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Spring Offensive 1917

2017 marks a significant Anniversary in the history of Naval Eight / 208 Squadron. In 1917, it was heavily involved in intensive fighting during the Battle of Arras. October also saw the departure of the Squadron’s first CO: Squadron Commander G R Bromet.
Read the 2017 Newsletter article.

Exercise RED FLAG 1977

3rd August 2017 marks the 40th Anniversary of the first participation in Exercise RED FLAG by any RAF squadron and, of course, 208 was that Squadron. Click HERE to read an extract from Air Commodore Graham Pitchfork’s book ‘Buccaneer Boys’ in which David Wilby gives his recollections of the deployment.

The Chanak Crisis - 95 Yrs Ago

The ‘Chanak Crisis’ was the first post-war test of the RAF’s capability to mobilise a fighting formation to any trouble spot, at virtually no notice. On 25 Sep 1922, 208 Sqn and a Flt of 56 Sqn were transferred from Egypt to join Constantinople Wing. Click here to read an account of 208 Sqn’s part in the Operation.

El-Alamein 75th Anniversary

On the night of 23-24 October 1942, Lieutenant General Sir Bernard Montgomery launched his famous attack, in what became known as the Battle of El-Alamein. Click here to read Graham Pitchfork’s account of one of 208 Squadron’s finest actions, plus Sid Jefford’s first-hand recollections of the period.

New Format for 2017 Reunion

Association Members and their guests met in the Victoria Bar and the President’s Room at the RAF Club for a new-format Annual Reunion on Saturday 21 October 2017. Several members recounted anecdotes of their time on 208 Squadron. Click here to read an account of their entertaining stories.

RAF - 100th Anniversary

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.

Click here to read Graham Pitchfork’s historical account of the engagement.


The Last Piston Air Combat

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

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