No. 253 Squadron RAF
A Hawker Hurricane I similar to one flown by 253 Sqn during the Battle of Britain
|Active||1918 to 1957|
|Branch||Royal Air Force|
|Patron||The Nizam of Hyderabad|
|Colors||The back of a dexter arm embowed, fessewise, in Mogul armour, the hand holding an Indian battle-axe.|
|Squadron code||TL (April to September 1939)|
|Bomber||Short Type 184
de Havilland Venom
de Havilland Vampire
No. 253 (Hyderabad) Squadron was a flying squadron of the Royal Air Force between 1918 and the late 1950s.
During the squadrons stay at Bembridge it parented No. 412 (Seaplane) Flight RAF and No. 413 (Seaplane) Flight RAF, as well as No. 511 (Special Duty) Flight RAF, No. 512 (Special Duty) Flight RAF and No. 513 (Special Duty) Flight RAF for coastal reconnaissance and anti-submarine patrols, flying Short Type 184 and Airco DH.6 aircraft. DH.6s of 511 and 512 Flights flew their aircraft from the aerodrome at Foreland.
Reformed at RAF Manston on 30 October 1939, to become a convoy protection unit equipped with Blenheims, 253 changed role to day-fighter before any Blenheims had been received and was issued with Hawker Hurricanes instead. One flight was despatched to France, whilst the second flight flew across the English Channel daily, operating from French airfields and returning to Manston.
After the collapse of France, 253 Sqn disbanded and re-formed at RAF Kirton-in-Lindsey, taking part in the Battle of Britain from a variety of airfields across the country. Remaining in England until 1942, 253 Sqn. was re-located to the Mediterranean Theatre of Operations (MTO) from 13 November 1942 at RAF Maison Blanche in Algeria, continuing operations in the Med until disbanded at RAF Treviso, Italy on 16 May 1947.
A squadron badge was created after the squadron became the Hyderabad gift squadron in the heraldic form of:The back of a dexter arm embowed, fessewise, in Mogul armour, the hand holding an Indian battle-axe.
- List of Royal Air Force aircraft squadrons
- Battle of Britain RAF squadrons
- List of Royal Air Force aircraft independent flights
- List of RAF Squadron Codes
- Alan Lake, Flying Units of the RAF, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, UK: Airlife Publishing, 1999. ISBN 1-84037-086-6.
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- 253 Sqn in the Battle of Britain
- 253 Sqn command structure 1940 - 1942
- RAF Squadron badges
- Sqn Histories 251-255 at Air of Authority