202 Advanced Flying School was reformed here in No. [19] The MoD told the Local Democracy Reporting Service that training remained under "constant review". [28] Detachments of at least two aircraft operated from three stations providing search and rescue cover in those parts of the country; these were:[29], A and B Flights operated the Sea King HAR.3A. RAF Benson. From March 1935, the squadron began to re-equip with the improved Vildebeest III, with a more powerful engine and carrying an observer as a third crew member. In May 2008, a Hawk T.1, XX184, was re-painted in a special Spitfire camouflage livery at RAF Valley. XXIV Squadron 0024. [25], Reformed again in February 1955 with the Bristol Sycamore HC.12 at RAF Thorney Island, the squadron took on the Search and Rescue role with this helicopter until the Westland Whirlwind replaced it in June 1955. [11], RAF Valley previously hosted the Headquarters and 'C Flight' of No. The squadron was re-equipped with Westland Wessex's from June 1976[26] its headquarters were at RAF Finningley and had flights at: Finally, in the mid-1990s, the squadron received six newly built Westland Sea King HAR.3A to supplement the Sea King HAR.3 aircraft which replaced the Wessex aircraft. As a result of the 2010 Strategic Defence and Security Review, the squadron disbanded in January 2011, only to reform on 24 November 2011, when No. The RAF Operational Conversion Unit, 203(R) Squadron, was also based at Valley to train new aircrew onto the Westland Sea King HAR.3/3A, and prepare them for their SAR operations. 22 Squadron 0022. In 1941 the unit was equipped with Anson and Wirraway aircraft and flew seaward patrols along the eastern seaboard. It operates the BAe Hawk aircraft. XXV (F) Squadron 0025. [37], Flying Officer Kenneth Campbell was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross for executing a torpedo attack on the German battleship Gneisenau in Brest harbour. No. [20] Initially staff thought it was an emergency landing, but the pilot said he landed there "to go to the beach". Please contact the 22 Squadron Association for further information. RAF Honington. The squadron disbanded for the third time a month after war's end. At 5.45 pm on 22 September 2020; Reverend Squadron Leader Michael Hall, first led a short service of remembrance, before RAF Valley Station Commander and VAS President, Group Captain Chris Moon introduced Air Officer Commanding 22 Group, Air Vice Marshal Richard Maddison, who was to proceed to the dedication, before unveiling the memorial. List of Royal Air Force aircraft squadrons References Notes 19 (R) Squadron, operating the BAE Hawk T2 from RAF Valley in the tactical weapons training role, was renumbered. The squ… By October 2015, the RAF SAR Force had been relieved of their responsibility by a new contractor-led operation, run by Bristow Helicopters, and the nearest SAR unit is now based at Caernarfon Airport. [21], The squadron was still equipped with the Vildebeest when the Second World War broke out in September 1939, with the squadron carrying out anti-submarine patrols over the English Channel. RAF Valley previously hosted the Headquarters and 'C Flight' of No. No. Following the closure of Chivenor to jet flying the squadron was moved to RAF Valley in September 1994 to provide advanced fast jet training on the BAE Hawk. 22 Squadron continued its anti-shipping role, this time using rockets. Prince William has been serving in the squadron since 2010. The squadron trains RAF and Royal Navy students on maritime and mountain flying training and those who are destined for the Royal Navy's anti-submarine warfare Merlin or Wildcat. 