No. 285 Squadron (RAF): Second World War

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No.285 Squadron was an anti-aircraft cooperation squadron that helped Anti-aircraft command practice its aim.

The squadron was formed from No.9 Group Anti-Aircraft Cooperation Flight on 1 December 1941. It operated a wide number of aircraft, but most of its duties were performed with Defiants, Martinets and Oxfords. The Defiants and Martinets were used on target-towing duties, and the Oxfords for gun laying practice.

Aircraft
December 1941-June 1942: Westland Lysander III and IIIA
December 1941-March 1942: Bristol Blenheim I and Lockheed Hudson I
March 1942-January 1944: Boulton Paul Defiant I and II
March 1942-June 1945: Oxford I and II
July 1943-December 1943: Martinet I
September 1943-November 1944: Bristol Beaufighter I
January 1944-June 1945: Hawker Hurricane IIC
March-June 1945: North American Mustang I

Location
December 1941-October 1942: Wrexham
October 1942-August 1943: Honiley
August 1943-November 1944: Woodvale
November 1944-January 1945: Andover
January-June 1945: North Weald
June 1945: Weston Zoyland

Squadron Codes: VG (Oxford, Defiant)

Duty
1941-1945: Anti Aircraft Cooperation

Books

 

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How to cite this article: Rickard, J (30 September 2011), No. 285 Squadron (RAF): Second World War, http://www.historyofwar.org/air/units/RAF/285_wwII.html

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