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RAF - No. 28 Squadron
01/01/1940 - 30/06/1940

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28 SQUADRON - Army Air Cooperation, Hawker Audax

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Based in India, flying Audaxes. Lysanders arrived in September 1941 and these where used against the Japanese in Burma from December . Despite heavy opposition the Lysanders continued to be used for both bombing and army co-operation British force withdrew from Burma. Re-grouping at Lahore the squadron retained Lysanders and carried out various exercises with Army until Hurricanes arrived in December 1942.

It now undertook tactical reconnaissance missions, returning to the skies over Burma from January 1943, a role it maintained until the end of the war.

Squadron Code: BF

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Operations and losses 01/01/1940 - 30/06/1940
Not all operations listed; all fatalities are.

29/03/1940: Award of DFC for F/O L.F. Malone

19/04/1940: Met flight. 1 a/c lost or damaged
21/06/1940: ? 1, fatality

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Flying Officer L.F. Malone was awarded the DFC for his services during the Ahmedzai Operations in 1940.

The editor of this page knows at this moment little about the Ahmedzai operations, than this:

'...the war and was known as the Ahmedzai operations. The uprising was led by the famous Faqir of Ipi [1901-1960] and it was claimed that some Nazi finance was involved. The Air Survey Party of the Survey of India produced quite a number of 1: 25 000 map sheets for that operation in which I was privileged to participate, both as an air photographer and as a map maker. One might say that these early methods of photogrammetric mapping in India. were pretty primitive but the quality of the maps, as tested by subsequent ground checks, was surprisingly good. These methods required the use of first class topographers and draughtsmen and our Survey of India personnel were unexcelled in these techniques.'
(source: R.T.L. Rogers, Reminiscences of a roving photogrammetrist, The Photogrammetric Record 7 (39) , 295–301, 1972)

See Google for more regarding the Ahmedzai Operations
See RAF Commands Forum for ongoing research into the DFC Award for F/O Malone and the Ahmedzai Operations

Source: 28 Sqdn ORB (with thanks to Jagan)

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19/04/1940, Met flight

Type: Audax
Serial number: K4849
Operation: met flight
Lost or damaged: 19/04/1940
P/O R.A. Yates-Earl - safe
LAC Perry, 519191 - safe
Audax nosed over on landing after a met flight at 08.30 Hours. Miranshah or Kohat

Source: 28 Sqdn ORB (with thanks to Jagan)

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21/06/1940: ?

Leading Aircraftman Hugh T. Jones, RAF 524515, 28 Sqdn., age 25, 21/06/1940, Karachi War Cemetery, Pakistan

The 28 Sqdn ORB from June 1940 makes no mention of his death. As all minor aircraft accidents are mentioned, it is likely that this is a non-aviation related death. See RAF Commands Forum: LAC H.T. Jones (with thanks to Jagan).

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28 Squadron Operations Record Book (Form 540)
Air of Authority - 28 Squadron
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Milan Hauner - One Man against the Empire: The Faqir of Ipi and the
British in Central Asia on the Eve of and during the Second World War
, Journal of Contemporary History, Vol. 16, No. 1, 183-212, SAGE Publications, 1981 ($ 15,- to read)
Time - History: The Original Insurgent
The Indian Air Force in World War Two
RAF Museum: British Military Aviation in 1940
Royal Air Force History Section
RAF Station Kohat
The Royal Air Force, 1939-1945
The Second World War - a day by day account

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John Ross 'The RFC to the RAF' 28 Sqn 1919-20', Regency Press, 1987
V. K. Singh, Leadership in the Indian Army: Biographies of Twelve Soldiers, Sage, ISBN:0761933220, 2005
Alan Warren, The Faqir of Ipi and the British Army: The North West Revolt of 1936-37. OUP, Karachi

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Discussion Groups
Luftwaffe and Allied Air Forces Discussion Forum
RAF Commands Forum

Abbreviations used in the Royal Air Force
Code Names & RAF Vocabulary

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Air Aces
AirRecce - The story of photographic reconnaissance
Airwar over Denmark
Allied World War II Casualties in the Netherlands
Armée de l'Air - Order of Battle, 10th May 1940
Australian Wargraves
Axis History Factbook
De Belgen in Engeland 1940-1945 (in Dutch)
Belgian Aviation History Association Archaeological Team
Biplane Fighter Aces from the Second World War
The Bristol & District Blitz War Memorial - A register of those who lost their lives due to enemy action in Bristol and surrounding districts, 1940-1944
British Aircraft Directory
British Aviation Archaeological Council - Books and research links
Canada's Air Force History
HMS Cavalier
Ciel de Gloire (in French) RAF Squadrons
CWGC Cemeteries Germany
CWGC Cemeteries Netherlands
Czechoslovak airmen in the RAF 1940-1945
Danish WW2 Pilots
Dutch Pilots in RAF Squadrons
Eagles Squadrons (American pilots in the RAF)
Foreign Aircraft Landings in Ireland 1939-1946
'High flight', poem by John Gillespie Magee
Holocaust Memorial Day and Channel Islands Occupation Memorial
I Remember (in Russian and English)
An Irish Airman Foresees His Death, poem by W.B. Yeats
Jagdgeschwader 27 (in German)
Luchtoorlog ('Arial War', in Dutch, with many photos)
Land Forces of Britain, the Empire and Commonwealth
The Luftwaffe, 1933-1945
Luftwaffe and Allied Air Forces Discussion Forum
The National Ex-Prisoners of War Association
Nordic Aviation during WW2
Order of Liberation (in French/English/Spanish) aircraft of WW2
Polish Air Force 1940-1947 Operations Record Books
RAF Battle of Britain
RAF Upwood
RAF WWII 38 Group Squadrons Reunited
De Slag om de Grebbeberg (Dutch)
Test Flying Memorial
Warbird Alley
War over Holland
World War II Aircraft wrecksites in Norway

Aircraft crashes on the North Yorkshire Moors, England
The Lancastershire Aircraft Investigation Team
Luftfahrt-Archäologie in Schleswig Holstein (in German)
North East Diary 1939-1945
Wartime Leicester and Leicestershire

The Aerodrome - Aces and Aircraft of World War 1
WW1 Cemeteries

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This page is dedicated to the men of 28 Squadron.

© Bart FM Droog / Rottend Staal Online 2008. Permission granted for use of the data gathered here for non commercial purposes, if this source is mentioned with a link to