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No. 353 Squadron RAF

No. 353 Squadron RAF
Active 1 June 1942 – 1 October 1946
Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Branch Royal Air Force
Part of No. 221 Group RAF, South East Asia Command[1]
No. 229 Group RAF, South East Asia Command[2]
Motto Fear naught in unity[3][4]
Squadron Badge heraldry A Bengal Tiger rampant[3][4]
Squadron Codes No identity markings are known to have been carried[3]

No. 353 Squadron RAF was a Royal Air Force squadron, active during World War II in the patrol and transport role.


No. 353 Squadron was formed on 1 June 1942 at Dum Dum, British India from 62 Squadron RAF and 103 (Coast Defence) Flight, Indian Air Force. The squadron was engaged in coastal patrols over the Bay of Bengal equipped with Lockheed Hudson aircraft. In August 1943 the squadron moved to Palam and was assigned to transport duties. From 1944 onwards the squadron re-equipped with Douglas Dakotas, and also operated a number of Avro Anson aircraft, which were replaced with Expeditors in January 1945. The squadron became fully Dakota equipped by April 1945, but disbanded at RAF Mauripur on 1 October 1946.

Aircraft operated

Aircraft operated by no 353 Squadron RAF, data from[3][4][5]
From To Aircraft Version
June 1942 October 1944 Lockheed Hudson Mk.III
October 1944 October 1944 Lockheed Hudson Mk.VI
April 1944 September 1945 Douglas Dakota Mk.I
April 1944 October 1946 Douglas Dakota Mks.III, IV
August 1944 January 1945 Avro Anson Mks.I, X, XII
November 1944 March 1945 Vickers Warwick Mk.III
January 1945 July 1945 Beechcraft Expeditor Mk.II

Squadron bases

Bases and airfields used by no 353 Squadron RAF, data from[3][4][5][6]
From To Base Remark
1 June 1942 24 February 1943 RAF Dum Dum, Bengal Det. at RAF Cuttack, Orissa
24 February 1943 2 April 1943 RAF Dhubalia, Bengal Det. at RAF Jessore, Bengal
2 April 1943 24 August 1943 RAF Tanjore, Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu Det. at St Thomas Mount, Madras, Tamil Nadu
24 August 1943 1 May 1946 RAF Palam, Delhi Dets. at Dum Dum (renumbered to 52 Squadron on 1 July 1944) and Jiwani, Balochistan
1 May 1946 1 October 1946 RAF Mauripur, Sindh Disbanded here

Commanding officers

Officers commanding no. 353 Squadron RAF, data from[3]
From To Name
1 June 1942 1 July 1944 W/Cdr. L.G.W. Lilly
1 July 1944 February 1945 W/Cdr. C.E. Slee, MVO, AFC
February 1945 March 1945 S/Ldr. F.M. Biddulph
March 1945 October 1945 W/cdr. A.M. Harding, DFC
October 1945 1 October 1946 W/Cdr. P.B. Wood




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  • 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

  • Squadron history on (old) MOD site
  • Squadron history on (new) MOD site
  • Squadron histories for nos. 353–361 squadron on "Air of Authority – A History of RAF Organisation"
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