No. 188 Squadron RAF


No. 188 Squadron RAF was a Royal Flying Corps and Royal Air Force Squadron that was a night training unit towards the end of World War I.

No. 188 Squadron RAF
Active20 Dec 1917 – 1 March 1919
CountryUnited Kingdom United Kingdom
BranchAir Force Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg Royal Air Force
Squadron BadgeNone
Squadron CodeXD (Apr 1939 - Sep 1939)


Formation in World War IEdit

The squadron formed at Throwley Aerodrome on 20 December 1917 to train night-fighter pilots and was equipped with Avro 504s. It also trained pilots to fly the Sopwith Camel and Sopwith Pup at night. It disbanded on 1 March 1919 and never reformed in later years, however a squadron code was allocated to it in 1939.

Aircraft operatedEdit

Aircraft operated by No. 188 Squadron RAF[1]
From To Aircraft Variant
Dec 1917 Mar 1919 Avro 504 K
Jun 1918 Mar 1919 Sopwith Camel
Jun 1918 Mar 1919 Sopwith Pup

No 188 squadron is also depicted in the film 'An Appointment in London' starring Dirk Bogarde & Dinah Sheridan.


  1. ^ C.G.Jefford (1988). RAF Squadrons. UK Airlife Publishing. ISBN 1-85310-053-6.

External linksEdit

  • History of No.'s 186–190 Squadrons at RAF Web
  • 188 Squadron history on the official RAF website