No. 291 Squadron RAF

Summary

No. 291 Squadron RAF
Active1 December 1943 – 26 June 1945
CountryUnited Kingdom United Kingdom
BranchEnsign of the Royal Air Force.svg Royal Air Force
Insignia
Squadron CodeMM (Allocated April – September 1939)

No. 291 Squadron RAF was a Royal Air Force squadron formed as an anti-aircraft cooperation unit in World War II.

History

The squadron formed at RAF Hutton Cranswick in Yorkshire on 20 November 1941. It was equipped initially with Miles Martinets and then Hawker Hurricanes and Lockheed Hudsons. Targets were towed by aircraft to provide practice for the anti-aircraft defences in Eastern England. The squadron was also equipped with the Vultee Vengeance before it was disbanded on 26 June 1945.

Aircraft operated

Aircraft operated by no. 291 Squadron RAF
From To Aircraft Variant
Dec 1943 Mar 1944 Hawker Henley III
Dec 1943 Mar 1944 Miles Martinet
Mar 1944 Nov 1944 Hawker Hurricane IIC
Apr 1944 Jun 1945 Hawker Hurricane IV
Nov 1944 Jun 1945 Vultee Vengeance IV

Source: Jefford[1]

References

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

External links

  • Squadron history (and more) on RafWeb
  • Squadron history on the official RAF website