|No. 259 Squadron RAF|
20 August 1918 – 14 January 1919|
16 February 1943 – 1 May 1945
|Branch||Royal Air Force|
|Motto(s)||Latin: Haya ingia napigane (Get in a fight)|
|Squadron Badge||An eagle head over a globe|
|Squadron Codes||VP (Apr 1939 – Sep 1939)|
History[edit | edit source]
World War I[edit | edit source]
No. 259 Squadron Royal Flying Corps was authorized to form on 20 August 1918 but there is no evidence that it actually did so and it was formally disbanded on 14 January 1919.
Formation in World War II[edit | edit source]
The squadron formed on 16 February 1943 at Kipevu, Kenya and flew anti-submarine patrols over the Indian Ocean equipped with Catalinas. Detachments of the squadron were based at Dar-es-Salaam, Diego Saurez, Khormaksar, Masirah, Port Victoria, Tulear, Lake St. Lucia in South Africa and Mauritius. The squadron was disbanded on 1 May 1945 by which time it was re-equipping with Sunderlands.
Aircraft operated[edit | edit source]
|Feb 1943||Apr 1945||Consolidated PBY Catalina||IB|
|Mar 1945||Apr 1945||Short Sunderland||V|
References[edit | edit source]
- Kinnear, Kirk (2011-01-17). "The Catalinas of Lake St Lucia". South African Air Force Museum. http://www.saafmuseum.org.za/aircraft/2011/the-catalinas-of-lake-st-lucia/. Retrieved 10 March 2011.
- Bizley, Bill. "U-Boats off Natal". pp. 76. http://www.natalia.org.za/Files/23-24/Natalia%20v23-24%20article%20p76-98%20C.pdf. Retrieved 10 March 2011.
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