Greece

Greece

During the Second World War, the Royal Hellenic Air Force successfully resisted an invasion by th Italians in 1940.

However, on April the 6th 1941, the Germans, growing impatient with the lack of a victory by the italians, and concerned that the Romanian oil fields would be vulnerable to attack by British bombers based in Greece, launched their own invasion of both Yugoslavia and Greece, during which the Royal Hellenic Air Force was virtually wiped out.

The Air Force was subsequently rebuilt in the Middle East as numbers 335 and 336 squadrons of the Royal Air Force, flying Spitfires, Hurricanes and Martin Baltimores, and with personnel provided from a core of Greek pilots who were undergoing training in Iraq and others who had escaped from Greece following the German invasion.