No. 343 Squadron (RAF): Second World War

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No.343 Squadron was the RAF designation given to a French naval anti-submarine warfare squadron operating from Dakar. The French unit, Flotille 7E, had been operating as part of No.496 Wing, using a mix of French flying boats and Sunderlands.

On 29 November 1943 the unit was given the RAF designation of No.343 Squadron. By this point it was entirely equipped with Sunderlands, and these aircraft were used on anti-submarine warfare patrols and to provide convoy escorts off the west coast of Africa (working alongside the land based No.344 Squadron). No.343 squadron was transferred to French control on 27 November 1945.

November 1943-November 1945: Short Sunderland III

November 1943-November 1945: Dakar/ Bel Air

Squadron Codes: B

1943-1945: anti-submarine warfare and convoy escort

Part of: No.496 Wing, Dakar


Short Sunderland Squadrons of World War 2, Jon Lake. A look at the service carrier of the most successful British flying boat of the Second World War, and a key component in Coastal Command's battle against the U-boat. Covers the introduction of the aircraft, its role in the Battle of the Atlantic, the Mediterranean, West Africa and other theatres.
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Fondation de la France Libre: French language site of the Foundation for the Free French.

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How to cite this article: Rickard, J (22 November 2011), No. 343 Squadron (RAF): Second World War,

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