No. 129 Squadron RAF
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No. 129 (Mysore) Squadron was a Royal Air Force squadron active during World War II.
|No. 129 (Mysore) Squadron RAF|
|Branch||Royal Air Force|
|Motto(s)||I will defend the right.|
North American Mustang
|Engagements||• World War II|
• Home Defence
• Operation Overlord
|Squadron Badge heraldry||The Gunda Bherunda of MysoreThe badge associates the sqn with the Indian Province of Mysore.|
World War IEdit
Like a number of Squadrons, No. 129 was initially formed during the later months of the First World War, but never became operational before the Armistice. It was to be a day bomber unit based at RAF Duxford.
World War IIEdit
As a result of the Indian government raising large sums of money through its sale of War Bonds a number of squadrons within the RAF were given names of Indian cities and provinces in recognition of this. No. 129 became No. 129 (Mysore) Squadron being named after Mysore province in southwest India. The squadron's badge, the Ghunda Berunda of Mysore, also reflects this association.
The squadron returned south in February 1943 undertaking anti-shipping and escort missions. 129 Squadron became part of the 2nd Tactical Air Force in June 1943 converting to the P-51 Mustang in April 1944 in time for Operation Overlord. After forming part of the 133 (Polish) Wing for D-Day the squadron returned to RAF Brenzett where it undertook anti V-1 activities.