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No. 293 Squadron RAF
Active 28 November 1943 - 5 April 1946
Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Branch Ensign of the Royal Air Force.svg Royal Air Force
Role air-sea rescue
Part of RAF Coastal Command
Motto Latin: Ex aere salus
("Safety from the air")
Squadron Badge Over waves of the sea, a dexter hand couped at the wrist in bend sinister[1]
Squadron Codes ZE (Nov 1943 - Apr 1946)

No. 293 Squadron was a Royal Air Force air-sea rescue squadron. During the second world war the unit operated search and rescue missions for Allied aircraft operating over Italy.



No. 293 Squadron was formed at RAF Blida, North Africa on 28 November 1943 with the Vickers Warwick in the air-sea rescue role. After providing detachments into Italy the squadron moved to Pomigliano, Italy in March 1944. In April 1944 the Warwicks were supplemented by the Supermarine Walrus flying boats. In March 1945 the squadron moved to Foggia but moved back to Pomigliano in June where it stayed until it was disbanded on the 5 April 1946.

Aircraft operated

From To Aircraft Variant Notes
Nov 1943 Apr 1946 Vickers Warwick ASR Mk.I Twin-engined bomber operated in the search and rescue role.
Apr 1944 Apr 1946 Supermarine Walrus Mks.I, II Single-engined rescue amphibian


See also




  1. ^ a b Halley 1988, p. 350.
  2. ^ Rawlings 1982, p. 252.
  3. ^ Jefford 2001, p. 85.


  • Franks, Norman. Beyound Courage: Air Sea Rescue by Walrus Squadrons in the Adriatic, Mediterranean and Tyrrhenian Seas, 1942-1945. London: Grub Street, 2003. ISBN 1-904010-30-X.
  • Halley, James J. The Squadrons of the Royal Air Force and 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, 1988. ISBN 1-853100-536-1. (second revised edition 2001. ISBN 1-84037-141-2.)
  • Rawlings, John D.R. Coastal, Support and Special Squadrons of the RAF and their Aircraft. London: Jane's Publishing Company Ltd., 1982. ISBN 0-7106-0187-5.
  • The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft (Part Work 1982-1985). Orbis Publishing.  

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