Royal Flying Corps No. 2 Squadron

Royal Flying Corps No. 2 Squadron

Remembering the lives of men of the RFC No. 2 Squadron. The Squadron was formed at Farnborough on 13th May 1912, on the founding of the Royal Flying Corps, as one of the first three squadrons of the new force. It was formed from a detachment of No. 2 (Aeroplane) Company of the Royal Engineers Air Battalion. Both 2 Squadron and 3 Squadron were equipped with fixed wing aeroplanes, while 1 Squadron was equipped with airships. From 26th February 1913 the squadron was based at Montrose, the first operational Royal Flying Corps base in the UK located just outside Montrose, Angus, which was established on the instructions of the First Lord of the Admiralty Winston Churchill to protect the Royal Navy. The squadron was the first to fly the English Channel into France at the start of the First World War, and spent the war on reconnaissance duties in France flying, amongst other aircraft, the B.E.2. Although its principal role was not air-to-air combat, it still had one flying ace among its ranks in Arthur William Hammond, and also numbered the first aviation Victoria Cross winners in its ranks, in Second Lieutenant Rhodes-Moorhouse and Lieutenant Alan Arnett McLeod.

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  • Profile picture for Alan Arnett Mcleod

    Born 1899

    Died 1918

    Air Force (RAF/RFC) 70180 Lieutenant

  • British Army Captain Attached Royal Flying Corps

    British Army Brevet Lieutenant Colonel Royal Flying Corps

  • Born 1879

    Died 1949

    Air Force (RAF/RFC) Brigadier General 2 Brigade RFC

    Air Force (RAF/RFC) Major Royal Flying Corps No.6 Squadron

  • Profile picture for William Barnard Rhodes-Moorhouse

    Born 1887

    Died 1915

    Air Force (RAF/RFC) Lieutenant Royal Flying Corps

    British Army Lieutenant Special Reserve / Royal Flying Corps 2nd Squadron

    British Army Second Lieutenant Special Reserve / Royal Flying Corps

  • Profile picture for Arthur Whitten Brown

    Born 1886

    Died 1948

    British Army Second Lieutenant Manchester Regiment 3rd Battalion

    British Army Second Lieutenant Manchester Regiment attached to Royal Flying Corps 2 Squadron

    British Army Lieutenant Manchester Regiment attached to Royal Flying Corps

  • Profile picture for Charles James Burke

    Born 1882

    Died 1917

    British Army Lieutenant Colonel Royal Irish Regiment Attached East Lancashire Regiment

    British Army Lieutenant Colonel Royal Irish Regiment

    British Army Brevet Major Royal Irish Regiment attached Royal Flying Corps No. 2. Squadron

  • British Army Captain Hampshire Yeomanry Territorial Force Reserve

    British Army Lieutenant Colonel Royal Flying Corps and Royal Air Force

  • Born 1888

    Died 1983

    British Army Second Lieutenant King's Own Scottish Borderers

    British Army Second Lieutenant Royal Flying Corps

    British Army Captain Royal Flying Corps

  • British Army 25 Trooper Royal Horse Guards

    British Army Second Lieutenant Royal Engineers 82nd Company

    British Army Lieutenant Royal Air Force

  • Profile picture for Cyril Francis De Sales Murphy

    Born 1882

    Died 1961

    Air Force (RAF/RFC)

  • Born 1893

    Air Force (RAF/RFC)

  • Profile picture for Hubert Dunsterville Harvey-Kelly

    Born 1891

    Died 1917

    British Army Lieutenant Royal Irish Regiment

    British Army Second Lieutenant Royal Irish Regiment

    British Army Lieutenant Royal Irish Regiment attached to the Royal Flying Corps

  • Profile picture for Thomas Ince Webb Bowen

    British Army Major Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment

    Air Force (RAF/RFC) Aviation Commodore Royal Air Force

    British Army Lieutenant-Colonel (Temporary/Brigadier General) Bedfordshire Regiment

  • Profile picture for James Smyth

    Died 1917

    British Army Second Lieutenant Royal Flying Corps

  • Born 1895

    Died 1920

    Air Force (RAF/RFC) Flying Officer 2nd Squadron

    Air Force (RAF/RFC) 84455

  • Profile picture for Edward Wilmer Leggatt

    Born 1892

    Died 1971

    Air Force (RAF/RFC)

    British Army Second Lieutenant The Duke of Edinburgh's (Wiltshire Regiment)

    Air Force (RAF/RFC) Flight Commander (Temporary Captain) Royal Flying Corp

  • Born 1884

    Died 1948

    British Army Captain Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry oxfordshire and Battalion

    British Army Colonel Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry oxfordshire and Battalion