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No. 46 Squadron Royal Air Force

Feb 1939   No 46 Squadron was formed at Wyton on 19 April 1916 and moved to France in October 1916. After a period in artillery support the Squadron was re-equipped as a fighter unit, and was also used for ground attack. The Squadron was disbanded at the end of 1919.

The squadron was re-formed at RAF Kenley in 1936 by redesignating B flight of No. 17 Squadron RAF as a full fighter squadron. In November 1937 No.46 Squadron moved to RAF Digby in Lincolnshire and in February 1939 it was re-equipped with Hurricanes.

Feb 1939 

21st Oct 1939 Convoy Duty

7th Dec 1939 On the move

17th Jan 1940 Return to RAF Digby

26th April 1940 Move to Norway evaluated

14th May 1940 Move to Norway

21st May 1940 Sea voyage

26th May 1940 Arrival in Norway

7th June 1940 Evacuation

8th June 1940 Norway evacuation destroyed at sea

12th June 1940 Squadron back in action

17th July 1940 Convoy patrols

1st Sept 1940 Move

2nd Sept 1940 Battle of Britain

3rd September 1940 Airfields bombed

4th September 1940 Battle of Britain

7th Sept 1940 Battle of Britain

8th September 1940  Battle of Britain

11th September 1940 Battle of Britain

12th Sept 1940 Air accident

15th Sep 1940 Battle of Britain Day

18th Sept 1940 London bombed

31st Oct 1940 Back on convoy patrols

11th Nov 1940 Italian airforce joins battle

14th December 1940 Relocated

1st March 1941 Moved again

May 1941 Sent to the Middle East

7 June 1941 Defence of Malta

11th June 1941 Hurricane shot down

6th July 1941 Repair & Maintenance role

22nd July 1941 Defence of Malta

8th May 1942 New aircraft and aircrew

November 1942 Coastal Command

January 1943 Night fighter role resumed

April 1943 New radar support system

August 1943 Detachment to Cyprus

February 1944 Night patrols

July 1944 Mosquitos arrive

11th October 1944 Interceptions

January 1945 Move to Transport Command

August 1945   
Airfields used by No. 46 Squadron during WW2:

  • RAF Digby, Lincolnshire from 3rd September 1939
  • RAF Acklington, Northumberland from 10th December 1939
  • RAF Digby from 17th January 1940 to 9th May 1940
  • Bardufoss, Norway from 9th May 1940
  • RAF Digby from 13th June 1940
  • RAF Stapleford Tawney, Essex from 1st September 1940
  • RAF North Weald, Essex from 8th November 1940
  • RAF Digby from 14th December 1940
  • RAF Church Fenton, Yorkshire from 28th February 1941
  • RAF Sherburn-in-Elmet, Yorkshire from 1st March 1941 to 20th May 1941
  • RAF Abu Sueir, Egypt (ground crew) and Har Fal, Malta (Aircrew) from July 1941
  • RAF Kilo 17 from September 1941
  • RAF Idku from May 1942 with detachments across the Eastern Mediterranean
  • RAF Stoney Cross from January 1945
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August 1945 

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No. 46 Squadron Royal Air Force

during the Second World War 1939-1945.

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