No. 171 Squadron RAF


No. 171 Squadron RAF
Active15 June 1942 – December 1942
7 September 1944 – 27 July 1945
CountryUnited Kingdom United Kingdom
BranchEnsign of the Royal Air Force.svg Royal Air Force
Motto(s)Latin: Per dolum defendimus (Confound the enemy)
Squadron BadgeA portcullis in front of a displayed eagle
Squadron codes6Y (1944 - 1945)

No. 171 Squadron RAF was a Royal Air Force Squadron that was a coastal reconnaissance and radio countermeasures unit in World War II.


Formation in World War II

The squadron formed on 15 June 1942 at Gatwick and equipped with Tomahawk and then Mustang aircraft, it was disbanded in December 1942 and then reformed on 8 September 1944 at North Creake, equipped with Stirling III and then Halifax Radio Countermeasures aircraft. It finally disbanded on 27 July 1945.

Aircraft operated

Aircraft operated by no. 171 Squadron RAF[1]
From To Aircraft Variant
Jun 1942 Dec 1942 CurtissTomahawk I
Sep 1942 Dec 1942 P-51 Mustang IA
Sep 1944 Jan 1945 Short Stirling III
Oct 1944 Jul 1945 Handley Page Halifax III


  1. ^ C.G.Jefford (1988). RAF Squadrons. UK Airlife Publishing. ISBN 1-85310-053-6.

External links

  • History of No.'s 171–175 Squadrons at RAF Web
  • 171 Squadron history on the official RAF website