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No. 159 Squadron R.A.F.

Description of the Squadron's Badge
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.
Squadron's Motto:Quo non, quando non (Whether not, when not)
Formation date:
Brief History: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
Deolali 24/5/142 Liberator III 8/1943-6/1944
Chakrata 1//1942 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
Lyneham 26/4/1942 Liberator VIII 6/1945-6/1946
Fayid 7//1942 (personnel from Nos 147, 159, 160, 454 and 458 squadrons)
St Jean 2/7/1942
Aqir 12/8/1942
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
Digri 15/4/1944
Detachments Jessore, Akyab, China Bay, Drigh Road, Pegu
Salbani 2/10/1945-1/6/1946
detachments Pegu, Santa Cruz, Sookerating

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