No. 270 Squadron (RAF): Second World War

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No.270 Squadron was a flying boat squadron that provided anti-submarine cover off the coast of West Africa. The squadron was formed at Jui, Gambia, on 12 November 1942, and was equipped with the Consolidated Catalina. The squadron moved to Nigeria in July 1943, where at the end of 1943 it began to replace its Catalinas with Sunderlands. The last Catalinas went in May 1944, and the squadron operated the Sunderland until the end of the war. In general the anti-submarine squadrons in West Africa had a quiet war, but their ceaseless patrols helped to keep the area safe from U-boat attack.

Aircraft
November 1942-May 1944: Consolidated Catalina IB
December 1943-June 1945: Short Sunderland III

Location
November 1942-July 1943: Jui
July 1943-June 1945: Apapa

Squadron Codes: -

Duty
1942-1945: Anti-submarine warfare, West Africa

Books

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.
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How to cite this article: Rickard, J (16 August 2011)), No. 270 Squadron (RAF): Second World War, http://www.historyofwar.org/air/units/RAF/270_wwII.html

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