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No. 290 Squadron (RAF): Second World War

No. 290 Squadron (RAF): Second World War


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No. 290 Squadron (RAF) during the Second World War

Aircraft - Locations - Group and Duty - Books

No.290 Squadron served as an anti-aircraft cooperation squadron in Northern Ireland and Scotland, before moving to Belgium to support the advancing Allied armies.

The squadron was formed from Nos.1617 and 1480 (Anti Aircraft Cooperation) Flights and a detachment from No.289 Squadron. It was based in Northern Ireland from 1 December 1943 until August 1944, when it moved to Scotland.

In January 1945 the squadron found itself in the front line when it moved to Belgium, to provide practise targets for the anti aircraft units defending Allied bases against any possible repeat of the major Luftwaffe attacks at the start of 1945. The squadron remained at Knocke-le-Zoute until it was disbanded on 27 October 1945.

Aircraft
December 1943-January 1945: Hawker Hurricane IIC
December 1943-October 1945: Oxford I and II
December 1943-October 1945: Martinet I
December 1944-October 1945: Supermarine Spitfire VB

Location
December 1943-March 1944: Newtownards
March-August 1944: Long Kesh
August 1944-January 1945: Turnhouse
January-October 1945: B.83 Knocke-le-Zoute

Squadron Codes: X6

Duty
1943-1945: anti-aircraft cooperation squadron

Books

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