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NO. 53 SQUADRON was a Royal Air Force
Royal Air Force
squadron that saw service in both the First and Second World Wars .

CONTENTS

* 1 History * 2 See also

* 3 References

* 3.1 Citations * 3.2 Bibliography

* 4 External links

HISTORY

No. 53 Squadron of the Royal Flying Corps was formed at Catterick on 15 May 1916. Originally intended to be a training squadron, it was sent to France to operate reconnaissance in December that year. The squadron was equipped with the B.E.2e —swapped for the R.E.8 in April 1917. It returned the UK in March 1919 to Old Sarum
Old Sarum
where it was disbanded on 25 October 1919.

The squadron reformed on 28 June 1937 at RAF Farnborough with the Hawker Hector for Army Cooperation; specialising in night reconnaissance. The squadron was given the Bristol Blenheim light bomber in January 1939 and moved to France in September. Following the German attack on France in May 1940, the squadron returned to the UK. From here it undertook bombing and reconnaissance missions.

In 1940 it was transferred from RAF Fighter Command to RAF Coastal Command , thereafter alternating between No. 16 Group RAF and No. 19 Group RAF . It moved to RAF St Eval , Cornwall
Cornwall
, for anti-submarine and anti-shipping operations. In July 1941 the Blenheims were replaced by the Lockheed Hudson
Lockheed Hudson
. In July 1942 the squadron was transferred to the Eastern Seaboard of the USA, from there it moved to Trinidad
Trinidad
. It returned to Cornwall, RAF Davidstow Moor and was given Armstrong Whitworth Whitleys in early 1943. It moved on to stations in Norfolk but by May was operating the Consolidated Liberators at RAF Thorney Island , Hampshire . 53 Squadron Lockheed Hudsons in 1942.

In September 1944 it was transferred to Iceland
Iceland
where it stayed until the end of the war in Europe. It came back to the UK to RAF St Davids , joining RAF Transport Command to carry troops to India. The squadron was disbanded at RAF Gransden Lodge on 15 June 1946. A 53 Squadron Blackburn Beverley in 1957 Short Belfast
Short Belfast
heavy transport operated by 53 Squadron 1966-1976

It was reformed on 1 November 1946 with Douglas Dakotas which it used throughout the Berlin Airlift and was then disbanded again on 31 July 1949.

The squadron reformed the next day at RAF Topcliffe with Handley Page Hastings transports. Blackburn Beverleys replaced the Hasting in 1957. It was disbanded at Abingdon on 28 June 1963.

On 1 November 1965 at RAF Fairford it reformed as the RAF's first and only squadron with the Short Belfast
Short Belfast
. It moved to RAF Brize Norton
RAF Brize Norton
in 1967, and remained there until disbanding on 14 September 1976.

SEE ALSO

* List of Royal Air Force
Royal Air Force
aircraft squadrons * 1957 Sutton Wick Beverley accident

REFERENCES

CITATIONS

* ^ http://www.raf.mod.uk/history/53squadron.cfm

BIBLIOGRAPHY

* Halley, James J. The Squadrons of the Royal Air Force wide;padding:3px">

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Royal Air Force
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Australian Flying Corps (AFC) units attached to the RAF during the First World War

* 67 (1 Sqn AFC) * 68 (2 Sqn AFC) * 69 (3 Sqn AFC) * 71 (4 Sqn AFC)

Commonwealth air force units attached to the RAF during the Second World War

Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF)

* 400 * 401 * 402 * 403 * 404 * 405 * 406 * 407 * 408 * 409 * 410 * 411 * 412 * 413 * 414 * 415 * 416 * 417 * 418 * 419 * 420 * 421 * 422 * 423 * 424 * 425 * 426 * 427 * 428 * 429 * 430 * 431 * 432 * 433 * 434 * 435 * 436 * 437 * 438 * 439 * 440 * 441 * 442 * 443

Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF)

* 450 * 451 * 452 * 453 * 454 * 455 * 456 * 457 * 458 * 459 * 460 * 461 * 462 * 463 * 464 * 466 * 467

Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF)

* 485 * 486 * 487 * 488 * 489 * 490

Squadrons formed from non-Commonwealth personnel during the Second World War

ARGENTINE

* 164

BELGIAN

* 349 * 350

CZECHOSLOVAK

* 310 * 311 * 312 * 313

DUTCH

* 320 * 321 * 322

FRENCH

* 326 * 327 * 328 * 329 * 340 * 341 * 342 * 343 * 344 * 345 * 346 * 347

GREEK

* 13 * 335 * 336

NORWEGIAN

* 330 * 331 * 332 * 333 * 334

POLISH

* 300 * 301 * 302 * 303 * 304 * 305 * 306 * 307 * 308 * 309 * 315 * 316 * 317 * 318 * 663

UNITED STATES

* 71 * 121 * 133

YUGOSLAV

* 351 * 352

ROYAL AUXILIARY AIR FORCE

SPECIAL RESERVE

* 500 * 501 * 502 * 503 * 504

AUXILIARY AIR FORCE

* 600 * 601 * 602 * 603 * 604 * 605 * 606 * 607 * 608 * 609 * 610 * 611 * 612 * 613 * 614 * 615 * 616

FLEET AIR ARM OF THE RAF (1924–1939)

* 712 * 715 * 718 * 800 * 801 * 802 * 803 * 810 * 811 * 812 * 813 * 814 * 820 * 821 * 822 * 823 * 824 * 825

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