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No. 695 Squadron RAF
Active 1 December 1943 - 1 February 1949
Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Branch Ensign of the Royal Air Force.svg Royal Air Force
Role anti-aircraft co-operation
Motto We Exercise Their Arms
Insignia
Squadron Badge heraldry In front of a maunch, three arms in armour conjoined[1]
Squadron Codes 4M (Dec 1943 - Feb 1949)[2][3]

No. 695 Squadron RAF was an anti-aircraft co-operation squadron of the Royal Air Force from 1943 to 1949.

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History

The squadron was formed at RAF Bircham Newton on 1 December 1943[1], from 1611 Flight and 1612 Flight for anti-aircraft co-operation duties, and operated a variety of aircraft in this role. On August 11, 1945 the squadron moved to RAF Horsham St. Faith. It was disbanded on 11 February 1949 when it was renumbered to No. 34 Squadron RAF.[1]

Aircraft operated

From To Aircraft Version
Dec 1943 Jan 1944 Westland Lysander Mk.I, III
Dec 1943 Jun 1944 Hawker Henley Mk.III
Dec 1943 May 1945 Miles Martinet Mk.I
Dec 1943 Sep 1945 Hawker Hurricane Mk.IIc
Jul 1944 Aug 1945 Supermarine Spitfire Mk.Vb
Jan 1945 May 1947 Vultee Vengeance Mk.IV
Jul 1945 Feb 1949 Supermarine Spitfire Mk.XVI
Jun 1946 Feb 1949 Airspeed Oxford T.1, T.2
Dec 1946 Feb 1949 Miles Martinet Mk.I
Dec 1946 Feb 1949 North American Harvard T.2b
Dec 1948 Feb 1949 Bristol Beaufighter TT.10

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Squadron bases

From To Name Remark
1 Dec 1943 11 Aug 1945 RAF Bircham Newton Formed here
27 Jul 1946 1 Nov 1946 RAF Boxted[1] Detachment
1 Nov 1946 Apr 1947 RAF North Weald[1] Detachment
11 Aug 1945 11 Feb 1949 RAF Horsham St. Faith Disbanded here

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References

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Notes

  1. ^ a b c d e f Halley 1988, p. 458.
  2. ^ Bowyer and Rawlings 1979, p. 75.
  3. ^ Flintham and Thomas 2003, pp. 57, 146 and 233.
  4. ^ a b Rawlings 1982, p. 259.
  5. ^ a b Jefford 2001, p. 106.

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.
  • 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, 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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