No. 278 Squadron RAF
|No. 278 Squadron RAF|
|Active||1 October 1941 – 15 October 1945|
|Branch||Royal Air Force|
|Motto(s)||Latin: Ex mare ad referiendum (From out of the sea to strike again)|
|Squadron Badge||A seagull in front of a lifebelt|
|Squadron Code||MY (October 1942 – October 1945)|
Formation in World War II
The squadron formed at RAF Matlaske on 22 December 1941 equipped with the Lysander, Walrus and then the Anson. Spitfires were then supplied for spotting downed aircrew. The area of operations of the squadron was the coast of East Anglia and North East England. There were also detachments in Scotland.
|Oct 1941||Feb 1943||Westland Lysander||IIIA|
|Feb 1943||May 1944||Avro Anson||I|
|Apr 1944||May 1944||Supermarine Spitfire||IIA|
|Apr 1944||Jan 1945||Vickers Warwick||I|
|May 1944||Feb 1945||Supermarine Spitfire||VB|
|May 1945||Oct 1945||Supermarine Sea Otter||II|
- C.G.Jefford (1988). RAF Squadrons. UK Airlife Publishing. ISBN 1-85310-053-6.