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349th Squadron
Active 10 November 1942 - May 1943
5 June 1943 - 24 October 1946
To Belgian air force - Present
Country Belgium Belgium
Branch Ensign of the Belgian Air Component Air Component
Part of 10th Tactical Wing
Motto Strike Hard, Strike Home
Fighter F-16 Fighting Falcon
Raymond Lallemant
Squadron Badge Two morning stars in saltire[1]
Squadron Codes GE (Jan 1943 - Oct 1946)

The 349th Squadron is a fighter squadron in the Air Component of the Belgian Armed Forces. It is part of the 10th Tactical Wing and operates F-16 Fighting Falcons.




With the Royal Air Force

349 (Belgian) Squadron was formed as a Royal Air Force squadron by Belgian personal at Ikeja, West Africa on 10 November 1942.[1] The squadron was equipped with the Curtiss Tomahawk for local defence duties. The squadron did not become operational and was disbanded in May 1943. On 5 June 1943 the Squadron was reformed at RAF Wittering with the Supermarine Spitfire V and became operational at RAF Digby in August 1943. The Squadron moved to southern England to operate over France on bomber escorts and low-level sweeps. In early 1944 it began to train as a fighter-bomber unit and then operated in this role in occupied Europe. During the invasion it carried out beach-head patrols and then were used as bomber escorts. In August 1944 the Squadron moved to France in the fighter-bomber role, it carried out armed reconnaissance behind enemy positions and attacked targets of opportunity (mainly vehicles). In February 1945 the Squadron returned to England to convert to the Hawker Tempest. This did not go well and the Squadron re-gained Spitfire IXs. It moved to Belgium and was disbanded as an RAF unit on 24 October 1946 on transfer to the Belgian Air Force.

Aircraft operated during RAF service

From To Aircraft Variant Notes
Jan 1943 Apr 1943 P-40 Tomahawk Mk.I
Jun 1943 Feb 1944 Supermarine Spitfire Mk.V
Feb 1944 Feb 1945 Supermarine Spitfire LF.IXe
Feb 1945 Apr 1945 Hawker Tempest Mk.V
Apr 1945 May 1945 Supermarine Spitfire Mk.IXb
May 1945 Oct 1946 Supermarine Spitfire LF.XVIe


Commanding Officers

From To Name
Jan 1943 Jul 1944 S/Ldr. I.G. du Monceau de Bergendael, DFC & Bar, CdG
Jul 1944 Mar 1945 S/Ldr. A.A. Van der Velde
Mar 1945 Dec 1945 S/Ldr. Raymond ‘Cheval’ Lallemant, DFC & Bar
Dec 1945 Oct 1946 S/Ldr. A.A. Van der Velde, DFC




  1. ^ a b c Halley 1988, p. 381.
  2. ^ Jefford 2001, p. 90.
  3. ^ Rawlings 1978, p. 416.


  • Donnet, Mike and Leon Branders. Ils en Etaient !. Brussels, Belgium: Pierre De Meyere, Editeur, 1979.
  • Halley, James J. The Squadrons of the Royal Air Force & 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, 2001. ISBN 1-84037-141-2.
  • Lallemant, Lt. Colonel R.A. Rendez-vous avec la chance (in French). Paris: Robert Laffont, 1962.
  • Rawlings, John D.R. Fighter Squadrons of the RAF and their Aircraft. London: Macdonald and Jane's (Publishers) Ltd., 1969 (new revised edition 1976, reprinted 1978). ISBN 0-354-01028-X.


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