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No. 158 Squadron RAF
Active 9 May 1918 - 20 Nov 1918
14 Feb 1942 - 31 Dec 1945
Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Branch Ensign of the Royal Air Force.svg Royal Air Force
Motto Strength in unity
Insignia
Squadron Badge heraldry A circular chain of seven links
Squadron Codes NP (Apr 1942 - Jun 1945)

No. 158 Squadron RAF was formed on 9 May 1918, the squadron was originally to be equipped with Sopwith Snipes but this was postponed and the squadron eventually formed at Upper Heyford on 4 September 1918, equipped with Sopwith Salamanders. The squadron arrived too late to see action during the war, and disbanded on 20 November 1918.

The squadron reformed at Driffield on 14 February 1942, via the renumbering of No. 104 Squadron, which was equipped with the Vickers Wellington. In June 1942 the squadron re-equipped with the Handley Page Halifax and moved to East Moor. In November 1942 the squadron moved to Rufforth, followed by a move to Lissett in February 1943. In January 1944 the squadron re-equipped with the Halifax III and the squadrons 'C' flight was used to form No. 640 Squadron at Leconfield. When World War II finished, the squadron was transferred to transport duties and was re-equipped with the Short Stirling. The squadron moved to RAF Stradishall in August 1945, where it disbanded on 31 December 1945.

One of the squadrons aircraft, "Friday the 13th", a Halifax III, serial no. LV907, completed a remarkable 128 operational missions. Incredibly this precious aircraft was not saved from the scrapheap after being displayed in London, only a section of the nose from the aircraft was saved and is exhibited at the RAF Museum Hendon.

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Bibliography

  • Chorley, W.R. In Brave Company: 158 Squadron Operations. published by the author, 1990.
  • Chorley, W.R. and R.N. Benwell. In Brave Company: The History of 158 Squadron. Taunton, UK: Barnicotts Ltd., 1978.
  • Halley, James J. The Squadrons of the Royal Air Force & 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, 2001. ISBN 1-84037-141-2.
  • Moyes, Philip J.R. Royal Air Force Bombers of World War Two, Volume Two. Chalfont St. Giles, Buckinghamshire, UK: Hylton Lacy Publishers, 1968. ISBN 0-85064-000-8.

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