1 December 1943
No 327 Squadron, Royal Air Force, was formed at Ajaccio, Corsica on 1 December 1943 as a Free French unit from the French Air Force fighter squadron No 1/3 Escadrille (“Corse”). It had become operational with Spitfires in August and had flown operations with 1 US Tactical Air Force during the Mediterranean campaign. The unit was engaged in bomber escort and convoy patrol duties during the Italian campaign and, forming a wing with Nos. 326 and 328 (French) Squadrons, it covered the southern France landings in August.
In September 1944 the unit moved to southern France and flew armed reconnaissance, offensive sweeps and bomber escort operations over south-west Germany. It ceased operations for two months, returning to sweeps over southern Germany and Austria in February and supported the 1st French Army during its advance across the Rhine. In November 1945 the squadron was disbanded as an RAF unit at Sersheim, Germany, and transferred to French control.
Spitfire VB/VC/VIII/IX 1943 - 1945
The Squadrons of the Royal Air Force
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Fighter Squadrons of the RAF and their aircraft
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