No. 187 Squadron (RAF): Second World War

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No.187 Squadron was a short-lived transport squadron, formed in February 1945 to ferry troops to India in preparation for the planned invasions of Burma, Malaya and Japan. Although the squadron was initially equipped with the Handley Page Halifax, by the time transport flights began on 1 May 1945 they had been replaced by the Dakota.

Flights to India ended in March 1946, and were replaced by short-range trips to Europe, before the squadron was renumbered as No.53 Squadron in November 1946.

Aircraft
February-April 1945: Handley Page Halifax Mk.III
March 1945-November 1946: Douglas Dakota III and Dakota IV

Location
1 February-17 September 1945: Merryfield
17 September 1945-3 October 1946: Membury
3 October-1 November 1946: Netheravon

Squadron Codes: PU

Duty
February 1945-November 1946: Transport Command

Books

Review of Halifax Squadrons by John lake Halifax Squadrons of World War II , Jon Lake. This is a very good book on the combat record of the Handley Page Halifax. It covers much more than just its role as a front line bomber, with chapters on the Halifax with Coastal Command, the Pathfinders and SOE, amongst others. [see more]
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How to cite this article: Rickard, J (22 March 2007), No. 187 Squadron (RAF): Second World War, http://www.historyofwar.org/air/units/RAF/187_wwII.html

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