No.163 Squadron

None authorised
None authorised
01 June 1918
10 August 1945

No 163 Squadron formed on 1 June 1918 but disbanded almost immediately on 4 July 1918.

On 10 July 1942 the squadron reformed in Egypt for transport duties but immediately moved to RAF Asmara, Eritrea. It began operations on 1 September 1942 providing mail and communication services in Eritrea, Ethiopia and Sudan. Occasionally it flew further afield to Nigeria and Madagascar. On 18 December 1942 the unit was reduced to a cadre and it disbanded on 16 June 1943.

On 25 January 1945 the squadron reformed at RAF Wyton as a part of No 8 (Pathfinder) Force. It undertook night attacks on Germany until the end of the war. On 10 August 1945 it disbanded.


Hudson III/VI 1942 – 1942
Mosquito 25/XVI 1945 – 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

Coastal Support and Special Squadrons of the RAF and their aircraft
John D R Rawlings Jane’s Publishing 1982

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