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Formed: 15 January 1918
Mobilized: January 1918
Aces: 10  
Victories:   Claimed
Losses:   Killed in Action (KIA)
  Killed in Flying Accident (KIFA)
  Wounded in Action (WIA)
  Prisoners of War (POW)
No. 213 Squadron has its origins in the Seaplane Defence Flight formed at Dunkirk in June 1917 with Sopwith Pups to safeguard the Navy’s seaplanes. Camels replaced the Pups in September and on 15 January, 1918, the unit was re-organised as No.13 Squadron, R.N.A.S., at St. Pol. It was one of the very few scout squadrons which was not drawn into the German offensive in March, 1918, remaining on its task of coastal defence in the Dunkirk area until September 1918, becoming No.213 Squadron, R.A.F., on 1 April 1918. It was involved in fighter-bomber sorties in blocking enemy work at Zeebrugge and Ostend in the course of which the squadron carried 112-lb. Bombs, heavier than customary for scout squadrons. The squadron also flewattacks on enemy airfields along the coast. In September it joined 61 Wing in support of the Belgian Army for the final offensive in Flanders. With the war over it returned to England in March 1919, and was disbanded at Scopwick on 31 December 1919.
Aces Aircraft COs Aerodromes
1 Canada John Greene  15
2 Scotland Colin Brown  14
3 Canada George Mackay   12
4 South Africa Leonard Slatter 7
5 Ireland Maurice Cooper 6
6 England Miles Day 5
7 Scotland Ronald Graham 5
8 England John Paynter  
9 England John Pinder  
10 Ireland Guy Price  
1 Sopwith Pup
2 Sopwith Camel
Jan 1918
1 St. Pol Jan 1918
2 Bergues Jan 1918
3 Stahhille Nov 1918
4 Scopwick Mar 1919
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