19(F) Sqn

19(F) Sqn Montage

No. 19 Squadron was formed from a nucleus provided by No. 5 Reserve Squadron at Castle Bromwich on 1 September 1915. It was almost a year later that the Squadron went to France, flying contact patrols with BE12s before re-equipping with French-built Spads. These were used to strafe ground troops during the battles at Arras, Messines Ridge and Ypres. Early in 1918, Sopwith Dolphins arrived and these were used in bomber escort duties.

A year after the end of the War, the Squadron was disbanded reforming on 1 April 1924 at Duxford. The Squadron remained at Duxford throughout the inter-war years with a succession of fighters: Siskins, Bulldogs and Gauntlets before the classic Spitfire arrived in August 1938. The Squadron remained in the UK after the outbreak of war, and was part of No. 12 Group, Fighter Command, during the Battle of Britain. Later versions of Spitfires were flown until the arrival of Mustangs for close-support duties in early 1944. After D-Day, No. 19 briefly went across the Channel before starting long-range escort duties with Coastal Command off the coast of Norway.

In March 1946, Spitfires replaced the Mustangs, but the association was short-lived as Hornets began to arrive later that year. It wasn't until 1951 that the Squadron received its first jet aircraft, the Meteor. Hunters replaced these in 1956, before Lightnings arrived in late 1962 and the Squadron moved to Gutersloh, Germany. By 1977, the Lightnings had been traded in for Phantoms, and the Squadron moved to Wildenrath where it remained until the station closed, and the Squadron disbanded in January 1992. The numberplate was then assigned to one of the three Hawk squadrons at RAF Valley; No. 63 (Reserve) Squadron becoming No. 19 (Reserve) Squadron in September 1992.

No 19 Squadron has since been disbanded at RAF Valley


19(F) Sqn Montage 19(F) Sqn Ops Patch 19()F Sqn Groundcrew 2ATAF  Patch 2ATAF Zap Phantom Phixer Phantom Phixer Roundal Copper Flag Red Flag Dolphin Keeper Death by Disbandment 19 Armourers red flag Groundcrew Patch late 80's APC 1981 Red Flag 1989 19 Sqn 1978 19 St Mawgan 1978 Jever 1982 Deci Line 19 Valley FMS 19 Sqn 1983/84 Sqn 1985 Akrotiri 1986 Grosetto 1982 SNCOs at the beach 19 flyby Cyprus 80's XV491 Early Morning in Akrotiri Xv in 86 19 and 92 to Red Flag XT899 XV439 Xv468 XV481 XV419
19(F) Sqn Montage
19(F) Sqn Ops Patch 
19(F) Sqn Grondcrew Patch from mid 80's. (Designed by Dave Blackmore-Heal for the 19/92 trip to Copper Flag, USA). 
The 19(F) Sqn 2 ATAF Patch 
The 19(F) Sqn 2 ATAF Zap 
The Sqn's Phantom Phixer Shield Patch 
The Sqn's Phantom Phixer Roundal Patch 
The 19/92 Copper Flag Zap from 1986 
The Sqn's Red Flag Zap. 
19(F) Sqn Dolphin Keeper Patch 
"Death by Disbandment" The final 19(F) Sqn Groundcrew Patch 
19(F) Sqn Armourer's Patch 
Sqn's Red Flag Patch 
19(F) Sqn Groundcrew Patch from the late 80's 
The oldest t-shirt I have! All the way from APC 1981 out in Akrotiri.
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A T-shirt design from the 1989 Red Flag trip. Guess they were the bad guys! 
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19(F) Sqn hosting a detachment at Wildenrath from 332 Sqn RDAF in 1978. 
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19(F) Sqn group during a det to St Mawgan in May 1978. 
Taken at Jever in 1982. 
Taken outside the Line Hut at Decimmommanu around 1982.
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Mick Hill, Ian Simpson, Nos Wilson, Les Goss, Terry Scannel and Sean Turner.
Here's a right band of reprobates on det at RAF Valley on MPC in 1978:
Back Row: Stu Mitchell, Robby Butler, Kev Roe.
Front Row: Ron Pithie, Taff Jewell and Andy Garton. 
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19(F) Sqn picture taken around 1983/84.
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19(F) Sqn taken between 1984 and 1987 on the HAS site at Wildenrath. The larger image is just about big enough to pick out faces.
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Ken Stevens, Bob Ross, and Gavin Barley fixing the Equipment Conditioning on "C" in Akrotiri during APC 1986. 
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A see-off of a 19 Sqn jet during a set to Grosetto in Italy. I am reliably informed that Shaun Donnelly (on the bottles) did pick the noddy cap up! 
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Some Sqn SNCOs having a well deserved break on the beach in Deci during the 1987 det.
Rod Plummer, Jow Keenan and Steve Hawkins.  
The fairly well known low pass in front of Akrotiri Tower during the 80's.
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Looking down the line at Golf Dispersal in Akrotiri sometime in the 80's. 
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XV491 in 19(F) Sqn markings just after landing. (The original was permenantly borrowed from 19's PBF!) 
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A site most of us have seen.... Early morning at Akrotiri getting the jets ready for first wave, this one of 19 Sqn jets around 1981/82.
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Head on view in Cyprus of "K" all prepped up to return to RAFG with full tank fit.
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19 and 92 on their way to Red Flag at Nellis in 1987. A close look at "J" shows that it was an aircrew turnround at Kinloss on the way! 
XT899 "B" painted in all blue annivesary scheme at Wildenrath. 
XV439 undergoing some night reheat runs.
XV468 coming back to earth at RAF Wildenrath.
This picture was taken by Dutch Photographer Lieuwe Hofstra, who states:
"I was expecting this 19 sqn Phantom to hit the public road, but as I took this picture the pilot pushed to full throttle and missed the airfield fence by inches.....I was a little shaky and deaf after this experience. (I took this photo with a 50mm lens...that's why)."

John Lovegrove says, "I was with 19(F) at Gilze-Rijen on Tactical Air Meet in 1984 when this
picture was taken, however I had no idea until I saw this photograph how close we came to loosing this aircraft at that time, the aircrew never let on to the ground crew. They kept it to them selves or maybe they were not aware how close they came to certain disaster!"
"AA" XV419 outside a Sqn HAS at RAF Wildenrath.
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Kipper Watt
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Les Goss
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