No. 510 Squadron RAF

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No. 510 Squadron RAF
Active 15 Oct 1942 – 8 Apr 1944
Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Branch Air Force Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg Royal Air Force
Role Transport and Liaison
Part of No. 44 Group RAF, Transport Command[1][2]
Insignia
Squadron Codes RG (late 1943 – Mar 1944)[3]
VS (unconfirmed)[4]

No. 510 Squadron was a Royal Air Force transport and liaison aircraft squadron that operated during the Second World War.

History

During 1942 it was decided that 24 Squadron was too large and the internal communication flight became no. 510 Squadron on 15 October 1942 at RAF Hendon.[5] The squadron inherited an assortment of light transport types to allow it fly communications and liaison flights within the United Kingdom.[5] On 8 April 1944, still at RAF Hendon, the squadron was disbanded when it was renamed to the Metropolitan Communications Squadron,[5][6] inheriting the aircraft and code(s) of 510 squadron.[7]

Aircraft operated

Aircraft operated by no. 510 Squadron RAF, data from[6][8][9]
From To Aircraft Version Notes
October 1942 January 1943 Westland Lysander Mk.I Single-engined piston liaison monoplane
October 1942 October 1943 Stinson Reliant Single-engined liaison monoplane
October 1942 December 1943 de Havilland Hornet Moth Single-engined liaison biplane
October 1942 December 1943 de Havilland Puss Moth Single-engined liaison monoplane
October 1942 January 1944 Hawker Hart Single-engined biplane
October 1942 April 1944 Airspeed Oxford Twin-engined liaison monoplane
October 1942 April 1944 Supermarine Spitfire Mk.I Single-engined fighter
October 1942 April 1944 de Havilland Tiger Moth Single-engined biplane
October 1942 April 1944 Percival Proctor Mks.I & III Single-engine monoplane
October 1942 April 1944 Percival Vega Gull Single-engined monoplane
October 1942 April 1944 Curtiss Mohawk Mk.III Single-engined fighter
October 1942 April 1944 Percival Q.6 Single-engined monoplane
October 1942 April 1944 de Havilland Gipsy Moth Single-engined biplane
October 1942 April 1944 Stampe SV.4 B Single-engined biplane
December 1942 April 1944 Avro Anson Mk.I Twin-engined monoplane
May 1943 December 1943 Koolhoven FK.43 Single-engined monoplane
August 1943 December 1943 General Aircraft Cygnet Single-engined monoplane
March 1944 April 1944 Percival Proctor Mk.IV Single-engined monoplane

The Stampe SV.4 was "liberated" by two Belgian pilots and flown across the Channel from occupied Belgium in 1941.[10]

Squadron bases

Bases and airfields used by no. 510 Squadron RAF, data from[6][8][9]
From To Base
15 October 1942 8 April 1944 RAF Hendon, Middlesex

See also

References

Notes
Bibliography
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