united kingdom 230 squadron

Royal Air Force



1918 to present    




Formed from 327, 328 and 487 Flights with seaplanes at Felixstowe on 20 Aug 1918.

Eventually reformed from 215 Squadron at RAF Dishforth (EGXD) in Sep 1958. It operated as a fixed wing Pioneer and Twin Pioneer unit from RAF Odiham and received its first 2 Whirlwind HAR.10 in May 1962. It began its rotary wing operations in Jul 1962, divested itself of its fixed wing flight in Dec 1962 and moved to Germany in Jan 1963. It deployed via HMS Triumph initially to Seletar in Feb 1965 and then after a fortnight acclimatisation, by HMS Bulwark on to Borneo (Labuan) on 8 Mar 1965, with regular detachments at Tawau, Sepulot and Sibu until Nov 1966 and occasional detachments to Cyprus. Towards the end of 1966, its 11 Whirlwind were returned from Borneo by Belfasts of 53 Squadron.
230 Sqn based RAF Labuan (Sabah) 1964 to 1967. Detachments to Tawau and Sepulot. C/Os Sqn Ldr Doug Thomas, later Keith Cawdron.
The Puma was introduced at RAF Odiham (EGVO) in Oct 1971 and the units Whirlwinds were passed on, with those of 1563 Flight to 84 Squadron in Dec 1971. In Oct 1980 it moved to Germany at RAF Gutersloh (EDUO). After service in the 1991 Gulf War, it moved again to RAF Aldergrove (EGAA) in May 1992 and since 1999 its 13 Puma HC.1 have been assigned to UK Joint Helicopter Command. The unit left Aldergrove on 17 Nov 2009 for RAF Benson.

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Locations

YearsLocationICAO/FAA
2009/nowRAF BensonEGUB
1992/09JHCFS AldergroveEGAA
1991SA King Khaled Air BaseOERY
1990/91SA Ras-al-Ghar
1980/92DE GüterslohETUO
1971/80RAF OdihamEGVO
1969/71RAF WitteringEGXT
1966/69RAF OdihamEGVO
1965/66MY LabuanWBKL
1963/64DE GüterslohETUO
1960/63RAF OdihamEGVO
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YearsModels
2012/nowPuma Mk2
1971/12sa330 puma
1962/71 whirlwind     Whirlwind HAR.10









