|No. 357 Squadron RAF|
|Active||1 February 1944 - 15 November 1945|
|Branch||Royal Air Force|
|Part of||No. 231 Group RAF, South East Asia Command|
Latin: Mortem hostibus|
(Translation: "We bring death to the enemy")
|Squadron Badge heraldry||A crocodile|
|Squadron Codes||No specific identity markings are known to have been carried|
No. 357 Squadron RAF was a special squadron, involved in the supply of covert forces behind enemy lines during World War II in South East Asia Command
History[edit | edit source]
The squadron was formed on 1 February 1944 at Digri, Bengal from No. 1576 (Special Duties) Flight. The squadron was equipped with Consolidated Liberator and Lockheed Hudson aircraft, which formed "A" Flight, whilst "B" Flight consisted of four Consolidated Catalina aircraft operated by the squadron from Red Hills Lake, Madras. The Catalina flight eventually became No. 628 squadron on 21 March 1944. On the 15 September 1944, No. 357 squadron moved to Jessore, Bengal. Early in 1945 the Hudsons were replaced by Douglas Dakotas, and "C" Flight equipped with Westland Lysanders joined the squadron. The squadron disbanded on 15 November 1945.
Aircraft operated[edit | edit source]
|February 1944||March 1944||Consolidated Catalina||Mk.IV|
|February 1944||December 1944||Lockheed Hudson||Mk.IIIa|
|February 1944||December 1944||Consolidated Liberator||Mk.III|
|September 1944||October 1945||Consolidated Liberator||Mk.VI|
|December 1944||November 1945||Douglas Dakaota||Mks.III, IV|
|January 1945||March 1945||Stinson Sentinel|
|March 1945||November 1945||Westland Lysander||Mk.IIIa|
Squadron bases[edit | edit source]
|1 February 1944||15 September 1945||Digri, Bengal, British India||Dets. at RAF China Bay, Ceylon|
and RAF Redhills Lake, Madras, British India
|15 September 1945||15 November 1945||RAF Jessore, Bengal, British India||Dets. at RAF Meiktila, Burma|
and RAF Mingaladon, Burma
Commanding officers[edit | edit source]
|February 1944||December 1944||W/Cdr. J.R. Moore|
|December 1944||July 1945||W/Cdr. L.M. Hodges, DSO, DFC|
|July 1945||November 1945||W/Cdr. P.R. Gaskell, DFC|
References[edit | edit source]
Notes[edit | edit source]
Bibliography[edit | edit source]
- Delve, Ken. The Source Book of the RAF. Shrewsbury, Shropshire, UK: Airlife Publishing, 1994. ISBN 1-85310-451-5.
- Gwynne-Timothy, John R.W. Burma Liberators: RCAF in SEAC. Toronto, Ontario, Canada: Next Level Press, 1991. ISBN 1-895578-02-7.
- 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.
- O'Brien, Terence. The Moonlight War: the Story of Clandestine Operations in South-East Asia, 1944-5. London: Collins, 1987. ISBN 0-00-217803-6.
- Oughton, James D. with John Hamlin and Andrew Thomas. The Liberator in Royal Air Force and Commonwealth Service. Tonbridge, Kent, UK: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd., 2007. ISBN 978-0-85130-362-8.
- 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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