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No. 73 Squadron
No. 73 Squadron was formed in 1917 at Upavon as a fighter unit and disbanded in 1919. On 15 March 1937, No. 73 reformed at Mildenhall as a fighter squadron.
On the outbreak of World War Two, it was one of the two Hurricane squadrons attached to the Advanced Air Striking Force, based in France. After the German attack in May 1940, No. 73 helped to cover Allied airfields and bases, falling back as its airfields were overrun by enemy columns. On 18 June, the squadron retired to England where it concentrated on night fighting during the Battle of Britain. Operations ceased on 20 October to allow No. 73 to prepare for transfer to the Heliopolis for shipping escort patrols, ground-attack operations and night fighter patrols. The Squadron's Hurricanes remained in the Western Desert and Tunisia until June 1943 when they were replaced by Spitfires and No. 73 moved to Italy for defensive patrols, becoming a fighter-bomber unit in April 1944. It retained this role for the rest of the war mainly operating over the Balkans. A detachment was sent to Greece to help put down a Communist takeover in late 1944. In April 1945 the Squadron moved to Yugoslavia until the end of the war moving to Malta in July 1945.
Airfields No. 73 Squadron flew from.
- RAF Digby, Lincolnshire from 3rd September 1939
- RAF Church Fenton, Yorkshire from 18th June 1940
- RAF Castle Camps, Essex from 5th September 1940 to 6th November 1940
- RAF Heliopolis from 6th November 1940
List of those who served with No. 73 Squadron during The Second World War
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