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No. 211 Squadron RAF

No. 211 Squadron RAF was an active squadron in the Royal Air Force from 1918 to 1919 and from 1937 to 1946, in World War II, operating as a medium bomber unit in the Middle East and Far East and later as a strike fighter unit in the Far East. During World War II the Squadron was equipped with, successively, the Bristol Blenheim, the Bristol Beaufighter and de Havilland Mosquito.

Contents

  • History 1
  • Aircraft 2
  • Badge and motto 3
  • Notes 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

History

No. 11 Squadron Royal Naval Air Service was formed on 8 March 1917. It disbanded on 27 August that year but was reformed on 10 March 1918 with Airco DH.4s and DH.9s. At the start of April the RNAS and Royal Flying Corps merged to form the Royal Air Force; No. 11 Squadron was renumbered as No 211 Squadron of the RAF. Active over Flanders area until the end of the war, it did not return to Britain in March 1919 and was disbanded in June.

The squadron was reformed as day bomber unit in June 1937 at RAF Mildenhall.

On 12 June 1940 the squadron participated in an attack on No. 33 Squadron and Blenheims of No. 211 Squadron supported the British army's operations for the capture of Fort Capuzzo.[1]

During 1944-5 the squadron was stationed in India, flying missions over Japanese occupied Burma. The Bristol Beaufighter was the main aircraft used, replaced near the end of the campaign by the De Havilland Mosquito.[2]

Aircraft

Badge and motto

Squadron badge: An azure lion disjointed, ducally crowned. Motto: Toujours à propos (Always at the right moment)

Notes

  1. ^ Playfair, Vol. I, pages 110, 112–113.
  2. ^ Browne, Anthony Montague, Long Sunset: Memoirs of Winston Churchill's Last Private Secretary London 1995 Chapter 3 ISBN 0304344788

References

  • Clark CFR 1998 211 Squadron Greece 1940—1941: An Observers Notes and Recollections Canberra: DR Clark
  • Dunnet J 2001 Blenheim Over the Balkans Durham: Pentland Press
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  • “RAFMO” [S/Ldr HF Squire MRCS LRCP] 1997 Middle East Scrapbook Durham: Pentland Press
  • Spencer DA DFC 2009 Looking Backwards Over Burma — Wartime Recollections of a RAF Beaufighter Navigator Bognor Regis: Woodfield Publishing
  • Wisdom TH 1942 Wings Over Olympus London: George Allen and Unwin
  • Wright PA 2011 The Elephant On My Wing — The Wartime Exploits of Flight Lieutenant Bobby Campbell, a Blenheim Pilot with 211 Squadron RAF 1939–1943 Bognor Regis: Woodfield Publishing

External links

  • www.211squadron.org and PANDORA archive set
  • RAF Squadron history
  • Air of Authority Squadron history
  • RAF Bristol Blenheim history
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