No. 191 Squadron RAF

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No. 191 Squadron RAF
Active 6 Nov 1917 – Jan 1919
17 May 1943 – 15 Jun 1945
Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Branch Ensign of the Royal Air Force.svg Royal Air Force
Motto Latin: Vidi Vici
("I saw, I conquered")[1][2]
Commanders
Notable
commanders
Arthur Travers Harris[3]
Insignia
Squadron Badge heraldry A dolphin[1][2]
Squadron Codes No codes known to have been used[1]

No. 191 Squadron was a Royal Air Force squadron. During World War I it was a non-operational night training unit, while during World War II it was engaged in maritime reconnaissance.[1]

History[edit]

Formation in World War I[edit]

No. 191 Squadron was formed at RAF Marham on the 6 November 1917 as a night training squadron,[4] operating amongst others the Royal Aircraft Factory FE.2bs and FE.2ds. The squadron moved to RAF Upwood in 1918 and was disbanded there in January 1919.[1][2]

Reformation in World War II[edit]

The squadron was re-formed on 13 May 1943 at Korangi Creek, India. The squadron operated the Consolidated Catalina to patrol the Persian Gulf and the western Indian Ocean.[1][2] The squadron moved to Red Hills Lake, India in November 1944. The Catalina's continued to carry out anti-submarine patrols and meteorological flights. The squadron disbanded on the 15 June 1945 at RAF Koggala, Ceylon.[1][2]

Aircraft operated[edit]

From To Aircraft Variant
Nov 1917 Jan 1919 Royal Aircraft Factory F.E.2 2b and 2d
May 1943 Jun 1945 Consolidated Catalina Mk.Ib
May 1944 Jun 1945 Consolidated Catalina Mk.IVb

[1][2][5]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Rawlings 1982, p. 125.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Halley 1988, p. 251.
  3. ^ http://www.rafweb.org/Biographies/Harris.htm
  4. ^ Sturtivant and Hamlin 2007, p. 7.
  5. ^ Jefford 2001, p. 69.

Bibliography[edit]

  • Halley, James J. The Squadrons of the Royal Air Force & Commonwealth 1918–1988. Tonbridge, Kent, UK: Air Britain (Historians) Ltd., 1988. ISBN 0-85130-164-9.
  • Jefford, Wing Commander C.G., MBE, BA, RAF(Retd.). RAF Squadrons, a Comprehensive record of the Movement and Equipment of all RAF Squadrons and their Antecedents since 1912. Shrewsbury, Shropshire, UK: Airlife Publishing, 1988 (second edition 2001). ISBN 1-85310-053-6.
  • Rawlings, John D.R. Coastal, Support and Special Squadrons of the RAF and their Aircraft. London: Jane's Publishing Company Ltd., 1982. ISBN 0-7106-0187-5.
  • Sturtivant, Ray, ISO and John Hamlin. RAF Flying Training And Support Units since 1912. Tonbridge, Kent, UK: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd., 2007. ISBN 0-85130-365-X.

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