No. 12 Squadron (IAF): Second World War

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No.12 Squadron, RIAF, was a post-war fighter squadron that became a transport squadron before Indian independence.

No.12 Squadron formed after the end of the Second World War as a fighter squadron equipped with the Supermarine Spitfire.

In 1946 it was decided to equip the squadron with the de Havilland Mosquito, and a number of Airspeed Oxfords arrived as part of the conversion plan. Three months later this plan was dropped, and No.12 Squadron became a transport squadron. The first Douglas Dakotas arrived in September 1946. In April 1947 the squadron took over responsibility for parachute training in India, before in August joining the independent Royal Indian Air Force.

Aircraft
December 1945-June 1946: Supermarine Spitfire VIII
January-December 1946: Airspeed Oxford I
September 1946-August 1947: Douglas Dakota III

Location
December 1945-January 1946: Kohat
January-June 1946: Risalpur
June 1946-April 1947: Bhopal
April-August 1947: Chaklala

Squadron Codes: -

Duty
1945-46: Fighter Squadron
1946-47: Transport Squadron

Books

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How to cite this article: Rickard, J (9 November 2009), No. 12 Squadron (IAF): Second World War, http://www.historyofwar.org/air/units/IAF/12_wwII.html

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