No. 273 Squadron RAF


No. 273 Squadron RAF
No. 273 Squadron RAF
Active 30 July 1918 – 5 July 1919
1 August 1939 – 30 April 1946
Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Branch Ensign of the Royal Air Force.svg Royal Air Force
Motto None
Insignia
Squadron Badge None
Squadron Codes MS (Mar 1944 - Mar 1946)

No. 273 Squadron RAF was a Royal Air Force Squadron formed as reconnaissance unit in World War I and a torpedo bomber and reconnaissance unit in World War II.

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History

Formation and World War I

No. 273 Squadron Royal Flying Corps was formed on 30 July 1918 and operated DH.4s , DH.9s and Sopwith Camels from Burgh Castle on reconnaissance missions and disbanded on 5 July 1919 at Great Yarmouth.

Reformation in World War II

The squadron reformed on 1 August 1939 at China Bay in Ceylon as a torpedo bomber squadron operating the Vickers Vildebeest. In March 1942 it equipped with the Fairey Fulmars and lost an aircraft during the Japanese attack on Ceylon. It re-equipped with Hurricanes in August 1942 and then Spitfires. The squadron then moved to Chittagong, Burma supporting the 14th Army. It finally disbanded at Tan Son Nhut in French Indo China on 31 January 1946.

Aircraft operated

Aircraft operated by no. 273 Squadron RAF
From To Aircraft Variant
Aug 1918 Mar 1919 Airco DH.4
Aug 1918 Mar 1919 Airco DH.9
Aug 1918 Mar 1919 Sopwith Camel
Aug 1939 Mar 1942 Vickers Vildebeest III
Mar 1942 Sep 1942 Fairey Fulmar II
Aug 1942 Nov 1942 Hawker Hurricane I
Aug 1942 Dec 1943 Hawker Hurricane IIB
Dec 1943 May 1944 Hawker Hurricane IIC
Mar 1944 Dec 1945 Supermarine Spitfire VIII
Nov 1945 Jan 1946 Supermarine Spitfire XIV

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