No. 510 Squadron RAF

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No. 510 Squadron RAF
Active 15 Oct 1942 – 8 Apr 1944
Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Branch Ensign of the Royal Air Force.svg Royal Air Force
Role Transport and Liaison
Part of No. 44 Group RAF, Transport Command[1][2]
Insignia
Squadron Codes RG (late 1943 – Mar 1944)[3]
VS (unconfirmed)[4]

No. 510 Squadron was a Royal Air Force transport and liaison aircraft squadron that operated during the Second World War.

History[edit]

During 1942 it was decided that 24 Squadron was too large and the internal communication flight became no. 510 Squadron on 15 October 1942 at RAF Hendon.[5] The squadron inherited an assortment of light transport types to allow it fly communications and liaison flights within the United Kingdom.[5] On 8 April 1944, still at RAF Hendon, the squadron was disbanded when it was renamed to the Metropolitan Communications Squadron,[5][6] inheriting the aircraft and code(s) of 510 squadron.[7]

Aircraft operated[edit]

Aircraft operated by no. 510 Squadron RAF, data from[6][8][9]
From To Aircraft Version Notes
October 1942 January 1943 Westland Lysander Mk.I Single-engined piston liaison monoplane
October 1942 October 1943 Stinson Reliant Single-engined liaison monoplane
October 1942 December 1943 de Havilland Hornet Moth Single-engined liaison biplane
October 1942 December 1943 de Havilland Puss Moth Single-engined liaison monoplane
October 1942 January 1944 Hawker Hart Single-engined biplane
October 1942 April 1944 Airspeed Oxford Twin-engined liaison monoplane
October 1942 April 1944 Supermarine Spitfire Mk.I Single-engined fighter
October 1942 April 1944 de Havilland Tiger Moth Single-engined biplane
October 1942 April 1944 Percival Proctor Mks.I & III Single-engine monoplane
October 1942 April 1944 Percival Vega Gull Single-engined monoplane
October 1942 April 1944 Curtiss Mohawk Mk.III Single-engined fighter
October 1942 April 1944 Percival Q.6 Single-engined monoplane
October 1942 April 1944 de Havilland Gipsy Moth Single-engined biplane
October 1942 April 1944 Stampe SV.4 B Single-engined biplane
December 1942 April 1944 Avro Anson Mk.I Twin-engined monoplane
May 1943 December 1943 Koolhoven FK.43 Single-engined biplane
August 1943 December 1943 General Aircraft Cygnet Single-engined monoplane
March 1944 April 1944 Percival Proctor Mk.IV Single-engined monoplane

The Stampe SV.4 was "liberated" by two Belgian pilots and flown across the Channel from occupied Belgium in 1941.[10]

Squadron bases[edit]

Bases and airfields used by no. 510 Squadron RAF, data from[6][8][9]
From To Base
15 October 1942 8 April 1944 RAF Hendon, Middlesex

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Notes
Bibliography
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