In front of logs enflamed a peacock's head holds a woodman's axe. 159 Squadron was the first four-engined heavy bomber unit in India. The peacock's head commemorates its association with Burma, the axe its pathfinder activities in blazing the trail.
Quo non, quando non (Whether not, when not)
No.159 Squadron was formed on 1 June 1918 as a nucleus but was disbanded again on 4 July 1918after formation had been suspended to provide reinforcements for France.
Squadron Bases & Airfields
Equipment Used and Dates
Molesworth 2/1/1942 as ground echelon en route to Middle East 12/2/1942.
Liberator II 5/1942-8/1943
Fayid 15/4/1942 En route to Far East 10/5/1942, element remained at Fayid.
Liberator V 7/1943-8/1943
Liberator III 8/1943-6/1944
Liberator VI 3/1944-7/1945
Salbani 1//1942 - 27/9/1942 Air echelon training at Polebrook with no.1653 HCU 1/1942
Liberator V 7/1944-2/1945
Liberator VIII 6/1945-6/1946
Fayid 7//1942 (personnel from Nos 147, 159, 160, 454 and 458 squadrons)
St Jean 2/7/1942
Joint squadron restyled as No.160, No.159 aircraft to Far East 16/9/1942.
Salbani 27/9/1942. Detachment
Dudhkundi circa 8/1943
Digri 24/10/1943 Detachment
Dhubalia 9/3/1944 Detachment
Madhaiganj circa March 1944
Detachments Jessore, Akyab, China Bay, Drigh Road, Pegu
detachments Pegu, Santa Cruz, Sookerating
'Yea, Though I Fly Through the Valley of the Shadow of Death, I Shall Fear No Evil. For I am at 50,000 Feet and Climbing.'