No. 191 Squadron RAF

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No. 191 Squadron RAF
Active 6 Nov 1917 – Jan 1919
17 May 1943 – 15 Jun 1945
Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Branch Air Force Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg Royal Air Force
Motto Latin: Vidi Vici
("I saw, I conquered")[1][2]
Arthur Travers Harris[3]
Squadron Badge heraldry A dolphin[1][2]
Squadron Codes No codes known to have been used[1]

No. 191 Squadron was a Royal Air Force squadron. During World War I it was a non-operational night training unit, while during World War II it was engaged in maritime reconnaissance.[1]


Formation in World War I

No. 191 Squadron was formed at RAF Marham on 6 November 1917 as a night training squadron,[4] operating amongst others the Royal Aircraft Factory FE.2bs and FE.2ds. The squadron moved to RAF Upwood in 1918 and was disbanded there in January 1919.[1][2]

Reformation in World War II

The squadron was re-formed on 13 May 1943 at Korangi Creek, India. The squadron operated the Consolidated Catalina to patrol the Persian Gulf and the western Indian Ocean.[1][2] The squadron moved to Red Hills Lake, India in November 1944. The Catalina's continued to carry out anti-submarine patrols and meteorological flights. The squadron disbanded on 15 June 1945 at RAF Koggala, Ceylon.[1][2]

Aircraft operated

Aircraft operated by No. 191 Squadron RAF[1][2][5]
From To Aircraft Variant
Nov 1917 Jan 1919 Royal Aircraft Factory F.E.2 2b and 2d
May 1943 Jun 1945 Consolidated Catalina Mk.Ib
May 1944 Jun 1945 Consolidated Catalina Mk.IVb

See also



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Rawlings 1982, p. 125.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Halley 1988, p. 251.
  3. Barrass, M. B. (2015). "Marshal of the RAF Sir Arthur Harris". Air of Authority - A History of RAF Organisation. Retrieved 12 October 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Sturtivant and Hamlin 2007, p. 7.
  5. Jefford 2001, p. 69.


  • Halley, James J. The Squadrons of the Royal Air Force & Commonwealth 1918–1988. Tonbridge, Kent, UK: Air Britain (Historians) Ltd., 1988. ISBN 0-85130-164-9.
  • Jefford, Wing Commander C.G., MBE, BA, RAF(Retd.). RAF Squadrons, a Comprehensive record of the Movement and Equipment of all RAF Squadrons and their Antecedents since 1912. Shrewsbury, Shropshire, UK: Airlife Publishing, 1988 (second edition 2001). ISBN 1-85310-053-6.
  • Rawlings, John D.R. Coastal, Support and Special Squadrons of the RAF and their Aircraft. London: Jane's Publishing Company Ltd., 1982. ISBN 0-7106-0187-5.
  • Sturtivant, Ray, ISO and John Hamlin. RAF Flying Training And Support Units since 1912. Tonbridge, Kent, UK: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd., 2007. ISBN 0-85130-365-X.

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