No. 251 Squadron (RAF) during the Second World War
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No.251 Squadron was reformed on 1 August 1944 by the renumbering of No.1407 Flight at Reykjavik, and served as an air-sea rescue and meteorological squadron for the rest of the war.
When the squadron was first formed it was equipped with a mix of Hudsons and Ansons. The small number of Ansons were used for local communications flights, while the Hudsons carried out the air-sea rescue missions and the vital meteorological flights. Two of the Hudsons were equipped with air droppable lifeboats, to help with air-sea rescue.
In March 1945 the squadron began to receive Boeing Fortresses, which operated alongside the Hudsons. The last Hudsons went in August 1945 and were replaced with Warwicks. The squadron continued to perform both of its roles until it was disbanded on 30 October 1945.
August 1944-August 1945: Lockheed Hudson III and IIIA
August-October 1944: Lockheed Ventura I
August 1944-October 1945: Avro Anson I
March-October 1945: Boeing Fortress II and IIA
August-October 1945: Vickers Warwick I
August 1944-October 1945: Reykjavik
Squadron Codes: AD
1944-1945: Air-sea rescue and meteorological flights, Iceland
7th September 1939 No. 52 Squadron, RFC, was formed at Hounslow, Middlesex in 1916, serving as an army co-operation squadron on the Western Front. Disbanded in 1919, it re-formed at Abingdon from a nucleus provided by No 15 Squadron as a bomber squadron in January 1937. In November/December 1937 it was equipped with Fairey Battles and for special training purposes, Avro Ansons. In February 1939, the squadron became a group pool squadron tasked with training crews for the other units in its group. At the outbreak of war it was based at RAF Alconbury in Huntingdonshire, but four days later it moved to RAF Upwood.
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