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No. 525 Squadron RAF
Active 1943-1946
Country United Kingdom
Branch Royal Air Force
Motto Vinciendo Vincimus

No. 525 Squadron was a Royal Air Force transport aircraft squadron that operated during the Second World War.

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History

The squadron was formed on 1 September 1943 at RAF Weston Zoyland to operate the Vickers Warwick in the transport role.[1] It first operated from England to Gibralter and North Africa but the Warwick was not the best aircraft for the role and it was withdrawn in 1944.[1] The Warwick was replaced with the Douglas Dakota and the four-engined former heavy bomber the Short Stirling.[2] The squadron soon operated routes throughout Europe and also became mainly manned by Canadian personnel.[1]

By the end of the war it was mainly operating routes to India.[1] The Canadians withdrew at the end of the war but the squadron continued with trooping flights.[1] On 1 December 1946 the squadron was disbanded when it was re-numbered 238 Squadron.[2][1]

Aircraft operated

Dates[2] Aircraft[2] Variant[2] Notes
1943-1944 Vickers Warwick I Twin-engined former bomber
1944 Short Stirling III Four-engined former heavy bomber
1944 Vickers Warwick III
1944-1946 Douglas Dakota Twin-engined transport

See also

Notes

  1. ^ a b c d e f Orbis 1985, p. 4213
  2. ^ a b c d e Jefford 1988, p 96

References

  • Jefford, C.G. (1988). RAF Squadrons. Airlife Publishing Ltd. ISBN 1 85310 053 6.  
  • The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft (Part Work 1982-1985). Orbis Publishing.  
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