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No. 1564 Flight RAF

No. 1564 Flight RAF
Active 1 Feb 1943 – 15 Jun 1946
14 Aug 1963 – 31 Dec 1966
1 May 1969 – 31 Mar 1970
20 Aug 1983 – 22 May 1986
Nov 2007 – current
Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Branch Royal Air Force
Role Meteorological reconnaissance
Squadron Badge heraldry No known badge
Flight Codes Since 1984 the helicopters of the flight are coded SA, SB and SC[1][2]


1564 (Meteorological) Flight in World War II

No. 1564 (Meteorological) Flight was first formed at RAF Mellaha, near Tripoli, Libya, on 1 February 1943, flying Hawker Hurricanes and Supermarine Spitfires, and was disbanded at Istres, France on 15 June 1946.[1][2]

1564 (Helicopter) Flight in the 1960s

No. 1564 (Helicopter) Flight was re-formed at RAF El Adem, Libya on 14 August 1963, flying Bristol Sycamores and Westland Whirlwinds, from an element of 103 Squadron, disbanding on 31 December 1966 at El Adem.[1][2]

The flight was re-formed at El Adem again on 1 May 1969, from 'D' Flight of 202 Squadron, only to be disbanded again on 31 March 1970 on Cyprus.[1][2]

1564 (Tactical Support) Flight on the Falklands

Following the Falklands War of 1982, the Westland Sea King search and rescue aircraft of C Flight, 202 Squadron, RAF Coltishall were deployed to provide search and rescue cover for BFFI (British Forces Falkland Islands), flying from Navy Point opposite Port Stanley. The unit had a variety of designations before formally adopting No. 1564 (Tactical Support) Flight as its title in 1983. When the Sea King and Chinook units in the Falkland Islands were combined on the opening of RAF Mount Pleasant, they took on the title of 78 Squadron.[1][2]

1564 Flight was reformed in November 2007, by re-designating 78 Squadron on the departure of the Chinook aircraft from the Falklands. The Flight continues to operates two Sea King HAR3 helicopters, with crews provided on rotation from Nos. 22 and 202 Squadrons in the UK.

Aircraft operated

Aircraft operated by no. 1564 Flight RAF, data from[1][2]
From To Aircraft Version Example
1 Feb 1943 July 1945 Hawker Hurricane Mk.I Z4855
1 Feb 1943 July 1945 Hawker Hurricane Mk.IIb KZ134
1 Feb 1943 July 1945 Hawker Hurricane Mk.IIc LD209
1 Feb 1943 July 1945 Hawker Hurricane Mk.IId HV590
July 1945 15 June 1946 Supermarine Spitfire Mk.Vc EF683
July 1945 15 June 1946 Supermarine Spitfire Mk.IX MA518
14 August 1963 1 November 1963 Bristol Sycamore HAR.14 XL824
1 November 1963 31 December 1966 Westland Whirlwind HAR.10 XP354
1 May 1969 31 March 1970 Westland Whirlwind HAR.10 XP300, XJ764
20 August 1983 22 May 1986 Westland Sea King HAR.3 XZ597 SC
November 2007 Present Westland Sea King HAR.3 XZ597 SC

Flight bases

Bases and airfields used by no. 1564 Flight RAF, data from[1][2]
From To Base
1 February 1943 14 December 1943 RAF Mellaha, Libya
14 December 1943 14 January 1946 RAF Castel Benito, Libya
14 January 1946 15 June 1946 FAF Istres, France
14 August 1963 31 December 1966 RAF El Adem, Libya
1 May 1969 January 1970 RAF El Adem, Libya
January 1970 31 March 1970 RAF Akrotiri, Cyprus
20 August 1983 22 May 1986 RAF Navy Point, Falkland Islands
November 2007 Present RAF Mount Pleasant, Falkland Islands


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  • Jefford, Wing Commander C.G., MBE, BA, RAF(Retd.). RAF Squadrons, a Comprehensive record of the Movement and Equipment of all RAF Squadrons and their Antecedents since 1912. Shrewsbury, Shropshire, UK: Airlife Publishing, 1988 (second edition 2001). ISBN 1-85310-053-6.
  • Lake, Alan. Flying Units of the RAF. Shrewsbury, Shropshire, UK: Airlife Publishing, 1999. ISBN 1-84037-086-6.
  • Sturtivant, Ray, ISO and John Hamlin. RAF Flying Training And Support Units since 1912. Tonbridge, Kent, UK: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd., 2007. ISBN 0-85130-365-X.

External links

  • Royal Air Force: 1564 Flt
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