No. 131 Squadron RAF


No. 131 Squadron RAF
No. 131 (County of Kent) Squadron RAF
Active 1 March 1918 – 17 August 1918
28 June 1941 – 10 June 1945
26 June 1945 – 10 March 1946
Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Branch Ensign of the Royal Air Force.svg Royal Air Force
Motto Latin:Invicta (unconquered)
Insignia
Squadron Badge A horse in front of a sixteen point estoile.
Squadron Codes NX (Jun 1941 - Dec 1945)

No. 131 (County of Kent) Squadron RAF was a Royal Air Force Squadron formed to be a night bomber unit in World War I and reformed as a fighter unit in World War II.

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History

Formation and World War I

No. 131 Squadron Royal Flying Corps was formed on 1 March 1918 and became a unit of the Royal Air Force, but it disbanded on 17 August 1918 without becoming operational.

Reformation in World War II

The squadron reformed in 1941 as a fighter unit equipped with Spitfires and then provided air defence for convoys from RAF Atcham and Llanbedr in Wales. It then moved to India and was re-equipped with Thunderbolts. It was disbanded on 31 December 1945 at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Aircraft operated

No. 131 Squadron Spitfires
Aircraft operated by no. 131 Squadron RAF
From To Aircraft Variant
Jun 1941 Nov 1941 Supermarine Spitfire IA
Sep 1941 Jan 1942 Supermarine Spitfire IIA
Dec 1941 Sep 1943 Supermarine Spitfire VB
Dec 1942 Sep 1943 Supermarine Spitfire VC
Sep 1943 Mar 1944 Supermarine Spitfire IX
Mar 1944 Oct 1944 Supermarine Spitfire VII
Feb 1945 Jun 1945 Supermarine Spitfire VIII
Jun 1945 Dec 1945 Republic P-47 Thunderbolt II

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