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No. 154 Squadron RAF

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

No. 154 (Motor Industries) Squadron RAF
Active 7 August 1918 – 11 September 1918
15 June 1941 – 1 Nov 1944
16 Nov 1944 – 31 March 1945
Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Branch
Air Force Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg
Royal Air Force
Motto(s) Latin: His modis ad victoriam
"By this means to Victory"
Insignia
Squadron Badge A road sign in front of three arrows.
Squadron Codes HT (Nov 1941 - Nov 1942, Jun 1943 - Oct 1944) )
HG (Nov 1944 - Mar 1945)

No. 154 (Motor Industries) Squadron RAF was a Royal Air Force squadron formed as a fighter unit in the Second World War.

History

Formation and World War I

No. 154 Squadron Royal Air Force was formed on 7 August 1918, but was disbanded on 11 September having not received any aircraft.

Reformation in World War II

Ground crew servicing a Supermarine Spitfire of No. 154 Squadron in its dispersal at Souk el Khemis ('Victoria'), Tunisia.
Ground crew servicing a Supermarine Spitfire of No. 154 Squadron in its dispersal at Souk el Khemis ('Victoria'), Tunisia.

The squadron reformed in November 1941 at RAF Fowlmere as a fighter squadron equipped with Spitfire IIAs. It was briefly located in the south west of England then based at RAF Hornchurch. In November 1942 it moved to Gibraltar and Algeria to take part in Operation Torch. On 4 June 1943 it arrived in Malta, it then operated from Palestine and Cyprus. From 23 August 1944 it was based at Fréjus, France, providing air cover for the forces that moved north to join those that had landed at Normandy. It was disbanded in Naples on 1 November 1944, but reformed on 16 November 1944 at RAF Biggin Hill to escort bombers and flew Mustangs until it was finally disbanded on 31 March 1945.

Aircraft operated

Aircraft operated by No. 154 Squadron RAF[1]
From To Aircraft Variant
Nov 1941 Apr 1942 Supermarine Spitfire IIA
Jan 1942 Apr 1942 Supermarine Spitfire IIB
Feb 1942 Apr 1942 Supermarine Spitfire VA
Feb 1942 Aug 1943 Supermarine Spitfire VB
Nov 1942 Feb 1944 Supermarine Spitfire VC
Jul 1943 Oct 1944 Supermarine Spitfire IX
Aug 1944 Oct 1944 Supermarine Spitfire VIII
Nov 1944 Feb 1945 Supermarine Spitfire VII
Feb 1945 Mar 1945 P-51 Mustang IV

References

  1. ^ C.G.Jefford (1988). RAF Squadrons. UK Airlife Publishing. ISBN 1-85310-053-6.

External links

This page was last edited on 18 December 2016, at 22:37
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