No. 251 Squadron (RAF): Second World War

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No.251 Squadron was reformed on 1 August 1944 by the renumbering of No.1407 Flight at Reykjavik, and served as an air-sea rescue and meteorological squadron for the rest of the war.

When the squadron was first formed it was equipped with a mix of Hudsons and Ansons. The small number of Ansons were used for local communications flights, while the Hudsons carried out the air-sea rescue missions and the vital meteorological flights. Two of the Hudsons were equipped with air droppable lifeboats, to help with air-sea rescue.

In March 1945 the squadron began to receive Boeing Fortresses, which operated alongside the Hudsons. The last Hudsons went in August 1945 and were replaced with Warwicks. The squadron continued to perform both of its roles until it was disbanded on 30 October 1945.

Aircraft
August 1944-August 1945: Lockheed Hudson III and IIIA
August-October 1944: Lockheed Ventura I
August 1944-October 1945: Avro Anson I
March-October 1945: Boeing Fortress II and IIA
August-October 1945: Vickers Warwick I

Location
August 1944-October 1945: Reykjavik

Squadron Codes: AD

Duty
1944-1945: Air-sea rescue and meteorological flights, Iceland

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How to cite this article: Rickard, J (22 July 2011), No. 251 Squadron (RAF): Second World War, http://www.historyofwar.org/air/units/RAF/251_wwII.html

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