|No. 260 Squadron RAF|
August 1918 – 22 February 1919|
22 November 1940 – 19 August 1945
|Branch||Royal Air Force|
|Motto(s)||Latin: Celer et fortis ( Swift and Strong)|
|Squadron Badge||A sword and morning star|
|Squadron Codes||HS (Feb 1942 - Aug 1945)|
Formation and World War I
Reformation in World War II
The squadron reformed on 22 November 1940 at RAF Castletown, Scotland and operated Hurricanes. It then moved to Egypt and operated Kittyhawk fighter bombers over the western desert. The squadron then advanced with the 8th Army into Tunisia. With the North African Campaign over it then moved to Sicily following Operation Husky. As the allied forces advanced into Italy it converted to Mustangs and it disbanded at Lavariano on 19 August 1945.
|Aug 1918||Feb 1919||Airco DH.6|
|Nov 1940||Feb 1942||Hawker Hurricane||I|
|Feb 1942||Mar 1942||Curtiss P-40 Tomahawk||II|
|Feb 1942||Sep 1942||Curtiss P-40 Kittyhawk||I|
|Jun 1942||May 1943||Curtiss P-40 Kittyhawk||IIA|
|Dec 1942||Mar 1944||Curtiss P-40 Kittyhawk||III|
|Apr 1944||Aug 1945||North American P-51 Mustang||III|
|Jun 1945||Aug 1945||North American P-51 Mustang||IV|
2012 aircraft recovery in Egypt
In May 2012, CNN reported a Polish oil company worker in Egypt discovered a crash-landed 260 Sqn P-40 aircraft presumably piloted by Flt Sgt Dennis Copping, who went missing on June 28, 1942 and was never heard from again. Copping became disoriented while ferrying the P-40 from one base to another and flew in the wrong direction; evidence at the crash site indicates Copping survived the landing but could not have survived long in the desert. British authorities hope to bring the remarkably well-preserved plane back to the RAF Museum in London.
- C.G.Jefford (1988). RAF Squadrons. UK Airlife Publishing. ISBN 1-85310-053-6.
- Silverleib, Alan (May 11, 2012). "British WWII fighter found in Egyptian desert". http://edition.cnn.com/2012/05/11/world/british-wwii-plane/index.html?hpt=hp_t3. Retrieved May 11, 2012.
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