No. 357 Squadron RAF
|No. 357 Squadron RAF|
|Active||1 February 1944 – 15 November 1945|
|Branch||Royal Air Force|
|Part of||No. 231 Group RAF, South East Asia Command|
|Motto(s)||Latin: Mortem hostibus|
(Translation: "We bring death to the enemy")
|Squadron Badge heraldry||A crocodile|
|Squadron Codes||No specific identity markings are known to have been carried|
No. 357 Squadron was a special operations squadron of the Royal Air Force. During the Second World War it was involved in supplying Allied ground forces operating behind enemy lines, in the South-East Asian theatre.
The squadron was formed on 1 February 1944 at Digri, Bengal, from No. 1576 (Special Duties) Flight as an expansion of the Royal Air Force Special Duty Service. The squadron was equipped with Consolidated Liberator and Lockheed Hudson aircraft, which formed "A" Flight, whilst "B" Flight consisted of four Consolidated Catalina aircraft operated by the squadron from Red Hills Lake, Madras. The Catalina flight became No. 628 squadron on 21 March 1944. On 15 September 1944, No. 357 squadron moved to Jessore, Bengal. Early in 1945, the Hudsons were replaced by Douglas Dakotas, and "C" Flight was equipped with Westland Lysanders joined the squadron. The squadron disbanded on 15 November 1945.
|February 1944||March 1944||Consolidated Catalina||Mk.IV|
|February 1944||December 1944||Lockheed Hudson||Mk.IIIa|
|February 1944||December 1944||Consolidated Liberator||Mk.III|
|September 1944||October 1945||Consolidated Liberator||Mk.VI|
|December 1944||November 1945||Douglas Dakaota||Mks.III, IV|
|January 1945||March 1945||Stinson Sentinel|
|March 1945||November 1945||Westland Lysander||Mk.IIIa|
|1 February 1944||15 September 1945||Digri, Bengal, British India||Dets. at RAF China Bay, Ceylon|
and RAF Redhills Lake, Madras, British India
|15 September 1945||15 November 1945||RAF Jessore, Bengal, British India||Dets. at RAF Meiktila, Burma|
and RAF Mingaladon, Burma
|February 1944||December 1944||W/Cdr. J.R. Moore|
|December 1944||July 1945||W/Cdr. L.M. Hodges, DSO, DFC|
|July 1945||November 1945||W/Cdr. P.R. Gaskell, DFC|
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