No. 595 Squadron (RAF): Second World War

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No.595 Squadron was an anti-aircraft co-operation squadron that operated in Wales from its formation late in 1943 until early in 1949. The squadron was formed on 1 December 1943 from Nos.1607, 1608 and 1609 Flights and inherited their mix of aircraft (Martinets, Henleys, Hurricanes and Oxfords). The Henleys went in June 1944 while Spitfires and Vultee Vengeance dive-bombers were added to the mix late in 1944. At about the same time the Hurricanes went.

The squadron was used to help anti-aircraft batteries calibrate their equipment, providing aircraft to fly at fixed courses and speeds and target tugs. The squadron survived rather longer than most anti-aircraft co-operation units, which were disbanded in 1946. No.595 Squadron continued on until 11 February 1949, when it was renumbered as No.5 Squadron.

Aircraft
December 1943-June 1944: Hawker Henley III
December 1943-December 1944: Hawker Hurricane IIC and IV
December 1943-February 1949: Miles Martinet I
June 1944-February 1949: Oxford I and II
November 1944-July 1945: Supermarine Spitfire VB
December 1944-July 1945: Supermarine Spitfire XII
July 1945-February 1949: Supermarine Spitfire XVI
December 1946-October 1948: de Havilland Vampire F.1

Location
December 1943-April 1946: Aberporth
April-October 1946: Fairwood Common
October 1946-February 1949: Pembrey

Squadron Codes: 7B

Duty
December 1943-February 1949: Anti-aircraft co-operation

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How to cite this article: Rickard, J (21 March 2012), No. 595 Squadron (RAF): Second World War, http://www.historyofwar.org/air/units/RAF/595_wwII.html

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