No. 46 SQUADRON LOCATIONS

LocationAssignment Dates
RAF WytonApr 1916–Oct 1916
BoisdinghemMay 1917–May 1917
La GorgueMay 1917–Jul 1917
BruayJul 1917–Jul 1917
Sutton's FarmJul 1917–Aug 1917
Ste Marie CappelAug 1917–Sep 1917
(Izel) Le HameauSep 1917–May 1918
LiettresMay 1918–Jun 1918
SernyJun 1918–Aug 1918
PoulainvilleAug 1918–Sep 1918
CappySep 1918–Oct 1918
AthiesOct 1918–Oct 1918
BusignyOct 1918–Nov 1918
BaizieuxNov 1918–Feb 1919
RendcombFeb 1919–Feb 1919 (disbanded)
Re-formed out of 'B' Flt, No. 17 Sqn, Kenley13396
RAF KenleySep 1936–Nov 1937
RAF DigbyNov 1937–Nov 1939
RAF AcklingtonNov 1939–Jan 1940
RAF DigbyJan 1940–May 1940
HMS GloriousMay 1940–May 1940
SkaanlandMay 1940–May 1940
BardufossMay 1940–Jun 1940
HMS GloriousJun 1940–Jun 1940
RAF DigbyJun 1940–Sep 1940
Stapleford AerodromeSep 1940–Nov 1940
RAF North WealdNov 1940–Dec 1940
RAF DigbyDec 1940–Feb 1941
RAF Church FentonFeb 1941–Mar 1941
Sherburn in ElmetMar 1941–May 1941
En-route EgyptMay 1941–Jul 1941
Abu Sueir[1]Jul 1941–Sep 1941
Kilo 4017 Sep 1941–May 1942
IdkuMay 1942–Dec 1944
RAF Stoney CrossJan 1945–Oct 1946
RAF ManstonOct 1946–Dec 1946
RAF AbingdonDec 1946–Aug 1949
RAF OakingtonAug 1949–Feb 1950 (disbanded)
RAF OdihamAug 1954–Jul 1959
RAF WaterbeachJul 1959–Jun 1961 (disbanded)
RAF AbingdonSep 1966–Sep 1970
RAF Thorney IslandSep 1970–Aug 1975 (disbanded)

 

No. 46 SQUADRON – AIRCRAFT

ModelService Dates
Nieuport 12Apr 1916–Apr 1917
BE2cNov 1916–Apr 1917
BE2eFeb 1917–Apr 1917
PupApr 1917–Nov 1917
CamelNov 1917–Feb 1919
Gauntlet IISep 1936–Feb 1939
Hurricane IFeb 1939–Dec 1940
Hurricane IIADec 1940–May 1941
Hurricane IICMay 1941–Jun 1941
Beaufighter IMay 1942–Jul 1942
Beaufighter VIMay 1942–Dec 1944
Beaufighter XApr 1944–Jul 1944
Mosquito XIIApr 1944–Jul 1944
Stirling VFeb 1945–Feb 1946
Dakota III, IVFeb 1946–Feb 1950
Meteor NF 12Aug 1954–Mar 1956
Meteor NF 14Aug 1954–Mar 1956
Javelin FAW 1Mar 1956–Nov 1957
Javelin FAW 2Aug 1957–Jun 1961
Javelin FAW 6Aug 1958–Jun 1961
Andover CMk1Dec 1966–Aug 1975

 

No. 46 SQUADRON – COMMANDING OFFICERS

RankNameDate of taking Command
Major G E ToddApril 1916
Major E L ConranMay 1916
Major L DawesMay 1916
Major P BabingtonJuly 1916
Major R H S MealingDecember 1917
MajorO'Hare WoodJuly 1918
Major G AllenOctober 1918
Squadron Leader M F CalderSeptember 1936. On reforming
Squadron Leader P R BarwellJune1937
Squadron Leader K B B CrossOctober 1939
Squadron Leader J R MacLachlanJune 1940
Squadron Leader A R CollinsOctober 1940
Squadron Leader L M Gaunce October 1940
Squadron Leader A C RabagliattiDecember 1940
Wing Commander G A ReidMay 1942
Wing Commander T P K ScadeOctober 1943
Wing Commander R W DennisonJune 1944
Squadron Leader G E RobertsonAug–Nov 44 (Temp Cmd)
Wing Commander B A CoventryJanuaru 1945
Wing Commander S G BaggottDecember 1945
Wing Commander R G DuttonMarch 1946
Wing Commander G BurgesJuly 1946
Squadron Leader E MoodyOctober 1947
Squadron Leader A ReeceApril 1949
Squadron Leader D F C RossAugust 1954 (on re-forming)
Wing Commander F E W BirchfieldAugust 54
Wing Commander H E WhiteJune 1956
Wing Commander F B SowreyMay 1958
Wing Commander D B WillsJune 1960
Wing Commander M T RaysonSeptember 1960 (on reforming)
Squadron Leader J B GrattonDecember 1967
Squadron LeaderD O Cryws WilliamsJanuary 1970
Wing Commander F A MallettFebruary 1971
Wing Commander J A ScamblerApril 1973
Wing Commander S HitchenMarch 1975

 

No. 46 SQUADRON BATTLE HONOURS

Western Front  1916-1918
Messines       1917 *
Home Defence  1917
Cambrai 1917 *
Somme 1918 *
Hindenburg Line 1918
Norway 1940 *
Battle of Britain 1940 *
Home Defence 1940-1941
Fortress Europe 1941
Malta 1941-1942 *
Egypt and Libya 1942-1943
El Alamein *
Mediterranean 1942-1943
South East Europe 1944*

*Honours on Squadron Standard

No. 46 SQUADRON STANDARD

The Standard was awarded on 3 Jul 1968 and was presented on 13 Oct 1969 at RAF Abingdon by HM King Olav of Norway.

The Standard was laid-up in Chichester Cathedral on 31 August 1975.

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No. 46 SQUADRON CODE LETTERS

RJ:  Gauntlet, Hurricane to Sep 39

PO:  Hurricane

XK:  Stirling and Dakota

No. 46 SQUADRON BADGE

Description: “Two arrow heads surmounted by a third, all in bend.”

Explanation: “The arrows stand for speed in getting into action and their position is meant to give the impression of 3 aircraft climbing rapidly

Motto: “We rise to conquer”

Authority: King George VI, June 1937

It is believed that the original idea for the badge came from the wife of the Squadron CO in 1937, Sqn Ldr Barwell

No. 46 SQUADRON NAME

“Uganda”

No. 46 SQUADRON DRINK

Health and Strength is the energy-giving libation that combined all the alcohol available in the First World War Officers’ Mess in France.

3 bottles of Port

1/2 bottle of Brandy

1/4 bottle of Crème de Cacao

3 dozen eggs, yes 3 dozen!

Nutmeg

Stir together with loud cries of “Cheeeeriooo 46 First Today”; serves 90 approx. The magic will not work without the cry !

No. 46 SQUADRON GRACE

Great God, thou giver of all good,

Accept our praise and bless our food:

Grace, health and strength to us afford

Through Jesus Christ, our risen Lord

No. 46 SQUADRON SILVER and MEMORABILIA

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