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No. 294 Squadron RAF
Active 24 September 1943 - 8 April 1946
Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Branch Ensign of the Royal Air Force.svg Royal Air Force
Role Air-sea rescue
Motto Latin: Vita ex undix abreta
("Life snatched from the waves")
Squadron Badge heraldry An eagle volant, carrying in the claws a lifebelt

No. 294 Squadron was a Royal Air Force aircraft squadron, during the second world war the unit operated search and rescue missions for Allied aircraft over the eastern Mediterranean and later the Persian Gulf.



No. 294 Squadron was formed at RAF Berka, Libya on 24 September 1943 from the former air-sea rescue Flight. Equipped with the Vickers Wellington and Supermarine Walrus in the search and rescue role. The squadron aircraft were detached various airfields around the eastern Mediterranean. In October 1943 the squadron moved to LG.91 (Landing Ground 91) but still provided detachments to other airfields. In March 1944 the squadron moved to Idku still in Egypt and re-equipped with the Wellington XI and later also the Wellington XIII and the Vickers Warwick. In June 1945 the squadron moved to RAF Basrah, Iraq to provide rescue cover in the Persian Gulf until it was disbanded on 8 April 1946.

Aircraft operated

From To Aircraft Variant Notes
Sep 1943 Mar 1944 Vickers Wellington Mk.Ic Twin-engined bomber operated in the search and rescue role.
Sep 1943 Apr 1946 Supermarine Walrus Mks.I, II Single-engined rescue amphibian
Mar 1944 Nov 1944 Vickers Wellington MK.XI Twin-engined bomber operated in the search and rescue role.
May 1944 Apr 1946 Vickers Wellington Mk.XIII
Nov 1944 Apr 1946 Vickers Warwick Mk.I Twin-engined bomber operated in the search and rescue role.


See also




  1. ^ Rawlings 1982, p. 252.
  2. ^ Halley 1988, p. 351.
  3. ^ Jefford 2001, p. 86.


  • 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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