No. 332 Squadron (RAF): Second World War

Aircraft - Locations - Group and Duty - Books

No.332 (Norwegian) Squadron was a fighter squadron that served with Fighter Command until 1943 and then with 2nd Tactical Air Force. The squadron had a rather similar history to No.331 (Norwegian) Squadron. It was formed at Catterick in January 1942, and move south in June (one month after No.331). The two Norwegian squadrons formed a wing based at North Weald, and took part in offensive sweeps over France (No.332 Squadron's first sweep coming on 22 June 1942). Both Nos.331 and 332 squadrons took part in the Dieppe raid in August 1942.

In 1943 the two Norwegian squadrons formed part of No.132 Wing, 2nd Tactical Air Force. The squadron was used to provide fighter cover for the D-Day landings, and like No.331 moved to Normandy in mid-August. No.332 Squadron flew armed reconnaissance missions in support of the advancing armies, and then attacked enemy transport and communications in Germany.

At the end of April 1945 the squadron moved to Scotland, then in May moved to Norway. The squadron was transferred to the Royal Norwegian Air Force on 21 September 1945.

Aircraft
January-November 1942: Supermarine Spitfire VA and VB
November 1942-September 1945: Supermarine Spitfire IX
April-August 1943: Supermarine Spitfire VA and VB

Location
January-June 1942: Catterick
June-August 1942: North Weald
August 1942: Manston
August 1942-January 1944: North Weald
January-February 1944: Llanbedr
February-March 1944: North Weald
March 1944: Southend
March 1944: North Weald
March-June 1944: Bognor
June-August 1944: Funtington
August 1944: Ford
August-September 1944: B.16 Villons les Buissons
September 1944: B.33 Camp Neuseville
September-October 1944: B.57 Lille/ Wambrechies
October-December 1944: B.60 Grimbergen
December 1944: Fairwood Common
December 1944-February 1945: B.79 Woensdrecht
February-April 1945: B.85 Schijndel
April 1945: B.106 Enschede
April-May 1945: Dyce
May-July 1945: Gardermoen with detachments at Stavanger
July-November 1945: Vaernes

Squadron Codes: AH

Duty
1942-1943: Fighter Command
1943-1945: Second Tactical Air Force

Part of
6 June 1944: No.132 Wing; No.84 Group; Second Tactical Air Force; Allied Expeditionary Air Force

Books

 

Bookmark this page: Bookmark with Delicious  Delicious  Bookmark with Facebook  Facebook   Bookmark with StumbleUpon  StumbleUpon

How to cite this article: Rickard, J (16 November 2011), No. 332 Squadron (RAF): Second World War, http://www.historyofwar.org/air/units/RAF/332_wwII.html

Help - F.A.Q. - Contact Us - Search - Recent - About Us -  Subscribe in a reader - Join our Google Group - Cookies