No. 46 Squadron Home Page


No. 46 Squadron was a squadron of both the Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Air Force. It was formed in 1916, and has been disbanded and re-formed four times before its last disbandment in 1975. It served in both World War 1 and World War 2. Please see our History section which is organised into the 9 eras of our operations.

The Squadron’s Association is unique in its having held annual Reunion Dinners continuously since 1918. The 99th Reunion was held on Saturday the 4th of June 2016 at the Officers’ Mess RAF Benson; please see the Squadron’s newsletter in the Members’ Crewroom Newsletter section. Please also see the 99th’s picture gallery. Paul Minder has sent me an SD card with pictures of his time on 46 Squadron on it, please click here to view. It would be great if other members sent me pictures of their time on the Squadron either by data stick, SD card or Dropbox. Peter Gifkins daughter, Jenny,  sent me hard copies of her father’s pictures which I scanned, click here to view.

The 100th Reunion will  be held at RAF Benson on Saturday the 3rd of June 2017. Please see the   Call to Arms in the Members’ Crewroom  which gives details of the Hotels I have arranged;  I have  had a stunning response to the Call to Arms with 90 Members and  30 Guests attending and nearly 40 Ladies taking Supper.

Our website is designed primarily for Association members but we recognise that our history and heritage are of interest to many other people and we therefore try to maintain as accurate and interesting an history content as possible. If you have any additional information or pictures you think would be of interest, then please let the Secretary know at dougiebarr (@) or complete the contact form on the Website. Equally if you spot any mistakes or inaccuracies please let him know.

The Website content has been drawn from the Squadron’s own scrapbooks and personal volumes donated by former members. Most of the sections are in PDF format which can take some time to download but at least you will have them on your device for ever! Please be patient, it is worth waiting! The website will work on any device PC, Android and iPhone. However, we are having problems with iPads so please bear with us.


Version: 05/16 Dated 2 May 2017.

Major Changes:

Mike  Kemp’s story in Nightfighter Era Post          Film of the 1958 Farnborough Airshow Javelin Flypast

Link to Dick Arscott’s video interviews on the Berlin Airlift    Paul Minders Photo Album     Peter Gifkins’ Photo Album 

Library Section included  Squadron Silver and Memorabilia Post added     Squadron Hero. Sqn Ldr Jimmy James

Obituaries of the Heroes of the North African Campaign included.  Squadron Shop.

Rolls of Honour updated to include a Gauntlet death and our groundcrew colleague on the Sienna crash

Sqn Info updated.