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No. 299 Squadron was a Royal Air Force squadron.

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No. 299 Squadron was formed at RAF Stoney Cross, England on the 4 November 1943 as a special operations squadron. It became operational in April 1944 dropping SOE agents. During the Normandy landing the squadron first delivered paratroopers then returned to air-tow 16 Airspeed Horsa gliders across the English Channel.

The squadron continued operations with resupply drops until the 10 June when it returned to SOE duties.

In between the SOE duties the squadron air-towed Horsa gliders for the Arnhem landing (Operation Market Garden), and the Rhine crossing (Operation Varsity).

It was also involved in supply-dropping to resistance forces in Norway until the end of the war.

At the end of the Second World War the squadron disbanded at Shepherd's Grove on 15 February 1946.

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References

  • Jefford, C.G. RAF Squadrons: A Comprehensive Record of the Movement and Equipment of All RAF Squadrons and Their Antecedents Since 1912, Shrewsbury, UK: Airlife Publishing, 1988. ISBN 1-853100-536-1. (2nd edition 2001. ISBN 1-84037-141-2.)

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