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No. 598 Squadron RAF

No. 598 Squadron RAF
Active 1 December 1943 – 30 April 1945
Country United Kingdom
Branch Royal Air Force
Role Anti-aircraft Co-operation Unit
Squadron badge heraldry No badge authorised[1]
Squadron codes No squadron codes known to have been carried[2][3]

No. 598 Squadron RAF was an Anti-aircraft Co-operation squadron of the Royal Air Force during the Second World War.


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


The squadron was formed on 1 December 1943 at RAF Peterhead, Scotland from 1479 Flight and No. 1632 Flight RAF. It was tasked as an Anti-aircraft Co-operation Unit to cover the north east of Scotland and though officially based at Peterhead, it had detachments all over Scotland. The squadron continued in its role to March 1945, when it moved south to RAF Bircham Newton and re-equipped with the Bristol Beaufighter. It disbanded at Bircham Newton on 30 April 1945.[4][5]

Aircraft operated

Aircraft operated by no. 598 Squadron RAF, data from[4][5]
From To Aircraft Version
December 1943 January 1944 Westland Lysander Mk.IIa
December 1943 April 1945 Airspeed Oxford Mks.I, II
December 1943 April 1945 Miles Martinet Mk.I
February 1944 April 1945 Hawker Hurricane Mk.IV
June 1944 April 1945 Hawker Hurricane Mk.IIc
April 1945 April 1945 Bristol Beaufighter Mk.I

Squadron bases

Bases and airfields used by no. 598 Squadron RAF, data from[4][5]
From To Base Remarks
1 December 1943 12 March 1945 RAF Peterhead, Aberdeenshire, Scotland Dets. at RAF Longman, Inverness; RAF Skeabrae, Orkney Islands;
RAF Sumburgh, Shetland Islands; RAF Montrose, Angus and RAF Turnhouse, Edinburgh
12 March 1945 30 April 1945 RAF Bircham Newton, Norfolk Dets. at RAF Lympne, Kent; RAF Peterhead, Aberdeenshire and
RAF Hutton Cranswick, East Riding of Yorkshire

See also



  1. ^ RafWeb's Air of Authority – A History of RAF Organisation
  2. ^ Bowyer and Rawlings 1979, p. 148.
  3. ^ Flintham and Thomas 2003, p. 232.
  4. ^ a b c Halley 1988, p. 415.
  5. ^ a b c Jefford 2001, p. 99.


  • Bowyer, Michael J.F. and John D.R. Rawlings. Squadron Codes, 1937–56. Cambridge, UK: Patrick Stephens Ltd., 1979. ISBN 0-85059-364-6.
  • 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.

External links

  • Squadron histories for nos. 541–598 sqn on RafWeb's Air of Authority – A History of RAF Organisation
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