No. 628 Squadron RAF

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No. 628 Squadron RAF
Active 21 March 1944 – 1 October 1944
Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Branch Ensign of the Royal Air Force.svg Royal Air Force
Type Inactive
Role Meteorological and air-sea rescue squadron
Part of No. 225 Group RAF, Air Command, South East Asia[1]
Base Red Hills Lake, Madras
Aircraft flown
Patrol Consolidated Catalina
Two-engined Flying Boat

No. 628 Squadron RAF was a meteorological and air-sea rescue squadron of the Royal Air Force during the Second World War.

History[edit]

The squadron was formed at Red Hills Lake in Madras, India, on 21 March 1944,[2] by redesignating 'B' Flight of No. 357 Squadron RAF.[3] 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.[1] 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.[2] It was disbanded at Red Hills Lake on 1 October 1944.[4]

Aircraft operated[edit]

Aircraft operated by No. 628 Squadron RAF[2][4][5]
From To Aircraft Variant
March 1944 September 1944 Consolidated Catalina Mk.Ib
July 1944 September 1944 Consolidated Catalina Mk.IV

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ a b Delve 1994, p. 76.
  2. ^ a b c Halley 1988, p. 441.
  3. ^ Creed 1985, p. 251.
  4. ^ a b Jefford 2001, p. 102.
  5. ^ Rawlings 1982, p. 254.
Bibliography
  • Creed, Roscoe R. PBY: The Catalina Flying Boat. Annapolis, Maryland: The Naval Institute Press, 1985. ISBN 0-87021-526-4.
  • Delve, Ken. The Source Book of the RAF. Shrewsbury, Shropshire, UK: Airlife Publishing, 1994. ISBN 1-85310-451-5.
  • Halley, James J. The Squadrons of the Royal Air Force & Commonwealth 1918–1988. Tonbridge, Kent, UK: Air Britain (Historians) Ltd., 1988. ISBN 0-85130-164-9.
  • Jefford, Wing Commander C.G., MBE, BA, RAF(Retd). RAF Squadrons, a Comprehensive Record of the Movement and Equipment of all RAF Squadrons and their Antecedents since 1912. Shrewsbury, Shropshire, UK: Airlife Publishing, 2001. ISBN 1-84037-141-2.
  • Rawlings, John D.R. Coastal, Support and Special Squadrons of the RAF and their Aircraft. London: Jane's Publishing Company Ltd., 1982. ISBN 0-7106-0187-5.

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