No. 355 Squadron (RAF): Second World War

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No.355 Squadron was a heavy bomber squadron that operated over South-East Asia. The squadron was formed in India in August 1943, as part of No.184 Wing, No.221 Group. Liberator bombers arrived in late October and the squadron flew its first operation on 20 November.

From then until the end of the war the squadron was used to attack Japanese bases across South-East Asia, a role that involved the Liberator equipped squadrons in some very long range sorties.

After the end of the fighting the squadron became a transport unit. Late in 1945 and early in 1946 the squadron took part in Operation Hunger, ferrying food to the starving population of southern Burma. The squadron was also used on surveying flights. It was disbanded on 31 May 1946.

Aircraft
October 1943-July 1944: Consolidated Liberator III
March 1944-September 1945: Consolidated Liberator VI
August 1945-May 1946: Consolidated Liberator VIII

Location
August 1943-January 1946: Salbani
January-April 1946: Digri
April-May 1946: Salbani

Squadron Codes: Z, C, P

Duty
November 1943-August 1945: Heavy Bomber Squadron
September 1945-May 1946: Transport Squadron

Part of
August 1943-: No.184 Wing; No.221 Group.
1 July 1944: No.231 Group; Eastern Air Command; Air Command South-East Asia

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How to cite this article: Rickard, J (3 December 2011), No. 355 Squadron (RAF): Second World War, http://www.historyofwar.org/air/units/RAF/355_wwII.html

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