No. 272 Squadron RAF
|No. 272 Squadron RAF|
|Active||25 July 1918 – 5 March 1919
18 November 1940 – 30 April 1945
|Branch||Royal Air Force|
|Squadron Badge||A person in armour wearing a helmet|
|Squadron Codes||XK (Nov 1940 - May 1941)|
Formation and World War I
Reformation in World War II
The squadron reformed on 19 November 1940 at RAF Aldergrove. It received Blenheims and then converted to Beaufighters. It was then based in Crete to provide protection for convoys and at Luqa, Malta and Sicily following Operation Husky. On 8 September 1944, the Italian liner SS Rex was attacked by twelve 272 Squadron Beaufighters at Capodistria Bay, south of Trieste, leaving her on fire and badly listing. As the Allied forces advanced into Italy the squadron moved to Alghero and Foggia, and it disbanded at Gragnano on 30 April 1945.
|Jul 1918||Mar 1919||Airco DH.6|
|Nov 1918||Mar 1919||Fairey III||A|
|Nov 1940||Apr 1941||Bristol Blenheim||IVF|
|Apr 1941||Jul 1943||Bristol Beaufighter||IC|
|Nov 1942||Feb 1944||Bristol Beaufighter||VIC|
|Sep 1943||May 1944||Bristol Beaufighter||XI|
|Dec 1943||Apr 1945||Bristol Beaufighter||X|
- "Royal Air Force Operations in Malta, Gibraltar and the Mediterranean, 1940-1945 (C 4622)". Imperial War Museum. 2015. Retrieved 11 October 2015.
- C.G.Jefford (1988). RAF Squadrons. UK Airlife Publishing. ISBN 1-85310-053-6.
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