Squadron History

The following pages contain the first fifty years of the Squadron from its formation as Naval 8 in the First World War to its 50th Anniversary at Muharraq in Bahrain.




The story is told by Douglas Marr then a Flight Lieutenant serving on the Squadron and flying the Hunter FGA9. The task to compile the history was given Douglas as a secondary duty by the then Squadron Commander  Squadron Leader Tony Chaplin. Most of the work was done in Douglas’s spare time and considerable credit goes to him for an excellent job. Some credit should also go to Tony Chaplin for having the foresight to select Douglas for the task: Tony would probably have said  “At least it kept him out of the bar!”

The Association wishes to thank Douglas for his agreement to allow this book to be made available to Members of the Association. Read Douglas’s Introduction, the Foreword by Sir Geoffrey Bromet, and the Acknowledgements at the following links:

Douglas Marr’s History has been subdivided into 6 sections, which may be accessed via the links below:

WWI

Inter-War

WWII

1945-50

1950-56

1956-66

The History also contains detailed records of Naval 8 / 208 Squadron’s Commanding Officers; Locations; Battle Honours; Aircraft; and Silver, which may be accessed via the links below:

1916-1939

In  addition to the formal histories of Naval 8 / 208 Squadron, detailed and entertaining anecdotal records may be found in the various Chapter sections, via the links below:

Spit / Hurr

Meteor

Hunter

Buccaneer

Hawk

Sqn Cdrs

Sqn Cdrs

Locations

Locations

Honours

Honours

Aircraft

Aircraft

Squadron Silver (1)

Silver

WWI Inter War WWII History 1945 - 50 (1) History 1950 - 56 (1) History 1956 - 66 (1) 1916 - 1939 Anecdotes Homepage Spit / Hurr Anecdotes Homepage Meteor Anecdotes Homepage Hunter Anecdotes Homepage Buccaneer Anecdotes Homepage Hawk Anecdotes Homepage

Introduction

Acknowledgements

Foreword

The following Squadron Histories may be downloaded in PDF format by clicking the pictures below:

HistoryHome Short History.pdf

A Short History of 208 Squadron
(17 Pages)

HistoryHome Very Short History.pdf

A Very Short History of 208 Squadron (6 Pages)

History of No 208 Squadron by J D R Rawlings - Air Pictorial March 1975 (5 Pages)

Other Squadron Histories, and books with direct historical reference to 208 Squadron, may be found in the Bibliography at the following link:

Bibliography History Flypast Magazine.pdf

Naval Eight’s Eyes
‘The Way We Were’
Flypast Magazine
March 2013
(8 Pages)

HistoryHome Rawlings History.pdf
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