No.135 Squadron

A peacock in its pride
A peacock in its pride
Pennas ubique monstramus - We show our wings everywhere
01 April 1918
10 June 1945

No 135 Squadron was originally formed at Hucknall on 1 April 1918 as a training unit but was disbanded there on 4 July 1918 before becoming operational.

On 15 August 1941 the unit was reformed at RAF Baginton as a fighter unit. After operating for a month it was deployed to Burma, beginning operations there on 26 January 1942 in defence of Rangoon and later escorting Blenheim bombers. However, after losing almost all its aircraft to the advancing Japanese, the unit was evacuated to India.

From Calcutta the squadron flew convoy patrols, then offensive operations until withdrawn to southern India in May 1943. It was then used to convert Blenheim pilots to the Hurricane, becoming operational again in November, providing air defence. Following its conversion to the Thunderbolt in May 1944 the unit commenced ground-attack operations in October. These continued until May 1945, when the squadron ceased operations and was disbanded, being renumbered No 605 Squadron on 10 June 1945 at RAF Chakulia.


Hurricane IIA/IIB/IIC 1941 - 1944
Thunderbolt I 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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