No.302 Squadron

13 July 1940
18 December 1946

No 302 Squadron was formed at RAF Leconfield on 13 July 1940 as a fighter unit manned by Polish personnel who had escaped from France. It took part in the final stages of the Battle of Britain. In May 1941 it moved for a short time to the Isle of Man but in August it transferred to the south-west of England for offensive fighter sweeps over France. In 1943 it moved northwards for more defensive duties. In April 1944 the squadron became a fighter bomber unit, making attacks on German targets around Normandy. It continued these ground-attack missions after the invasion in June 1944. In October 1944 it moved to Belgium. The unit moved to Germany in April 1945 and remained there as part of the occupation forces. On 18 December 1946 it disbanded.


Hurricane I/II 1940 - 1941
Spitfire V/IX/XVI 1941 - 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 Crecy Books 1993

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