349th Squadron

  “STRIKE HARD STRIKE HOME”

Originally formed at Ikeja in Nigeria on 10 November 1942, this Belgian manned unit was destined for operations in the Belgian Congo.  Equipped with Tomahawks from January 1943, it never actually left Nigeria; instead it was diverted to ferrying duties, delivering fighters from West Africa to the Middle East.

However, on 3 May it disbanded.  Its personnel were shipped back to the UK and the squadron re-formed at Wittering on 5 June 1943.  Equipped with Spitfires, it was declared operational in August. The squadron moved south to Southend in October and began offensive operations over the continent.

In May 1944 the squadron joined No 135 Wing at Selsey taking part in operations in preparation for the Normandy landings as well as covering the invasion itself.  Moving to France in August it carried out both fighter bomber and bomber escort missions until February 1945, when it returned to the UK and converted to the Tempest V.  However, it was decided to cancel its conversion in April and the squadron returned to the continent, joining No 132 Wing in Holland for the remainder of the war.  It remained in Germany as part of the occupation forces until being transferred back to Belgian control on 24 October 1946.

After the 1st Fighter Wing was disbanded in March 1996, the 10th Wing was joined by the 349th Fighter Squadron.

The Squadron operated the following aircraft-types: P40 Tomahawk, Spitfire, Hawker Typhoon, Hawker Tempest, Gloster Meteor, Hawker Hunter, CF-100 Canuck, F-104G Starfighter, F-16.

 

                                                                                                       

 
 
   
 
   
 
 
   
 
 

 

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