No. 59 Squadron RAF


No. 59 Squadron RAF
No. 59 Squadron
Active 1 August 1916 (RFC) to 1919
1937-1946
1947-1950
1956-1961
Motto Ab uno disce omnes - From one learn all
Battle honours World War I
World War II
Insignia
Identification
symbol
A broken wheel.

No. 59 Squadron is a squadron of the Royal Air Force.

History

No.59 Squadron first became operational on 1 August 1916 at Narborough Airfield in Norfolk as a squadron of the Royal Flying Corps. During the Second World War it was attached to RAF Fighter Command (1937–1940), Bomber Command (taking part in the Millennium II raid on Bremen) and Coastal Command (1940–1945). After the war, 59 Squadron was attached to Transport Command, flying troops to India from September 1945 until 15 June 1946, when the squadron was disbanded. The squadron later reformed flying Avro Yorks and took part in the Berlin Airlift (1948–49). The squadron disbanded again on 31 October 1950, then reformed at RAF Gutersloh, Germany in August 1956, when No. 102 Squadron was re-numbered 59, flying English Electric Canberra B.2s and B(I).8s. No. 59 Squadron was last disbanded in 1961, when it was re-numbered No.3 Squadron.

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