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No.424 "Tiger" Squadron was a RCAF squadron that formed in Britain in October 1942 as part of Bomber Command, originally as part of No.4 Group, but from 1 January 1943 as part of No.6 (RCAF) Group.
The squadron flew its first operation on 15 January 1943, and spent the next three months operating with Bomber Command, before moving to North Africa to support the invasions of Sicily and Italy. The ground echelon left Britain on 15 May 1943, followed by the aircraft on 5 June, and the squadron was back together at Kairouan on 23 June 1943.
On 26 September 1943 the squadron departed for the UK, leaving its Wellingtons behind. On its return to Britain the squadron received the Halifax III, beginning operations with Bomber Command on 18 February 1944. The squadron took part in 123 bombing raids and 33 minelaying missions while flying the Halifax. The Avro Lancaster arrived at the start of 1945, and was used for the first time on 1 February 1945, remaining in use to the end of the war. During this period it was used on 29 bombing and 13 minelaying raids.
After the end of the war in Europe No.424 was not allocated to Tiger Force (for the war against Japan), and instead became a transport squadron, transporting troops to and from the continent before disbanding on 15 October 1945.
December 1942-April 1943: Vickers Wellington III
February-October 1943: Vickers Wellington X
December 1943-January 1945: Handley Page Halifax B.Mk III
January-October 1945: Avro Lancaster I and III
15 October 1942-19 April 1943: Topcliffe
19 April-3 May 1943: Leeming
3 May-15 May 1943: Dalton
16 June-30 September 1943: Kairouan/ Zina
6 November 1943-15 October 1945: Skipton-on-Swale
Squadron Codes: QB
October-December 1942: Bomber squadron with No.4 Group
1 January 1943-December 1945: Bomber squadron with No 6 (RCAF) Group
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