq by Apr 2018 || N20075 : Boeing toward ZH891 |
|M.4480||mh-47e|| ZH901 : with 27 Squadron, first to deploy on 1 May, to offer aid after the Nepal e+ || N2060M : Boeing toward ZH901 |
ZH901 : Aircraft #4 (of 8) in the QinetiQ Mk.3 reversion programme.
|oct-18||03-nov-18||Exercise Saif Sareea 3|
|sep-17||oct-17||Hurricanes Irma, Jose and Maria Relief Operations|
|20-sep-16||24-mar-17||Joint Expeditionary Force (Maritime) 2016|
|03-oct-15||06-nov-15||Exercise Trident Juncture 2015|