92 (East India) Sqn

RAF Wildenrath
01 Apr 1977 - 05 Jul 1991

92 (East India) Sqn

Formed at London Colney as a fighter unit on 1 September 1917, it operated a variety of types for training until receiving its main equipment in January 1918, SE5As. It took these to France in July 1918 and until the end of the war it flew both fighter and ground-attack missions. Becoming part of the Army of Occupation, it disbanded at Eil on 7 August 1919.

Reforming at Tangmere on 10 October 1939, it was intended to become a Blenheim fighter unit, but in March 1940, these were replaced by Spitfires, becoming operation in May. It spent the early part of the Battle of Britain on defensive duties in South Wales, operating from Pembrey. It eventually arrived in No 11 Group on 8 September as part of the Biggin Hill Sector. It remained in the south, going over to the offensive in 1941 until September of that year, when it moved to Digby.

However, in February 1942, the squadron embarked for the Middle East, arriving in Egypt in April. Unfortunately, on arrival it found there were no aircraft available to equip it and it had to undertake maintenance duties, although some of the pilots flew with No 80 Squadron. Spitfires arrived in August and with these it carried out escort and fighter sweeps in defence of the El Alamein area. Following the break out, it followed the 8th Army until the Axis forces capitulated.

June 1943 saw the squadron re-located to Malta, from where it covered the Operation Husky, the Allied landings in Sicily. Moving to Sicily in July 1943 and Italy in September , it continued to act in the fighter role until becoming a fighter-bomber unit in July 1944. It remained on the Italian Front in this role for the remainder of the war and in September 1946, it became part of the occupation forces in Austria, where it disbanded on 30 December 1946.

As stated in the previous entry, No 91 Squadron was disbanded on 31 January 1947 at Acklington by being re-numbered No 92. Equipped with Meteor F Mk 3s, it moved to Duxford on 15 February 1947 and then in October 1949 to Linton-on-Ouse in Yorkshire. Further moves followed to Middleton St George, Thornaby, back to Middleton St George before the squadron arrived at Leconfield in May 1961. During this period it was successively equipped with Meteor F Mk 8s, Sabre F Mk 4s and Hunters, F Mk 4s from April 1956 and F Mk 6s from February 1957.

Having moved into Leconfield, the squadron took over the role of RAF Aerobatic Display Team from 'Treble One', 92's team was named 'Blue Diamonds', their all blue Hunters being a familiar sight to the author as they practised over the local area. The Hunters were replaced by Lightning F Mk 2s in 1963 and for at least one season the 'Blue Diamonds' operated these aircraft. However, in December 1965, No 92, was reallocated to RAF Germany. Initially based at Geilenkirchen, the squadron moved to Gutersloh in January 1968, where it remained until 31 March 1977 when the squadron disbanded.

In January 1977 No 92 (Designate) Squadron had begun training as a Phantom air defence unit at Wildenrath and on 1 April this unit formally adopted the 92 numberplate. The squadron continued to fly the Phantom from Wildenrath until 5 July 1991 when, owing to the rundown of RAF Germany following the collapse of the Eastern Bloc, it disbanded. Just over a year later No 92 (Reserve) Squadron was reformed as part of No 7 FTS at Chivenor. It was now involved in weapons training being equipped with the Hawk, however, when No 7 FTSs role was transferred to No 4 FTS at Valley, No 92 was disbanded on 1 October 1994 but in November 2008 it was allocated to Tactics and Training Wing of the Air Warfare Centre at RAF Waddington.

  • 92 Sqn Crest

  • 92 Sqn Aircrew Ops Patch

    Supplied by Chris Turner
  • 92 Sqn Montage

  • 92 Sqn Aircrew patch

    Supplied by Mark Jones
    (Phantom Preservation Group)
  • 92 Sqn Plumbers patch

    Supplied by Tel Hough
  • 92 Sqn Groundcrew patch....

  • ......and the Zap.

    Supplied by Chris Turner
  • A "Hissing Sid" zap that appeared on 92(F) Sqn around 1983

    Supplied by Rick Grant
  • Another 92 Sqn Groundcrew patch with the addition of "East India" denoting that the Sqn was "gifted" from India during the 2nd World War.

    Supplied by Jan-Toine van Hooft
  • A patch created to mark a Red Flag det to Nellis where the Sqn were the enemy! .

    Supplied by Supplied by Mark Jones
    (Phantom Preservation Group)
  • The last Grouncrew patch created for the Sqn disbandment in 1991.

    Supplied by Rick Grant
  • Here is the design of the Sqn T-shirt circa 1981 from the well known hand of Mick Dyson.

    Supplied by Innes Griggs
  • A painting from unknown parts, (Wildenrath Battle Flight?), describing Scramble-itis!

    Supplied by Chris Phelan
  • 92(F) Sqn taken in 1977 when first formed up at RAF Wildenrath.

    Supplied by Chris Foden
  • 92(F) Sqn out in Aalborg in 1978.

    Supplied by Chris Foden
  • A photo of the 92 (F) Sqn det to Aalborg, allegedly the det when Jethro decided to jump out of a bar window, not realising there were concrete steps directly below, leading to the cellar.....

    Supplied by Daz Talbot
  • 92(F) Sqn in a normal Cyprus pic from the '80's.

    Supplied by Tony Magee
  • 92 on the lash in Cyprus during APC 1982.
    L to R
    Andy PRYNN
    Chris PHELAN (Tinman)
    Jim KERR
    Daz TALBOT
    Terry (at the front)
    Spot the Pandemonium?

    Supplied by Jim Kerr
  • The usual 92 rabble -
    Back Row
    ?, Kes KESBY, Brian McRITCHIE,
    ?, Andy PRYNN.
    Front Row
    ?, Jeff LEATS, Tel HOUGH.
    Out of shot, Brin GILL was lighting the BBQ and some BAD, BAD men stood behind him soaking his bellbottoms in light fluid. The rest is history...

    Supplied by Tel Hough
  • Dave Smythe (L) and Dave Roberts (R) larking around outside the line in Cyprus 1982.

    Supplied by Jim Kerr
  • 92(F) Sqn grouncrew enjoying themselves in a bar at Paphos Harbour in 1982

    Supplied by Jim Kerr
  • Here is one of the infamous Diamond 9's that all so loved being displayed by 92 in the late '70's.

    Supplied by Chris Foden
  • XV402 - Q in the days before RHWR.

    Supplied by Mick Slorance
  • 19 and 92 on their way to Red Flag at Nellis in 1987. A close look at "J" shows that it was an aircrew turnround at Kinloss on the way!

    Supplied by Mick Slorance