New

No. 357 Squadron (RAF): Second World War

No. 357 Squadron (RAF): Second World War


We are searching data for your request:

Forums and discussions:
Manuals and reference books:
Data from registers:
Wait the end of the search in all databases.
Upon completion, a link will appear to access the found materials.

No. 357 Squadron (RAF) during the Second World War

Aircraft - Locations - Group and Duty - Books

No.357 Squadron was a Special Duties squadron used to support guerrilla fighters and Allied agents operating behind Japanese lines in Burma, Malaya and Sumatra.

The squadron was formed on 1 February 1944, with two flights. A Flight had a mix of Hudsons and Liberators and was formed from No.1576 (Special Duties) Flight. B Flight was based at Redhills Lake, Madras, and was equipped with four Catalina flying boats.

The new squadron used its Hudsons for short range missions, dropping supplies to guerrilla troops fighting in Burma. The Liberators and Catalinas were used for longer range missions, reaching out as far as Malaya and Sumatra. The Liberators were used for supply drops, the Catalinas to land or retrieve agents from the long coastline of Japanese occupied territory.

The Catalinas didn’t stay with the squadron for long. On 21 March 1944, after just under two months, they were used to form No.628 Squadron. The Liberators remained in use through the war, while the Hudsons were replaced by Dakotas at the start of 1945. At the same time a new C Flight was formed, equipped with the Lysander. These aircraft were used to extract agents from Japanese held territory, a difficult role in the jungle filled areas it was operating over.

At the end of the war C Flight split off to form the Burma Communications Flight, and the rest of the squadron was disbanded on 15 November 1945.

Aircraft
February 1944-January 1945: Lockheed Hudson IIIA
February 1944-January 1945: Consolidated Liberator III
February-March 1944: Consolidated Catalina IV
September 1944-November 1945: Consolidated Liberator VI
January 1945-November 1945: Douglas Dakota IV and Westland Lysander IIIA

Location
February 1944-September 1945: Digri (Bengal)
February 1944-October 1944: Detachment to China Bay (Eastern Sri Lanka)
February-March 1944: Detachment to Redhills Lake (Madras)
September-November 1945: Jessore (Bengal)
April-May 1945: Detachment to Meiktila (Burma)
May-September 1945: Detachment to Mingaladon (Burma)
September-November 1945: Mingaladon

Squadron Codes: Z, D, K, F

Duty
February 1944 onwards: Special Duties Squadron, Far East

Part of
1 July 1944: Air Command South-East Asia

Books

Links

Scottish Saltire Aircrew Association - article on No.357 Squadron

Bookmark this page: Delicious Facebook StumbleUpon


Ken Brown & the Stalag XIB (357) Memorial

based on an article in The Craftsman, Magazine of the Corps of Royal Electrical
and Mechanical Engineers and the REME Association, July 2005 edition, with permission.
this page has many images - please allow time for them to load

Ken Brown of Ipswich (Navigator 11/43-1/44) was in P/O Dick Burnet's crew shot down on Berlin 30/31 Jan 1944 (EM-K EE173) all except Sgt Arthur Pulman survived and were POWs. Ken has worked for many years with others to have a memorial to those incarcerated in Stalag XIB at Fallingbostel. After overcoming setbacks the team saw this come to fruition for the 60th anniversary of the liberation of the camps in the Fallingbostel area, which held prisoners of many nationalities, Army as well as Air Force.


The Wartime Memories Project is the original WW1 and WW2 commemoration website.

  • The Wartime Memories Project has been running for 21 years. If you would like to support us, a donation, no matter how small, would be much appreciated, annually we need to raise enough funds to pay for our web hosting and admin or this site will vanish from the web.
  • Looking for help with Family History Research? Please read our Family History FAQ's
  • The Wartime Memories Project is run by volunteers and this website is funded by donations from our visitors. If the information here has been helpful or you have enjoyed reaching the stories please conside making a donation, no matter how small, would be much appreciated, annually we need to raise enough funds to pay for our web hosting or this site will vanish from the web.

If you enjoy this site

please consider making a donation.

16th June 2021 - Please note we currently have a large backlog of submitted material, our volunteers are working through this as quickly as possible and all names, stories and photos will be added to the site. If you have already submitted a story to the site and your UID reference number is higher than 255865 your information is still in the queue, please do not resubmit without contacting us first.

We are now on Facebook. Like this page to receive our updates.

If you have a general question please post it on our Facebook page.


World War II Database

Did you enjoy this photograph or find this photograph helpful? If so, please consider supporting us on Patreon. Even $1 per month will go a long way! Thank you.

Share this photograph with your friends:

  • » 1,102 biographies
  • » 334 events
  • » 38,814 timeline entries
  • » 1,144 ships
  • » 339 aircraft models
  • » 191 vehicle models
  • » 354 weapon models
  • » 120 historical documents
  • » 226 facilities
  • » 464 book reviews
  • » 27,600 photos
  • » 359 maps

"All that silly talk about the advance of science and such leaves me cold. Give me peace and a retarded science."

The World War II Database is founded and managed by C. Peter Chen of Lava Development, LLC. The goal of this site is two fold. First, it is aiming to offer interesting and useful information about WW2. Second, it is to showcase Lava's technical capabilities.


Watch the video: Finally: USAF Released a New Video Of The B-21 Raider Stealth Bomber (December 2022).

Video, Sitemap-Video, Sitemap-Videos