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No. 299 Squadron RAF

No. 299 Squadron RAF
Active 4 Nov 1943 – 15 Feb 1946
Country United Kingdom
Branch Royal Air Force
Role Special Operations
Transport
Part of No. 38 Group RAF[1]
Insignia
Squadron Badge heraldry No badge authorised[2][3]
Squadron Codes X9 (Jan 1944 – Feb 1946)[4][5]
5G (Jan 1944 – Feb 1946)[6][7]

No. 299 Squadron was a Royal Air Force squadron during the Second World War and was part of No. 38 Group.

Contents

  • History 1
  • Aircraft operated 2
  • Squadron bases 3
  • Commanding officers 4
  • See also 5
  • References 6
    • Notes 6.1
    • Bibliography 6.2
  • External links 7

History

Short Stirlings of Nos. 196 and 299 Squadrons RAF lining the runway at RAF Keevil on the evening of 5 June 1944 before emplaning paratroops of the 5th Parachute Brigade Group for the invasion of Normandy

No. 299 Squadron was formed on 4 November 1943 form 'C' flight of 297 Squadron at RAF Stoney Cross, Hampshire as a special operations squadron. It became operational in April 1944 dropping SOE agents. During the Normandy landing the squadron first delivered paratroopers, and then returned to air-tow 16 Airspeed Horsa gliders across the English Channel. The squadron continued operations with resupply drops until 10 June when it returned to SOE duties. In between the SOE duties the squadron air-towed Horsa gliders for the Arnhem landing (Operation Market Garden), and the Rhine crossing (Operation Varsity). It was also involved in supply-dropping to resistance forces in Norway until the end of the war. At the end of the Second World War the squadron disbanded at RAF Shepherds Grove, Suffolk on 15 February 1946.[8][9]

Aircraft operated

Aircraft operated by no. 299 Squadron RAF, data from[2][8][9]
From To Aircraft Version
November 1943 January 1944 Lockheed Ventura Mks.I and II
January 1944 February 1946 Short Stirling Mk.IV
January 1945 February 1946 Short Stirling Mk.V

Squadron bases

Bases and airfields used by no. 299 Squadron RAF, data from[2][8][9]
From To Base
4 November 1943 15 March 1944 RAF Stoney Cross, Hampshire
15 March 1944 9 October 1944 RAF Keevil, Wiltshire
9 October 1944 25 January 1945 RAF Wethersfield, Essex
25 January 1945 15 February 1946 RAF Shepherds Grove, Suffolk

Commanding officers

Officers commanding no. 299 Squadron, data from[2][3]
From To Name
4 November 1943 28 December 1943 W/Cdr. R.W.G. Kitley
28 December 1943 19 September 1944 W/Cdr. P.B.N. Davis, DSO
19 September 1944 1 November 1944 W/Cdr. P.N. Jennings (acting after KIA of W/Cdr. Davis over Arnhem)
1 November 1944 31 December 1944 W/Cdr. C.B.R. Colenso, DFC
31 December 1944 September 1945 W/Cdr. P.N. Jennings
September 1945 15 February 1946 W/Cdr. R.N. Stidolph

See also

References

Notes

  1. ^ Delve 1994, pp. 69–70, 81.
  2. ^ a b c d Rawlings 1982, p. 197.
  3. ^ a b No. 38 Group History site
  4. ^ Bowyer and Rawlings 1979, p. 115.
  5. ^ Flintham and Thomas 2003, p. 117.
  6. ^ Bowyer and Rawlings 1979, p. 48.
  7. ^ Flintham and Thomas 2003, p. 57.
  8. ^ a b c Halley 1988, p. 354.
  9. ^ a b c Jefford 2001, p. 86.

Bibliography

  • Bowyer, Michael J.F. and John D.R. Rawlings. Squadron Codes, 1937–56. Cambridge, UK: Patrick Stephens Ltd., 1979. ISBN 0-85059-364-6.
  • Delve, Ken. The Source Book of the RAF. Shrewsbury, Shropshire, UK: Airlife Publishing, 1994. ISBN 1-85310-451-5.
  • Flintham, Vic and Andrew Thomas. Combat Codes: A full explanation and listing of British, Commonwealth and Allied air force unit codes since 1938. Shrewsbury, Shropshire, UK: Airlife Publishing Ltd., 2003. ISBN 1-84037-281-8.
  • 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, 1988 (second edition 2001). ISBN 1-85310-053-6.
  • 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

  • 299 squadron page at 38 group site
  • 299 squadron at MOD site
  • squadron histories for nos. 296–299 squadron at RAFWeb's Air of Authority – A History of RAF Organisation
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