RAF No 18 Squadron emblem


RAF No 302 (Poznan) Squadron

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Formed at Leconfield on 13 July 1940 from Polish personnel who had managed to escape from Nazi occupied Europe, it was equipped with Hurricanes. The squadron managed to take part in the final rounds of the Battle of Britain, when it moved to Northolt in October. A move north came in May 1941 when it re-located to the Isle of Man, but in August it was back down south taking part in offensive sweeps over the continent, re-equipping with Spitfires in October.

In February 1943 the squadron returned north to Kirton-in-Lindsey but in June was allocated to the 2nd Tactical Air Force, in preparation for the invasion of France. It converted to the fighter-bomber role in April 1944 and moved to the beachhead area in August.

As the Allied armies advanced towards Germany, No 302 followed and supported them moving into Germany itself in April 1945, where it remained as part of the occupation forces until disbanding on 18 December 1946.

Squadron Codes used: -
EG Allocated Apr - Sep 1939
WX Oct 1941 - Jan 1945
QH Jan 1945 - Dec 1946

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