RAF No 316 (Warsaw) Squadron
Motto: No Motto - Badge: 'Warszawski'
Formed at Pembrey on 15 February 1941 as a Polish fighter unit, it was equipped with Hurricane Is and carried out defensive duties over South-West England. In August it re-equipped with Hurricane IIs and began offensive sweeps over France. It then began the standard round of alternating duties between offensive sweeps in the south and defensive duties in the North of England.
Mustangs replaced the Spitfires in April 1944 and it moved to East Anglia for bomber escort duties and with a short interlude from July to October, when it was engaged in anti-diver (V-1) operations, it continued in this role until the end of the war. The squadron finally disbanded on 11 December 1946.
From To Name Remark Feb 1941 Mar 1941 Captain Juliusz Frey Mar 1941 Jul 1941 S/Ldr C.J. Donovan British Officer Jul 1941 Sep 1941 Captain Juliusz Frey Sep 1941 Nov 1941 Captain Wacław Wilczewski Nov 1941 Jun 1942 Captain Aleksander Gabszewicz Jun 1942 Dec 1942 Captain Janusz Żurakowski Dec 1942 Sep 1943 Captain Marian Trzebiński Sep 1943 Jun 1944 Captain Paweł Niemiec Jun 1944 Sep 1944 Captain Bohdan Arct Sep 1944 Jul 1945 Captain Zygmunt Drybański Jul 1945 Oct 1945 Captain Michał Cwynar Oct 1945 Dec 1946 Captain Paweł Niemiec
From To Name Feb 1941 Jun 1941 RAF Pembre Jun 1941 Aug 1941 RAF Colerne Aug 1941 Dec 1941 RAF Churchstanton Dec 1941 Apr 1942 RAF Northolt Apr 1942 Jul 1942 RAF Heston Jul 1942 Mar 1943 Hutton Cranswick Mar 1943 Sep 1943 RAF Northolt Sep 1943 Feb 1944 RAF Acklington Feb 1944 Apr 1944 RAF Woodvale Apr 1944 Jul 1944 RAF Coltishall Jul 1944 Jul 1944 RAF West Malling Jul 1944 Aug 1944 Friston Aug 1944 Oct 1944 RAF Coltishall Oct 1944 May 1945 RAF Andrews Field May 1945 Aug 1945 RAF Coltishall Aug 1945 Nov 1945 RAF Andrews Field Nov 1945 Mar 1946 Wick Mar 1946 Dec 1946 RAF Hethel
From To Aircraft Version Feb 1941 Aug 1941 Hawker Hurricane Mk.I Jun 1941 Nov 1941 Hawker Hurricane Mks.IIa, IIb Oct 1941 Nov 1941 Supermarine Spitfire Mk.IIa Oct 1941 Jul 1943 Supermarine Spitfire Mk.Vb Mar 1943 Sep 1943 Supermarine Spitfire Mk.IXc Sep 1943 Apr 1944 Supermarine Spitfire LF.Vb Apr 1944 Dec 1946 North American Mustang Mk.III
Squadron Codes used: -
NL Allocated Apr - Sep 1939
SZ Feb 1941 - Dec 1946
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- Matusiak, Wojtek with Robert Gretzyngier and Piotr Wiśniewski. 315 Squadron. Sandomierz, Poland/Redbourn, UK: Mushroom Model publications, 2004. ISBN 83-89450-00-3.
- Rawlings, John D.R. Fighter Squadrons of the RAF and their Aircraft. London: Macdonald & Jane's (Publishers)Ltd., 1969 (revised edition 1976, reprinted 1978). ISBN 0-354-01028-X.
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