No. 290 Squadron RAF


No. 290 Squadron RAF
Active1 December 1943 – 27 October 1945
CountryUnited Kingdom United Kingdom
BranchEnsign of the Royal Air Force.svg Royal Air Force
Squadron BadgeNone
Squadron CodeX6 (December 1943 – October 1945)

No. 290 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 Newtownards on 1 December 1943 and was equipped with Hurricanes, Oxfords and Martinets to provide practice for the anti-aircraft defences in Northern Ireland by towing targets and conducting simulated attacks. The squadron moved to West Freugh, Scotland and then to Knocke le Zout, Belgium where it disbanded on 27 October 1945.

Aircraft operated

Aircraft operated by no. 290 Squadron RAF[1]
From To Aircraft Variant
Dec 1943 Jan 1945 Hawker Hurricane IIC
Dec 1943 Oct 1945 Airspeed Oxford
Dec 1943 Oct 1945 Miles Martinet
Dec 1944 Oct 1945 Supermarine Spitfire VB


  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
  • 290 Squadron history on the official RAF website