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No. 681 Squadron RAF
Active 2 January 1943 - 1 August 1946
Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Branch Ensign of the Royal Air Force.svg Royal Air Force
Role photo-reconnaissance squadron

No. 681 Squadron RAF was a photo-reconnaissance squadron of the Royal Air Force during the Second World War.

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History

It was first formed out of No. 3 PRU, at Dum Dum in India on 2 January 1943[1], as part of RAF Coastal Command. Initially mostly equipped with Hurricane Mk.II and Spitfire IV fighters -there was also a Dutch element in 'C' flight that operated Mitchells which belonged to the Dutch Air Force[1]- , the squadron re-equipped with the Mosquito IX in August, and the Spitfire XI in October. They moved to Alipore in May 1944, and Mingaladon in June 1945, receiving Spitfire PR.19 photo-reconnaissance aircraft in August of that year. The squadron moved to Kai Tak, Hong Kong, in September 1945, when the war formally ended. Detachments from the squadron were based at a wide range of bases across the South-East Asian theatre of operations. The squadron was disbanded by renumbering it to No. 34 Squadron RAF on 1 August 1946.[1][2][3]

Aircraft operated

From To Aircraft Version
Jan 1943 Nov 1943 North American Mitchell Mk.II
Jan 1943 Nov 1943 Hawker Hurricane Mk.IIc
Jan 1943 Dec 1944 Supermarine Spitfire Mk.IV
Aug 1943 Nov 1943 De Havilland Mosquito Mks.II, IV & IX
Oct 1943 1946 Supermarine Spitfire Mk.XI
Aug 1945 Aug 1946 Supermarine Spitfire PR.XIX

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Commanding officers

From To Name
Jan 1943 Dec 1943 W/Cdr. S.G. Wise, DFC and Bar
Dec 1943 Apr 1945 W/Cdr. F.D. Proctor, DFC
Apr 1945 May 1946 W/Cdr. D.B. Pearson
May 1946 Aug 1946 S/Ldr. H. Roberts

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Notes

  1. ^ a b c d e Rawlings 1982, p. 245.
  2. ^ a b Halley 1988, p. 454.
  3. ^ a b Jefford 2001, p. 105.

Bibliography

  • Bowman, Martin. Mosquito Photo-Reconnaissance Units of World War 2. Oxford, UK: Osprey Publishing, 1999. ISBN 1-85532-891-4.
  • 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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