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No.295 Squadron was formed on 3 August 1942 as an airborne forces squadron. Its main duty would be to tow gliders during the D-Day landings and the campaigns to follow, but at first it was engaged in leaflet-dropping flights.
On the night before the D-Day invasions twenty-one aircraft from No.295 Squadron, with aircraft from No.570 Squadron, dropped the first troops of the invasion force into Normandy.
Twenty two aircraft from the squadron were used to tow gliders to Arnhem at the start of Operation Market Garden, and another seventy-five sorties were flown during the campaign. The squadron also took part in the Rhine Crossings and at the end of the war transported troops to Norway to take the surrender of the garrison.
August 1942-November 1943: Armstrong Whitworth Whitley V
February 1943-November 1943: Handley Page Halifax V
October 1943-January 1944: Armstrong Whitworth Albemarle I and II
July 1944-January 1946: Short Stirling IV
3 August 1942-1 May 1943: Netheravon
1 May-30 June 1943: Holmsley South
30 June 1943-14 March 1944: Hurn
14 March-7 October 1944: Harwell
7 October 1944-21 January 1946: Rivenhall
Squadron Codes: XH, EE, 8Z, 8E
Airbourne Forces Squadron
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