No.134 Squadron

A gauntlet closed
A gauntlet closed
Per ardua volabimus - We shall fly though hardships
01 March 1918
15 July 1945

No 134 Squadron was originally formed at Ternhill on 1 March 1918 as a night bomber training unit but was disbanded there on 4 July 1918 before becoming operational.

On 31 July 1941 the unit was reformed at RAF Leconfield as a fighter unit from a flight of personnel from No 17 Squadron. During the next two months it moved as part of 151 Wing to Russia where it operated fighter cover for Russian bombers. The unit handed over its Hurricanes to the Russian Navy in November and returned to the UK.

In April 1942 the squadron embarked for the Middle East, moving to Palestine, and in lieu of aircraft remained non-operational. It was not until January 1943 that the unit became operational again with Hurricanes, becoming active in operations to defend the ports and bases along the North African coast.

The unit was posted to India in November 1943, moving to the Burmese border where it became engaged in ground-attack missions and patrols. The squadron became the first unit to fly Thunderbolt IIs in July 1944. Offensive operations continued into 1945 and in April it took part in OPERATION DRACULA, the capture of Rangoon. Following this the squadron moved back to India and was renumbered No 131 Squadron on 15 July 1945.


Hurricane IIA 1941 - 1941
Spitfire VA/IIA 1941 - 1942
Hurricane IIA/IIB/IIC 1942 - 1944
Spitfire VB/VC 1943 - 1943
Thunderbolt I/II 1944 - 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

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

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