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No. 280 Squadron RAF
Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Branch Ensign of the Royal Air Force.svg Royal Air Force
Role air-sea rescue
Part of Coastal Command
Motto(s) We Shall Be There
Squadron Badge In front of a fountain a hand holding a pole, flying therefrom two flags representing the international distress signal 'N.C'[1]
Squadron Codes YF (Feb 1942 - Aug 1943)
3 (Aug 1943 - Jul 1944)
ME (Jul 1944 - Jun 1946)

No. 280 Squadron was a Royal Air Force air-sea rescue squadron during the second world war.

History[edit | edit source]

No. 280 Squadron was formed at RAF Thorney Island, England on the 10 December 1941 as an air-sea rescue squadron. The squadron was equipped with the Avro Anson and was responsible for air-sea rescue along the south coast of England and East Anglia. The squadron re-equipped with the Vickers Warwick in October 1943.

At the end of the Second World War the squadron disbanded at RAF Thornaby on 21 June 1946.

Aircraft operated[edit | edit source]

From To Aircraft Version
Feb 1942 Oct 1943 Avro Anson Mk.I
Oct 1943 Jun 1946 Vickers Warwick Mk.I


See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

Notes[edit | edit source]

  1. Halley 1988, p. 345.
  2. Rawlings 1982, p. 251.
  3. Jefford 2001, p. 85.

Bibliography[edit | edit source]

  • Halley, James J. The Squadrons of the Royal Air Force and 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, 1988. ISBN 1853100536. (second revised edition 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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