1 Composite Squadron

The official lineage of the 1 Composite Squadron.




Battle honours



  • Authorized as 'Conversion Training Squadron' 29 November 1940.Footnote 1
  • Redesignated 'No.1 Refresher Squadron' 15 March 1943.Footnote 2
  • Disbanded 29 October 1943.Footnote 3
  • Reformed as '1 Composite Squadron' from '1 Composite Detachment' (authorized 15 July 1943) 1 April 1945.Footnote 4
  • Disbanded 7 July 1945.Footnote 5


No lineal connection with ‘1 Squadron’ of 1918-20, 1925-27, or 1937-41. See 401 Squadron.

Operational history

The Second World War

The original squadron trained staff pilots for bombing and gunnery schools, and then provided refresher training to student pilots.Footnote 6 1 Composite Detachment/Squadron served on target towing, communications and air-sea rescue duties under 'Eastern Air Command'.Footnote 7

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