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The Royal Air Force was formed on 1 April 1918 through the merger of the Royal Flying Corps (RFC) and the Royal Naval Air Service (RNAS), becoming the first independent air force in the world. To avoid duplication of squadron numbers, former RNAS Squadrons had the number 200 added to their previous number on this date, eg 1 (Naval) Squadron RNAS becoming 201 Squadron RAF.
Following the recommendations of the Balfour Committee of 1923, which examined cooperation between the Royal Navy and the RAF, it was decided to form the Fleet Air Arm of the Royal Air Force. This initially consisted of 5 squadrons belonging to RAF Costal Aera, which became Costal Command in 1936.
Preparation for warEditIn November 1938, the RAF responded to the Munich Crisis by adopting the practice of assigning two or three letter identification codes to flying units. These were usually applied to the forward side of the fuselage roundel, with an additional identification letter on the rear, although some units either applied them the other way around, or only used the individual letter.[N 1]By April 1939, coding allocations had been expanded to include authorised nameplates for squadrons which had not yet been formed, with the system being further extended, to cover all units, by an Air Ministry order issued on 3rd August 1939. Following the declaration of war, existing codes were withdrawn and reallocated.
The Early WarEdit
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Lake, Alan. Airlife Publishing Ltd. (1999).
- ↑ Wragg, David. 2001. Page 6.
- ↑ Fritz The Fox
- Lake, Alan. Flying Units of the RAF. Airlife Publishing Ltd. (1999)
- Wragg, David. The Fleet Air Arm Handbook. Sutton Publishing ltd. 2001. ISBN 0-7509-2596-5