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No. 206 Squadron RAF

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No. 206 Squadron
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Information
RoleNot currently extant
Aircraft OperatedN/A
Home StationN/A
MottoNihil nos effugit
History
Date Founded1 November 1916 (RNAS)
BadgeAn Octopus
Notable Battle HonoursWestern Front 1916-1918, Arras 1917, Channel and North Sea 1939-1945, Atlantic 1939 and 1941-1945, Fortress Europe 1940 and 1942, Biscay 1943-1944, Bismarck
No. 206 Squadron of the Royal Air Force was, until April 2005, employed in the martime patrol role with the Nimrod MR2 at RAF Kinloss, Moray.

It was announced in December 2004 that 206 Sqn would disband on 1 April 2005, with half of its crews being redistributed to 120 and 201 Sqns, also stationed at Kinloss. This was a part of the UK Defence Review called Delivering Security in a Changing World; the Nimrod MR2 fleet was reduced from 21 to 16 as a consequence.

History

The squadron was originally founded 1 November 1916 as No. 6 Squadron, Royal Naval Air Service. This was a fighter squadron and was disbanded less than a year later. The squadron was reformed in 1917 as a bomber and reconnaissance unit. With the formation of the RAF in 1918 the squadron was renumbered No. 206 Squadron, RAF. It was again disbanded in 1920.

The squadron was again reformed in 1936, initially as a training squadron but was later assigned to maritime patrols. After service in World War II the squadron was disbanded in 1946. It was reformed in 1947 but again disbanded in 1949.

Reformed in 1952 the squadron moved to Kinloss in 1965 and was equipped with Nimrods in 1970.


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