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No. 680 Squadron RAF
Active 1 February 1943 - 1 September 1946
Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Branch Ensign of the Royal Air Force.svg Royal Air Force
Role photo-reconnaissance squadron
Squadron Markings Towards ther end of the war Mosquitoes of 680 squadron carried red/white diagonal stripes on their rudders[1]

No. 680 Squadron RAF was a photo-reconnaissance squadron of the Royal Air Force, active during the Second World War.



680 Squadron RAF was formed in February 1943 from A Flight of No. 2 Photographic Reconnaissance Unit[2], equipped with a variety of aircraft including Spitfires, Hurricanes, Beaufighters and Electras. It continued in the photographic reconnaissance role, operating in North Africa and the Mediterranean.

In early 1944, the unit converted to Baltimores and Mosquitoes, deploying to Sicily and Sardinia later in the year.

After the end of the war, 680 Squadron flew surveying missions in the Middle East, before being disbanded by renumbering it to No. 13 Squadron RAF on 1 September 1946.

Noted squadron members

A well-known Australian actor, Charles "Bud" Tingwell, piloted Spitfires and Mosquitoes with the squadron.

Aircraft operated

From To Aircraft Version
Feb 1943 Mar 1943 Bristol Beaufighter Mk.Ic
Feb 1943 Feb 1944 Hawker Hurricane Mk. I
Mar 1943 Dec 1944 Hawker Hurricane Mk.IIb
Feb 1943 Jun 1944 Supermarine Spitfire Mks.IV, V
Feb 1943 Sep 1944 Lockheed L-10 Electra
Feb 1943 Jan 1945 Supermarine Spitfire Mk.IX
Mar 1943 Jun 1943 Supermarine Spitfire Mk.VI
Aug 1943 Jul 1946 Supermarine Spitfire Mk.XI
Feb 1944 May 1944 Martin Baltimore Mks.IIIa, V
Feb 1944 Jul 1944 Bristol Blenheim Mk.IV
Feb 1944 Sep 1946 De Havilland Mosquito Mks.IX & XVI
Mar 1946 Sep 1946 De Havilland Mosquito PR.34


Commanding officers

From To Name
Feb 1943 Oct 1944 W/Cdr. J.R. Whelan, DFC & Bar
Oct 1944 Sep 1946 W/Cdr. J.C. Paish





  1. ^ a b c Rawlings 1982, p. 244
  2. ^ a b Halley 1988, pp. 452-453.
  3. ^ Bowyer 1984, p. 130.


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  • Bowyer, Chaz. Mosquito Squadrons of the Royal Air Force. London: Ian Allan Ltd., 1984. ISBN 0-71101425-6.
  • Halley, James J. The Squadrons of the Royal Air Force & Commonwealth, 1918-88. 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. Coastal, Support and Special Squadrons of the RAF and their Aircraft. London: Jane's Publishing Company Ltd., 1982. ISBN 0-7106-0187-5.

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