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  • united kingdom 33 Squadron

    Royal Air Force

    1916 to present    

    33 Squadron
    Originally formed on 12 Jan 1916, 33 Squadron served with distinction in both World Wars.

    It reformed in Jun 1971 and the Puma HC.1 officially entered service at RAF Odiham on 29 Sep. It detached 3 Puma to Belize on Oct 1975 via Belfast heavy lift of 53 Squadron, to assist in detering further Guatemalan threats.

    It maintained a small detachment in Northern Ireland. It provided CASEVAC support to UK 7th Armoured Brigade during the 1991 Gulf War (through British Forces Middle East) and has seen RAF and UN service in Europe, the Middle East and Africa since then. In Jun 1997, it moved with its Pumas, to RAF Benson. 33 Squadron is committed to UK Joint Helicopter Command.

    33Sq B Flt detached to Kenya in Nov 2009 and was still there in May 2011, supporting pre-theatre training of British ground forces prior to their deployment to Afghanistan.

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    RAF 33 Squadron Marks 100 Years, 13-Jan-16 : Royal Air Force 33 Squadron marked 100 years since its formation. They fly the SA330 Puma since 1971, currently in their HC.2 variant.


    2015/21AF Kabul InternationalOAKB
    2009/??KE Nanyuki Show Ground
    1997/    RAF BensonEGUB
    1991SA King Khaled Air BaseOERY
    1990/91SA Ras-al-Ghar
    1971/97RAF OdihamEGVO


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    2012/    Puma Mk2
    1971/12SA330 Puma


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