World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

No. 126 Squadron RAF


No. 126 Squadron RAF

No. 126 (Persian Gulf) Squadron RAF
Active 1 March 1918 – 17 August 1918
28 June 1941 – 10 March 1946
Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Branch Royal Air Force
Motto “Foremost in attack”
Squadron Badge A Maltese Cross under a laurel wreath.
Squadron Codes V (Jun 1942 – Dec 1942)
MK (Dec 1942 – May 1943))
5J (Apr 1943 – Mar 1946)

No. 126 (Persian Gulf) Squadron RAF was a Royal Air Force Squadron formed to be a day bomber unit in World War I and reformed as a fighter unit in World War II.


Formation and World War I

No. 126 Squadron Royal Flying Corps was formed on 1 March 1918 and became a unit of the Royal Air Force, but it disbanded on 17 August 1918.

Reformation in World War II

The squadron reformed in 1941 as a fighter unit equipped with Hawker Hurricanes and was stationed in Malta to provide air defence for the island. It was re-equipped with Spitfires and then operated from Sicily and Italy. It moved to the UK in April 1944 and was disbanded on 10 February 1946 after a period equipped with the Mustang.

Aircraft operated

Aircraft operated by no. 126 Squadron RAF
From To Aircraft Variant
Jun 1941 Mar 1942 Hawker Hurricane IIA
Jun 1941 Mar 1942 Hawker Hurricane IIB
Mar 1942 Mar 1944 Supermarine Spitfire VB
Mar 1942 Mar 1944 Supermarine Spitfire VC
Mar 1943 Nov 1943 Supermarine Spitfire IX
Apr 1944 Dec 1944 Supermarine Spitfire IXB
Dec 1944 Apr 1946 North American P-51 Mustang II
Aug 1945 Mar 1946 North American P-51 Mustang IV
Feb 1946 Mar 1946 Supermarine Spitfire LF XVIE


External links

  • Squadron history (and more) on RafWeb
  • Squadron history on the official RAF website
This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.