No. 152 Squadron RAF

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No. 152(Hyderabad) Squadron of the Royal Air Force (RAF).

No.152 Squadron
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Role
Aircraft Operated
Home Station
Motto "Faithful ally"
History
Date Founded 8 December 1914
Badge A head-dress. No 152 Squadron became the gift squadron of Hyderabad and took as its badge the head-dress of the Nizam of Hyderabad.
Notable Battle Honours BATTLE OF BRITAIN 1940, BURMA 1944-1945

History[edit]

World War I[edit]

No 152 Squadron was formed on 1 October 1918 at Rochford as a Camel night fighter unit. 30 June 1919, the squadron disbanded.

World War II[edit]

Reformed at Acklington with Gladiators and became operational on 6 November 1939. Converted to Spitfires and throughout the Battle of Britain, No 152 defended southern England sector which included Portland naval base and were based at RAF Warmwell

During 1942 it operated around the Mediterranean, taking part in Operation Torch, and also operated from bases in Malta and Sicily during the invasions of Sicily and Italy.

152 Squadron pilot and Spitfire in Burma, showing the distinctive leaping panther emblem

152 Squadron moved to Burma on 19 December 1943 and joined the RAF Third Tactical Air Force (TAF). During the Battle of Imphal, the squadron operated from front-line strips and supported the Fourteenth Army during its final conquest of Burma. It was disbanded on 10 March 1946 in Singapore to where it had moved after the Japanese surrender.

Postwar[edit]

On 8 May 1946, No.136 Squadron was renumbered 152 while in transit to Bombay, and began flying Spitfires in June pending the arrival of its Tempests. By Early August it had received these but spares problems lead to it being disbanded on 15 January 1947.

On 1 October 1958, No.152 reformed, this time as a transport squadron in the Persian Gulf. It was disbanded on 15 November 1967.

Aircraft Operated[edit]

SOPWITH F1 CAMEL, GLOSTER GLADIATOR 1/11, SPITFIRE MK 1, SPITFIRE MK 11A, SPITFIRE MK VB, SPITFIRE MK VC, SPITFIRE MK 1X, SPITFIRE MK V111, SPITFIRE MK X1V, HAWKER TEMPEST F.2, GLOSTER METEOR MK 12, GLOSTER METEOR MK 14, HUNTING PEMBROKE C.1, TWIN PIONEER CC.1

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