No. 1586 (Polish Special Duties) Flight

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No. 1586 Flight RAF
Halifax II 35 Sqn RAF in flight c1942.jpg
A Halifax similar to those flown by 1586 Flt.
Active4 November 1943 – 7 November 1944[1]
RoleSpecial Duties
Garrison/HQRAF Derna
RAF Brindisi[1]
EquipmentHandley Page Halifax II
Consolidated Liberator III
Consolidated Liberator IV HAR.10
Hawker Hurricane IID[1]
Insignia
Identification
symbol
GR

No. 1586 (Polish Special Duties) Flight was first formed at RAF Derna, in Libya on 4 November 1943, equipped with Handley Page Halifax II special duties aircraft.

The origin of 1586 flight was the remnants of 301 (Polish) Squadron after disbandment on 31 March 1943 by the Polish HQ due to lack of staff and trained crews. Volunteer crews and aircraft formed C Flight of 138 Squadron, on 1 April 1943. Temporarily renamed as 301 Squadron Special Duties Flight RAF it had seven crews and operated three Handley Page Halifax and three Consolidated Liberator special transport bombers.

On 4 November 1943, Flight became No. 1586 (Polish Special Duties) Flight at RAF Derna Libya. It was still named locally by their ex 301 crews and Polish authorities as No. 301 Squadron Land of Pomerania. On 22 December 1943, the Polish flight was transferred to Campo Cassale near Brindisi, Italy, from where it flew above the occupied Europe with special duties. Missions flown by the flight included partisan supply drops and agent insertion.[1]

A special effort was undertaken to supply Polish insurgents after an outbreak of Warsaw Uprising in August 1944. Flights to central Poland were especially difficult, lasting up to eleven hours.

The flight was disbanded on 7 November 1944 at RAF Brindisi, Italy to resume operations as No. 301 Polish Bomber Squadron.[1]


References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Lake, Alan (1999). Flying units of the RAF : the ancestry, formation and disbandment of all flying units from 1912. Shrewsbury: Airlife. pp. &#91, page&nbsp, needed&#93, . ISBN 1-84037-086-6.