|No. 510 Squadron RAF|
|Active||15 Oct 1942 – 8 Apr 1944|
|Branch||Royal Air Force|
|Role||Transport and Liaison|
|Part of||No. 44 Group RAF, Transport Command|
RG (late 1943 – Mar 1944)|
No. 510 Squadron was a Royal Air Force transport and liaison aircraft squadron that operated during the Second World War.
History[edit | edit source]
During 1942 it was decided that 24 Squadron was too large and the internal communication flight became no. 510 Squadron on 15 October 1942 at RAF Hendon. The squadron inherited an assortment of light transport types to allow it fly communications and liaison flights within the United Kingdom. On 8 April 1944, still at RAF Hendon, the squadron was disbanded when it was renamed to the Metropolitan Communications Squadron, inheriting the aircraft and code(s) of 510 squadron.
Aircraft operated[edit | edit source]
|October 1942||January 1943||Westland Lysander||Mk.I||Single-engined piston liaison monoplane|
|October 1942||October 1943||Stinson Reliant||Single-engined liaison monoplane|
|October 1942||December 1943||de Havilland Hornet Moth||Single-engined liaison biplane|
|October 1942||December 1943||de Havilland Puss Moth||Single-engined liaison monoplane|
|October 1942||January 1944||Hawker Hart||Single-engined biplane|
|October 1942||April 1944||Airspeed Oxford||Twin-engined liaison monoplane|
|October 1942||April 1944||Supermarine Spitfire||Mk.I||Single-engined fighter|
|October 1942||April 1944||de Havilland Tiger Moth||Single-engined biplane|
|October 1942||April 1944||Percival Proctor||Mks.I & III||Single-engine monoplane|
|October 1942||April 1944||Percival Vega Gull||Single-engined monoplane|
|October 1942||April 1944||Curtiss Mohawk||Mk.III||Single-engined fighter|
|October 1942||April 1944||Percival Q.6||Single-engined monoplane|
|October 1942||April 1944||de Havilland Gipsy Moth||Single-engined biplane|
|October 1942||April 1944||Stampe SV.4||B||Single-engined biplane|
|December 1942||April 1944||Avro Anson||Mk.I||Twin-engined monoplane|
|May 1943||December 1943||Koolhoven FK.43||Single-engined biplane|
|August 1943||December 1943||General Aircraft Cygnet||Single-engined monoplane|
|March 1944||April 1944||Percival Proctor||Mk.IV||Single-engined monoplane|
The Stampe SV.4 was "liberated" by two Belgian pilots and flown across the Channel from occupied Belgium in 1941.
Squadron bases[edit | edit source]
|15 October 1942||8 April 1944||RAF Hendon, Middlesex|
See also[edit | edit source]
References[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.
- The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft (Part Work 1982–1985). Orbis Publishing.
- 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.
- Sturtivant, Ray, ISO and John Hamlin. RAF Flying Training And Support Units since 1912. Tonbridge, Kent, UK: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd., 2007. ISBN 0-85130-365-X.
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