No. 628 Squadron RAF
|No. 628 Squadron RAF|
|Active||21 March 1944 – 1 October 1944|
|Branch||Royal Air Force|
|Role||Meteorological and air-sea rescue squadron|
|Part of||No. 225 Group RAF, Air Command, South East Asia|
|Base||Red Hills Lake, Madras|
Two-engined Flying Boat
The squadron was formed at Red Hills Lake in Madras, India, on 21 March 1944, by redesignating 'B' Flight of No. 357 Squadron RAF. The unit was equipped with Consolidated Catalina Mks.Ib and Mk.IV flying boats, and operated as part of No. 225 Group RAF, Air Command, South East Asia. Although intended for special duties, the squadron spent most of its time with meteorological reconnaissance and ASR (air-sea rescue) flights over the Indian Ocean. It was disbanded at Red Hills Lake on 1 October 1944.
|March 1944||September 1944||Consolidated Catalina||Mk.Ib|
|July 1944||September 1944||Consolidated Catalina||Mk.IV|
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