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It was decided shortly after the Squadron’s disbandment in November, 1919 that 208 should be one of the numbers allotted to permanent squadrons of the Royal Air Force. On 1st February, 1920 No. 113 Squadron stationed at Ismailia was re-designated No. 208 Squadron and was equipped with RE 8 aircraft. The Squadron Commander chosen to reform the Squadron was Squadron Leader W J Y Guilfoile OBE MC

By October the Squadron received its first Bristol Fighters to replace the RE 8. This aircraft was to be used by 208 for the next ten years, an exceptionally long time for any one aircraft to be operational on a squadron.


In the late summer of 1922 news came through that Kemal Ataturk, leading the loyalists Turkish Army, had won a victory over the Greeks on the Sakaria River. The Greeks were driven into the sea and Ataturk continued his sweep in a northerly direction towards Constantinople. An Air Arm was required immediately to support Allied forces in Constantinople from this threat, and to this effect, on 16th September, 1922, Middle East Headquarters, Egypt, received orders to despatch a small Headquarters Staff, a Stores Park Staff, a Bristol Fighter Squadron - namely 208, and a Snipe Flight of 56 Squadron. As a result two flights of Bristol Fighters, under the command of Squadron Leader A. ap Ellis, entrained immediately at Moascar Station for Aboukir in preparation for embarkation at the Alexandria Docks.

The shipping available in Egyptian waters was ofHistoryInter-War-Podesta.pdf a most limited description and it was only owing to the need for extreme urgency that a very badly equipped ship, the S.S. Podesta, was taken over to transfer the RAF. On 25th September the Squadron embarked for operations in Turkey. Click on the document link to the right to read an extract from the magazine “Constantinople 1922/23” in which the feelings of the passengers for this vessel were summed up.


1 February 1920 No 113 Squadron re-designated as 208 Squadron under command of Sqn Ldr WJY Guilfoile OBE MC    October 1920 RE 8s replaced by Bristol Fighters                22 September 1922 208 Squadron deployed to  Turkey

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