22 Squadron at RAF Valley. [16][17], On 28 November 2019, No. [5], In addition to the battle honours listed above (which are emblazoned on the Squadron Standard), the squadron has been granted the following battle honours: Cambrai 1917, Somme 1918, Lys, Amiens, France and Low Countries 1940, Invasion Ports 1940, Biscay Ports 1940–1941. [20], No. Squadrons based at RAF Valley include: No. A Royal Air Force squadron with a long and proud history has re-formed at RAF Benson as the Operational Evaluation Unit for the Joint Helicopter Command.. All images of the ceremony were captured pre-lockdown. On 15 February 1955 the unit reformed as a helicopter search and rescue (SAR) unit. 22 Squadron, part of the RAF's Search and Rescue Force. [26], June 1955 - June 1956 - HQ at RAF Thorney Island[26], June 1956 - April 1974 - HQ at RAF St Mawgan, Cornwall[26], April 1974 - January 1976 - HQ at RAF Thorney Island[26], January 1976 - June 1976 - HQ at RAF Finningley[26]. C Flight 202 Squadron at Leuchars became B Flight 22 Squadron in April 1976. [23], In this role, the unit flew sorties over the North Sea from North Coates, Thorney Island, St Eval and Portreath. Pilots from XXV (Fighter) Squadron at RAF Valley were on hand when pupils from Canolfan Addysg y Bont in Llangefni paid a visit as part of the stations ongoing Jon Egging Trust (JET) programme. [5], As a result of many accidents in the Irish Sea, due to the number of training aircraft active in the area, 275 Squadron formed at Valley in October 1941, equipped with Westland Lysanders and Supermarine Walrus amphibians and these performed Air-sea rescue (ASR) missions until the unit moved away in April 1944. [11] This was in time to allow the squadron to take part in the Battle of the Menin Road Ridge in September 1917. C Flt 22 Sqn is a STC lodger unit at RAF Valley being a detached Helicopter Flight engaged in Search and Rescue duties. The Duke of Cambridge, second-in-line to the British Throne, was assigned to C Flight, 22 Squadron at RAF Valley, as a pilot flying the Sea King search and rescue helicopter. 1st July, 2015. No.4 (Reserve) Squadron, (previously known as No. 1528 BAT Flight re-formed here operating Airspeed Oxford twin-engined aircraft which were used in the Beam Approach training role until moving out on 17 December 1945. The SAR Force HQ is based at RAF Valley … All Past and Present Members of 22 Squadron are invited to join the 22 Squadron Association. 4 Squadron, sometimes written as No. 25 Squadron returning to fly the Hawk T2", "Coronavirus: RAF Valley accused of flouting Covid-19 restrictions", "Coronavirus: Pilot flew to Anglesey 'to go to the beach, "RAF Valley based Search & Rescue Training Unit becomes 202 (Reserve) Sqn", UK Military Aeronautical Information Publication – Valley (EGOV), https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=RAF_Valley&oldid=994868857, 1941 establishments in the United Kingdom, Royal Air Force stations of World War II in the United Kingdom, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 17 December 2020, at 23:26. The squadron was originally formed in 1915 as an aerial reconnaissance unit of the Royal Flying Corps serving on the … It provides both Basic and Advanced fast-jet training using the Texan T1 and Hawk T2 and provides mountain and maritime training for aircrew using the Jupiter T1 helicopter. A second Hawk T2 squadron is to form at RAF Valley to provide Advanced Fast Jet Training (AFJT) of Royal Air Force and Royal Navy pilots.. Later this year RAF Hawk T2 training aircraft will appear in No. No. C Flight 202 Squadron at Leuchars became B Flight 22 Squadron in April 1976. He and his crew were buried with full military honours by the Germans in the cemetery at Brest. [21], The base is also home to No. The 22 Squadron Association Website. Group Captain Andy Turk attended Northwood School in Middlesex before joining the RAF in 1990. [20] The Ministry of Defence said that while civilian traffic were allowed at its sites, 24 hours notice is required to make sure it does not impact military activity. [10], From July 1917, the squadron started to replace its FE.2s with faster and more capable Bristol F.2 Fighters also known as the 'Brisfit', receiving its full complement of 18 aircraft by 24 August. Initial detachments were made by Hawker Hurricanes of 312 and 615 Squadrons. [31], In July 2015, C Flight stood down[32] with A Flight following on 5 October 2015. The squadron was originally formed in 1915 as an aerial reconnaissance unit of the Royal Flying Corps serving on the Western Front during First World War.Becoming part of the Royal Air Force on its formation in 1918, it was disbanded the following year … 22 Squadron was partly re-equipped with Wessex HC2s in the SAR role in 1976 . 