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No. 218 Squadron RAF was an aircraft squadron of the Royal Air Force.

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World War I

The squadron was first formed at Dover on 24 April, 1918, going into action a month later in France. The unit flew Airco DH.9s in daylight bombing raids, and during its 5 months of wartime service, it dropped 94 tons of bombs over enemy targets in France and Belgium, flying a total of 117 sorties. In 1919, the unit was disbanded, having claimed 37 enemy aircraft during the war.

World War II

In 1936, with the onset of World War II, the unit was reformed, and on 2 September 1939, the unit moved back to France, where it began dropping leaflets and flying reconnaissance missions with Fairey Battle light bombers. But by June 1940, having suffered heavy losses while bombing German troops going into France, it was evacuated to England, where it re-equipped with Bristol Blenheims. In November, it rearmed with Vickers Wellingtons, and began bombing a wide variety of enemy targets with the longer-range Wellingtons. In December 1941, it began rearming with Short Stirlings and continued its bombing raids against everything from infantry columns to V-weapon sites. In 1944, the unit again rearmed, this time with Avro Lancasters. It ceased wartime operation in May 1945, just before the German surrender. Afterwards, it began performing a number of relieve efforts in Europe, ranging for rescuing POWs to transporting food and other supplies.

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References

"RAF History - Bomber Command 60th Anniversary" <http://www.raf.mod.uk/bombercommand/h218.html>


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