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No. 215 Squadron Royal Air Force

   No 215 Squadron was formed in 1917 as a heavy bombing squadron (No 15 RNAS, becoming No 215 RAF in April 1918). It was disbanded in late 1919.

It re-formed as a bomber squadron in October 1935, and in April 1940 merged with SHQ, RAF Bassingbourn to form No 11 OTU. It re-fomed again in December 1941 as a bomber unit and in 1942 when to India to operate against the Japanese in Burma.

No 215 was engaged in supply-dropping flights after the retreat from Burma, and in coastal patrols on the east coast of India. In October 1942 airborne training began and in March 1943 started bombing missions over Burma. In June 1944 No 215 moved to Kolar for Liberator conversion training, resuming night and day operations in October. April 1945 the squadron undertook supply-dropping missions for the 14th Army as Burma was cleared of the Japanese. In October 1945 No 215 moved to Malaya, Java and Hong Kong, and was renumbered 48 Squadron in February 1946.

Airfields No. 215 Squadron flew from:

  • RAF Honington, Suffolk from 3rd September 1939 (Harrow, Wellington I)
  • RAF Bramcote, Warwickshire from 10th September 1939
  • RAF Bassingbourn, Cambridgeshire from 24th September 1939 (Anson I)
  • became No 11 OTU, 8th April 1940
  • RAF Newmarket, Cambridgeshire from 9th December 1941 (re-formed)
  • RAF Stradishall, Suffolk from 5th January 1942
  • RAF Waterbeach from 21st February 1942 (Wellington IC)
  • RAF Harwell from 1st March 1942
  • Asansol from 14th April 1942
  • Pandaveswar from 17th April 1942
  • St. Thomas Mount from 18th August 1942
  • Chaklala from 13th October 1942
  • Jessore from 12 March 1943 (Wellington X)
  • Digri from 17th September 1944 (Dakota III, IV)
  • Dhubalia from the 28th December 1944 (Consolidated Liberator VI, VIII)
  • Tulihal from the 5th of May 1945
  • to Basal from the 1st of June 1945
  • Basal from 22nd June 1945
  • to Patenga from the 9th July 1945
  • Patenga from 17th July 1945
  • Hmawbi from 19th August 1945


14th Feb 1942 Reorganisation

1st May 1942 

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No. 215 Squadron Royal Air Force

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