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No. 138 Squadron RAF
Active 1918-1919
Country United Kingdom
Branch Royal Air Force
Role fighter
special operations
Motto For Freedom
squadron code NF

No. 138 Squadron RAF was a squadron of the Royal Air Force, last disbanded in 1962.



It was originally formed as a fighter-reconnaissance squadron in September 1918, and was disbanded in February 1919.

During World War II, it was reformed in 1941, from No. 1419 Flight, as No. 138 (Special Duties) Squadron. It was based at RAF Tempsford, and was tasked with dropping agents and equipment of the Special Operations Executive inside occupied territory. It carried out this role until March 1945 when it was reassigned to Bomber Command, operating under No. 3 Group. It was disbanded in 1950.

In 1955, it reformed as the first squadron to be equipped with the Vickers Valiant strategic nuclear bomber, based at RAF Gaydon and later moving to RAF Wittering. It flew from Malta during the Suez Crisis, and was finally disbanded on April 1. 1962.

Aircraft operated


  • G G Jefford, RAF Squadrons, second edition 2001, Airlife Publishing, UK, ISBN 1-84037-141-2.
  • No. 301 Polish Bomber Squadron/h138.html RAF History Section - 138 Squadron]

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