32 Squadron 0032. [12], No. No. 22 Squadron, part of the RAF's Search and Rescue Force. The squadron HQ was co-located with the SAR Force HQ at RAF Valley on Anglesey, Wales. [11], The squadron reformed again on 1 May 1934 at RAF Donibristle near Edinburgh, Scotland in the torpedo bomber role, flying Vickers Vildebeest I biplanes. Group Captain Steve Bentley, RAF Search and Rescue Force Commander for the UK, said: "It is with enormous pride that we can reflect on the RAF's life-saving achievements since rescue operations began in 1941. ‘C’ Flight conducts SAR operations and training over the Irish Sea, Snowdonia and further afield. [6], The runways and taxiways were extended in early 1943 and on 19 June 1943 the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) Ferry Terminal became operational. 4 Flying Training School (No. Media in category "No. 4 Flying Training School. No. 456 Squadron RAAF was formed on 30 June 1941 at RAF Valley, Isle of Anglesey, Wales, in the United Kingdom under Article XV of the Empire Air Training Scheme as a night-fighter squadron, equipped with Defiant turret-fighters. 72 Squadron, No. No. Rescue 122. 22 Squadron was partly re-equipped with Wessex HC2s in the SAR role in 1976 . During the Second World War the squadron operated in the torpedo bomber role over the North Sea and then in the Mediterranean and the Far East. The squadron previously operated the Westland Sea King HAR.3 and HAR.3A at three stations in the southern United Kingdom. Prince William, Duke of Cambridge was assigned to C Flight, 22 Squadron at RAF Valley, as a pilot flying the Sea King search and rescue helicopter. Formerly the Rotary Wing Operational Evaluation and Training Unit, the highly experienced helicopter aircrew will also ensure frontline crews have Qualified Warfare Instructors to support them on operations worldwide. 4 FTS) trains RAF and Royal Navy pilots to fly fast jets, prior to training on an Operational Conversion Unit. RAF Brize Norton. The Duke of Cambridge was posted to the airbase in 2010 with Number 22 Squadron, where he flew the Sea King 3A helicopter By Jamie Johnson 29 May 2020 • 2:31pm The pilot flew into RAF Valley … A former Shackleton and Nimrod unit 203 Squadron was reformed in October 1996, when the Sea King Operational Conversion Unit (OCU) at RAF St Mawgan was re-designated as a reserve unit. Between 1955 and 2015 the squadron provided military search and rescue over the United Kingdom. He finished his last shift as a pilot on Tuesday 10 September 2013. 22 Squadron’s first assignments of the Second World War were as a training unit covering army support and towing targets for anti-aircraft practice. [6] The squadron trained on a variety of aircraft types, including the Royal Aircraft Factory BE.2c, the Maurice Farman Shorthorn, the Bleriot XI and the Curtiss JN-3. RAF Valley. New visual aids, aeronautical lighting and signage were installed. [19] In October 1935, as part of Britain's response to the Abyssinia crisis, the squadron was deployed to Malta, returning to Britain in August 1936 after the threat of war between the United Kingdom and Italy receded. D Flight 72 Squadron at Manston became E Flight 22 Squadron in June 1976 and C Flight 22 Squadron’s Whirlwind 10s were replaced by Wessex HC2s at Valley in June 1976. [9], During 1950 many improvements were made to the hangars and buildings at Valley and on 1 April 1951 No. Number 22 Squadron of the Royal Air Force is an operational testing and evaluation squadron for all the Joint Helicopter Command helicopter