No. 246 Squadron (RAF): Second World War

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No.246 Squadron went through two incarnations during the Second World War. It had originally been formed in 1918 from a number of RNAS units, and in August 1942 it was reformed as part of Coastal Command. It began anti-submarine patrols on 12 December 1942, flying the Short Sunderland, but disbanded after only four months.

The squadron was reformed nearly two years later, as part of Transport Command. This new version of the squadron operated long distance transport services from Britain to the Middle and Far East. The squadron survived until 15 October 1946, when it was merged with No.511 Squadron.

Aircraft
October 1942-April 1943: Short Sunderland II and III
October 1944-November 1945: Consolidated Liberator
November 1944-February 1945: Handley Page Halifax III
December 1944-October 1946: Avro York C.1
April 1945-July 1945: Douglas Skymaster

Location
5 August 1942-30 April 1943: Bowmore

11 October 1944-1 December 1944: Lyneham
1 December 1944-15 October 1946: Holmsley South

Squadron Codes: G

Duty
October 1944-October 1946: Transport Command

Books
 Consolidated B-24 Liberator (Crowood Aviation), Martin W. Bowman. A well balanced book that begins with a look at the development history of the B-24, before spending nine out of its ten chapters looking at the combat career of the aircraft in the USAAF, the US Navy and the RAF. cover cover cover
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] cover cover cover
Short Sunderland Squadrons of World War 2, Jon Lake. A look at the service carrier of the most successful British flying boat of the Second World War, and a key component in Coastal Command's battle against the U-boat. Covers the introduction of the aircraft, its role in the Battle of the Atlantic, the Mediterranean, West Africa and other theatres. cover cover cover

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How to cite this article: Rickard, J (23 March 2007), No. 246 Squadron (RAF): Second World War, http://www.historyofwar.org/air/units/RAF/246_wwII.html

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