No. 193 Squadron RAF


No. 193 Squadron RAF
Active18 December 1942 – 31 August 1945
CountryUnited Kingdom United Kingdom
BranchEnsign of the Royal Air Force.svg Royal Air Force
Part ofRAF Fighter Command
Nickname(s)"Fellowship of the Bellows"
Motto(s)Latin: Aera et Terram Imperare
("To govern the air and the earth")[1]
Squadron Badge heraldryA Montagu's harrier volant carrying a grenade – fired[1]
Squadron CodesDP (Dec 1942 – Aug 1945)[2][3]

No. 193 Squadron RAF was a fighter squadron of the Royal Air Force during World War II.


No. 193 Squadron was formed at RAF Harrowbeer, Devon on 18 December 1942 as a fighter/ground attack unit. Although designated to operate the new Hawker Typhoon, the squadron at first used the Hawker Hurricane until the Typhoon was declared operational in April 1943.

In November 1943 the squadron was used to attack the German V-1 launch sites. The squadron then moved base in the south of England a number of times supporting the buildup for invasion. From 6 June 1944 the squadron was busy supporting the invasion force in the close-support fighter-bomber role. It was based on the Continent from 11 September 1944 as it continued to support the advancing armies in France, Belgium and Germany. The squadron disbanded on 31 August 1945 at Hildesheim.[1]


Some of the squadron's Typhoon aircraft were paid for by the Brazilian branch of the Fellowship of the Bellows, which were a loosely organised international groups formed during World War II to collect funds for the purchase of aircraft for the Royal Air Force.

Aircraft operated

From To Aircraft Variant
Jan 1943 Feb 1943 Hawker Hurricane Mk.IIb
Jan 1943 Aug 1945 Hawker Typhoon Mk.Ib


See also



  1. ^ a b c d Halley 1988, p. 252.
  2. ^ Bowyer and Rawlings 1979, p. 30.
  3. ^ Flintham and Thomas 2003, p. 69.
  4. ^ Jefford 2001, p. 69.
  5. ^ Rawlings 1978, p. 314.


  • Bowyer, Michael J.F. and John D.R. Rawlings. Squadron Codes, 1937–56. Cambridge, UK: Patrick Stephens Ltd., 1979. ISBN 0-85059-364-6.
  • Flintham, Vic and Andrew Thomas. Combat Codes: A full explanation and listing of British, Commonwealth and Allied air force unit codes since 1938. Shrewsbury, Shropshire, UK: Airlife Publishing Ltd., 2003. ISBN 1-84037-281-8.
  • Halley, James J. The Squadrons of the Royal Air Force & Commonwealth 1918–1988. Tonbridge, Kent, UK: Air Britain (Historians) Ltd., 1988. ISBN 0-85130-164-9.
  • Jefford, C.G. 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 (second edition 2001). ISBN 1-85310-053-6.
  • Rawlings, John D.R. Fighter Squadrons of the RAF and their Aircraft. London: Macdonald & Jane's (Publishers) Ltd., 1969 (2nd edition 1976, reprinted 1978). ISBN 0-354-01028-X.

External links

  • Journals from a World War II pilot in 193 Squadron; 193 photos
  • Squadron page at MOD site