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No. 283 Squadron RAF

No. 283 Squadron RAF
Active 11 February 1943 – 31 March 1946
Country United Kingdom
Branch Royal Air Force
Role air-sea rescue
Motto Latin: Attende et Vigila
("Be alert and on guard")
Squadron Badge In front of a Maltese cross, a lifebuoy

No. 283 Squadron was a Royal Air Force squadron that served during the Second world war in the air-sea rescue (ASR) mission role whilst flying Supermarine Walruses and both in ASR and the anti-submarine patrol role whilst flying Vickers Warwicks.


  • History 1
  • Aircraft operated 2
  • Squadron bases 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
    • Notes 5.1
    • Bibliography 5.2
  • External links 6


No. 283 Squadron was formed at Algiers on 11 February 1943 as an air-sea rescue squadron. The squadron was equipped with the Supermarine Walrus and was responsible for air-sea rescue along the North African coast. The squadron moved to Palermo in August 1943 to provide cover for the campaign in southern Italy. The squadron re-equipped with the Vickers Warwick in February 1944 and moved to RAF Hal Far, Malta. At the end of the Second World War the squadron disbanded at RAF Hal Far on 31 March 1946.

Aircraft operated

From To Aircraft Version
April 1943 April 1944 Supermarine Walrus Mks.I & II
March 1944 March 1946 Vickers Warwick Mk.I


Squadron bases

From To Name
February 1943 May 1943 Hussein Bay, Algiers
May 1943 May 1943 Maison Blanche
May 1943 May 1943 Tingley
May 1943 August 1943 La Sebala
August 1943 December 1943 Palermo
December 1943 December 1943 Ajaccio, Corsica
December 1943 April 1944 Borgo
April 1944 March 1946 RAF Hal Far, Malta


See also



  1. ^ Halley 1988, p. 347.
  2. ^ Jefford 2001, p. 85.
  3. ^ Rawlings 1982, p. 252.
  4. ^ Franks 2003, p. 181.


  • Franks, Norman. Beyond Courage: Air Sea Rescue by Walrus Squadrons in the Adriatic, Mediterranean and Tyrrhenian Seas, 1942-1945. London: Grub Street, 2003. ISBN 1-904010-30-X.
  • Halley, James J. The Squadrons of the Royal Air Force & Commonwealth, 1918-1988. Tonbridge, Kent, UK: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd., 1988. ISBN 0-85130-164-9.
  • Jefford, Wing Commander C.G., MBE,BA,RAF (Retd). RAF Squadrons, a Comprehensive Record of the Movement and Equipment of all RAF Squadrons and their Antecedents since 1912. Shrewsbury, Shropshire, UK: Airlife Publishing, 2001. ISBN 1-84037-141-2.
  • Rawlings, John D.R. Coastal, Support and Special Squadrons of the RAF and their Aircraft. London, Jane's Publishing Company Ltd., 1982. ISBN 0-7106-0187-5.

External links

  • Malta Memories with No. 283 Squadron
  • No 281 - 285 Squadron Histories
  • Squadron bases
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