|No. 286 Squadron RAF|
|Active||17 November 1941 – 16 May 1945|
|Branch||Royal Air Force|
|Motto(s)||Latin: Praesidia Nostra Exercemus|
("We exercise our defences")
|Squadron Badge heraldry||In front of a three-bladed propeller, a grenade fired|
|Squadron Codes||NW (Nov 1941 - May 1945)|
No. 286 Squadron RAF was a non-operational Second World War Royal Air Force squadron that operated a variety of aircraft to provide targets for anti-aircraft gun practice in the west country of England.
From 24 January 1942 the squadron was headquartered at newly operational RAF Lulsgate Bottom. However, as the facilities there were still unfinished, from 2 March to 30 April the headquarters used RAF Colerne. It returned to Lulsgate only briefly before leaving for RAF Zeals on 26 May.
|Nov 1941||Jan 1942||Westland Lysander||Mk.II|
|Nov 1941||Jun 1943||Hawker Hurricane||Mk.I|
|Nov 1941||Jul 1944||Boulton-Paul Defiant||Mks.I, III|
|Nov 1941||May 1945||Airspeed Oxford||Mks.I, II|
|Apr 1942||May 1945||Hawker Hurricane||Mks.IIc, IV|
|Jul 1943||Dec 1944||Miles Martinet||Mk.I|
|Nov 1944||Mar 1945||Miles Master||Mk.III|