Motto: Ex aere salus (Safety from the air)
Formed from a nucleus provided by No's 283 and 284 Squadrons in the UK on 20 October 1943 this unit was destined for ASR operations in the Middle East. At this point the unit did not have a number, but on 28 November, it was allocated the number 293.
Based at Blida in Algeria, its Warwicks provided ASR support along the North African coast and from January 1944 it sent detachments to operate in Italy. The squadron HQ moved to Italy in March and the following month it was supplemented by the arrival of Walrus amphibians, taken over from No 283 Squadron.
It continued to operate in the Italian theatre until disbanding on 5 April 1945.
Squadron Codes used: - XJ Allocated Apr - Sep 1939; ZE Nov 1943 - Apr 1946
From To Aircraft Variant Notes November 1943 April 1946 Vickers Warwick ASR Mk.I Twin-engined bomber operated in the search and rescue role. April 1944 April 1946 Supermarine Walrus Supermarine WalrusSupermarine Walrus Mks.I, II Single pusher-engined biplane rescue amphibian.
From To Base Remark November 1943 December 1943 RAF Blida, Algeria December 1943 March 1944 RAF Bone, Algeria Det. at Pomigliano, Italy March 1944 March 1945 Pomigliano, Italy Dets. all over the Italian coast March 1945 June 1945 Foggia, Italy Dets. at Tortoreto, Italy; Udine, Italy and Cesenatico, Iatly June 1945 April 1946 Pomigliano, Italy
Officrs commanding no. 293 Squadron RAF, data from 
From To Name November 1943 October 1944 S/Ldr. R.W. Pye October 1944 August 1945 S/Ldr. W.R. Gellatly, RNZAF August 1945 April 1946 S/Ldr. R.J. Cruttenden
Known Warwick's which served with RAF 293
BV234 ZE-F, ZE-L
HF955 ZE-A, ZE-H
Known Hurricane's which served with RAF 293
Known Supermarine Walrus which served with RAF 293
- Delve 1994, pp. 75 and 82.
- Halley 1988, p. 350.
- Bowyer and Rawlings 1979, p. 120.
- Flintham and Thomas 2003, p. 123.
- Rawlings 1982, p. 252.
- Halley 1988, p. 351.
- Jefford 2001, p. 86.
- Franks 2003, p. 182.
- Bowyer, Michael J.F. and John D.R. Rawlings. Squadron Codes, 1937-56. Cambridge, UK: Patrick Stephens Ltd., 1979. ISBN 0-85059-364-6.
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- 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.
- Franks, Norman. Beyond Courage: Air Sea Rescue by Walrus Squadrons in the Adriatic, Mediterranean and Tyrrhenian Seas, 1942-1945. London: Grub Street, 2003. ISBN 1-904010-30-X.
- 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.
- The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft (Part Work 1982-1985). Orbis Publishing.
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