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1344 (Cardiff) Squadron
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1344 Special Duties Flight

1344 Special Duties Flight was formed within 261 Squadron Royal Air Force during the Burma Campaign in the Far East 1942 to 1945.

261 Squadron was re-formed in Malta on August 2nd 1940. Its Squadron Badge incorporates a Maltese Cross. Early in the War it transferred to Far East Command and was based at Chittagong which was then in Burma and is now in Bangladesh.

1344 Special Duties Flight however operated from a base at Yelahanka. It operated for only five months from April 1944 to August 1944 providing escorts for Douglas D.C.47 Dakota Transports in supply drops over Burma.

It was equipped with two Hawker Hurricane 11C (Tropical) the Number of one being LB 734.These aircraft were manufactured as part of a batch of 1,205 aircraft built by "Hawker Aircraft Ltd." at Langley in 1943 The Hurricane 11C had a tare weight of 8,250lbs, a range of 908 miles when equipped with drop tanks. It was powered with a Rolls Royce Merlin XX engine with a speed of 330m.p.h. It was armed with four 20mm Hispano Cannon and bombs.

261 Squadron was commanded at that time by Squadron Leader R.E.A. Mason.

The Squadron was disbanded at Royal Air Force Tanjore on September 26th 1945.

The Royal Air Force Association Magazine "Air Mail" in March 1989 carried an appeal for information of the Flight mentioning two of the Pilots - "Bomber" Harris and "Chalky" White.