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No. 668 Squadron RAF

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No. 668 Squadron RAF
Active16 November 1944 – 10 November 1945
CountryUnited Kingdom United Kingdom
Branch
Air Force Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg
Royal Air Force
RoleGlider squadron
Part ofNo. 229 Group RAF, South East Asia Command[1]
Insignia
Squadron BadgeNo Badge Authorised[2]
Squadron CodesNo code(s) known to have been used by this squadron[3][4]

No. 668 Squadron RAF was a glider squadron of the Royal Air Force active during the Second World War.

History

No. 668 Squadron RAF was formed on 16 November 1944 at Calcutta, (then) British India as a glider squadron, with the intention of being used for airborne operations by South East Asia Command.[5] It continued to train, as part of No. 343 Wing RAF, until the surrender of Japan, when it became surplus to requirements. The squadron was disbanded on 10 November 1945 at Fatehjang.[5]

Present

The squadron today is represented by 668 Squadron of 2 (Training) Regiment, Army Air Corps.

Aircraft operated

A Waco CG-4 (Hadrian) in British service.
A Waco CG-4 (Hadrian) in British service.
Aircraft operated by no. 668 Squadron RAF, data from[5]
From To Aircraft Version
February 1945 April 1945 Waco Hadrian
August 1945 November 1945 de Havilland Tiger Moth Mk.II

Squadron bases

A de Havilland Tiger Moth restored in wartime colours.
A de Havilland Tiger Moth restored in wartime colours.
Bases and airfields used by no. 669 Squadron RAF, data from[5][6]
From To Base
16 November 1944 4 February 1945 Calcutta, Bengal, British India
4 February 1945 30 April 1945 Lalaghat/Rajyeswarpur, Bengal, British India
30 April 1945 28 June 1945 Belgaum, Karnataka, British India
28 June 1945 5 July 1945 Fatehjang, Punjab, British India
5 July 1945 21 August 1945 Upper Topa Camp, Punjab, British India
21 August 1945 10 November 1945 Fatehjang, Punjab, British India

References

Notes

  1. ^ Delve 1994, p. 84
  2. ^ Barrass, M. B. (2015). "No. 651–670 Squadron Histories". Air of Authority - A History of RAF Organisation. Retrieved 9 October 2015.
  3. ^ Bowyer and Rawlings 1979, p. 148.
  4. ^ Flintham and Thomas 2003, p. 233.
  5. ^ a b c d Halley 1988, p. 452.
  6. ^ Jefford 2001, pp. 266–271.

Bibliography

  • Bowyer, Michael J.F. and John D.R. Rawlings. Squadron Codes, 1937-56. Cambridge, UK: Patrick Stephens Ltd., 1979. ISBN 0-85059-364-6.
  • Delve, Ken. The Source Book of the RAF. Shrewsbury, Shropshire, UK: Airlife Publishing, 1994. ISBN 1-85310-451-5.
  • Flintham, Vic and Andrew Thomas. Combat Codes: A full explanation and listing of British, Commonwealth and Allied air force unit codes since 1938. Shrewsbury, Shropshire, UK: Airlife Publishing Ltd., 2003. ISBN 1-84037-281-8.
  • Halley, James J. The Squadrons of the Royal Air Force & Commonwealth 1918-1988. Tonbridge, Kent, UK: Air Britain (Historians) Ltd., 1988. ISBN 0-85130-164-9.
  • Jefford, Wing Commander C.G., MBE, BA, RAF(Retd.). RAF Squadrons, a Comprehensive record of the Movement and Equipment of all RAF Squadrons and their Antecedents since 1912. Shrewsbury, Shropshire, UK: Airlife Publishing, 1988 (second edition 2001). ISBN 1-85310-053-6.
  • Rawlings, John. Coastal, Support and Special Squadrons of the RAF and their Aircraft. London: Jane's Publishing Company Ltd, 1982. ISBN 0-7106-0187-5.

External links

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