Spirit of Coltishall Association

Incorporating Colt 38

No.54 Squadron


No 54 Squadron reformed at RAF Lossiemouth on 29th March 1974, as the RAF’s first Jaguar Squadron.

The unit was heavily involved in the Gulf War in 1991 when pilots and ground crew from 54 Squadron helped form the 22-strong Jaguar Detachment based at Muharraq in Bahrain. During the 3 months of the war the detachment flew over 600 missions without loss.

Soon after the Gulf War, 54 Squadron was deployed to Incirlik Air Force Base in Southern Turkey to form part of the Coalition Forces patrolling Northern Iraq as part of Operation WARDEN.

Only 6 months after finishing its involvement in OPERATION WARDEN the Squadron deployed to Gioia del Colle, Italy in support of Operation DENY FLIGHT. The Squadron once again deployed to Italy in 1997 on Operation DELIBERATE GUARD with the modified Jaguar 96 aircraft.

RAF Jaguar squadrons were earmarked to take part in OPERATION TELIC against the Iraqi regime of Saddam Hussein, but Turkish refusal to allow them to operate from that country meant they did not take part in the hostilities. Based at RAF Coltishall, the squadron was part of 38 Group's Offensive Strike Wing when it disbanded on 11 March 2005.

In September 2005, the unit re-formed at Waddington as the ISTAR (Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance) Operational Conversation Unit (OCU) to train aircrews from the three ISTAR platforms - Sentry, Nimrod R1 and Sentinel R1.


AIRCRAFT

Various types 1916 - 1916
Pup 1916 - 1916
Camel 1917 - 1919
Siskin IIIDC 1930 - 1930
Bulldog 1930 - 1936
Gauntlet 1936 - 1937
Gladiator 1937 - 1939
Spitfire I/II/V/VIII 1939 - 1945
Tempest II 1945 - 1946
Vampire 1/3/5 1946 - 1952
Meteor 8 1952 - 1955
Hunter 1/4/6/9 1955 - 1969
Phantom 2 1969 - 1974
Jaguar 1974 - 2005

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