types including Chinook, Puma HC2, Merlin HC4, Apache and Wildcat AH1. [23], The squadron moved to RAF North Coates in Lincolnshire on 8 April 1940, flying its first operational sorties from that base on 15 April when nine Beauforts set out to lay mines off the mouth of the River Elbe. IV", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=No._22_Squadron_RAF&oldid=991796101, Aircraft squadrons of the Royal Air Force in World War II, Military units and formations established in 1915, Air force reconnaissance units and formations, 1915 establishments in the United Kingdom, Short description is different from Wikidata, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, Unknown Flight - RAF Thorney Island, West Sussex, B flight - RAF Coltishall, Norfolk, Unknown Flight - RAF Brawdy, Pembrokeshire, This page was last edited on 1 December 2020, at 21:33. The squadron re-equipped with Westland Sea King HAR.3s from July 1978 (operating the Westland Wessex HAR.2 as an intermediate type while its Sea Kings were sent to the Falklands War), moving its HQ to RAF Boulmer on the closure of Finningley in 1989, and then to RAF Valley during April 2008. Royal Air Force Valley or more simply RAF Valley (Welsh: Llu Awyr Brenhinol Y Fali) (IATA: VLY, ICAO: EGOV) is a Royal Air Force station on the island of Anglesey, Wales, and which is also used as Anglesey Airport. [20] When told about the lockdown and coronavirus restrictions he was reported to have replied "it was okay, because he had [the virus] two months ago". An RAF sea king helicopter of C flight 22 squadron RAF Valley over Aberystwyth Wales uk U.S. Air Force Col. Peter Fesler, 1st Fighter Wing commander, flies in a two-ship during his final F-22 Raptor flight over Charlottesville, Va., June 21, 2017. [11], The first Folland Gnat jet trainers were received on 7 November 1962 and many examples of the type were successfully operated for many years. Download this stock image: A rescue helicopter of C Flight 22 Squadron, RAF Valley, prepares to winch an Injured walker (in stretcher right), from Mount Snowdon, Wales' highest mountain, on 15 May. 33 Squadron 0033. [22] From November 1939 the squadron started to receive Bristol Beaufort twin-engined monoplanes to replace its obsolete biplanes. 8 (Naval) Squadron. The pupils, aged 14 to 18 were taking part in the Jon Egging Trust's Blue Skies Inspire Package focusing on teamwork, communication and confidence-building. 4 Flying Training School. In the middle of 1944 there was a daily transatlantic Douglas C-54 Skymaster service from Stephenville bringing airmen of all ranks, who continued their journeys to London by travelling on the LMSR Irish Mail train from Holyhead. RAF Valley. At 5.45 pm on 22 September 2020; Reverend Squadron Leader Michael Hall, first led a short service of remembrance, before RAF Valley Station Commander and VAS President, Group Captain Chris Moon introduced Air Officer Commanding 22 Group, Air Vice Marshall Richard Maddison, who was to proceed to the dedication, before unveiling the memorial. 4 FTS 4 Sqn; 208 Sqn; RAF Search and Rescue Force HQ. RAF Valley now plays host to the headquarters of 22 Squadron Search and Rescue (SAR) with C-Flight operating out of the Anglesey base 24 hours a day. They previously operated as a Search and Rescue unit for over 60 years. It received its intended operational type, the Royal Aircraft Factory FE.2b in February 1916, passing 14 BE.2s to 33 Squadron. RAF T2 Hawk training plane prepares for take off. See also. [14] By the time it was demobilised, it had had 27 flying aces within its ranks, both pilots and observers, including William Meggitt, Samuel Frederick Henry Thompson, Alfred Atkey, John Everard Gurdon, William Frederick James Harvey, Ernest Elton, Frank Weare, Carleton Main Clement, Frank George Gibbons, Edwin C. Bromley, Chester Thompson, Hiram Frank Davison, Sydney A. Oades, George William Bulmer, George S. L. Hayward, Stanley Wallage, Frederick Stanton, James Bush, Rothesay Stuart Wortley, William Lewis Wells, Chester Stairs Duffus,[15] John Howard Umney,[16] Josiah Lewis Morgan,[17] and Dennis Waight. The 22 Squadron headquarters is at RAF Valley, with three detachments at RAF Chivenor ('A' Flight), RAF Wattisham ('B' Flight) and RAF Valley ('C' Flight). No. No 208 Squadron was a reserve unit of the Royal Air Force, most recently based at RAF Valley, Anglesey, Wales. 