No.129 Squadron

The Gunda Bherunda of Mysore
Badge
The Gunda Bherunda of Mysore
Motto
I will defend the right
Formed
01 March 1918
Disbanded
01 September 1946

No 129 Squadron, Royal Air Force, was originally formed at Duxford on 1 March 1918 as a day-bomber training unit and served as a training unit until disbanded there on 4 July 1918.

On 16 June 1941 the unit was reformed at RAF Leconfield as a fighter squadron, named “Mysore”. It became operational on 24 July and in August it moved south for day bomber escort duties. By November 1941 the unit moved over to convoy patrols and during December it was deployed for offensive operations over France. In 1942 the squadron was heavily engaged in the Dieppe Raid. In September 1942 it moved to the Orkneys and did not see combat again until February 1943.

Through 1943 the unit concentrated on escorting day bombing raids over Europe and in June it joined Second Tactical Air Force on its formation. The squadron served on air cover operations during the D-Day landings and soon after was diverted to flying bomb interception operations, which lasted until September. It became engaged in mainly long-range day bomber escort duties until April 1945. Its final operation was in May and in June it moved to Norway for a period of five months. On 1 September 1946 the squadron was renumbered No 257 Squadron.


AIRCRAFT

DH9 1918 - 1918
Spitfire I/IIA/VB/VC/VI/IX 1941 - 1944
Mustang III 1944 - 1945
Spitfire IX 1945 - 1946


Reference Sources

The Squadrons of the Royal Air Force
James J Halley Air Britain (Historians) Ltd 1988

RAF Squadrons
Wg Cdr C G Jefford Airlife 2001

Fighter Squadrons of the RAF and their aircraft
John D R Rawlings Macdonald & Company 1969

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