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No. 298 Squadron RAF
Active 1942-1946
Country United Kingdom
Branch Royal Air Force
Motto Silent We Strike

No. 298 Squadron was a Royal Air Force squadron.

The squadron motto was Silent We Strike.

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History

No. 298 Squadron was formed at RAF Thruxton, England on the 24 August 1942 as a special operations squadron with the Armstrong Whitworth Whitley. The squadron was not required for operations and was disbanded on 19 October 1942.

The squadron was re-formed on 4 November 1943 at RAF Tarrant Rushton, England with the Handley Page Halifax. It trained to air-tow the big General Aircraft Hamilcar glider but began operation in February 1944 dropping SOE agents.

During the Normandy landing the squadron air-towed both the Airspeed Horsa and Hamilcar to landing-zones around the beach head. An unusual operation involved parachuting jeeps which had been carried underneath the Halifax. The squadron then returned to SOE duties.

In between the SOE duties the squadron air-towed Hamilcar and Horsa gliders for the Arnhem landing (Operation Market Garden). The squadron moved in March 1945 to RAF Woodbridge, England to air-tow gliders for the Rhine crossing (Operation Varsity).

After Operation Varsity the squadron flew normal supply and transport duties. In July 1945 the squadron moved to Raipur, India to provide transport support to the Army.

In March 1946 the squadron was involved in rice-dropping sorties from Meiktila to the starving population in the jungle areas.

The squadron disbanded at Mauripur, India on 30 December 1946.

Aircraft operated

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References

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Notes

Bibliography

  • 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. Bomber Squadrons of the RAF and their Aircraft. London, Macdonald and Jane's, 1976. ISBN 0-354-01027-1.

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