Post-War Transport

Post-War Transport

 

The Squadron embarked for the UK at the end of December and arrived at Stoney Cross at the beginning of January 1945 and began operation under Transport Command. stirling-mkvEquipped with Stirlings, the Squadron operated the service to the Far East between Stoney Cross and Arkonam via Poona and between Stoney Cross, and Dum Dum via Palam. With the end of the war in the Far East, the Squadron’s flights were first confined to India and the Middle East and then, with Dakotas having replaced the Stirlings at the beginning of 1946, passengers and freight were carried mostly to Rome, Berlin, Warsaw and Vienna. With the end of the war in the Far East, the Squadron’s flights were first confined to India and the Middle East.war Extra Dark Sea Grey/Dark Slate Grey/Azure Blue scheme that was standard for RAF transport aircraft operating outside the UK from May 18, 1943 onwards. The “silver” finish was adopted after the cessation of hostilities although many aircraft retained the camouflaged scheme until they were scrapped.

 

 

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Stirling Mk.V, PJ956 India, 1944/45, in the late

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Dakotas replaced the Stirlings at the be-ginning of 1946, passengers and freight were carried mostly to Rome, Berlin, Warsaw and Vienna. The Squadron moved to Manston in October 1946 and to Abingdon in December. From July 1948, the Squadron was almost exclusively engaged on the Berlin Airlift; to begin with, it operated from Wunsdorf carrying food and later from Fassberg and Lubekc carrying coal.The Squadron returned to Oakington in August 1949 and resumed its normal transport role. It disbanded on 20 February 1950.

 

 

Group Captain Dick Arscott served on No 46 Squadron from 1946 to 1949. Dick has been a stalwart supporter of the Reunions and at the 100th Reunion in June 2017 Dick will celebrate 70 years since his very first Reunion. Dick has given a fascinating series of interviews for the Legasee Veterans Video Archive organisation. In the interviews he talks of his time in the Far East towards the end of the War and subsequently of his time on No 46 Squadron concentrating on the Berlin Airlift. Click here for the interview.

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