No. 313 Squadron RAF

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No. 313 Squadron RAF
The official badge of the №. 313 Squadron RAF
Active 10 May 1941 – 15 February 1946
Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Allegiance Czech Republic Czechoslovakia
Branch Air Force Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg Royal Air Force
Motto (Czech): Jeden jestřáb mnoho vran rozhání
("One hawk chases away many crows")
Squadron Badge A hawk volant, wings elevated and addorsed
Squadron Codes RY (May 1941 - Feb 1946)

No. 313 Squadron RAF was a Czechoslovak-manned fighter squadron of the Royal Air Force during the Second World War.


It was first formed at Catterick on 10 May 1941, equipped with Spitfire I fighters and crewed mostly by escaped Czechoslovak pilots. The squadron continued flying various marks of Spitfire from UK airfields until it was transferred to the Czechoslovak air force in August 1945.




  • Halley, James J. The Squadrons of the Royal Air Force & Commonwealth, 1918-1988. Tonbridge, Kent, UK: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd., 1988. ISBN 0-85130-164-9.
  • Hurt, Zdenek. In Focus: Czechs in the RAF. Walton on Thames, Surrey, UK: Red Kite, 2004. ISBN 0-9538061-9-7.
  • Jefford, Wing Commander C.G. MBE, BA, RAF (Retd.). RAF Squadrons, A Comprehensive Record of the Movement and Equipment of all RAF Squadrons and their Antecedents since 1912. Shrewsbury, UK: Airlife Publishing, 1998 (Second edition 2001). ISBN 978-1-84037-141-3.
  • Rawlings, John D.R. Fighter Squadrons of the RAF and their Aircraft. London: Macdonald and Jane's (Publishers) Ltd., 1969 (new edition 1976, reprinted 1978). ISBN 0-354-01028-X.

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