No. 267 Squadron (RAF): Second World War

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No.267 Squadron was a transport squadron that served in the Mediterranean from its formation in 1940 until early 1945, and then moved to Burma to help support the final Allied offensive in that country.

The squadron was reformed on 19 August 1940 by the re-designation of the Communications Unit, Heliopolis. At first it was equipped with a wide range of small and medium sized aircraft, and was used for mail, passenger and cargo flights from Egypt to distant bases. The squadron was also involved in the evacuation from Greece, using its Lodestars and Bombays for night flights.

By the summer of 1942 the squadron's aircraft had been replaced with twin-engined transports, including a number of Lockheed Hudsons and the Dakota. The last Hudsons went in the summer of 1943 and after that the squadron only operated the Dakota.

The extra range of the twin engined aircraft allowed the squadron to operate around the Mediterranean. The squadron now provided general transport services, as well as casualty evacuation flights and some limited supply drop missions to support partisans in Italy and the Balkans. One notable casualty evacuation mission saw the squadron fly 219 wounded men from the Yugoslav Partisan II Corps after heavy fighting in August 1944. This was part of a larger effort in which 1,078 casualties were evacuated from a hastily constructed airfield at Brezna. The squadron also made occasional 'pick-ups', including one on 25-26 July 1944 in which four passengers were collected from a field in occupied Poland. Two more pick-up missions were performed, including one in which intelligence relating to the V-2 rocket was retrieved.

In February 1945 the squadron moved from its bases in Italy east to India, where the final campaigns of the long war in Burma were about to begin. The Allied successes in Burma owed much to the system of air supply that was adopted, and No.267 was one of the squadrons used to fly supplies to the advancing 14th Army. After the end of the fighting the squadron returned to a more standard transport role, before being disbanded in the summer of 1946.

Aircraft
August 1940-August 1942: Mix of types
February 1941-November 1942: Lodestar I and II
August 1940-July 1943: Lockheed Hudson III, IV and V
August 1942-July 1946: Douglas Dakota I, Dakota III and Dakota IV

Location
August 1940-August 1942: Heliopolis
August 1942-January 1943: Bilbeis
January 1943: Marble Arch
January-November 1943: Cairo West
November 1943-February 1945: Bari
February 1945: Bilaspur
February-May 1945: Tulihal
May-August 1945: Mawnybyin
August 1945-August 1946: Mingaladon

Squadron Codes: -

Duty
1940-1943: Transport squadron, Mediterranean
1943-1945: Transport squadron, Italy
1945: Transport squadron, Burma

Part of
11 November 1941: RAF Middle East
27 October 1942: No.216 Group; RAF Middle East
10 July 1943: No.216 Group; Mediterranean Air Command

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How to cite this article: Rickard, J (12 August 2011), No. 267 Squadron (RAF): Second World War, http://www.historyofwar.org/air/units/RAF/267_wwII.html

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