In front of a three-bladed propellor, a grenade fired
NW (Nov 1941 - May 1945)
No. 286 Squadron RAF was a non-operational Second World WarRoyal Air Force squadron that operated a variety of aircraft to provide targets for anti-aircraft gun practice in the west country of England.
The squadron was formed at RAF Filton on 17 November 1941 from No. 10 Group AAC Flight.
From 24 January 1942 the squadron was headquartered at newly operational RAF Lulsgate Bottom. However as the facilities there were still unfinished, from 2 March to 30 April the headquarters used RAF Colerne. It returned to Lulsgate only briefly before leaving for RAF Zeals on 26 May.
The squadron served at various locations and detachments around the west country before finally moving to RAF Weston Zoyland, where it was disbanded on 16 May 1945.
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