In this period of National commemoration of the Centenary of World War I, the Naval 8 / 208 Squadron Association is privileged to publish, for the very first time, the private diaries of Naval 8 Squadron’s first Commanding Officer, Geoffrey Bromet, for the period 1 January 1916 to 31 December 1918. Click here to read the diaries.
The Association is proud to join the National celebrations of the 100th Anniversary of the RAF and, with it, the 100th Anniversary of 208 Sqn, formed from Naval Eight Sqn at Teteghem, near Dunkirk on the Western Front on 1st April 2018. Click here to read a short history of 208 Squadron.
22 May 2018 marks the 70th anniversary of the world’s last piston-engined air combat, in which Spitfires of 208 Squadron shot down 4 Egyptian Spitfires.
Amongst the first pilots posted to Naval 8 Sqn on its formation, Robert Little is generally regarded as the most successful Australian flying ace, with an official tally of 47 victories. 27 May 2018 marks the 100th Anniversary of his death. Click here to read a history of one of WWI’s greatest pilots.
Robert Alexander Little
Wing Commander Tom Neil, former Battle of Britain fighter ‘ace’ and CO of 208 Sqn between May 1953 and November 1955, passed away on 11 July 2018, at the age of 97.
17 July 2018 marks the 60th anniversary of the deployment of British forces to Jordan to protect King Hussein following the overthrow and assassination of King Feisal of Iraq. Hunters of 208 Squadron deployed to Amman to provide air support.