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No. 520 Squadron RAF
Active 20 September 1943 - 25 April 1946
Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Branch Ensign of the Royal Air Force.svg Royal Air Force
Role meteorological
Motto Tomorrow's Weather Today
Insignia
Squadron Badge heraldry A dove holding in the beak an olive branch
Squadron Codes 2M (Sep 1943 - Apr 1946)

No. 520 Squadron RAF was a meteorological squadron of the Royal Air Force during the Second World War.

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History

The squadron was formed at RAF Gibraltar on 20 September 1943 from 1402 Flight. Equipped with the Lockheed Hudson it was tasked with collecting meteorological data from both the Mediterranean and Atlantic. In February 1944 it was re-equipped with the Handley Page Halifax and supplemented by Spitfires, Although the Spitfires were replaced with Hurricanes a few months later. The squadron also operated the Hudson again and the Vickers Warwick. The squadron continued to serve after the war was over but was disbanded at Gibraltar on 25 April 1946.

Aircraft operated

From To Aircraft Variant Notes
Sep 1943 Mar 1944 Lockheed Hudson Mk.III
Sep 1943 Jun 1944 Gloster Gladiator Mk.II
Feb 1944 Jun 1945 Handley Page Halifax Mk.V
Feb 1944 Jun 1944 Supermarine Spitfire Mk.Vb
Jun 1944 Apr 1946 Hawker Hurricane Mk.IIc
Sep 1944 Dec 1945 Miles Martinet Mk.I for target towing
Jan 1945 Oct 1945 Lockheed Hudson Mk.III
Apr 1945 Apr 1946 Handley Page Halifax Mk.III
Aug 1945 Apr 1946 Vickers Warwick Mk.I Also used for air-sea rescue
Oct 1945 Jan 1946 Lockheed Hudson VI

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References

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Notes

  1. ^ Rawlings 1982, p. 254.
  2. ^ Halley 1988, p. 398.
  3. ^ Jefford 2001, p. 97.

Bibliography

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Rawlings, John D.R. Coastal, Support and Special Squadrons of the RAF and their Aircraft. London: Jane's Publishing Company Ltd., 1982. ISBN 0-7106-0187-5.

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