No. 262 Squadron RAF

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No. 262 Squadron RAF
Active 29 September 1942 – 15 February 1945
Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Branch Ensign of the Royal Air Force.svg Royal Air Force
Role anti-submarine patrol squadron
Part of RAF Coastal Command
Flying Boat Consolidated Catalina
Insignia
Squadron Badge No badge authorised[1]
Squadron Codes TR (1944)
The same combination is also mentioned for 265 Squadron, in both cases it is not confirmed.[1]

No. 262 Squadron RAF was an anti-submarine patrol squadron of the Royal Air Force between 1942 and 1945.

History[edit]

The squadron was officially formed on 29 September 1942[1][2][3] at RAF Hednesford, although this was a paper exercise as the squadron personnel and equipment were at that moment in transit to Congella in South Africa. It did not start to operate as a squadron until arriving in Durban on 5 November 1942, arriving at Congella a week later,[1] but still had to wait until February 1943 before their first Consolidated Catalina aircraft arrived. It began to operate long anti-submarine patrols over the Indian Ocean. From November 1943 it started to training crews from the South African Air Force with a detachment at Langebaanweg in the Cape Province, it still carried out anti-submarine patrols but began to restrict those patrols to within the South Africa Defence Area. On the 15 February 1945 the squadron was disbanded when it was renumbered as 35 Squadron South African Air Force.[1][2][3]

Aircraft operated[edit]

From To Aircraft Variant
1943 1945 Consolidated Catalina Mk.Ib
1944 1945 Consolidated Catalina Mk.IVb

[1][2][3]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Rawlings 1982, pp. 185–186.
  2. ^ a b c Halley 1988, p. 328.
  3. ^ a b c Jefford 2001, p. 82.

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.
  • Spring, Ivan. Flying Boat: The History of 262 Squadron RAF and the origins of 35 Squadron SAAF. Johannesburg, South Africa: Spring Air, 1995. ISBN 0-9583977-2-4.
  • The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft (Part Work 1982–1985), Orbis Publishing, UK.