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No. 628 Squadron RAF
Active 21 March 1944 - 1 October 1944
Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Branch Ensign of the Royal Air Force.svg Royal Air Force
Type inactive
Role Meteorological and air-sea rescue squadron
Part of RAF Coastal Command
Base Red Hills Lake, Madras
Aircraft flown
Patrol Consolidated Catalina
Two-engined Flying Boat

No. 628 Squadron RAF was a meteorological and air-sea rescue squadron of the Royal Air Force during the Second World War.



The squadron was formed at Red Hills Lake in Madras, India on 21 March 1944[1], by redesignating 'B' Flight of No. 357 Squadron RAF.[2] The unit was equipped with Consolidated Catalina Mks.Ib and Mk.IV flying boats, and operated as part of Coastal Command. Although intended for special duties, the squadron spent most of its time with meteorological reconnaissance and ASR (air-sea rescue) flights over the Indian Ocean.[1] It was disbanded at Red Hills Lake on 1 October 1944.[3]

Aircraft operated

Aircraft operated by no. 628 Squadron RAF, data from[1][3][4]
From To Aircraft Variant
March 1944 September 1944 Consolidated Catalina Mk.Ib
July 1944 September 1944 Consolidated Catalina Mk.IV

See also




  1. ^ a b c Halley 1988, p. 441.
  2. ^ Creed 1985, p. 251.
  3. ^ a b Jefford 2001, p. 102.
  4. ^ Rawlings 1982, p. 254.


  • Creed, Roscoe R. PBY: The Catalina Flying Boat. Annapolis, Maryland: The Naval Institute Press, 1985. ISBN 0-87021-526-4.
  • 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.
  • 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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