No.159 Squadron

In front of logs enflamed, a peacock’s head erased, in the beak a woodman’s axe
Badge
In front of logs enflamed, a peacock’s head erased, in the beak a woodman’s axe
Motto
Quo non, quando non - Whither not, when not?
Formed
01 June 1918
Disbanded
01 June 1946

No 159 Squadron formed on 1 June 1918 but disbanded almost immediately on 4 July 1918. The personnel intended for this squadron were diverted to existing units in France as reinforcements.

On 2 January 1942 the squadron reformed at RAF Molesworth for service overseas. The unit was briefly stationed in Palestine, where it undertook bombing operations against targets in North Africa, the Balkans and Italy, before moving on to India. It arrived at Salbani, India at the end of September 1942 and began long-range bombing and reconnaissance operations against the Japanese from 17 November 1942. Its aircraft ranged over Burma, Siam, Malaya, Indo-China and the Dutch East Indies. After the war the squadron was briefly engaged in transport and survey work before disbanding on 1 June 1946.


AIRCRAFT

Liberator II/III/V/VI/VIII 1942 - 1945


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

Bomber Squadrons of the RAF and their aircraft
Phillip J R Moyes Macdonald & Jane’s 1976

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