Construction Numbers for . / 230sq / 230 sq Help Us

C/NVersionBuiltIn this OrgIn other Org
wa403 har10 1962 8873M : 1986 to 8873M RAF Odiham gate guard marked as 230Sq/A Sep 1986, still ther+
wa342 har10 1961 XP299 : A&AEE Jul 1961 to Apr 1962; Westlands Apr 1962 to Sep 1966; CFS-H /W-H Sep+
wa385 har10 1962 XP397 : damaged tail rotor in forced landing, c 0.5nm N of RAF Gutersloh while wit+
wa390 har10 1962 XP402 : 230 Sq/X by Jun 1965, crashed in harbour at Labuan on 3 Jul 1965, after en+
wa403 har10 1962 XR453 : f/f 15 Nov 1962, d/d 29 Nov 1962, CFS 29 Nov 1962, crashed 7 Feb 1963, to +
1039 sa330e 1970 XW198 : RAF Puma HC.1; 1985 230Sqn /DL
: 230 Sq by Nov 2009
1042 sa330e 1970 XW199 : d/d 29 Jan 1971 240 OCU?/CY by Sep 1973; 230 Sq/DU by May 1984 still 1992;+
: 230 Sq by Oct 2009
1091 sa330e 1971 XW207 : Puma HC.1, ff 18may71, dd 02jun71 to RAF; to 33 Sq/CD by Aug 1972 to Jul 1+
1101 sa330e 1971 XW210 : 230 Sq by Nov 2009
1111 sa330e 1971 XW212 : RAF Puma HC1 ff 12 jul 1971, dd 26 Jul 1971; 33 Sq/CJ by Sep 1972; minor d+
: 230 Sq by Oct 2009
: 02jul11 pictured with 230Sqn at RAF Waddington
1116 sa330e 1971 XW213 : 230 Sq by Nov 2009
1120 sa330e 1971 XW214 : Jul14 asg 230Sqn at HB2014, Ovar airbase, Portugal
: 21may16 HC.2 type asg 230Sq pictured (pic3) at Zaragoza during NATO Tiger+
1125 sa330e XW215 : RAF Puma HC.1; 230sqn/R w/o 24jun91 ditched at sea. Parts used in ZE449
1129 sa330e 1971 XW216 : 33 Sq/CL by 1989 still 1990; BFME/F by 1991; 33 Sq/CL by 1992; 230 Sq by 1+
: 27aug09 pictured with 230 Sqd at RAF Benson
1139 sa330e 1971 XW218 : RAF Puma HC1 ff 25oct71, dd 24nov71; 230 Sq/DB by Sep72; tail rotor stru+
: Repaired; 230 Sq /DT by May 1984 still 1992; 18 Sq/BW by 1993 still 1996;+
1144 sa330e 1971 XW219 : 26mar92 230Sqn./DC visit Twenthe for Tiger meet
: 230 Sq by Nov 2009
1148 sa330e 1971 XW220 : 230 Sq by Nov 2009
1152 sa330e XW221 : RAF; 1987 230Sqn./DE; 2003 230Sqn.
: 20aug94 pictured as /CM 230sqn at RAF Lossiemouth during family day
1157 sa330e 1972 XW222 : RAF Puma HC.1; 1991 230Sqn /DF desert c/s; 1992 18Sqn /BX; 1993 18Sqn /BX;+
1161 sa330e 1972 XW223 : RAF Puma HC1 in 2009 230Sqn.
: 08jul12 pictured (bot) as 33/230Sqn at RIAT air show
1166 sa330e 1972 XW224 : RAF Puma HC11; 1982 230Sqn /DH; 1990 230Sqn /DH; jul91 230Sqn /DH; 1994 18+
1175 sa330e 1972 XW226 : 23jul82 pictured as 230 Sqd /DK at Middle Wallop. Belgian Sea King RS02 o+
: 1982 230Sqn /DK; 1986 230Sqn /DK; jul91 230Sqn; 1997 27(r)Sqn /NK; 1999 23+
: 230 Sq /DK by May 1984 still Jun 1987 still 1990; BFME/T by 1991; 230 Sq /+
1178 sa330e 1972 XW227 : RAF Puma HC.1 flown in at RAF Brize Norton 15oct78 EGVN as 230Sqn/DN durin+
: RAF Puma HC.1; 1987 230Sqn /DN
: 13/14jun92 230Sqn.
1183 sa330e 1972 XW228 : ff 15 May 1972. 230 Sq/DP by Jul 1974, struck telegraph pole in Mtoko, Rho+
1185 sa330e 1972 XW229 : RAF Puma HC1 in 1990 /DB 230Sqn. ; 2003 33Sqn.
1195 sa330e 1972 XW231 : 2007 1563Flt.; 2011 33/230Sqn.
: 230 Sq by Nov 2009
1199 sa330e 1972 XW232 : RAF type: Puma HC.1; 1983 230Sqn./DJ; 1986 230Sqn./DJ
Eurocopter France F-ZWDE : Eurocopter France 2012, conv to Puma Mk2
QinetiQ XW232 : QinetiQ Mk2 type d/d Sep12
1205 sa330e 1972 XW233 : RAF Puma HC1 in 1983 /CN 33Sqn. ; 2009 230Sqn.
: 230 Sq by Nov 1992. Collided with departing Gazelle ZB681 of 665 Sq, while+
1209 sa330e 1972 XW234 : 1995 230Sqn
Ministry of Defence (MoD) XW234 : Sep73 in use with the RRE Pershore, RSRE
- XW234 : Sunk as Dive attrraction in ex gravel pit. Scuba Dream, nr North Cave, E +
1212 sa330e 1972 XW235 : 230Sq/DM visited the Air Tattoo, 23 Jun 1979
Eurocopter France F-ZWBI : 2012 conv to Puma HC.2
1633 sa330e ZA935 : RAF Puma HC.1; 1970s pictured (pic1) as /CT; 2011 230 Sqn
: 230Sq until Aug 2009; 33Sq B Flt, to Kenya Sep 2009
1643 sa330e ZA937 : RAF Puma HC.1; 27aug09 pictured at RAF Benson; 2011 230 Sqn
1650 sa330e 1980 ZA938 : RAF Puma HC1; 1995 230Sqn.
: 24+25jul99 230Sqn. Fairford air show
1653 sa330e ZA939 : RAF Puma HC.1; 24+25jun99 230Sqn. Fairford air show
1310 sa330h ZJ954 : Jul14 asg 230Sqn at HB2014, Ovar airbase, Portugal
South African Air Force 144 : SAAF; to UK as ZJ954
Eurocopter Romania ZJ954 : Eurocopter Romania 2009
1363 sa330h ZJ955 : 18nov09 at RAF Benson asg 230 Sqd
South African Air Force 148 : to UK as ZJ955
1474 sa330h ZJ957 : Jul14 asg 230Sqn at HB2014, Ovar airbase, Portugal
South African Air Force 169 : SAAF; to UK as ZJ957
37 serials found for . / 230sq, 230 sq

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