No. 171 Squadron RAF

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No. 171 Squadron RAF
Active 15 June 1942 – December 1942
7 September 1944 – 27 July 1945
Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Branch Air Force Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg Royal Air Force
Motto(s) Latin: Per dolum defendimus (Confound the enemy)
Squadron Badge A portcullis in front of a displayed eagle
Squadron codes 6Y (1944 - 1945)

No. 171 Squadron RAF was a Royal Air Force Squadron that was a coastal reconnaissance and radio countermeasures unit in World War II.


Formation in World War II[edit]

The squadron formed on 15 June 1942 at Gatwick and equipped with Tomahawk and then Mustang aircraft, it was disbanded in December 1942 and then reformed on 8 September 1944 at North Creake, equipped with Stirling III and then Halifax Radio Countermeasures aircraft. It finally disbanded on 27 July 1945.

Aircraft operated[edit]

Aircraft operated by no. 171 Squadron RAF[1]
From To Aircraft Variant
Jun 1942 Dec 1942 CurtissTomahawk I
Sep 1942 Dec 1942 P-51 Mustang IA
Sep 1944 Jan 1945 Short Stirling III
Oct 1944 Jul 1945 Handley Page Halifax III


  1. ^ C.G.Jefford (1988). RAF Squadrons. UK Airlife Publishing. ISBN 1-85310-053-6. 

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