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No. 358 Squadron RAF
Active 8 November 1944 - 19 November 1945
Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Branch Ensign of the Royal Air Force.svg Royal Air Force
Role Bomber squadron
Special duties
Part of South East Asia Command
Motto Latin: Alere flammam
("To feed the flame")[1][2]
Equipment Consolidated Liberator
Insignia
Squadron Badge heraldry An arm embowed, holding in the hand a torch[2]
The torch represents the spirit of freedom and the arm upholding it the role played by the squadron[1]
Squadron Codes No codes used[1]

No. 358 Squadron RAF was a Bomber and Special duties squadron of the Royal Air Force flying with South East Asia Command from 1944 to 1945.

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History

The squadron was formed on 8 November 1944 at Kolar, India with personnel of the disbanded 1673 Heavy Conversion Unit. Its role was as a heavy bomber unit flying the Consolidated Liberator. The squadron performed only one bombing mission on 13 January 1945, bombing Mandalay and by then flying from Digri. Thereafter the squadron role changed to a special duties squadron[1][2], starting operations as such in the night from 22 to 23 january 1945.[1][2] On 10 February 1945 the squadron moved to Jessore. For the rest of the war the squadron dropped agents and supplies to resistance groups in Japanese-held territory. After the Japanese surrender the squadron then dropped supplies to POW camps and repatriated released prisoners. It was disbanded on 21 November 1945 at Bishnupur.[2]

Aircraft operated

From To Aircraft Variant
Nov 1944 Nov 1945 Consolidated Liberator Mk.IV

[1][2][3]

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Notes

  1. ^ a b c d e f Moyes 1976, p. 234.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Halley 1988, pp386-387.
  3. ^ Jefford 2001, p. 90.

Bibliography

  • Gwynne-Timothy, John R.W. Burma Liberators'. ISBN 1-895578-02-7.
  • 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, 1988 (second edition 2001). ISBN 1-85310-053-6.
  • Moyes, Philip J.R. Bomber Squadrons of the RAF and their Aircraft. London: Macdonald and Jane's (Publishers) Ltd., 2nd edition 1976. ISBN 0-354-01027-1.

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