|No. 176 Squadron RAF|
|Active||15 Jan 1943 -1 Jun 1946|
|Branch||Royal Air Force|
|Motto(s)||Latin: Nocte custodimus (We keep the night watch)|
|Squadron Badge||A dagger in front of a crescent moon|
Formation in World War II
The squadron was formed at Dum Dum, India on 15 January 1943 from a detachment of No. 89 Squadron RAF. It was equipped with Beaufighters and Hurricanes to provide night defence for Calcutta. Detachments of the squadron were then based at Chittagong Burma, Ratmalana Ceylon, Baigachi and Mingaladon where the Beaufighters were replaced with Mosquitos in June 1945. The squadron disbanded on 1 June 1946.
|Jan 1943||Aug 1943||Bristol Beaufighter||IF|
|Jan 1943||Aug 1945||Bristol Beaufighter||VIF|
|May 1943||Jan 1944||Hawker Hurricane||IIC|
|Jun 1945||Jul 1945||de Havilland Mosquito||XVI|
|Jul 1945||Jun 1946||de Havilland Mosquito||XIX|
- C.G.Jefford (1988). RAF Squadrons. UK Airlife Publishing. ISBN 1-85310-053-6.
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