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No. 304 (Silesia) Polish Squadron Royal Air Force

   No 304 (Silesian) Squadron was formed at Bramcote, in July 1940, as a Polish light bomber squadron converting to Wellingtons in November before becoming operational. No 304 spend a year with Bomber Command, transferring to Coastal Command in May 1942. Based first in Tiree, then Pembrokeshire, it operated over the Bay of Biscay. Specialised patrol Wellingtons arrived in July of 1943. No 304 moved to East Anglia in April 1943, flying anti-E-boat patrols over the North Sea, then returned to Bay of Biscay patrols after moving to Cornwall. In September 1944 No 304 moved to Benbecula for North Atlantic patrols, returning to Cornwall in March 1945.

In July 1945, No 304 transferred to Transport Command, with Warwicks, flying to Italy and Greece until converting to Halifaxes in April 1946. The squadron was disbanded in December 1946.

Airfields No. 304 Squadron flew from:

  • RAF Bramcote, Warwickshire, formed 22nd July 1940 (Battle I, Wellington IC))
  • RAF Syerston, Nottinghamshire from the 2nd of December 1940
  • RAF Lindholme, Yorkshire from the 19th July 1941 (to Coastal Command)
  • RAF Tiree, Inner Hebrides from the 10th July 1942 (ex-Bomber Command. Wellington I)
  • RAF Dale from July 1942
  • RAF Talbenny, Pembrokeshire from November 1942 (Wellington XII, Wellington XIV. to Fighter Command)
  • RAF Hutton Cranswick, Yorkshire from the 17th April 1943 (ex-Coastal Command. Spitfire Vb)
  • RAF Docking, Norfolk (ex-Fighter Command, the 1st June 1943))
  • RAF Davidstow Moor, Cornwall from the end of June 1943 (Wellington XIII, Wellington XIV)
  • RAF Chivenor, Devon from February 1944
  • RAF Benbecula, Outer Hebrides from September 1944 (Warwick C3)
  • RAF St Eval, Cornwall from the 5th March 1945 (to Transport Command)
  • RAF North Weald, Essex from 14th June 1945 (Warwicks I, III, Halifax)
  • disbanded December 1946


6th May 1941 Aircraft Lost

8th May 1941 Aircraft Lost

27th May 1941 Aircraft Lost

24th Jul 1941 Aircraft Lost

20th Oct 1941 Aircraft Lost

26th Oct 1941 Aircraft Lost

7th Nov 1941 Aircraft Lost

30th Nov 1941 Aircraft Lost

16th Dec 1941 Aircraft Lost

10th Jan 1942 Aircraft Lost

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Those known to have served with

No. 304 (Silesia) Polish Squadron Royal Air Force

during the Second World War 1939-1945.

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Flt.Sgt. John Albert Holroyd MID. 304 Suadron

My father Flt.Sgt.John Albert Holroyd served with Polish 304 Squadron as one of many units over his 26 years career with the RAF, helping to form the unit in 1940-1941

John Holroyd

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