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No. 503 (City of Lincoln) Squadron RAF
Active 5 October 1926 - 1 November 1938
Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Branch Ensign of the Royal Air Force.svg Royal Air Force
Type Inactive
Role Bomber
Part of Royal Auxiliary Air Force
Squadron Badge The arms of the county of Lincoln with an eagle above (unofficial)[1]

No. 503 (City of Lincoln) Squadron RAF was an auxiliary squadron of the Royal Air Force. It operated as a bomber squadron in the 1920s and 30s, but was disbanded before the outbreak of the Second World War.



It was formed on 5 October 1926 at RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire as No. 503 (Bombing) Squadron of the Special Reserve Squadron[2], manned by part time volunteers. It was equipped with Fairey Fawn light day bombers. It re-equipped with Handley Page Hyderabad heavy bombers in 1929, receiving the improved Hinaidi from 1933.

In October 1935, it changed role again to become a day bomber squadron, receiving Wallaces. These were replaced by the Hawker Hart in June 1936, these in turn starting to be replaced by the updated Hawker Hind in July 1938. However, in 1938 it was decided to switch the role of the Auxiliary Air Force to that of air defence, and on 1 November, 503 Squadron was disbanded by renumbering it to No.616 (South Yorkshire) Squadron and moving it to RAF Doncaster.[2][3]

Aircraft operated

From To Aircraft Version
Oct 1926 Jun 1929 Fairey Fawn
Feb 1929 Jan 1934 Handley Page Hyderabad
Oct 1933 Nov 1935 Handley Page Hinaidi
Oct 1935 Sep 1936 Westland Wallace Mk.I
Nov 1935 Sep 1936 Westland Wallace Mk.II
Jun 1936 Nov 1938 Hawker Hart
Jun 1938 Nov 1938 Hawker Hind


See also




  1. ^ Hunt 1972, pp. 267, 268, 278.
  2. ^ a b Moyes 1976, p. 265.
  3. ^ a b Jefford 2001, p. 96.
  4. ^ Moyes 1976, p. 266.
  5. ^ Halley 1988, p. 392.


  • Halley, James J. The Squadrons of the Royal Air Force & Commonwealth, 1981-1988. Tonbridge, Kent, UK: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd., 1988. ISBN 0-85130-164-9.
  • Hunt, Leslie. Twenty-one Squadrons: History of the Royal Auxiliary Air Force, 1925-57. London: Garnstone Press, 1972. ISBN 0-85511-110-0. (New edition in 1992 by Crécy Publishing, ISBN 0-94755-426-2.)
  • Jackson, Robert The Encyclopedia of Military Aircraft. Parragon Books Ltd., 2006. ISBN 1-40542-465-6.
  • 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.
  • Lewis, Peter. Squadron Histories: R.F.C, R.N.A.S and R.A.F., 1912-59. London: Putnam, 1959.
  • Moyes, Philip J.R. Bomber Squadrons of the RAF and their Aircraft. London: Macdonald and Jane's, 1964 (2nd edition 1976). ISBN 0-354-01027-1.

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