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No. 287 Squadron RAF
287Sqn.jpg
Official Crest of 287 Squadron RAF
Active 19 November 1941 - 15 June 1946
Garrison/HQ RAF Lyneham
Motto C'est en forgeant French
Practice makes perfect

No. 287 Squadron was a squadron of the Royal Air Force from 1941 to 1946.

The squadron was formed at RAF Croydon on 19 November 1941. Originally the squadron was No. 11 Group Anti-Aircraft Co-Operation Flight. The squadron flew various aircraft, including Westland Lysanders and Bristol Blenheims. The squadron formally disbanded on 15 June 1941.

The role of 287 Squadron was to provide target towing and to carry out attack simulations during World War II. This was to enable continuation training for anti-aircraft units in the South of England. After spending a large period of time in Croydon, 287 Squadron moved to RAF North Weald in 1944, RAF Bradwell Bay in 1945 and RAF West Malling in September 1945.

After Lysanders and Blenheims, 287 Squadron began to develop its aircraft strength, taking on board Masters, Boulton Paul Defiants and Airspeed Oxfords in 1942, Martinets and Spitfire VB's in 1943, Bristol Beaufighters, Spitfire IX's and Tempest V's in 1944 and Spitfire XVI's in 1945.

The squadron was disbanded on 15 June 1946.

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