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No. 161 Squadron RAF
Country United Kingdom
Branch Royal Air Force
Service history
Active 9 May 1918 - 17 August 1918
15 February 1942 - 2 June 1945
Role Special Duties
Part of No. 3 Group
Motto Liberate
Commanders
Insignia
Insignia MA / JR

No. 161 (Special Duties) Squadron was a highly secretive unit of the Royal Air Force, which, together with 138 Squadron, was tasked with missions of the Special Operations Executive during the Second World War. Their primary role was to drop and collect secret agents and equipment into and from Nazi-occupied Europe. The squadron had a secondary role in acting as the King's Flight.

HistoryEdit

A proposal was made on 9 May 1918 to create a Squadron flying the Airco DH.9A in a daylight bombing role. The scheduled formation date was postponed several times before the plans were entirely cancelled. The squadron was reformed at RAF Newmarket on 15 February 1942 when the King's Flight was combined with elements of 138 Squadron. In April, 161 Squadron moved to RAF Tempsford in Bedfordshire where it would remain until disbandment on 2 June 1945.[1]

AircraftEdit

Several types of aircraft were used by the squadron in the course of their duties.

The Lysanders were used for the landing and collection of agents, while the other types were used for parachuting agents and supplies.

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This aircraft and the remains of the pilot were discovered 53 years, to the day, after it went missing on an operation.

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