|No. 299 Squadron RAF|
|Active||4 Nov 1943 – 15 Feb 1946|
|Branch||Royal Air Force|
|Part of||No. 38 Group RAF|
|Squadron Badge heraldry||No badge authorised|
X9 (Jan 1944 – Feb 1946)|
5G (Jan 1944 – Feb 1946)
History[edit | edit source]
No. 299 Squadron was formed on 4 November 1943 form 'C' flight of 297 Squadron at RAF Stoney Cross, Hampshire as a special operations squadron. It became operational in April 1944 dropping SOE agents. During the Normandy landing the squadron first delivered paratroopers, and then returned to air-tow 16 Airspeed Horsa gliders across the English Channel. The squadron continued operations with resupply drops until the 10 June when it returned to SOE duties. In between the SOE duties the squadron air-towed Horsa gliders for the Arnhem landing (Operation Market Garden), and the Rhine crossing (Operation Varsity). It was also involved in supply-dropping to resistance forces in Norway until the end of the war. At the end of the Second World War the squadron disbanded at RAF Shepherds Grove, Suffolk on 15 February 1946.
Aircraft operated[edit | edit source]
|November 1943||January 1944||Lockheed Ventura||Mks.I and II|
|January 1944||February 1946||Short Stirling||Mk.IV|
|January 1945||February 1946||Short Stirling||Mk.V|
Squadron bases[edit | edit source]
|4 November 1943||15 March 1944||RAF Stoney Cross, Hampshire|
|15 March 1944||9 October 1944||RAF Keevil, Wiltshire|
|9 October 1944||25 January 1945||RAF Wethersfield, Essex|
|25 January 1945||15 February 1946||RAF Shepherds Grove, Suffolk|
Commanding officers[edit | edit source]
|4 November 1943||28 December 1943||W/Cdr. R.W.G. Kitley|
|28 December 1943||19 September 1944||W/Cdr. P.B.N. Davis, DSO|
|19 September 1944||1 November 1944||W/Cdr. P.N. Jennings (acting after KIA of W/Cdr. Davis over Arnhem)|
|1 November 1944||31 December 1944||W/Cdr. C.B.R. Colenso, DFC|
|31 December 1944||September 1945||W/Cdr. P.N. Jennings|
|September 1945||15 February 1946||W/Cdr. R.N. Stidolph|
See also[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
Notes[edit | edit source]
Bibliography[edit | edit source]
- Bowyer, Michael J.F. and John D.R. Rawlings. Squadron Codes, 1937–56. Cambridge, UK: Patrick Stephens Ltd., 1979. ISBN 0-85059-364-6.
- Delve, Ken. The Source Book of the RAF. Shrewsbury, Shropshire, UK: Airlife Publishing, 1994. ISBN 1-85310-451-5.
- Flintham, Vic and Andrew Thomas. Combat Codes: A full explanation and listing of British, Commonwealth and Allied air force unit codes since 1938. Shrewsbury, Shropshire, UK: Airlife Publishing Ltd., 2003. ISBN 1-84037-281-8.
- Halley, James J. The Squadrons of the Royal Air Force & 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 (second edition 2001). ISBN 1-85310-053-6.
- 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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