No. 127 Squadron RAF

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No. 127 Squadron RAF
Active (RFC) 1 March 1918 – 4 July 1918
(RAF) 29 June 1941 - 30 April 1945
Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Branch Air Force Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg Royal Air Force
Role Fighter Command.
Motto(s) Eothen (Out of the East)
Aircraft Gladiator
Battle honoursWorld War II
• Home Defence
• Middle East
• Italy
• Western Desert
• Invasion of Europe
Squadron Badge heraldry A tarantula.
Squadron Codes HF allocated April 1939 - September 1939
EJ June 1942 - January 1943
9N April 1944 - April 1945

No. 127 Squadron RAF was a squadron of the United Kingdom's Royal Flying Corps and Royal Air Force.


It was first formed as a day bomber unit in February 1918, but was disbanded on 4 July of that year without seeing service. From 29 June to 12 July 1941, the designation was assigned to a detachment of Hawker Hurricanes and Gloster Gladiators in service in Iraq before they were renumbered No. 261 Squadron. Thereafter, the designation was taken up again and the squadron who served in Egypt.

It returned to the UK for Operation Overlord (the Allied invasion of Normandy) when it was equipped with the Spitfire IX HF operating from RAF Lympne in Air Defence of Great Britain, though under the operational control of RAF Second Tactical Air Force (2nd TAF).[1]

The squadron disbanded on 30 April 1945.


  1. ^ Delve, p. 137.


  • Ken Delve, D-Day: The Air Battle, London: Arms & Armour Press, 1994, ISBN 1-85409-227-8.

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