War Thunder background
No.300 Bomber Squadron
Attention! This news was published on the old version of the website. There may be some problems with news display in specific browser versions.

Avro Lancaster B Mk III from No. 300 Polish Bomber Squadron. Camouflage created by Wuax | Download here!

On the July 1st 1940 the first ‘all Polish’ crewed RAF bomber squadron was formed in Bramcote, Warwickshire, Great Britain. No. 300 (Masovian) Squadron began operation as part of No. 6 Training Group, but would eventually become the No. 1 Bomber Group in 1941. Starting off with Fairey Battle aircraft, they would eventually progress to Vickers Wellingtons and conclude with Avro Lancasters. No. 300 Squadron would call no less than five airbases their home during their time of operation, beginning with RAF Bramcote followed by Swinderby, Hemswell, Ingham and Faldingworth. 

Adopting the squadron code letters ‘BH’ with their first Commanding Officer, Wacław Makowski, operations began in 1940. Initially, the intended targets were the German invasion barges placed on the French coast, aiming to damage the potential of the feared invasion of Great Britain with Operation Sea Lion. By October of 1940, No. 300 Squadron began to re-equip with Vickers Wellingtons, initially Mk Ic models. This would lead to service with the Mk III, IV and X as the war progressed.

The Wellington was a tough and reliable bomber that made use of a geodesic airframe design. Because of this, it was a rugged bomber by construction and nature. However, by the middle of the Second World War, it was beginning to show signs of age and would slowly be replaced by four engined heavy bombers which offered longer range as well as substantially larger bomb capacities.

By 1942, future, more progressive designs when compared with the Wellington were already being discussed, with newer alternatives such as the Short Stirling and Handley-Page Halifax. However the decision was made for Wellingtons to remain in service until the Avro Lancaster was available. No. 300 Squadron would see the Wellington’s swansong operations in RAF Bomber Command service, taking part in both the last bombing raid and operational sortie with the aircraft before it, before being removed from frontline operations. 

In 1944 No. 300 squadron began the conversion to the Lancaster B Mk I and B Mk III, with A Flight remaining with the Wellington whilst B Flight converted over, so as not to disrupt front line operations. Repeated raids on several German cities such as Dortmund, Essen, Cologne and Hamburg would take place, which would continue throughout 1944 and into 1945 as the allies pushed deeper into Occupied Europe and Germany itself.

The very last wartime operational sortie of No. 300 Squadron would be a raid on Hitler's personal residence at Berchtesgaden before the conclusion of the war in Europe in 1945. Throughout the war, No. 300 Squadron dropped a combined total of around 10,000 tons of ordinance on enemy targets. After combat operations had ceased, No. 300 Squadron was also part of several key operations such as Operation Dodge, Exodus and Manna; the last of  which would see around 150 tonnes of supplies delivered to the Dutch via Lancaster bombers before VE day in May of 1945.

The Polish crews of No. 300 Squadron received many decorations, commendations and distinctions for their service during the war. They played a key role in many critical bombing operations by Bomber Command throughout the conflict, with missions such as the 1000 bomber raid of Operation Millennium, Raids over the Rhine, Ruhr and D-Day sites as well as V-Weapon launch locations. Officially disbanded in February 1947, their contributions to both the allied war effort and RAF Bomber Command are a lasting reminder of the combined skill, bravery and determination to fight on displayed by Polish servicemen of all arms throughout the war. 

Author: Scott "Smin1080p" Maynard

With an upcoming Update, we will add the following decals to War Thunder:

Emblem of
No. 300 Polish Bomber Squadron

Decal by Colin 'Fenris' Muir

Read more:
Watch Air Superiority 2024 and Receive Unique Prizes from Twitch Drops!
  • 10 May 2024
The Shooting Range #407
  • 19 May 2024
Thunder Show: BASED MAUS
  • 17 May 2024
US Armed Forces Day: Celebrating with a New Decal!
  • 17 May 2024