No. 260 Squadron RAF
|No. 260 Squadron RAF|
|Active||August 1918 – 22 February 1919|
22 November 1940 – 19 August 1945
|Branch||Royal Air Force|
|Motto(s)||Latin: Celer et fortis ( Swift and Strong)|
|Squadron Badge||A sword and morning star|
|Squadron Codes||HS (Feb 1942 – Aug 1945)|
Formation and World War I
Reformation in World War II
The squadron reformed on 22 November 1940 at RAF Castletown, Scotland and operated Hawker Hurricanes. It then moved to Egypt and operated Curtiss Kittyhawk fighter bombers over the western desert. The squadron then advanced with the Eighth Army into Tunisia. With the North African Campaign over it then moved to Sicily following Operation Husky. As the allied forces advanced into Italy it converted to the North American P-51 Mustang and it disbanded at Lavariano on 19 August 1945.
|Aug 1918||Feb 1919||Airco DH.6|
|Nov 1940||Feb 1942||Hawker Hurricane||I|
|Feb 1942||Mar 1942||Curtiss P-40 Tomahawk||II|
|Feb 1942||Sep 1942||Curtiss P-40 Kittyhawk||I|
|Jun 1942||May 1943||Curtiss P-40 Kittyhawk||IIA|
|Dec 1942||Mar 1944||Curtiss P-40 Kittyhawk||III|
|Apr 1944||Aug 1945||North American P-51 Mustang||III|
|Jun 1945||Aug 1945||North American P-51 Mustang||IV|
2012 aircraft recovery in Egypt
In May 2012, CNN reported a Polish oil company worker in Egypt discovered a crash-landed 260 Sqn P-40 aircraft presumably piloted by Flt Sgt Dennis Copping, who went missing on 28 June 1942 and was never heard from again. Copping was part of a two plane formation flying defective aircraft from the landing ground at Biur el Baheira to 53RSU, a Recovery & Service Unit at Wadi Natruna. Copping became disorientated while ferrying the P-40 and flew in the wrong direction; evidence at the crash site indicates Copping survived the landing. Since no remains were evident near the Kittyhawk, it seems likely that Copping wandered off into the desert in a desperate and ultimately futile attempt to reach help. British authorities hoped to bring the remarkably well-preserved plane back to the RAF Museum in London, but these plans fell through. Instead the plane was given a cosmetic restoration and displayed at the El Alamein Military Museum.
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- Allnutt, Richard. "Desert War Kittyhawk Unveiled". warbirdsnews.com. Retrieved 28 April 2019.
- Silverleib, Alan (11 May 2012). "British WWII fighter found in Egyptian desert". CNN. Retrieved 11 May 2012.
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