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No. 31 Squadron Royal Air Force

August 1939   No 31 Squadron was formed at Farnborough on 11 October 1915 and was sent to Risalpur in India. It saw action along the North West Frontier assisting the army in dealing with tribal unrest by in artillery observation, reconnaissance and ground attack. A detachment also served in Aden from 1917. The end of the Great war brought little change to 31 Squadron’s daily life. For the following 20 years it continued to police the Waziristan and Afghanistan regions, assisting the British army in quashing the occasional tribal uprising. It was not until February 1931 that the outdated Bristol F2Bs were replaced by Westland Wapitis and throughout the 1930s 31 Squadron continued its army co-operation duties, including reconnaissance, ground attack and bomber missions.

Airfields used by No.31 Squadron:

  • 27 October 1938-December 1939: Lahore
  • December 1939-February 1941: Peshawar
  • February-26 March 1941: Lahore
  • 26 March-September 1941: Drigh Road
    • Detachments to Shaibah, Basra and Habbaniya
  • September 1941-18 February 1943: Lahore
  • December 1941-February 1942: Mingaladon
  • February 1942: Akyab
  • February 1942-April 1942: Dum Dum
  • April 1942-February 1943: Lahore
  • 18 February-21 May 1943: Dhubalia
  • 21 May-21 June 1943: Khargpur
  • 21 June 1943-July 1944: Agartala
  • 11 July-1 November 1944: Basal
  • 1 November 1944-1 January 1945: Agartala
  • 1 January-6 February 1945: Comilla
  • 6 February-15 May 1945: Hathazari
  • 15 May-August 1945: Kyaujpyu
  • August-1 October 1945: Mingaladon

August 1939 

Oct 1939 Change of Duty

February 1941 New aircraft

10th April 1941 Coup in Iraq

29th April 1941 Prepared for siege

4th May 1941 Relief troops arrive

17th May 1941 Iraqi forces surrender

8th June 1941 Attack on Syria

1st July 1941 Reorganisation

December 1941 Return to India

February 1942 Supplies delivered

March 1944 Siege of Imphal

July 1944 Training

November 1944 Move into Burma

15th may 1945 PoW's rescued

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Those known to have served with

No. 31 Squadron Royal Air Force

during the Second World War 1939-1945.

  • Altmann Otto Reginald. Wing Cmdr.
  • Coates Freddie.
  • Jones Eric E.

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Freddie Coates 31 Squadron Group 205

I have about 40 photos that my late dad, Freddie Coates, took during his service with SAAF Group 205, Squadrons 31 and 34.

Lynda Coates

Eric E "Choppa" Jones B Flight SAAF 31 Sqn RAF 37 Sqn

My father served with the squadrons mentioned above as a Straight Air Gunner. I have his Flying Log Book and a few photographs. There are entries for the early months of 1944. His pilot is documented as W/O Howard. According to the summary in his Log Book he flew 39 sorties - 163.45 operational hours.

Died 25th December 1991

Peter E. Jones

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