No. 289 Squadron RAF


No. 289 Squadron RAF
Active17 November 1941 – 26 June 1945
CountryUnited Kingdom United Kingdom
BranchEnsign of the Royal Air Force.svg Royal Air Force
Squadron BadgeNone
Squadron CodeYE (November 1941 –June 1945)

No. 289 Squadron RAF was a Royal Air Force squadron formed as an anti-aircraft cooperation unit in World War II.


Formation in World War II

The squadron formed at RAF Kirknewton on 17 November 1941 and was equipped with Lysanders and Blenheims, Hurricanes and Hudsons to provide practice for the anti-aircraft defences in Scotland by towing targets and conducting simulated attacks. The squadron moved to RAF Turnhouse and RAF West Freugh, then operated other aircraft types from bases in England before it was disbanded at RAF Andover on 26 June 1945.

Aircraft operated

Aircraft operated by no. 289 Squadron RAF[1]
From To Aircraft Variant
Nov 1941 Jan 1942 Bristol Blenheim IIC
Nov 1941 Mar 1942 Westland Lysander III
Nov 1941 Mar 1942 Lockheed Hudson III
Nov 1941 Jun 1945 Hawker Hurricane I, IIC, IV
Mar 1942 Jun 1945 Airspeed Oxford
Mar 1942 Jul 1943 Boulton Paul Defiant I, III
Jun 1943 Mar 1945 Miles Martinet
Mar 1945 Jun 1945 Vultee Vengeance IV


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

External links

  • History of No.'s 286–290 Squadrons at RAF Web
  • 289 Squadron history on the official RAF website