|No. LXX Squadron RAF|
|Branch||Royal Air Force|
|Role||Strategic and tactical air transport|
|Part of||No. 2 Group RAF|
|Home station||RAF Brize Norton|
(Latin for 'Anywhwere)
|Aircraft||Airbus A400M Atlas C1|
|Wing Commander Lee Roberts|
|Squadron badge heraldry||A demi-wing lion erased. Developed from an unofficial winged lion badge probably derived from the squadron's long dependence on the Napier Lion engine during the 1920s.|
No.70 or LXX Squadron RAF provides strategic transport.
During World War I, the squadron claimed 287 victories, and had as members nineteen aces, including Frank Granger Quigley, John Todd, Frank Hobson, Oscar Heron, Frank Gorringe, Walter M. Carlaw, George Robert Howsam, Clive Franklyn Collett, Alfred Michael Koch, Kenneth Bowman Watson, Noel Webb, Edward Gribben, and Frederic Laurence.
The squadron briefly disbanded in January 1920, reforming nine days later at Heliopolis, Egypt, via the renumbering of No. 58 Squadron. The squadron was now a bomber-transport unit operating the Vickers Vimy bomber. After transferring to Hinaidi, Iraq in December 1921, the squadron was re-equipped with Vickers Vernons and subsequently by Vickers Victoria in 1926. In addition to providing heavy transport facilities to both air and ground units they were used as air ambulances and were responsible for maintaining the Cairo-Baghdad airmail route. The squadron was commanded by Group Captain Eric Murray DSO MC. In 1929, he flew the first route to the Cape on behalf of Imperial Airways who were seeking routes for the civil flights.
In December 1928, a coup against the Amir of Afghanistan by Habibullah Kalakani supported by Ghilzai peoples led to the first large scale air evacuation, the Kabul Airlift. Over two months Victoria troop-carriers of 70 squadron played central role in the airlift of 586 British and European officials and civilians flying over mountains at a height of up to 10,000 feet (3,000 m) often in severe weather.
In 1940 A detachment was sent to Tatoi, in support of Allied forces defending Greece and in 1941 the squadron was involved in the campaign to conquer Vichy-occupied Syria and the Rashid Ali rebellion in Iraq.
70 Squadron relocated frequently in support of the 8th Army's westward advance, first into Libya then Tunisia. In November 1943 it relocated to Djedeida 20 miles west of Tunis putting industrial targets in the North of Italy, within easy reach. Between December 1943 and October 1945 the squadron relocated to Foggia, Italy where the Wellington's were replaced by the long range Liberators.
The squadron disbanded in April 1947 and was reformed in May 1948, at RAF Kabrit, Egypt when No. 215 Squadron was renumbered No. 70 Squadron. The squadron was equipped with Douglas Dakotas until 1950, when it re-equipped with Vickers Valettas. In 1955, the squadron moved to RAF Nicosia, Cyprus and re-equipped with the Handley Page Hastingss, Vickers Valetta and later used the Percival Pembroke twin engined communication aircraft. In 1966 the squadron moved to RAF Akrotiri. While there they won the Lord Trophy at RAF El Adem in competition with five other medium range transport squadrons. After a brief period operating Armstrong Whitworth Argosy C.1s, the squadron began conversion to the Lockheed C-130 Hercules in 1970, and moved to RAF Lyneham in 1975, after 55 years overseas. After 35 years of operating the Hercules C1/C3 from Lyneham, the squadron disbanded in September 2010.
The squadron reformed on 1 October 2014 and was officially "stood up" on 24 July 2015 by presentation with a new standard by Princess Anne becoming the Royal Air Force's first frontline A400M squadron.
|1916-1917||Sopwith 1½ Strutter||Single-engined biplane fighter|
|1917-1919||Sopwith Camel||Single-engined biplane fighter|
|1919||Sopwith Snipe||Single-engined biplane fighter|
|1920||Handley Page 0/400||Twin-engined biplane bomber|
|1920-1922||Vickers Vimy||Twin-engined biplane bomber|
|1922-1926||Vickers Vernon||Twin-engined biplane transport|
|Twin-engined biplane transport|
|1935-1940||Vickers Valentia||Twin-engined biplane transport|
|Twin-engined medium bomber|
|1945-1946||Consolidated Liberator||VI||Four-engined bomber|
|1946-1947||Avro Lancaster||B1(FE)||Four-engined bomber|
|1948-1950||Douglas Dakota||Twin-engined transport|
|1950-1956||Vickers Valetta||C1||Twin-engined transport|
|1956-1968||Handley Page Hastings||C1 and C2||Four-engined transport|
|1967-1975||Armstrong Whitworth Argosy||C1||Four-engined transport|
|1970-1980||Lockheed Hercules||C1||Four-engined transport|
|1980-2010||Lockheed Hercules||C3||Four-engined transport|
|2014-present||Airbus A400M Atlas||C1||Four-engined transport|