22 Squadron (HQ and C flight) No. 456 Squadron Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) formed at Valley on 30 June 1941 and became operational on 5 September flying Boulton Paul Defiants. The RAF's Sea King Search and Rescue helicopters from 22 Squadrons C flight have with the Watisham based 202 Squadron B Flight surrender their role to the coast guard contractors units based at Caernarfon and Manston, as part of … [10] On 15 August 1960 the unit was renumbered No. [14] On 20 March 2018 a BAE Systems Hawk of the Red Arrows aerobatic team crashed, killing Corporal Jonathan Bayliss, an engineer. List of Royal Air Force aircraft squadrons References Notes 275 Squadron RAF''' was formed at RAF Valley on 15 October 1941 for air-sea rescue duties in the Irish sea and was 9 Group's Air Sea Rescue Unit. A detachment of Bristol Beaufighters of 219 Squadron provided night fighter cover. A and D Flights 22 Squadron remained at Chivenor and Brawdy with their Whirlwind 10s. The squadron trained on a variety of aircraft types, including the Royal Aircraft Factory BE.2c, the Maurice Farman Shorthorn, the Bleriot XI and the Curtiss JN-3. In April 1941, a pilot of the unit, F/O Kenneth Campbell, was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross for a daring attack on the Gneisenau in Brest harbour. Despite atrocious weather having prevented the other aircraft in the mission from reaching the harbour and, with virtually no chance of pulling out of the harbour, Campbell pressed home his attack and badly damaged the ship, being shot down in the process. 27 Squadron RAF Regiment 0027. 7 Flying Training School (FTS) on 1 June 1954. 4 FTS consist of three units, No. 22 Squadron at RAF Valley. A former Shackleton and Nimrod unit 203 Squadron was reformed in October 1996, when the Sea King Operational Conversion Unit (OCU) at RAF St Mawgan was re-designated as a reserve unit. By October 2015, the RAF SAR Force had been relieved of their responsibility by a new contractor-led operation , run by Bristow Helicopters , and the nearest SAR unit is now based at Caernarfon Airport . 28 Squadron 0028. The RAF's 22 Squadron flew its 10,000th rescue mission in Snowdonia in a day of drama which saw it airlift five walkers in three separate callouts from the Ogwen Valley. No. [15], Due to increased demand for RAF and Royal Navy pilots, No. [9] One notable casualty during the Somme was Auberon Herbert, 9th Baron Lucas, the former Liberal politician and cabinet minister, who was wounded when attacked by German fighter aircraft on 3 November 1916, and died of his wounds the same day. After a period as a cadre unit (without aircraft) at RAF Ford, the squadron formally disbanded on 31 December 1919. One of Valley's busiest days was on 17 September 1944 when 99 USAAF Boeing B-17s and Liberators were ferried in from Iceland. 22 Squadron of the Royal Air Force operates the Westland Sea King HAR.3 and HAR.3A at three stations in the southern United Kingdom. 22 Squadron SH-3 Sea King RAF Valley.jpg 3,216 × 2,136; 797 KB Bristol Fighter on field of Agincourt.jpg 800 × 522; 139 KB MOD MOD 45143423.jpg 2,400 × 1,574; 523 KB 9 Group RAF with the task of providing defence cover for England's industrial north-west and shipping in the Irish Sea. 38 Group (Air Combat Service Support) RAF, The National Assembly for Wales announced on 21 February 2007 that public service obligation (PSO) flights would be launched from RAF Valley in April 2007, connecting north Wales with Cardiff International Airport. Nov 19, 2015 - XZ594 Sea King HAR3 22 Squadron (C Flight) RAF Valley. It received its intended operational type, the Royal Aircraft Factory FE.2b in February 1916, passing 14 BE.2s to 33 Squadron. The squadron transitioned from Tucano (RAF Linton on Ouse) to Texan (RAF Valley) in a major investment by the UK Military Flying Training System. f15 low flying at the mach loop.this was the first aircraft that got shot down in lyibia. The Squadron re-formed in May 2020 at RAF Benson as the Operational Evaluation Unit of the Joint Helicopter Command. 