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No. 83 Squadron spent the first half of the Second World War operating as a night bomber squadron with Bomber Command. Unlike many Bomber Command squadrons, No. 83 Squadron went into action on the first day of the war, carrying out a sweep over the North Sea looking for German warships.
Bombing missions did not begin until 20 April 1940, after the German invasion of Norway. It retained it's Hampdens for just over two years, and when it did get new aircraft they were Avro Manchesters. The first Manchester mission was flown on 28 January 1942 and the flaws in the aircraft soon began apparent. After only four months of operations, the Manchesters were replaced by Avro Lancasters, which the squadron kept for the rest of the war. In August 1942 No. 83 Squadron became part of the Pathfinder Force, carrying out target marking duties for the rest of the war.
November 1938-January 1942: Handley Page Hampden I
December 1941-May 1942: Avro Manchester I
May 1942-July 1945: Avro Lancaster I and Lancaster III
14 March 1938-15 August 1942: Scampton
21 February-20 March 1940: Detachment to Lossiemouth
15 August 1942-18 April 1944: Wyton
18 April 1944-5 October 1945: Coningsby
Group and Duty
26 September 1939: Bomber squadron with No. 5 Group