No. 292 Squadron (RAF): Second World War

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No.292 Squadron was an air-sea rescue squadron that provided cover over the Bay of Bengal and off the coast of Burma. The squadron was formed at Jessore on 1 February 1944, and was equipped with Walrus amphibians. These were supplemented by a number of the more modern Sea Otters from November 1944. The squadron also received some larger aircraft - Vickers Warwicks from April 1944 and Liberators from 1944.

The squadron also provided air-sea rescue cover off the coast of Burma, and as the Allies went onto the offensive this area became increasingly important. In February 1945 the squadron moved to Agartala, bringing it close to the front line. The squadron was disbanded on 14 June 1945, and split into three flights - Nos.1347, 1348 and 1349 - which continued to provide the same cover. 

Aircraft
February 1944-June 1945: Supermarine Walrus I and II
April-December 1944: Vickers Warwick II
November 1944-June 1945: Supermarine Sea Otter II
December 1944-June 1945: Consolidated Liberator VI

Location
February 1944-February 1945: Jessore
February-June 1945: Agartala

Squadron Codes: Q, F

Duty
1 July 1944: No.231 Group; Strategic Air Force; Eastern Air Command; Air Command South East Asia

Books

 

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How to cite this article: Rickard, J (6 October 2011), No. 292 Squadron (RAF): Second World War, http://www.historyofwar.org/air/units/RAF/292_wwII.html

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