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No. 238 Squadron
No 238 Squadron was formed in August 1918 for patrolling the Channel. It was disbanded in May 1919.
No 238 re-formed as a Spitfire unit in May 1940 at Tangmere, receiving Hurricanes in June 1940. It operated throughout the Battle of Britain, and in May 1941 was transferred to Malta. It flew from HMS Victorious to Egypt, June 1941, where the squadron was involved in flying bomber escort missions and offensive sweeps until the end of 1942. It converted to Spitfires, and in March 1944 the squadron moved to Corsica, taking part in the Allied invasion of southern France in August. It moved to France before being disbanded at Naples in October 1944.
In December 1944 it was re-formed at Merryfield as a transport unit, and equipped with Dakotas went to India, supply-dropping and evacuating casualties from Burma. In June 1944 it moved to Australia, operating in support of the British Pacific Fleet, disbanding at the end of December 1945.
Airfields No. 238 Squadron flew from:
- RAF Tangmere, Sussex from 12th May 1940 (re-formed. Spitfire I)
- RAF Middle Wallop, Hampshire from 20th June 1940
- RAF St. Eval, Cornwal from the 14th August 1940
- RAF Middle Wallop, September 1940
- RAF Chilbolton, Hampshire from the 30th September 1940
- RAF Middle Wallop, January 1941
- RAF Chilbolton from the 1st February 1941 (Hurricane IIa)
- RAF Pembrey, Camarthenshire, from the 1st of April 1941
- RAF Chilbolton from the 16th April 1941
- El Firdan, Egypt from 20th May 1941
- Corsica, March 1944 (Spitfire IX)
- France, August 1944
- Naples, October 1944
- disbanded 31st October 1944
- re-formed at RAF Merryfield 1st December 1944 (Dakota)
- Rajpur, India from 22nd February 1945
- Comilla, India from 13th March 1945
- Parafield, Australia from 2nd July 1945
- disbanded 27th December 1945
List of those who served with No. 238 Squadron during The Second World War
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