No. 176 Squadron RAF

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No. 176 Squadron RAF
Active15 Jan 1943 – 1 Jun 1946
CountryUnited Kingdom United Kingdom
BranchAir Force Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg Royal Air Force
Motto(s)Latin: Nocte custodimus (We keep the night watch)
Squadron BadgeA dagger in front of a crescent moon

No. 176 Squadron RAF was a Royal Air Force Squadron that was a night defence unit based in India in World War II.


Formation in World War II[edit]

The squadron was formed at Dum Dum, India on 15 January 1943 from a detachment of No. 89 Squadron RAF. It was equipped with Beaufighters and Hurricanes to provide night defence for Calcutta. Detachments of the squadron were then based at Chittagong Burma, Ratmalana Ceylon, Baigachi and Mingaladon where the Beaufighters were replaced with Mosquitos in June 1945. The squadron disbanded on 1 June 1946.

Aircraft operated[edit]

Aircraft operated by no. 176 Squadron RAF[1]
From To Aircraft Variant
Jan 1943 Aug 1943 Bristol Beaufighter IF
Jan 1943 Aug 1945 Bristol Beaufighter VIF
May 1943 Jan 1944 Hawker Hurricane IIC
Jun 1945 Jul 1945 de Havilland Mosquito XVI
Jul 1945 Jun 1946 de Havilland Mosquito XIX


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

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