No. 628 Squadron RAF


No. 628 Squadron RAF
Active21 March 1944 – 1 October 1944
CountryUnited Kingdom United Kingdom
BranchEnsign of the Royal Air Force.svg Royal Air Force
RoleMeteorological and air-sea rescue squadron
Part ofNo. 225 Group RAF, Air Command, South East Asia[1]
BaseRed Hills Lake, Madras
Aircraft flown
PatrolConsolidated Catalina
Two-engined Flying Boat

No. 628 Squadron RAF was a meteorological and air-sea rescue squadron of the Royal Air Force during the Second World War.


The squadron was formed at Red Hills Lake in Madras, India, on 21 March 1944,[2] by redesignating 'B' Flight of No. 357 Squadron RAF.[3] The unit was equipped with Consolidated Catalina Mks.Ib and Mk.IV flying boats, and operated as part of No. 225 Group RAF, Air Command, South East Asia.[1] Although intended for special duties, the squadron spent most of its time with meteorological reconnaissance and ASR (air-sea rescue) flights over the Indian Ocean.[2] It was disbanded at Red Hills Lake on 1 October 1944.[4]

Aircraft operated

Aircraft operated by No. 628 Squadron RAF[2][4][5]
From To Aircraft Variant
March 1944 September 1944 Consolidated Catalina Mk.Ib
July 1944 September 1944 Consolidated Catalina Mk.IV

See also


  1. ^ a b Delve 1994, p. 76.
  2. ^ a b c Halley 1988, p. 441.
  3. ^ Creed 1985, p. 251.
  4. ^ a b Jefford 2001, p. 102.
  5. ^ Rawlings 1982, p. 254.
  • Creed, Roscoe R. (1985). PBY: The Catalina Flying Boat. Annapolis, Maryland: The Naval Institute Press. ISBN 0-87021-526-4.
  • Delve, Ken (1994). The Source Book of the RAF. Shrewsbury, Shropshire, UK: Airlife Publishing. ISBN 1-85310-451-5.
  • Halley, James J. (1988). The Squadrons of the Royal Air Force & Commonwealth, 1918–1988. Tonbridge, Kent, UK: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. ISBN 0-85130-164-9.
  • Jefford, C.G. (2001). RAF Squadrons, a Comprehensive record of the Movement and Equipment of all RAF Squadrons and their Antecedents since 1912 (2nd ed.). Shrewsbury, Shropshire, UK: Airlife Publishing Ltd. ISBN 1-85310-053-6.
  • Rawlings, John D.R. (1982). Coastal, Support and Special Squadrons of the RAF and their Aircraft. London: Jane's Publishing Company Ltd. ISBN 0-7106-0187-5.

External links

  • 628 Squadron history on
  • No. 628 Squadron RAF movement and equipment history
  • History of No.'s 621–650 Squadrons at RAF Web