No. 357 Squadron RAF

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No. 357 Squadron RAF
Active 1 February 1944 - 15 November 1945
Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Branch Ensign of the Royal Air Force.svg Royal Air Force
Part of No. 231 Group RAF, South East Asia Command[1]
Motto Latin: Mortem hostibus
(Translation: "We bring death to the enemy")[2][3]
Insignia
Squadron Badge heraldry A crocodile[2][3]
Squadron Codes No specific identity markings are known to have been carried[4]

No. 357 Squadron RAF was a special squadron, involved in the supply of covert forces behind enemy lines during World War II in South East Asia Command

History[edit]

The squadron was formed on 1 February 1944 at Digri, Bengal from No. 1576 (Special Duties) Flight. The squadron was equipped with Consolidated Liberator and Lockheed Hudson aircraft, which formed "A" Flight, whilst "B" Flight consisted of four Consolidated Catalina aircraft operated by the squadron from Red Hills Lake, Madras. The Catalina flight eventually became No. 628 squadron on 21 March 1944. On the 15 September 1944, No. 357 squadron moved to Jessore, Bengal. Early in 1945 the Hudsons were replaced by Douglas Dakotas, and "C" Flight equipped with Westland Lysanders joined the squadron. The squadron disbanded on 15 November 1945.

Aircraft operated[edit]

Aircraft operated by no. 357 Squadron RAF, data from[2][3][5]
From To Aircraft Version
February 1944 March 1944 Consolidated Catalina Mk.IV
February 1944 December 1944 Lockheed Hudson Mk.IIIa
February 1944 December 1944 Consolidated Liberator Mk.III
September 1944 October 1945 Consolidated Liberator Mk.VI
December 1944 November 1945 Douglas Dakaota Mks.III, IV
January 1945 March 1945 Stinson Sentinel
March 1945 November 1945 Westland Lysander Mk.IIIa

Squadron bases[edit]

Bases and airfields used by no. 357 Squadron RAF, data from[2][3][5]
From To Base Remark
1 February 1944 15 September 1945 Digri, Bengal, British India Dets. at RAF China Bay, Ceylon
and RAF Redhills Lake, Madras, British India
15 September 1945 15 November 1945 RAF Jessore, Bengal, British India Dets. at RAF Meiktila, Burma
and RAF Mingaladon, Burma

Commanding officers[edit]

Officers commanding no. 357 Squadron RAF, data from[4]
From To Name
February 1944 December 1944 W/Cdr. J.R. Moore
December 1944 July 1945 W/Cdr. L.M. Hodges, DSO, DFC
July 1945 November 1945 W/Cdr. P.R. Gaskell, DFC

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Delve 1994, pp. 77, 84.
  2. ^ a b c d Rawlings 1982, p. 204.
  3. ^ a b c d Halley 1988, p. 386.
  4. ^ a b Rawlings 1982, p. 205.
  5. ^ a b Jefford 2001, p. 94.

Bibliography[edit]

  • Delve, Ken. The Source Book of the RAF. Shrewsbury, Shropshire, UK: Airlife Publishing, 1994. ISBN 1-85310-451-5.
  • Gwynne-Timothy, John R.W. Burma Liberators: RCAF in SEAC. Toronto, Ontario, Canada: Next Level Press, 1991. ISBN 1-895578-02-7.
  • 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.
  • O'Brien, Terence. The Moonlight War: the Story of Clandestine Operations in South-East Asia, 1944-5. London: Collins, 1987. ISBN 0-00-217803-6.
  • Oughton, James D. with John Hamlin and Andrew Thomas. The Liberator in Royal Air Force and Commonwealth Service. Tonbridge, Kent, UK: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd., 2007. ISBN 978-0-85130-362-8.
  • 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.

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