No. 346 "Guyenne" Squadron (RAF): Second World War

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No.346 "Guyenne" Squadron was a bomber squadron manned by French personnel who had previously been serving in North Africa. It formed part of Bomber Command's main force from 1 June 1944 until the end of the war. The Free French units were the last to operate the Merlin-powered Halifax II and V, although possibly only for one operation in June 1944, before they were replaced by the B.Mk III. In October 1945 the squadron moved back to France, and on 27 November 1945 it was transferred to the Armee de l'Air.

Aircraft
From May 1944 to June 1944: Handley Page Halifax B.Mk V
June 1944 to April 1945: Handley Page Halifax B.Mk III
March 1945 to November 1945: Handley Page Halifax B.Mk VI

Location
16 May 1944 to 20 October 1945: Elvington
From 20 October 1945: Bordeaux-Merignac
November 1945: To Armee de l'Air

Squadron Codes: H7

Duty
Bomber Command No.4 Group

Books

Bomber Offensive, Sir Arthur Harris. The autobiography of Bomber Harris, giving his view of the strategic bombing campaign in its immediate aftermath. Invaluable for the insights it provides into Harris’s approach to the war, what he was trying to achieve and the problems he faced. Harris perhaps overstates his case, not entirely surprisingly given how soon after the end of the war this book was written (Read Full Review)
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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]
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How to cite this article: Rickard, J (23 March 2007), No. 346 Free French Squadron (RAF): Second World War, http://www.historyofwar.org/air/units/RAF/346_wwII.html


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