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5 Gp Anti Air School

Other units
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HQ No 5 Group
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Nationality based Sqns

Updated: 30 Oct 08

Roundels of nations represented Many squadrons based in Lincolnshire were based around airmen of a single nationality, or derived from a colonial or European air force. In the listing below, squadron names will link internally to other pages on this site if sqns were based in Lincolnshire at any point; otherwise the links will be external.

More information about the numbering system for squadrons and a full breakdown of nationality-based squadrons in numberical order is on the squadron numbering and codes page.

Royal Australian Air Force roundelRoyal Australian Air Force Squadrons

Great War: 2 Sqn AFC/69 Sqn RFC, 68 Sqn RFC.

The RAAF represented 2% of all WW2 enlistments in the Australian Armed Forces but accounted for 22% of all casulties of the Australian services.

455 Sqn RAAF, 460 Sqn RAAF, 463 Sqn RAAF, 467 Sqn RAAF,

Royal New Zealand Air Force roundelRoyal New Zealand Air Force Squadrons

486 Sqn RNZAF

Royal Canadian Air Force roundelRoyal Canadian Air Force Squadrons

The Canadian Aviation Corps was established on 16 Sept 1914 but disbanded in Feb 1915. The Canadian Air Force formed in Nov 1918 but disbanded in Feb 1920 to be reformed the same month by the Army as an auxiliary reservist force. On 1 Apr 1924 the Royal Canadian Air Force formed with a permanent staff, becoming an independent service on 19 Nov 1938.

Because of the large number of Dominion squadrons which were to be formed in the United Kingdom under RAF control, and to avoid confusion with low-numbered RAF squadrons, the Air Ministry assigned the 400 - 445 to RCAF squadrons in the UK. On 1 Mar 41, 110 Sqn became 400 Sqn, No 1 became 401 Sqn, and No 2 (formerly No 112) became 402 Sqn. The first of the RCAF's 25 (later increased to 35) "Article 15" squadrons to be formed overseas was 403 (Fighter) Sqn, on 1 Mar 41. A further 6 were transferred from Canada, complete with air and ground crews, bringing the total serving in Britain to 44. 162 (Bomber Reconnaissance) Sqn was also detached from Eastern Air Command and operated under RAF Coastal Command during the last 17 months of the war, while three Air Observation Post squadrons (Nos. 664, 665 and 666) were formed with RCAF and Royal Canadian Artillery personnel.

Although the RCAF contributed 48 overseas squadrons to the war effort, the actual contribution by Canada was far greater. Of the RCAF personnel who served overseas, only about 40 percent actually served on Canadian squadrons, the remaining 60 percent served in RAF units. More on the 6 Gp Hq page.

402 Sqn RCAF, 404 Sqn RCAF, 409 Sqn RCAF, 410 Sqn RCAF, 411 Sqn RCAF, 412 Sqn RCAF, 415 Sqn RCAF, 420 Sqn RCAF, 438 Sqn RCAF, 441 Sqn RCAF, 442 Sqn RCAF, 443 Sqn RCAF

Polish Squadrons

During WWII the Polish Air Force was the third-largest allied air force behind the RAF and USAAF. More details on the Aquila website :: view here. A memorial to the Polish Sqns is at East Kirkby. Only 307 Sqn formed in Lincolnshire and it was the only PAF Sqn not to fly Spitfire.

300 Sqn, 301 Sqn, 302 Sqn, 303 Sqn, 304 Sqn, 305 Sqn, 306 Sqn, 307 Sqn, 308 Sqn, 309 Sqn, 315 Sqn, 316 Sqn, 317 Sqn, 318 Sqn, and 663 Sqn

Czechoslovak Squadrons in the Royal Air ForceCzech Squadrons

68 Sqn (one flight), 310 Sqn, 311 Sqn and more photos, 312 Sqn and more photos, and 313 Sqn.
Photos from on 'Czech squadrons in RAF during World War II' other links to Czechoslovak Airmen in the RAF

Dutch Squadrons

320 (Netherlands) Sqn, 321 (Netherlands) Sqn and 322 Squadron (Dutch)

Free French Squadrons

326 Sqn, 327 Sqn, 328 Sqn and 329 Sqn (French)
340 Sqn, 341 Sqn, 342 Sqn, 343 Sqn, 344 Sqn, 345 Sqn, 346 Sqn and 347 Sqn (French)

Norwegian Squadrons

330 Sqn, 331 Sqn, 332 Sqn and 334 Sqn (Norwegian)

Greek Squadrons

335 Sqn and 336 Sqn (Greece)

Belgian roundelBelgian Squadrons

349 (Belgian) Sqn, 350 (Belgian) Sqn and 609 Sqn

Yugoslav Squadrons

351 Sqn and 352 Sqns (Yugoslavia)

American 'Eagle' Squadrons

The 'Eagle' Squadrons, were manned by volunteers from the United States, who enlisted into the RAF before their country entered the war. Sep 1940 saw 71 Sqn RAF reform as the first of the Eagle Sqns. 121 Sqn followed on 14 May 1941 and was joined by 133 Sqn.

244 American volunteer pilots joined the RAF to fly with the Eagle Squadrons of Fighter Command which were credited with destroying 73 ½ German aircraft and the destruction of several German navy vessels during convoy patrol missions. The EagleSquadrons lost 77 American and 5 British airman to enemy action and accidents..

71 Sqn, 121 Sqn, 133 Sqn

US Navy flying operations at Killingholme

Royal Canadian Air Force

Royal Australian Air Force

Royal New Zealand Air Force

Czech Squadrons

Free French Squadrons

Polish Squadrons

American Eagle Sqns

RCAF history of development

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