No. 525 Squadron (RAF): Second World War

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No.525 Squadron was a transport squadron that flew between the UK and bases across Europe. The squadron was formed on 2 September 1943 and initially was equipped with the transport version of the Vickers Warwick. These aircraft were used between the UK and Gibraltar, but the Warwicks were involved in a number of accidents, and were withdrawn. No.525 Squadron converted to the Dakota, which it used to fly between the UK and four destinations in the Mediterranean.

In September 1944 the squadron began to fly regular services to Allied bases in liberated France and Belgium. This role continued until the end of the war although longer routes were re-introduced in October. The squadron then added the Mediterranean area to its list of destinations. It was also used to carry newspapers to British bases. The squadron was renumbered as No.238 Squadron on 1 December 1946.

Aircraft
September 1943-September 1944: Vickers Warwick I
August-September 1944: Vickers Warwick III
June 1944-July 1945: Douglas Dakota III
February 1945-December 1946: Douglas Dakota IV

Location
September 1943-February 1944: Weston Zoyland
February 1944-July 1945: Lyneham
July-October 1945: Membury
October-December 1945: Abingdon

Squadron Codes: WF

Duty
1943-46: Transport Squadron

Books

 

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How to cite this article: Rickard, J (1 February 2012), No. 525 Squadron (RAF): Second World War, http://www.historyofwar.org/air/units/RAF/525_wwII.html

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