No. 155 Squadron (RAF): Second World War

Aircraft - Locations - Group and Duty - Books

No.155 Squadron was a fighter squadron that served in India and over Burma, performing reconnaissance, ground attack and bomber escort missions.

The squadron reformed on 1 April 1941 at Peshawar as a fighter squadron, receiving its Mohawks in mid-August. Air defence and convoy patrols begin in September from bases at Madras, before in October 1942 the squadron moved to Bengal. Detachments from the squadron flew operations over Burma, flying reconnaissance, ground attack and bomber escort missions.

The Mohawks remained in service in January 1944, when they were finally replaced with Spitfires. The squadron continued to fly defensive missions until the threat from the Japanese air force disappeared. It then moved on to ground attack and escort duties, while in the last month of the campaign its Spitfires began to carry 500lb bombs.

In September 1945, soon after the Japanese surrender, the squadron moved to Singapore. In February 1946 it moved to Sumatra to provide tactical support for the army, before disbanding on 31 August 1946.

Aircraft
August 1942-January 1944: Mohawk IV
January 1944-August 1946: Supermarine Spitfire VIII
December 1945-August 1945: Supermarine Spitfire XIV

Location
April-July 1942: Peshawar
July-October 1942: St. Thomas Mount
October-November 1942: Alipore
November 1942-January 1943: Agartala
January-February 1943: Rajyeswarpur
February-June 1943: Imphal
June-September 1943: Agartala
September 1943-January 1944: Imphal
January-February 1944: Alipore
February-March 1944: Baigachi
March-April 1944: Kalyanpur
April-August 1944: Baigachi
August-November 1944: Palel
November 1944-January 1945: Sapam
January 1945: Tulihal
January-February 1945: Tabingaung
February-April 1945: Sadaung
April 1945: Dwehla
April 1945: Kwetnge
April-May 1945: Toungoo/ Tennant
May-August 1945: Thedaw
August-September 1945: Zayatkwin
September 1945: Kallang
September 1945-February 1946: Tengah
February-August 1946: Medan

Squadron Codes: F (Mohawk), DG (Spitfire)

Duty
Duties
1942-1944: Fighter Squadron, India
1944-1945: Ground Attack, Burma

Part of:
1 July 1944: No.293 Wing, Eastern Air Command, HQ Air Command South-East Asia

Books

Spitfire: Flying Legend - 60th Anniversary 1936-96, John M. Dibbs. A beautifully illustrated book focusing on surviving flyable Spitfires, with some very impressive modern colour photos backed up by a good selection of archival pictures and a good selection of relevant quotes from wartime Spitfire pilots [see more]
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How to cite this article: Rickard, J (29 December 2010), No. 155 Squadron (RAF): Second World War, http://www.historyofwar.org/air/units/RAF/155_wwII.html

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