No. 451 Squadron
Formed on 25 February 1941 at Bankstown at travelled to Egypt in May and on 1 July took over No 6 Squadron's duties at Qasaba. Operating in the tactical reconnaissance role, its Hurricanes operated from within the Tobruk perimeter and supported ground forces during Operation Crusader.
The squadron was rested in January 1942 being sent to Syria for non-operational flying duties, whilst providing a flight for the defence of Cyprus. This flight stripped its aircraft down to the absolute minimum in order to attempt interceptions of high flying German Ju86Ps.
It was a year later before the squadron returned to operations in Egypt and it changed roles to that of pure fighter. Equipped with both Hurricanes and a few Spitfires it was tasked with the defence of the Delta area. It spent the next year in a virtual back-water and morale suffered accordingly, however in January 1944, it received Spitfire IXs and in March moved to Corsica, from where it flew offensive patrols and participated in Operation Dragoon, the invasion of Southern France. In October 1944 it moved to Italy but the following month found itself en-route to the UK.
It began operations from Britain on 5 January 1945 and quickly made up for missed actions elsewhere. In September the squadron joined the British Air Forces of Occupation but on 21 January 1946, it was disbanded at Wunstorf.
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