|211 (Bomber) Squadron RAF|
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Formed: 1 Apr 1918 (from 11 Sqn RNAS)
Disbanded: 24 Jun 1919
Reformed: 14 Jun 1937, Mildenhall
Disbanded: Oct 1941, Sudan, into 72 OTU
Reformed: Nov 1941, Heliopolis
Disbanded: 19 Feb 1942, Kalidjati
Reformed: 14 Aug 1943, Phaphamau, India
Disbanded: 15 Mar 1946, Don Muang, Thailand
Squadron was based at:
Petite Synthe :: 1 Apr 1918 - Mar 1919
RAF Wyton :: Mar 1919 - 24 Jun 1919
RAF Mildenhall :: Jun - 2 Sep 1937
RAF Spitalgate :: 2 Sep 1937 - Apr 1938
211 Sqn formed on 1 Apr 1918 from 11 Sqn RNAS in France (Petite Synthe), flying DH9 on bombing and occasional recce sorties. After returning to Wyton in Mar 1919 it fell victim to the post-war drawdown, disbanding on 24 Jun the same year.
The Sqn reformed on 24 Jun 1937, at Mildenhall, as a day bomber sqn equipped with Hawker Audax. It soon moved to RAF Spitalgate where it remained for 8 months, re-equipping with Hind it deployed to Egypt only to re-equip with Blenhim MkI, bombing the Western Desert and Greece in 1940 and 1941. After a period in Syria it move to Sudan in Jun 1941 until its disbandment in Oct 1941, formed No 72 OTU.
Reformed at Heliopolis in Nov 1941 the Sqn was soon fighting a serious battle in Java at the end of the Singapore campaign, being destroyed in the air and disbanding on 19 Feb 1942 at Kalidjati.
The Sqn's fourth and final formation was on 14 Aug 1943 at Phaphamau in India. From here the Sqn fought in the Burma campaign on the Beaufighter, finally ending its days from Sep 1945 to disbandment on 15 Mar 1946 at Don Muang in Thailand.
A most comprehensive history of the Sqn, its aircraft, personnel and operations may be found on the website entitled No. 211 Squadron RAF. The site also includes a comprehensive guide to 211 Sqn resources on the net :: visit website.
Geoffrey Grierson's 211 Sqn Photo album
Des Marsh Collis photo album (mostly 1943-1946)
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