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World War 2 Two II WW2 WWII

No. 53 Squadron Royal Air Force



August 1939 

3rd September 1939 On the Move

10th Oct 1939 New Wing Formed

3rd May 1940 Aircraft Lost

9th May 1940 Aircraft Lost

11th May 1940 Aircraft Lost

15th May 1940 Aircraft Lost

16th May 1940 Aircraft Lost

18th May 1940 Aircraft Lost

18th May 1940 Evacuation

19th May 1940 Withdrawal

24th May 1940 On the Move

26th May 1940 Aircraft Lost

31st May 1940 On the Move

8th June 1940 On the Move

12th June 1940 Move

3rd July 1940 Change of Duty

November 1940 Move

February 1941 Patrols

11th June 1941 Aircraft Lost

July 1941 Detachments

December 1941 On the Move

February 1942 On the Move

May 1942 Patrols

23rd July 1942 Relocation

15th August 1942 Detachment

August 1942 On the Move

10th November 1942 U-Boat attacked

18th February 1943 Re-equipped

March 1943 Patrols

20th April 1943 Move

30th July 1943 U-Boat group attacked

25th September 1943 Move

October 1943 New Equipment

1st January 1943 Return

3rd January 1944 

3rd January 1944 Return

13th September 1944 On the Move

1st June 1945 Transport

September 1945   Airfields No. 53 Squadron flew from during the war:
  • RAF Farnborough
  • RAF Odiham, Hampshire from 3rd September 1939
  • Plivot, France from 17th September 1939
  • Poix, France from 11th October 1939
    • Vitry, France from 11th May 1940 (detachment)
  • Crecy, France from 19th May 1940
  • RAF Lympne, Kent from 19th May 1940
  • RAF Andover from 20th May 1940
    • Coummier, France from 20th May 1940 (detachment )
    • RAF Hawkinge, Kent from 21st May 1940 (detachment )
  • RAF Eastchurch, Kent from 31st May 1940
    • Rouen, France from 3rd June 1940 (detachment)
  • RAF Gatwick, Surrey from 13th June 1940
  • RAF Detling, Kent from 3rd July 1940
    • RAF Bircham Newton, Norfolk from 19th September 1940 (detachment)
  • RAF Thorney Island, Hampshire from 20th September 1940
    • RAF Manston, Kent from 14th November 1940 (detachment)
  • RAF St. Eval, Cornwall from February 1941
  • RAF Bircham Newton, Norfolk from July 1941
    • RAF St. Eval from July 1941 (detachment)
    • RAF Limavady, Londonderry from July 1941 (detachment)
  • RAF St. Eval from October 1941
  • RAF Limavady, Londonderry from December 1941
  • RAF North Coates, Lincolnshire from February 1942
  • RAF St. Eval from May 1942
    • RAF Zandery from 15th August 1942 (detachment)
  • Quonset Point, USA from November 1942
  • Waller Field, Trinidad from August 1942
  • Edinburgh Field, Trinidad from 15th August 1942
  • Norfolk, USA from November 1942 to December 1942
  • RAF Davidstow Moor, Cornwall, February 1943
  • RAF Docking, Norfolk from 15th February 1943
  • RAF Bircham Newton, Norfolk from March 1943
  • RAF Thorney Island, Hampshire from April 1943
    • RAF St. Eval, Cornwall from April 1943 (detachment)
  • RAF Beaulieu, Hampshire from September 1943
  • RAF St. Eval from January 1944
    • RAF Ballykelly, Londonderry from January 1944 to September 1944 (detachment)
  • Reykjavik, Iceland from 13th September 1944
  • RAF St. David's, Pembrokeshire from 1st June 1945


September 1945 


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Those known to have served with

No. 53 Squadron Royal Air Force

during the Second World War 1939-1945.

  • Duncan Edmund Albert.

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