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No. 161 Squadron
No 161 Squadron was originally formed as a day bomber unit in June 1918, but disbanded in July to provide personnel for other units.
It re-formed at Newmarket in February 1942 from a nucleus from No 138 Squadron and the King's Flight. It was a highly secretive unit used by the Special Operations Executive to drop supplies and agents over Europe, using Lysanders, Havocs and Hudsons. It also escorted convoys under the control of Fighter or Coastal Command. It received Halifaxes in November 1942 and Stirlings in 1944, continuing its covert tasks until the end of the war when No 161 was disbanded.
Airfields No. 161 Squadron flew from:
- RAF Newmarket, Cambridgeshire from 15th February 1942 (Lysander IIIA, Hudson I, Whitley V)
- RAF Graveley, Huntingdonshire from the 1st March 1942 (Special Duties)
- RAF Tempsford, Bedfordshire from the 11th April 1942 (Halifax II, Halifax V, Albemarle II, Havoc I, Hudson III, Hudson V, Stirling III, Stirling IV. to 38 Group March 1945)
List of those who served with No. 161 Squadron during The Second World War
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