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No.1 Anti Aircraft Calibration Flight 116 Squadron

No.1 Anti Aircraft Calibration Flight 116 Squadron
Author: Neil Smith (Guest)
Time Stamp:
22:47:19 Monday, July 8, 2002
Post:
Can anyone shed any light on this group. Is there any history available?


RE: No.1 Anti Aircraft Calibration Flight 116 Squadron
Author: Chris Charland (Guest)
Time Stamp:
00:54:34 Thursday, August 8, 2002
Post:
Hi Neil

No. 1 Anti-Aircraft Calibration Flight was formed on the 27th of December 1940 at R.A.F. Station Gatwick, Surrey. It became part of Fighter Command's No. 60 (Signals) Group. On the 25th of January 1941, No. 1 A.A.C. Flight re-located to R.A.F. Hatfield, Hertfordshire falling under control of No. 74 (Signals) Wing.

The primary aircraft types used by the unit were the Westland Wallace Mk. II and Westland Lysander Mk. I / Mk. III.

The unit was re-designated No. 116 (Calibration) Squadron on the 17th of February 1941.

Do you require a short history on No. 116 (C) Squadron ?

Cheers...Chris


RE: No.1 Anti Aircraft Calibration Flight 116 Squadron
Author: basil
Time Stamp:
19:13:48 Thursday, August 8, 2002
Post:
Chris,

Very many thanks for your reply.

I would very much appreciate a short history . A friend of mine was attached to this Squadron when it was first formed in 1940. He was unsure as to the Squadron's no. but thought it was 116. He was obviously correct.

He agrees that this is something of a nostalgia trip but as he left in 1941 a history covering the whole period of its existence would be something that would definitely give him a boost as he is now suffering badly with angina.

Thanks again

Neil



RE: No.1 Anti Aircraft Calibration Flight 116 Squadron
Author: Chris Charland (Guest)
Time Stamp:
20:38:22 Thursday, August 8, 2002
Post:
Hi Neil

I've put together a very brief outline on No. 116 (C) squadron for your friend. Please send him my warmest regards.

Cheers...Chris

No. 116 Squadron

The primary role of No. 116 (C) Squadron was to calibrate predictors and anti-aircraft artillery radar which was being used by anti-aircraft batteries throughout the United Kingdom. With so many batteries to support, the squadron was split up into a number of detachments. No. 116 Squadron received Hawker Hurricane Mk. I's in November 1941. The Hurricanes were used to simulate low-level and dive bombing attacks by enemy aircraft. The squadron received 34 de Havilland D.H.82 Tiger Moths in June 1942. They were put to work performing anti-aircraft radar alignment checks. The Lysanders were eventually replaced by the Airspeed Oxford. Additional aircraft in the form of Avro Ansons were also used to support the squadron's duties.

* The squadron code was II.

Aircraft Types Used By. No. 116 (C) Squadron -

Westland Lysander Mk. I

Westland Lysander Mk. II

Westland Lysander Mk. III

Westland Lysander Mk. IIIA

Short S.16 Scion I

Heston Phoenix Series II

Hawker Hurricane Mk. I

Hawker Hurricane Mk. X

de Havilland D.H.82 Tiger Moth Mk. II

de Havilland D.H.87 Hornet Moth

Airspeed Oxford Mk. I

Airspeed Oxford Mk. II

Avro Anson Mk. I

Avro Anson Mk. XII

Supermarine Spitfire Mk. VA

No. 116 (C) Squadron Movements

(A) Reformed at R.A.F. Station Hendon, Middlesex on the 24th of April 1941

(B) R.A.F. Station Heston, Middlesex on the 20th of April 1942

(C) R.A.F. Station Croydon, Surrey on the 12th of December 1942

(D) R.A.F. Station North Weald, Essex on the 2nd of July 1944

(E) R.A.F. Station Gatwick, Surrey on the 27th of August 1944

(F) R.A.F. Station Redhill, Surrey on the 7th of September 1944

(G) R.A.F. Station Hornchurch, Essex on the 2nd of May 1945

(H) Disbanded at R.A.F. Station Hornchurch, Essex on the 26th of May 1945



RE: No.1 Anti Aircraft Calibration Flight 116 Squadron
Author: Ian Brown (Guest)
Time Stamp:
07:41:35 Sunday, September 8, 2002
Post:
Neil,

Has your friend written an account of his time with No. 1 AACF and No. 116 Squadron? If so, would it be possible to get a copy? If not, would it be possible to persuade him to put his recollections down on paper?

If he would be interested, I could provide some photos of the various types of gun-laying radar which he would have been involved in the calibration of.


RE: No.1 Anti Aircraft Calibration Flight 116 Squadron
Author: Neil Smith (Guest)
Time Stamp:
18:30:24 Sunday, September 8, 2002
Post:
Ian,

So far as I am aware he has not set down any written word. Your suggestion is therefore a good one. As soon as I am in a position to post something through I will contact you again. In the meantime I am sure he would appreciate the photos.

I will be in touch.

Neil Smith ( aka basil)


RE: No.1 Anti Aircraft Calibration Flight 116 Squadron
Author: Neil Smith (Guest)
Time Stamp:
18:38:46 Sunday, September 8, 2002
Post:
Chris,

Kind of you to be so prompt. I will be visiting my friend sometime over the W/E and will take him a hard copy.

You may have seen Ian Brown's message and my reply.

If I can obtain a history would a copy be of interest to you?

I am new to the site and am consequently unsure whether there are protocols to follow so hope Ian won't object!

I will try to avoid a copyright issue!

Neil


RE: No.1 Anti Aircraft Calibration Flight 116 Squadron
Author: Ian Brown (Guest)
Time Stamp:
19:04:14 Sunday, September 8, 2002
Post:
Neil,

Thanks for your messages and I'm happy for you to distribute such accounts to any interested persons.

As regards the photos, I can get them copied and post them to you. My e-mail address is ibrown.A T.radararchive.freeserve.co.uk and if you want to contact me with your address I'll send them on.