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RAF No. 229 Squadron

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No. 229 Squadron RAF was a squadron of the Royal Air Force, and is an officially accredited Battle of Britain Squadron. It became No. 603 Squadron RAF in January 1945.

Badge: A boar's head erased, pierced by a sword. The badge indicates triumph over a powerful and ferocious enemy.
No 229 Squadron was formed on 20 August 1918 at Great Yarmouth from Nos 428, 429, 454 and 455 Flights of the former RNAS station there. It flew coastal patrols until the end of the war and was disbanded on 31 December 1919.

Formation & World War I
No. 229 Squadron RAF was formed on 20 August 1918 at Great Yarmouth. It was made up from Nos 428, 429, 454 and 455 Flights of the Royal Naval Air Service. The squadron's role was to fly coastal patrols. It continued with this until the end of the war and was officially disbanded on 31 December 1919.

World War II
On 6 October 1939, 229 Sqn was reformed at RAF Digby as a Fighter squadron and was equipped with Blenheims for a role protecting shipping. The squadron began convoy patrols on 21 December but also carried out night training and radar trials. In March 1940, the squadron was re-equipped with Hurricanes and soon after the German invasion of France in May 1940, sent one flight to reinforce the French-based fighter squadrons for eight days during the Battle of France.

Battle of Britain
After flying defensive patrols over the East Coast, No 229 moved to RAF Northolt in September and remained there for the rest of the Battle of Britain. ACM (then Sqn Ldr) Frederick Rosier was a flight commander on the squadron during this time.

Middle East
In December 1940 the squadron moved to Merseyside and in May 1941 left for the Middle East. The squadron's pilots were embarked in HMS Furious and flown off to Malta where, after refuelling, they moved on to Egypt, two separate detachments being convoyed fifteen days apart by the carrier. On arrival the first detachment was attached to No. 274 Squadron RAF to cover the evacuation of Crete and the second detachment was divided between Nos. 6, 208 and 213 Squadrons. A flight was transferred from No. 274 to No.73 Squadron on 11 June as the latters C Flight, and remained detached in Egypt at the end of July. It was September before the squadron began functioning as an independent unit. Fighter sweeps were flown over Libya until the end of March 1942 when the squadron was transferred to Malta to reinforce the islands fighter defences. On 29 April 1942, it ceased to function, its surviving aircraft and pilots being absorbed by other units.

Defence of Malta
On 3 August 1942, 229 Sqn reformed at Ta Kali, Malta from No. 603 Squadron and flew Spitfires in Defence of Malta during the last months of the siege. In January 1943 the island's squadrons took the offensive, flying sweeps over Sicily, and in May 229 Sqn began to operate fighter-bombers. After covering the landings in Sicily, in July 1943, the squadron remained in Malta for defensive duties until January 1944, when it moved to Sicily in July 1943, the squadron remained in Malta for defensive duties until January 1944, where it moved to Sicily.

On 1 April 1944, it was withdrawn for transfer to the UK and re-assembled at RAF Hornchurch on 24 April. After providing escort missions over the Low countries. Re-arming with Spitfire XVIs in December, it then flew fighter-bomber sweeps until renumbered No. 603 Squadron RAF on 10 January 1945.

Squadron Codes used: - DB Allocated Apr 1939 - Sep 1939; RE Oct 1939 - May 1941; HB May 1941 - Apr 1942, Jan 1944 - Apr 1944; X Aug 1942 - Jan 1944; 9R Apr 1944 - Jan 1945

Web Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/No._229_Squadron_RAF

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This webpage was updated 30th June 2023