Air Enthusiast 1996-06
A.Thomas - Over All Things Everywhere
At the time of the Munich Crisis the Squadron went onto a war footing and toned its markings down, as seen on Blenheim I L1132 ‘OZ-J’ in early 1939.
Halberstadt (???) scout being examined by No 82’s men - it may have been forced down and captured by the unit. It wears British roundels.
The unit’s final aircraft type was the Canberra PR.7. WJ824 flown by Pilot Officer Loonies on September 20,1955.
Canberra PR.7 WJ818 on the ramp at Odiham during SBAC week in 1956 shortly before the squadron disbanded.
No 82 was one of the few RAF squadrons based in Africa and it operated in far-flung parts. Lancaster is having a prop change at Ndola, Northern Rhodesia in August 1950.
After World War Two 82 Squadron was re-formed with Lancaster PR.Is for photo survey duties in Africa. Three of its aircraft (RA803 nearest to camera) are seen at the Squadron’s HQ at Benson in 1947 before departure.
Poor but interesting view of Blenheim IV P6925 ‘UX-Z’ at Watton in May 1940. It was flying this aircraft on May 20 that the CO, the Earl of Bandon, led 82 back into action after its virtual destruction on the 17th.
No 82’s Blenheim IVs lined up at Watton in May 1940 when they were engaged in desperate attacks to halt the German advance and suffered severe losses. The nearest aircraft is P6912 ‘UX-A’ with P6828 ‘UX-K’ behind, this aircraft led an attack on May 15.
By the outbreak of war 82 Squadron was flying long-nosed Blenheim IVs, used mainly on fruitless North Sea armed recces.
Blenheim IV P4861 ‘UX-H’ looking forlorn after a take-off accident during a training camp at Weston Zoyland on September 18, 1939.
During World War One 82 Squadron flew the Armstrong Whitworth FK.8 on operations in France. C8636 at Argenvilliers in mid-1918 with Captain Fagan - the pilot on the right - and Lieutenant Ely - observer, on the left
FK.8 C8636 ‘14’ at Bonneuil, probably in March 1918, with Sergeant Norton in the gunner’s cockpit.
Rare flying view shows 82’s FK.8 ‘A’ on December 1, 1918, whilst being flown by Lieutenants Ramsbotliam and Boyes.
No 82 was the first unit to receive the Vultee Vengeance dive bomber which it used to great effect in the Arakan. Mk I EZ810 on detachment at Khumbirigram in November 1943.
On re-forming in Bomber Command, 82 Squadron flew Hind light bombers such as K5416, being flown by Pilot Officer Atkinson in 1937.
After initial structural problems No 82 found the Mosquito to be a devastating tool for long-range intruder missions over Burma.
The Squadron’s final type during World War Two was the superb Mosquito FB.Vl. HR551 ‘UX-P’ at Cholavarum in 1945. It wears SEAC two-tone blue markings.