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No. 276 Squadron RAF
Active 21 October 1941 – 14 November 1945
Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Branch Ensign of the Royal Air Force.svg Royal Air Force
Motto(s) Retrieve
Squadron Badge The head of a labrador Retriever dog
Squadron Code AQ (October 1941 - November 1945)

No. 276 Squadron RAF was a Royal Air Force Squadron formed as an air-sea rescue unit in World War II.


Formation in World War II

The squadron formed at RAF Harrowbeer, Devon on 21 October 1941 equipped with the Lysander and Walrus. Hurricanes, Defiants, Spitfires and Ansons were then supplied, the fighter aircraft being used for spotting downed aircrew at sea.

Warwicks which could drop lifeboats were operated from April 1944 until they were transferred to No. 277 Squadron RAF. A detachment and then the whole squadron relocated to Querqueville, France and then Belgium following the Normandy landings. The squadron then moved to Kjevik, Norway on 23 August 1945 and it returned to RAF Dunsfold on 10 November 1945 where it disbanded on 14 November 1945.

Aircraft operated

Aircraft operated by no. 276 Squadron RAF
From To Aircraft Variant
Oct 1941 May 1943 Westland Lysander IIIA
Nov 1941 Jan 1942 Hawker Hurricane I
Jan 1942 Nov 1945 Supermarine Walrus
Mar 1942 Apr 1942 Supermarine Spitfire IIA
May 1942 Jun 1943 Boulton Paul Defiant I
Feb 1943 May 1944 Supermarine Spitfire IIA
Mar 1943 Mar 1944 Avro Anson I
Feb 1944 May 1944 Supermarine Sea Otter
Apr 1944 Nov 1944 Vickers Warwick I
May 1944 Jun 1945 Supermarine Spitfire VB

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