Westland Lysanders were used by Britain, Canada, Egypt, Eire, Finland, France, Portugal, and Turkey.
Lysanders were used in Burma, Egypt, Europe, Greece, India, and Palestine.
The Lysander entered RAF service in May 1938. The first was No 16 Squadron based at Old Sarum.
Eventually there would be 30 squadrons equipped with the Lysander.
At the start of World War II there were seven squadrons in Britain and one in Egypt. In September 1939 four units were sent to France.
A Lysander shot down a Heinkel He 111 in November 1939.
Battle of France
Of the 174 Lysanders that were sent to France only 44 returned to Britain.
Lysanders are probably most well known for their clandestine operations in Europe. They could land in fields as short as 650' / 200m to deliver (or retrieve) supplies or people. Over 400 missions, carrying around 800 passengers, were flown behind enemy lines.
At times the Lysander was used for ground attack and even as a day and night fighter.