No. 211 Squadron RAF
No. 211 Squadron RAF was an active squadron in the Royal Air Force from 1918 to 1919 and from 1937 to 1946, in World War II, operating as a medium bomber unit in the Middle East and Far East and later as a strike fighter unit in the Far East. During World War II the Squadron was equipped with, successively, the Bristol Blenheim, the Bristol Beaufighter and de Havilland Mosquito.
No. 11 Squadron Royal Naval Air Service was formed on 8 March 1917. It disbanded on 27 August that year but was reformed on 10 March 1918 with Airco DH.4s and DH.9s. At the start of April the RNAS and Royal Flying Corps merged to form the Royal Air Force; No. 11 Squadron was renumbered as No 211 Squadron of the RAF. Active over Flanders area until the end of the war, it did not return to Britain in March 1919 and was disbanded in June.
The squadron was reformed as day bomber unit in June 1937 at RAF Mildenhall.
On 12 June 1940 the squadron participated in an attack on Tobruk, damaging the Italian cruiser San Giorgio. On 14th June Gladiators of No. 33 Squadron and Blenheims of No. 211 Squadron supported the British army's operations for the capture of Fort Capuzzo.
During 1944-5 the squadron was stationed in India, flying missions over Japanese occupied Burma. The Bristol Beaufighter was the main aircraft used, replaced near the end of the campaign by the De Havilland Mosquito.
- Airco DH.4 (April 1918)
- Airco DH.9 (April 1918 to June 1919)
- Hawker Audax (July to October 1937)
- Hawker Hind (August 1937 to May 1939)
- Bristol Blenheim I (April 1939 to November 1941)
- Bristol Blenheim IV (May 1941 to February 1942)
- Bristol Beaufighter X (October 1943 to May 1945)
- de Havilland Mosquito FB VI (June 1945 to March 1946)
Badge and motto
Squadron badge: An azure lion disjointed, ducally crowned. Motto: Toujours à propos (Always at the right moment)
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