22 Squadron (HQ and C flight) No. It operated the BAe Hawk aircraft, as a part of No. The two test squadrons were disbanded on 1 May 1934. HRH The Duke of Cambridge, second-in-line to the British Throne, is currently assigned to C Flight, 22 Squadron at RAF Valley, as a pilot flying the Sea King search and rescue helicopter. At 5.45 pm on 22 September 2020; Reverend Squadron Leader Michael Hall, first led a short service of remembrance, before RAF Valley Station Commander and VAS President, Group Captain Chris Moon introduced Air Officer Commanding 22 Group, Air Vice Marshal Richard Maddison, who was to proceed to the dedication, before unveiling the memorial. At 5.45 pm on 22 September 2020; Reverend Squadron Leader Michael Hall, first led a short service of remembrance, before RAF Valley Station Commander and VAS President, Group Captain Chris Moon introduced Air Officer Commanding 22 Group, Air Vice Marshal Richard Maddison, who was to proceed to the dedication, before unveiling the memorial. Valiant and Brave. [4] The squadron was reformed in May 2020 to serve as the Joint Helicopter Command Operational Evaluation Unit.[5]. II", "The War in the Air: Being the Story of the Part Played by the Royal Air Force in the Great War: Vol. 13 Squadron. The squadron was originally formed in 1915 as an aerial reconnaissance unit of the Royal Flying Corps serving on the Western Front during First World War. Disbandment again took place on 15 August 1946. 22 Squadron exists today, working with helicopters from across all three Services. 25(F) Squadron markings. It was originally formed in 1915 as an aerial reconnaissance unit of the Royal Flying Corps serving on the Western Front during the First World War. Becoming part of the Royal Air Force on its formation in 1918, it was disbanded the following year as part of the post-First World War scaling back of the RAF. RAF Benson. The squadron was formed at Fort Grange, Gosport on 1 September 1915 from a nucleus of men and equipment split off from No. The transition from Whirlwind to Wessex completed in mid Dec 1981 for A Flight at Chivenor; Whirlwind HAR.10 XD186 and XP344 were replaced by Wessex HAR.2 XV724 and XV730 . For 10 years following its reformation on 24 July 1923, the squadron was involved in testing new aircraft before they were accepted for service or sold overseas. 208(R) Squadron, which provided legacy Hawk T1 advanced flying training and tactical weapons training disbanded in June 2016. 22 Squadron - RAF St Mawgan, Wattisham, Chivenor, RAF Valley; 202 Squadron - RAF Boulmer, RAF Lossiemouth, RAF Leconfield; 1564 Flight - RAF Mount Pleasant, Falkland Islands Notable servicemen. It flew its last operational mission with the Vildebeest on 20 December 1939. These were supplemented by Hawker Hunters for advanced training, marks F.6 and T.7 being used. Prince William has been serving in the squadron since 2010. The squadron was originally formed in 1915 as an aerial reconnaissance unit of the Royal Flying Corps serving on the … [13], In September 2017, a project to upgrade the airfield was completed. [7], Because of the large scale USAAF activities at Valley, RAF operations were scaled down, but on 1 November 1944, No. 29 Squadron 0029. 2 Tactical Weapons Unit (2 TWU). [20] The incident was reported to the Civil Aviation Authority. Squadrons based at RAF Valley include: No. [4], No. While the squadron was in transit the Japanese fleet carried out its only raids into the Indian Ocean, and when No.22 Squadron reached Ceylon on 28 April they were expected to return. [30] At the end of 2015, the squadron was stood down and the Sea Kings disposed of when RAF Search and Rescue's responsibilities were handed over to a civilian contractor Bristow. 