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No. 67 Squadron RAF
Active 16 Mar 1916 - 6 Feb 1918
12 Mar 1941 - 23 Aug 1945
1 Sep 1950 - 31 May 1957
Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Branch Ensign of the Royal Air Force.svg Royal Air Force
Type inactive
Role Fighter
Motto No odds too great
Insignia
Squadron Badge heraldry A drongo volant
Squadron Codes RD (1941 - 1945)

The name No. 67 Squadron has been used by the Royal Air Force for three quite different units.

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History

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World War I

During the First World War, No. 1 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps — formed at Point Cook in January 1916,[1] — was referred to by British authorities from 16 March 1916 as "No. 67 Squadron" to avoid confusion with No. 1 Squadron, RFC.[2][3]

No. 1 Squadron AFC was based initially at Heliopolis. The squadron served in Mesopotamia and played a part in Allenby's victory over Ottoman (Turkish) forces.[4] On 6 February 1918, British authorities ceased to refer to it No. 67 Squadron". Following the end of the war, the squadron disbanded at Kantara, on 5 March 1919.[3]

World War II

Brewster Buffaloes of No. 67 Squadron being re-assembled at Singapore following shipment directly from the USA.

No. 67 Squadron RAF was "re-formed" during World War II at Kallang Airport in Malaya on 12 March 1941. It was equipped with the Brewster Buffalo, an aeroplane that was outclassed in Europe, but considered adequate to build up the defences in Asia. In October, it handed on its aircraft to No. 488 Squadron RNZAF and moved to Burma, taking on instead the Buffaloes of No. 60 Squadron RAF. The inadequacy of the Buffaloes led to their replacement with Hawker Hurricanes in February 1942[2], but the Japanese offensive could not be halted and by March 1942 the squadron "ceased to be effective".[2]

The squadron re-assembled at Alipore and formed part of the defence of Calcutta, converting to Spitfires in February 1944. The squadron disbanded officially on 23 August 1945 at Akyab, but kept its aircraft till the end of the month.

The Jet Age

On 1 September 1950 the squadron began its third incarnation as a jet fighter-bomber unit, flying Vampire FB.5s first from RAF Wattisham[3] and later from Gutersloh as part of RAF Germany. After a short return to the UK in April 1952, being stationed at RAF Duxford on 21 April 1952, the squadron moved again to Germany in May 1952 when it moved base to Wildenrath and re-equipped there in May 1953 with North American Sabres. In July 1955 the squadron moved to another base again, RAF Bruggen and the Sabres were exchanged for Hunters. On 31 May 1957 the squadron disbanded for the last time.

References

Notes

  1. ^ Halley 1988, p. 465.
  2. ^ a b c Halley 1988, p. 133.
  3. ^ a b c Rawlings 1978, p. 169.
  4. ^ Helsdon Thomas 1991, p. 91.

Bibliography

  • Franks, Norman L.R. Hurricanes Over the Arakan. Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, UK: Patrick Stephens Ltd., 1989. ISBN 1-85260-262-7.
  • 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, 2001. ISBN 1-84037-141-2.
  • Rawlings, John D.R. Fighters Squadrons of the RAF and their Aircraft. London: Macdonald & Jane's (Publishers)Ltd., 1969 (New revised edition 1976, reprinted 1978). ISBN 0-354-01028-X.
  • Thomas, J. Helsdon. Wings over Burma. Bognor Regis, West Sussex, UK: New Horizon, 1984. ISBN 0-86116-966-2.(Republished 1991 by Merlin Book Ltd. of Braunton, Devon, UK. ISBN 0-86303-547-7.)

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