No. 282 Squadron (RAF): Second World War

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No.282 Squadron was an air-sea rescue squadron that had two incarnations during the Second World War, the first serving from Scotland and the second from the south-west of England.

The squadron was formed for the first time on 1 January 1943 at Castletown, and was equipped with Walrus amphibians which it used to provide short-range air-sea rescue cover around the coast of northern Scotland. Avro Ansons arrived in March, increasing the squadron's range, and in November the squadron absorbed two detachments from No.281 Squadron at Drem and Ayr, expanding its coverage around the Scottish coast. On 12 January 1944 No.282 was absorbed by a new incarnation of No.281 Squadron, which itself provided cover around the British coast.

No.282 Squadron was reformed on 1 February 1944 at Davidstowe Moor, and was equipped with Vickers Warwicks. These were used to provide air-sea rescue cover around the south-west coast of England. Some Sea Otter II amphibians arrived in March 1945, but were only in use for a short period before the squadron was disbanded on 19 July 1945.

Aircraft
January 1943-January 1944: Supermarine Walrus I and II

March 1943-January 1944: Avro Anson I
Febriary 1944-July 1945: Vickers Warwick I
March 1945-July 1945: Supermarine Walrus and Supermarine Sea Otter II

Location
January 1943-January 1944: Castletown

February-September 1944: Davidstowe Moor
September 1944-July 1945: St. Eval

Squadron Codes: B4

Duty
1943-1945: Air-sea rescue

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How to cite this article: Rickard, J (12 September 2011), No. 282 Squadron (RAF): Second World War, http://www.historyofwar.org/air/units/RAF/282_wwII.html

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