72 Squadron was officially 'stood up' at RAF Valley, flying the Beechcraft Textron Texan T1 aircraft in the Basic Flying Training role. RAF Coningsby. Tucano Trainer, at RAF Valley, Anglesey, North Wales. Disbandment again took place on 15 August 1946. He will now join C Flight of Number 22 Squadron, remaining at RAF Valley, as a fully qualified, fully operational Search and Rescue pilot flying the Sea King helicopter. RAF Sea King units. In its earlier days, the unit flew Sopwith Pups, 1½ Strutters and Nieuport Scouts. 22 Squadron - RAF St Mawgan, Wattisham, Chivenor, RAF Valley; 202 Squadron - RAF Boulmer, RAF Lossiemouth, RAF Leconfield; 1564 Flight - RAF Mount Pleasant, Falkland Islands Notable servicemen. An RAF sea king helicopter of C flight 22 squadron RAF Valley over Aberystwyth Wales uk. It was manned by personnel from 22 Squadron, based at RAF Valley, which marks its centenary year this month, shortly before being disbanded. December 1, 2012 . [11], The squadron moved to Spich, near Cologne in Germany as part of the British Army of Occupation in March 1919, leaving for home at the end of August that year. 22 Squadron of the Royal Air Force operates the Westland Sea King HAR.3 and HAR.3A at three stations in the southern United Kingdom. By November the squadron had completely re-equipped with Beaufighter IIs, and these provided defensive night patrols over the Irish Sea until March 1943, when the unit moved away. RAF Northolt. [8], RAF Valley's USAAF ferry role was reversed as soon as the European War ended and over 2,600 bombers passed through on their way back to the US for re-deployment, each carrying 20 passengers and crew. An RAF sea king helicopter of C flight 22 squadron RAF Valley over Aberystwyth Wales uk RAF Valley, Anglesey, UK. C Flt 22 Sqn is a STC lodger unit at RAF Valley being a detached Helicopter Flight engaged in Search and Rescue duties. 25 Squadron reformed at Valley on 8 September 2018. The airfield was constructed in the latter part of 1940 and opened for operations on 1 February 1941 as a Fighter Sector Station under No. This handled American aircraft arriving from transatlantic flights and on European sorties. The squadron re-equipped with Westland Sea King HAR.3s from July 1978 (operating the Westland Wessex HAR.2 as an intermediate type while its Sea Kings were sent to the Falklands War), [15] moving its HQ to RAF Boulmer on the closure of Finningley in 1989, and then to RAF Valley during April 2008. The Bristol Taurus engines of the Beaufort proved unreliable at first, and the squadron continuing to fly operations with the Vildebeest while converting to the Beaufort. His first tour was with 17 (Fighter) Squadron at RAF Brüggen in Germany, followed by a tour on 617 Squadron, RAF Lossiemouth. Synonymous with search and rescue, 22 Squadron will provide operational testing and evaluation for all the Joint Helicopter Command helicopter types, including Chinook, Puma, … Later in World War I it re-equipped with Sopwith Camels and was assigned to artillery spotting. D Flight 72 Squadron at Manston became E Flight 22 Squadron in June 1976 and C Flight 22 Squadron’s Whirlwind 10s were replaced by Wessex HC2s at Valley in June 1976. [19], On 25 May 2020 a Pilatus PC-12 landed at RAF Angelsey while the base was closed for maintenance work. [33][34], No. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. D Flight 72 Squadron at Manston became E Flight 22 Squadron in June 1976 and C Flight 22 Squadron's Whirlwind 10s were replaced by Wessex HC2s at Valley in June 1976. And 2015 the Squadron was partly re-equipped with Sopwith Camels and was assigned to artillery spotting,... 2015, C Flight 202 Squadron, which provided legacy Hawk T1 Flying. 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