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No. 525 Squadron RAF

No. 525 Squadron RAF
Active 1 Sep 1943 - 1 Dec 1946
Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Branch Royal Air Force
Part of No. 44 Group, RAF Transport Command[1] (1943-1944)
No. 47 Group, RAF Transport Command[2] (1945-1946)
Motto Latin: Vinciendo Vincimus
(Translation: "We link together to conquer")[3]
Squadron Badge heraldry A winged foot enfiled by a chaplet of roses and maple leaves[3]
Squadron Codes 8P (Allocation confirmed, use unconfirmed)[4][5]
WF (Feb 1945 - Dec 1946)[6]
Aircraft flown
Transport Vickers Warwick Twin-engined converted former medium bomber
C-47 Skytrain Twin-engined military transport version of famous Douglas DC-3 Dakota airliner
Short Stirling Four-engined converted former heavy bomber

No. 525 Squadron was a Royal Air Force transport aircraft squadron that operated during the Second World War.


The squadron was formed on 1 September 1943 at RAF Weston Zoyland to operate the Vickers Warwick in the transport role.[7] It first operated on the routes from England to Gibraltar and North Africa, but the Warwick was not the best aircraft for the role and it was withdrawn in 1944.[7] The Warwick was replaced with the Douglas Dakota and one example[8] of the Mark III transport version of the former four-engined heavy bomber, the Short Stirling.[9] The squadron soon operated on routes throughout Europe and also became mainly manned by Canadian personnel.[7] By the end of the war it was mainly operating routes to India.[7] The Canadians withdrew at the end of the war, but the squadron continued with trooping flights.[7] On 1 December 1946 the squadron was disbanded at RAF Abingdon, when it was re-numbered to 238 Squadron.[7][9]

Aircraft operated

Aircraft operated by No. 525 Squadron RAF[3][8][9]
From To Aircraft Version
September 1943 September 1944 Vickers Warwick Mk.I
June 1944 July 1945 Douglas Dakota Mk.III
July 1944 November 1944 Short Stirling Mk.III
August 1944 September 1944 Vickers Warwick Mk.III
February 1945 December 1946 Douglas Dakota Mk.IV

Squadron airfields

stations and airfields used by No. 525 Squadron RAF[3][8][9]
From To Airfield Remark
2 September 1943 6 February 1944 RAF Weston Zoyland, Somerset
6 February 1944 15 July 1945 RAF Lyneham, Wiltshire Det. at RAF Almaza, Egypt
15 July 1945 31 October 1945 RAF Membury, Berkshire Det. at Vienna-Schwechat, Austria
31 October 1945 1 December 1946 RAF Abingdon, Berkshire Det. at Vienna-Schwechat, Austria

Commanding officers

Officers commanding No. 525 Squadron RAF[8]
From To Name
October 1943 September 1944 W/Cdr. C.E.F. Riley
September 1944 June 1945 W/Cdr. D.R. Miller
June 1945 March 1946 W/Cdr. R.G. Dutton, DSO, DFC
March 1946 December 1946 W/Cdr. H.G. Newman

See also


  • 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.
  • Moyes, Philip J.R. Bomber Squadrons of the RAF and their Aircraft. London: Macdonald and Jane's (Publishers) Ltd., 2nd edition 1976. ISBN 0-354-01027-1.
  • 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

  • No. 525 Squadron history at old MOD site
  • No. 525 Squadron history at new MOD site
  • Squadron histories for nos. 521-540 squadron at RafWeb's Air of Authority - A History of RAF Organisation

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