No. 211 Squadron RAF

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No. 211 Squadron RAF was a active squadron in the Royal Air Force from 1918 to 1919 and from 1937 to 1946, in World War II, operating as a medium bomber unit in the Middle East and Far East and later as a strike fighter unit in the Far East. During World War II the Squadron was equipped with, successively, the Bristol Blenheim, the Bristol Beaufighter and de Havilland Mosquito.


On 12 June 1940 the squadron participated in an attack on Tobruk, damaging the Italian cruiser San Giorgio. On 14 June Gladiators of No. 33 Squadron and Blenheims of No. 211 Squadron supported the British army's operations for the capture of Fort Capuzzo.[1]


Badge and motto

Squadron badge: An azure lion disjointed, ducally crowned. Motto: Toujours à propos (Always at the right moment)


  1. Playfair, Vol. I, pages 110, 112–113.


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  • “RAFMO” [S/Ldr HF Squire MRCS LRCP] 1997 Middle East Scrapbook Durham: Pentland Press
  • Spencer DA DFC 2009 Looking Backwards Over Burma — Wartime Recollections of a RAF Beaufighter Navigator Bognor Regis: Woodfield Publishing
  • Wisdom TH 1942 Wings Over Olympus London: George Allen and Unwin
  • Wright PA 2011 The Elephant On My Wing — The Wartime Exploits of Flight Lieutenant Bobby Campbell, a Blenheim Pilot with 211 Squadron RAF 1939–1943 Bognor Regis: Woodfield Publishing
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