No. 284 Squadron RAF


No. 284 Squadron RAF
No. 284 Squadron RAF
Active 7 March 1943 - 21 September 1945
15 October 1956 - 1 August 1959
Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Branch Ensign of the Royal Air Force.svg Royal Air Force
Role air-sea rescue
Motto From The Deep
Insignia
Squadron Badge heraldry In front of a demi-fountain, a dolphin[1]

No. 284 Squadron was a Royal Air Force squadron.

Contents

History

No. 284 Squadron was formed at RAF Gravesend, England on the 7 May 1943[2] from detachments of other air-sea rescue (ASR) squadrons[1] as an air-sea rescue squadron. The squadron moved to RAF Hal Far, Malta in July 1943. The squadron was equipped with the Supermarine Walrus and was responsible for air-sea rescue around Malta. Later the squadron headquarters moved to southern Italy during the Italian Campaign, the squadron providing detachments of aircraft as the campaign proceeded. Detachments of the squadron could so be found on Sicily, Sardinia, Tunisia and southern France.[1] Warwicks were added to the establishment in March 1944 and the following September the Walruses were transferred to No. 293 Squadron RAF and the squadron received some Hurricanes in their place. At the end of the Second World War the squadron disbanded on Corsica at Pomigliano on 21 September 1945.[2][1]

The squadron reformed at Nicosia, Cyprus on 15 October 1956[2], equipped with Sycamore HR Mk.14s in the ASR and support helicopter role. In November 1956, some Westland Whirlwind HAR Mk.2s were received and both types were operated until July 1959, when the Sycamores were retired. However, the following month the squadron was disbanded when it was re-numbered to No. 103 Squadron RAF.[2][1]

Aircraft operated

From To Aircraft Version
Jul 1943 Sep 1944 Supermarine Walrus Mk.II
Mar 1944 Sep 1945 Vickers Warwick Mk.I
Sep 1944 Mar 1945 Hawker Hurricane Mk.IIc
Oct 1956 Jul 1959 Bristol Sycamore HR.14
Nov 1956 Aug 1959 Westland Whirlwind HAR.2

[2][1][3]

See also

References

Notes

  1. ^ a b c d e f Halley 1988, p. 347.
  2. ^ a b c d e Jefford 2001, p. 85.
  3. ^ Rawlings 1982, p. 252.

Bibliography

  • Franks, Norman. Beyond Courage: Air Sea Rescue by Walrus Squadrons in the Adriatic, Mediterranean and Tyrrhenian Seas, 1942-1945. London: Grub Street, 2003. ISBN 1-904010-30-X.
  • Halley, James J. The Squadrons of the Royal Air Force and 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. ISBN 1-853100-536-1. (second revised edition 2001. ISBN 1-84037-141-2.)
  • Rawlings, John D.R. Coastal, Support and Special Squadrons of the RAF and their Aircraft. London: Jane's Publishing Company Ltd., 1982. ISBN 0-7106-0187-5.

External links


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • No. 103 Squadron RAF — Official squadron crest for No. 103 Squadron RAF Active 1 Sep 1917 1 Oct 1919 10 Aug 1936 26 Nov 1945 30 Nov 1954 1 Aug 1956 1 Aug 1959 31 Jul 1963 1 Aug 1963 31 Jul 1975 …   Wikipedia

  • No. 41 Squadron RAF — Official Squadron Badge of No. 41 Squadron RAF Active 14 July 1916 Country …   Wikipedia

  • No. 201 Squadron RAF — Official Squadron crest for No. 201 Squadron RAF Active 17 Oct 1914(RNAS) 21 Jun 1915 6 Dec 1916 1 Apr 1918 1 Apr 1918(RAF) 31 Dec 1919 1 Jan 1929 28 Feb 1957 …   Wikipedia

  • No. 16 Squadron RAF — Active 10 February 1915 – Present Role Elementary Flying Training …   Wikipedia

  • No. 208 Squadron RAF — Active 26 October 1916 – 7 November 1919 1 February 1920 30 March 1959 1 April 1959 10 September 1971 1 March 1974 31 March 1994 1 April 1994 present Country …   Wikipedia

  • No. 46 Squadron RAF — No. 46 Squadron Active 19 April 1916 31 August 1975 Country United Kingdom Branch Royal Air Force Size squadron No. 46 Squadron of the Royal Flying Corps …   Wikipedia

  • No. 609 Squadron RAF — No. 609 (West Riding) Squadron Active 10 Feb 1936 15 Sep 1945 31 Jul 1946 10 Mar 1957 1 Jul 1998 present Country Unite …   Wikipedia

  • No. 263 Squadron RAF — Official Squadron Badge Crest of No. 263 Squadron RAF Active 27 September 1918 16 May 1919 20 October 1939 28 August 1945 29 August 1945 1 July 1958 1 …   Wikipedia

  • No. 501 Squadron RAF — No 501 (County of Gloucester) Squadron, RAF Regiment Active 14 June 1929 20 April 1945 10 May 1946 10 March 1957 June 2001 present Country …   Wikipedia

  • No. 233 Squadron RAF — Active 31 August 1918 15 May 1919 18 May 1937 – 15 December 1945 1952 1957 1 September 1960 – 31 January 1964 Country …   Wikipedia


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.