No. 358 Squadron RAF

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No. 358 Squadron RAF
No. 358 Squadron RAF.jpg
Official Squadron crest for No. 358 Squadron RAF
Active 8 November 1944 – 19 November 1945
Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Branch Ensign of the Royal Air Force.svg Royal Air Force
Role Bomber squadron
Special duties
Part of No. 231 Group RAF, South East Asia Command[1]
Motto Latin: Alere flammam
(Translation: "To feed the flame")[2][3]
Insignia
Squadron Badge heraldry An arm embowed, holding in the hand a torch[3]
The torch represents the spirit of freedom and the arm upholding it the role played by the squadron[2]
Squadron Codes TA (Nov 1944 – Dec 1944)[4][5]
Aircraft flown
Bomber Consolidated Liberator
Trainer Vickers Wellington

No. 358 Squadron RAF was a Bomber and Special duties squadron of the Royal Air Force flying with South East Asia Command from 1944 to 1945.

History[edit]

The squadron was formed on 8 November 1944 at Kolar, India with personnel of the disbanded 1673 Heavy Conversion Unit. Its role was as a heavy bomber unit flying the Consolidated Liberator. The squadron performed only one bombing mission on 13 January 1945, bombing Mandalay and by then flying from Digri. Thereafter the squadron role changed to a special duties squadron,[2][3] starting operations as such in the night from 22 to 23 January 1945.[2][3] On 10 February 1945 the squadron moved to Jessore. For the rest of the war the squadron dropped agents and supplies to resistance groups in Japanese-held territory. After the Japanese surrender the squadron then dropped supplies to POW camps and repatriated released prisoners. It was disbanded on 21 November 1945 at Bishnupur.[3]

Aircraft operated[edit]

Aircraft operated by no. 358 Squadron RAF, data from[2][6][7]
From To Aircraft Version
November 1944 December 1944 Vickers Wellington Mk.X
December 1944 November 1945 Consolidated Liberator Mk.VI

Squadron bases[edit]

Bases and airfields used by no. 358 Squadron RAF, data from[2][6][7][8]
From To Base
8 November 1944 3 January 1945 RAF Kolar, Karnataka, British India
3 January 1945 10 February 1945 RAF Digri, Bengal, British India
10 February 1945 19 November 1945 RAF Jessore, Bengal, British India
19 November 1945 21 November 1945 RAF Bishnupur, Bengal, British India

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Citations[edit]

  1. ^ Delve 1994, p. 84.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Moyes 1976, p. 234.
  3. ^ a b c d e Halley 1988, p. 386.
  4. ^ Bowyer and Rawlings 1979, p. 96.
  5. ^ Flintham and Thomas 2003, p. 107.
  6. ^ a b Halley 1988, p. 387.
  7. ^ a b Jefford 2001, p. 90.
  8. ^ Jefford 2001, pp. 268–271.

Bibliography[edit]

  • Bowyer, Michael J.F. and John D.R. Rawlings. Squadron Codes, 1937–56. Cambridge, UK: Patrick Stephens Ltd., 1979. ISBN 0-85059-364-6.
  • Delve, Ken. The Source Book of the RAF. Shrewsbury, Shropshire, UK: Airlife Publishing, 1994. ISBN 1-85310-451-5.
  • Flintham, Vic and Andrew Thomas. Combat Codes: A full explanation and listing of British, Commonwealth and Allied air force unit codes since 1938. Shrewsbury, Shropshire, UK: Airlife Publishing Ltd., 2003. ISBN 1-84037-281-8.
  • 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.
  • Moyes, Philip J.R. Bomber Squadrons of the RAF and their Aircraft. London: Macdonald and Jane's (Publishers) Ltd., 2nd edition 1976. ISBN 0-354-01027-1.
  • 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.

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