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HOME OF THE POLISH BOMBER SQUADRONS

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No. 301 (Polish) Squadron was created through the Air Ministry signal 0/360 dated 28th June 1940, an order from the Air Ministry on 17th of July and formed at Bramcote on 22nd July 1940 as the second Polish bomber squadron equipped with the Fairey Battle Mk. I. In the September of 1940 they began night attacks on barges and shipping in the Channel Ports with the conversion to the Vickers Wellington in the October of 1940. By the end of 1940 the squadron became operational with the new aircraft and continued with night raids until the end of March 1943, when the squadron was withdrawn from operational duties and disbanded on 7th of April 1943. The majority of the current crews were transferred to No. 300 (Polish) Squadron, remaining at RAF Hemswell and 138 (SD)


In the November of 1944, No. 301 (Polish) Squadron reformed at RAF Brindisi from No.1586 (Special Duties) Flight. The squadron was given the additional name of ‘Obroncow Warszawy’ or Defenders of Warsaw. They were equipped with the Handley Page Halifax and the Consolidated B24 Liberator. The crews flew mainly supply-dropping missions into Europe in support of the allied forces. The Squadron returned to the UK in the March of 1945 reforming at RAF Blackbushe on the 4th of April 1945 as a transport unit. In May of 1945 the squadron received the Vickers Warwick replacement aircraft and commenced regular use in the July. The following January of 1946, the squadron converted to Halifaxes but in the April operational flights ceased. After this only training sorties were flown thereafter until the squadron was disbanded on the 10th of December 1946.


Squadron

Code Letters:

GR

Commanding Officers while in Lincolnshire:

ppkl pil.

Roman Rudkowski

22:07:1940

mjr pil.

Witold Piotrowski

27:07:1941

mjr pil.

Stanislaw Krzystyniak

02:04:1942

mjr pil.

Maksymilian Brzozowski

27:06:1942

mjr pil.

Henryk Kolodziejek

04:07:1942

mjr nawig.

Antoni Dabrowa

26:09:1942

mjr nawig.

Stanislaw Krol

01:04:1943

301 Squadron were stationed at:

Bramcote

22:07:1940



Fairey Battle Mk. I

Swinderby

29.08.1940 - 18.07.1941



Vickers Wellington Mk. IC

Hemswell

18.07.1941 - 07.04.1943



Vickers Wellington Mk. IC & Mk. IV

Brindisi

__:11:1944 - __:03:1945



Handley Page Halifax Mk. II, V & VIII

Consolidated B24 Liberator

Blackbushe

04:04:1945 - 10:12:1946



Vickers Warwick I & III

North Weald

02:07:1945


Chedburgh

04:09:1945



Handley Page Halifax VIII

DB

18:12:1946


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