No. 132 Squadron RAF

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No. 132 (City of Bombay) Squadron RAF
Active 1 Mar 1918 – 23 Dec 1918
7 Jul 1941 – 15 April 1946
Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Branch Air Force Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg Royal Air Force
Motto Latin: Cave leopardum
("Beware the leopard")
Squadron Badge heraldry A leopard rampant.
Squadron Codes FF (Jul 1941 – Apr 1946)

No. 132 (City of Bombay) Squadron RAF was a Royal Air Force Squadron formed to be a bomber unit in World War I and reformed as a fighter unit in World War II.


Formation and World War I

No. 132 Squadron Royal Flying Corps was formed on 1 March 1918 and became a unit of the Royal Air Force a month later, but it disbanded on 23 December 1918 without becoming operational.

Reformation in World War II

The squadron reformed in 1941 as a fighter unit equipped with Spitfires and then provided air defence from Peterhead, Scotland, and Southern England. It then moved to Normandy after the D-Day landings. It returned to England in September 1944 before moving to Vavuniya, Ceylon, in January 1945. It was then based in Hong Kong, and was disbanded on 15 April 1946.

Aircraft operated

Aircraft operated by No. 132 Squadron RAF[1]
From To Aircraft Variant
Jul 1941 Nov 1941 Supermarine Spitfire I
Sep 1941 Apr 1942 Supermarine Spitfire IIB
Mar 1942 Jun 1943 Supermarine Spitfire VB
May 1943 Jun 1943 Supermarine Spitfire VC
Jun 1943 Oct 1943 Supermarine Spitfire VB
Sep 1943 Jan 1944 Supermarine Spitfire IXB
Jan 1944 Mar 1944 Supermarine Spitfire VB
Jan 1944 Mar 1944 Supermarine Spitfire VI
Mar 1944 Jul 1944 Supermarine Spitfire IXB
Jun 1944 Sep 1944 Supermarine Spitfire IXE
Sep 1944 Nov 1944 Supermarine Spitfire IXB
Jan 1945 May 1945 Supermarine Spitfire VIII
May 1945 Apr 1946 Supermarine Spitfire XIV


  1. C.G.Jefford (1988). RAF Squadrons. UK Airlife Publishing. ISBN 1-85310-053-6.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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