No. 251 Squadron RAF

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No. 251 Squadron RAF
American Aircraft in Royal Air Force Service 1939-1945- Boeing Model 299 Fortress. CH6885.jpg
A Fortress GR Mark IIA of No. 251, which undertook meteorological reconnaissance flights from Reykjavik
Active 31 May 1918 - 30 June 1919,
1 August 1944 - 30 October 1945
Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Branch Air Force Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg Royal Air Force
Part of RAF Coastal Command
Motto(s) "However wind blows."[1]
Insignia
Squadron Badge heraldry A weathercock
Squadron Codes AD Aug 1944 - Oct 1945

No. 251 Squadron was a Royal Air Force Squadron which operated during the First World War and the Second World War. The Squadron was disbanded in 1945 and remains inactive.

History[edit]

No. 251 Squadron RAF was first formed in August 1918 from Nos. 504, 505, 506 and 510 (Special Duty) Flights based at Hornsea but operating from Atwick, RAF Greenland Top/Stallingborough) and Owthorne. The Squadron flew anti-submarine patrols on the coast of Yorkshire for the remainder of World War I and was then disbanded on 30 June 1919.[2]

No. 251 Squadron was then reborn after No. 1407 Flight (stationed at Reykjavík) was renumbered for air-sea rescues on 1 August 1944. The new Squadron also operated as Meteorological Reconnaissance until it was finally disbanded in October 1945.[3]

Aircraft Used[edit]

During its first time in operation, the Squadron flew:

During its second time in operation, the Squadron flew:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Pine, L.G. (1983). A dictionary of mottoes (1 ed.). London: Routledge & Kegan Paul. p. 101. ISBN 0-7100-9339-X. 
  2. ^ Squadron history page on official RAF website
  3. ^ Air of Authority

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