2 Squadron "Strike from above"
The role of No. 2 Squadron was that of flying training, ground attack in close support operations and air defence against relatively unsophisticated aircraft.

2 Squadron was formed in 1951 to operate the second batch of Spitfires delivered to Southern Rhodesia. Disbanded in 1954 when Spitfires were withdrawn from service, it was reformed in 1956 with Vampires, serving as a training unit, only to be disbanded again in June 1957. The squadron reformed in September 1958 at Thornhill Air Base, Gwelo. The squadron provided training for new recruits using Vampire FB 9 aircraft. It was yet again disbanded in 1958/9. The squadron reformed in March 1960 to provide instructor training on the Provost T52 and Vampire T11. It became an advanced flying training squadron and operational conversion unit in 1963 when additional Vampire aircraft were transferred from No. 1 Squadron.

The units pilots were also tasked with internal security duties (using the Provost) and ground attack (using the Vampires).
In 1964 the training role was given to No. 4 Squadron and No. 2 Squadron then took on the role of "Operational Conversion Training and Day Fighter/Ground Attack". The squadron's first action in this role was in Operation Cauldron in 1968, and proved to be the first of many. 

No. 2 Squadron carried out reconnaissance flights over the western, northern and eastern borders of Rhodesia using Vampire and Provost aircraft shared with No. 6 Squadron in 1969. The Squadron also took over the COIN commitment and the defence and ground attack role from No. 4 Squadron.

In November 1971 No. 2 Squadron passed its Provost aircraft to No. 4 Squadron which then took over COIN ops.

Post Independence
July 1982 saw the squadron re-equipped with British Aerospace Hawks.

 

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