No. 252 Squadron RAF


No. 252 Squadron RAF
Active1 May 1918 – 30 June 1919
21 November 1940 – 15 June 1941
14 November 1941 – 1 December 1946
CountryUnited Kingdom United Kingdom
BranchEnsign of the Royal Air Force.svg Royal Air Force
Motto(s)With or on
Squadron BadgeA Spartan Shield
Squadron CodesPN (Nov 1940 - May 1941)
BT (May 1941 –Nov 1942)

No. 252 Squadron RAF was a Royal Air Force (RAF) squadron that formed as a bomber unit in World War I and re-formed as part of RAF Coastal Command in World War II.


Formation and World War I

No. 252 Squadron was formed at Tynemouth on 1 May 1918 as a day bomber unit when four RNAS flights were amalgamated and was equipped with the Blackburn Kangaroo and DH.6s. One of these flights, No. 510 (Special Duty) Flight was posted to Redcar with its DH.6s for protection of shipping in the Teesport area until 21 January 1919.

The squadron disbanded at RNAS Killingholme on 30 June 1919.

Reformation in World War II

252 Sqn Beaufighters attacking an Italian seaplane base at Preveza, 19 July 1943.

On 21 November 1940 the squadron reformed at RAF Bircham Newton and was equipped with Blenheims and Beaufighters as a Coastal Command unit. It moved to Northern Ireland in April 1941 and an attachment went to Gibraltar.

The squadron was disbanded upon renumbering as No. 143 Squadron RAF on 15 June 1941 and re-established at Idku, Egypt on 14 Nov 1941. It then operated from Libya and various locations in Greece and was finally disbanded on 1 December 1946.

Aircraft operated

Aircraft operated by no. 252 Squadron RAF[1]
From To Aircraft Variant
May 1918 Jan 1919 Airco DH.6
May 1918 Aug 1918 Blackburn Kangaroo
Dec 1940 Apr 1941 Bristol Blenheim IF
Dec 1940 Apr 1941 Bristol Beaufighter IVF
Dec 1940 Jun 1941 Bristol Beaufighter IC
Nov 1941 Jan 1944 Bristol Beaufighter IC
Sep 1942 Jan 1944 Bristol Beaufighter VIC
Jun 1943 Jan 1944 Bristol Beaufighter XI
Jun 1944 Dec 1946 Bristol Beaufighter X


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

External links

  • History of No.'s 251–255 Squadrons at RAF Web
  • 252 Squadron history on the official RAF website