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No 307 (Lwow) Squadron

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Formed at Kirton-in-Lindsey on 5 September 1940 as a Polish night fighter unit, equipped with Defiants. Following a work-up period it moved to Jurby in the Isle of Man and began operations in December. Moving to Squires Gate in January 1941 to defend Liverpool, it transferred to the South-West in May and converted to Beaufighters in August. Mosquitoes were received in December 1942 becoming the squadron's standard equipment until disbanding. The squadron began intruder operations over enemy airfield in May 143 but in November it transferred to Drem in Scotland.

In March 1944 intruder operations were re-commenced from Coleby Grange and later Church Fenton. In January 1945 the squadron moved to Castle Camps and converted to the Bomber Support role, remaining on these duties until the end of the war. The squadron was retained by Fighter Command but disbanded at Horsham St Faith on 2 January 1947.

Squadron Codes used: - VK Allocated Apr - Sep 1939 and EW Aug 1940 - Jan 1947

Aircraft used: -

From Date To Date Aircraft
17 September 1940 August 1941 Boulton Paul Defiant Mk.I
14 August 1941 May 1942 Bristol Beaufighter Mk.IIf
5 May 1942 February 1943 Bristol Beaufighter Mk.VIf
21 December 1942 January 1945 de Havilland Mosquito NF.II
19 June 1943 October 1943 de Havilland Mosquito NF.VI
22 January 1944 November 1944 de Havilland Mosquito NF.XII, NF.XIII
24 October 1944 January 1947 de Havilland Mosquito NF.30
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