No. 135 Squadron RAF

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No. 135 Squadron RAF
Active1 April 1918 – 4 July 1918
15 August 1941 – 10 June 1945
CountryUnited Kingdom United Kingdom
BranchAir Force Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg Royal Air Force
Motto(s)Latin: Pennas ubique monstramus
("We show our wings everywhere")[1]
Squadron BadgeA peacock.
Squadron CodesWK (Aug 1941 - June 1945)

No. 135 Squadron RAF was a Royal Air Force Squadron formed to be a bomber unit in World War I and reformed as a fighter unit in World War II.

Formation and World War I[edit]

No. 135 Squadron Royal Flying Corps was formed on 1 March 1918 at RAF Hucknall, Nottinghamshire in the training role. It was intended to train on the De Havilland DH.9 from September 1918 and to move to France in October 1918 but in a major re-organisation of squadrons after the Royal Air Force was formed the squadron disbanded on 4 July 1918 without becoming operational.[2][3]

Reformation in World War II[edit]

The squadron reformed in August 1941 as a fighter unit equipped with Hawker Hurricanes and was stationed at RAF Baginton but moved to RAF Honiley in September 1941.[2] It was then moved to Calcutta, India and Rangoon, Burma. The squadron converted to the Republic Thunderbolt I until its disbandment upon renumbering to 615 Squadron in June 1945.[2]

Aircraft operated[edit]

135 Sqn Thunderbolt Is at Chittagong, circa 1944.
Aircraft operated by no. 135 Squadron RAF[2]
From To Aircraft Variant
Aug 1941 Nov 1941 Hawker Hurricane IIA
Nov 1941 Nov 1941 Hawker Hurricane IIC
Feb 1942 Oct 1943 Hawker Hurricane IIB
Oct 1943 Sep 1944 Hawker Hurricane IIC
May 1944 Jun 1945 Republic Thunderbolt I



  1. ^ Pine, L G (1983). A dictionary of mottoes. London: Routledge and Kegan Paul. p. 169. ISBN 0-7100-9339-X.
  2. ^ a b c d Jefford 1988, p. 60
  3. ^ Jefford 1988, pp. 108-109


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