No. 163 Squadron (RAF): Second World War

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No.163 Squadron went through two incarnations during the Second World War, first as a transport squadron in East Africa and second as a Mosquito night bomber squadron.

The squadron reformed on 10 July 1942 at Suez as a transport squadron, and on the same day embarked for Massawa in Eritrea, arriving on 15 July. The squadron then moved to Asmara, where it received its Lockheed Hudsons one week later. Transport flights began at the end of July and from 1 September the squadron operated a mail service between Asmara and Khartoum. It also provided communication flights in Eritrea, Sudan and Ethiopia and some longer range trips to Nigeria and Madagascar. The squadron was reduced to a cadre on 18 December 1942 and disbanded on 16 June 1943.

The squadron reformed on 25 January 1945 at Wyton as a Mosquito squadron in No.8 Group. Night raids over Germany began on 28 January and continued for the last few months of the war. The Squadron was disbanded on 10 August 1945.

July-December 1942: Lockheed Hudson IIIA and Hudson VI

January-May 1945: de Havilland Mosquito 25
May-August 1945: de Havilland Mosquito XVI

July 1942-June 1943: Asmara

January-August 1945: Wyton

Squadron Codes: B

1942-1943: Transport Squadron, East Africa
1945: Mosquito Night Bomber Squadron

Part of:
27 October 1942: No.283 Wing; No.216 Group; HQ RAF Middle East


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How to cite this article: Rickard, J (5 January 2010), No. 163 Squadron (RAF): Second World War,

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