No. 251 Squadron RAF
No. 251 Squadron was a Royal Air Force Squadron which operated during the First World War and the Second World War. Its badge was a Weathercock and its motto was: "However wind blows." The Squadron was disbanded in 1945 and remains inactive to this day.
No. 251 Squadron RAF was first formed in August 1918 from Nos. 504, 505, 506 and 510 (Special Duty) Flights based at Hornsea but operating from Atwick, Greenland Top (Stallingborough) and Owthorne. The Squadron flew anti-submarine patrols on the coast of Yorkshire for the remainder of World War I and was then disbanded on 30 June 1919.
No. 251 Squadron was then reborn after No. 1407 Flight (stationed at Reykjavík) was renumbered for air-sea rescues on 1 August 1944. The new Squadron also operated as Meteorological Reconnaissance until it was finally disbanded in October 1945.
During its first time in operation, the Squadron flew:
During its second time in operation, the Squadron flew:
- Avro Anson (August 1944 - October 1945)
- Lockheed Ventura (August 1944 - October 1944)
- Lockheed Hudson (August 1944 - August 1945)
- B-17 Flying Fortress (March 1945 - October 1945)
- Vickers Warwick (August 1945 - October 1945)