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No. 59 Squadron RAF

No. 59 Squadron
Active 1 August 1916 (RFC) to 1919
Motto Ab uno disce omnes - From one learn all
Battle honours World War I
World War II
A broken wheel.

No. 59 Squadron is a squadron of the Royal Air Force.


No.59 Squadron first became operational on 1 August 1916 at Narborough Airfield in Norfolk as a squadron of the Royal Flying Corps. During the Second World War it was attached to RAF Fighter Command (1937–1940), Bomber Command (taking part in the Millennium II raid on Bremen) and Coastal Command (1940–1945). After the war, 59 Squadron was attached to Transport Command, flying troops to India from September 1945 until 15 June 1946, when the squadron was disbanded. The squadron later reformed flying Avro Yorks and took part in the Berlin Airlift (1948–49). The squadron disbanded again on 31 October 1950, then reformed at RAF Gutersloh, Germany in August 1956, when No. 102 Squadron was re-numbered 59, flying English Electric Canberra B.2s and B(I).8s. No. 59 Squadron was last disbanded in 1961, when it was re-numbered No.3 Squadron.


  • No.59 Squadron RAF Historical and Memorial Site
  • Royal Air Force History: History of No. 59 Squadron
  • Air of Authority: No 55 - 60 Squadron Histories

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