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No. 304 (Land of Silesia) Polish Bomber Squadron ( ) was a Polishmarker World War II bomber unit. It was fighting alongside the Royal Air Force under their operational Command and operated from airbases in the United Kingdommarker. It served as a bomber unit in RAF Bomber Command, as an anti-submarine unit in RAF Coastal Command and as a transport unit in RAF Transport Command.

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304 Squadron was created on 22 August 1940 and was declared ready for operations with their Vickers Wellington medium bombers on 25 April 1941. On 7 May 1942 it was transferred to RAF Coastal Command, keeping their Wellingtons. Its last mission was on 30 May 1945, looking out for possible German submarines that would not surrender. On June 14, 1945 it was transferred to Transport Command, operating scheduled services with Warwick C.3s to Greecemarker and Italymarker, but after April 1946 the Polish squadrons were restricted to flights within the UK only. In May the squadron converted to Halifax Mk C.8 unarmed transports. The squadron was disbanded a few months later on 18 December 1946.

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