No. 255 Squadron RAF


No. 255 Squadron RAF
No. 255 Squadron RAF
Active 25 July 1918 – 14 January 1919
23 November 1940 – 30 April 1946
Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Branch Ensign of the Royal Air Force.svg Royal Air Force
Motto Latin: Ad Auroram (To the break of dawn)
Insignia
Squadron Badge A panther face
Squadron Codes YD (Nov 1940 - Apr 1946)

No. 255 Squadron RAF was a Royal Air Force Squadron formed as an anti–submarine unit in World War I and a night-fighter unit in World War II.

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History

Formation and World War I

No. 255 Squadron Royal Flying Corps was formed on 25 July 1918 and operated DH.6s from Pembroke, Wales on anti-submarine patrols and disbanded on 14 January 1919.

Reformation in World War II

The squadron reformed on 23 November 1940 at RAF Kirton-in-Lindsey. In March it received Hurricanes and moved to Hibaldstow where it converted to Beaufighters. It was then based at Coltishall, High Ercall and Honiley.

On 1 April 1941 two Polish airmen joined the squadron, coming from 54 Operational Training Unit: sgt. Józef Erdt (gunner) and sgt. Józef Feruga (pilot).

In November 1941 the squadron moved to Tunisia, then Sicily and in August 1943 to mainland Italy where it became a night intruder unit equipped with Mosquitos. It then moved to Hal Far, Malta in September 1945 and to Egypt in January 1946 where was finally disbanded on 30 April 1946.

Aircraft operated

Aircraft operated by no. 255 Squadron RAF
From To Aircraft Variant
Jul 1918 Jan 1919 Airco DH.6
Nov 1940 Sep 1941 Boulton Paul Defiant I
Mar 1941 Jul 1941 Hawker Hurricane IV
Jul 1941 May 1942 Bristol Beaufighter IIF
Mar 1942 Feb 1945 Bristol Beaufighter VIF
Feb 1944 May 1945 de Havilland Mosquito XIX
Jan 1946 Apr 1946 de Havilland Mosquito XXX

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