Hurricane MKII C 258 Sq Ceylon, 1943 - Chester Model Centre

Hurricane MKII C 258 Sq Ceylon, 1943



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No 258 Squadron was formed on 25 July 1918 from Nos.523, 524 and 529 Flights at Luce Bay and disbanded on 5 March 1919. On 20th November 1940 No.258 reformed at Leconfield as a fighter squadron taking over No.263 Squadron's Hurricanes at Drem on 5 December as its initial equipment. It began flying defensive patrols on 6 January 1941 and moved later in the month to the Isle of Man. The squadron came south in April to fly sweeps over France for a few weeks in May and June, the rest of the time being taken up by patrols over coastal shipping. In October it became non-operational in preparation for a move to the Middle East, the aircrew departing at the end of the month. The outbreak of war in the Far East resulted in No.258 being diverted to Singapore, but after only ten days of operations it was withdrawn to less exposed airfields in Sumatra.

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