|No. 280 Squadron RAF|
|Branch||Royal Air Force|
|Part of||Coastal Command|
|Motto(s)||We Shall Be There|
|Squadron Badge||In front of a fountain a hand holding a pole, flying therefrom two flags representing the international distress signal 'N.C'|
YF (Feb 1942 - Aug 1943)|
3 (Aug 1943 - Jul 1944)
ME (Jul 1944 - Jun 1946)
No. 280 Squadron was formed at RAF Thorney Island, England on the 10 December 1941 as an air-sea rescue squadron. The squadron was equipped with the Avro Anson and was responsible for air-sea rescue along the south coast of England and East Anglia. The squadron re-equipped with the Vickers Warwick in October 1943.
|Feb 1942||Oct 1943||Avro Anson||Mk.I|
|Oct 1943||Jun 1946||Vickers Warwick||Mk.I|
- Halley 1988, p. 345.
- Rawlings 1982, p. 251.
- Jefford 2001, p. 85.
- Halley, James J. The Squadrons of the Royal Air Force and Commonwealth, 1918-1988. Tonbridge, Kent, UK: Air Britain (Historians) Ltd., 1988. ISBN 0-85130-164-9.
- Jefford, Wing Commander C.G., MBE, BA, RAF(Retd). RAF Squadrons: A Comprehensive Record of the Movement and Equipment of All RAF Squadrons and Their Antecedents Since 1912, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, UK: Airlife Publishing, 1988. ISBN 1853100536. (second revised edition 2001. ISBN 1-84037-141-2.)
- Rawlings, John D.R. Coastal, Support and Special Squadrons of the RAF and their Aircraft. London: Jane's Publishing Company Ltd., 1982. ISBN 0-7106-0187-5.
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