No. 667 Squadron RAF


No. 667 Squadron RAF
No. 667 Squadron RAF
Active 1 Dec 1943 - 20 Dec 1945
Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Branch Ensign of the Royal Air Force.svg Royal Air Force
Role anti-aircraft co-operation
Part of No. 70 Group RAF, Air Defense of Great Britain (1943-1944)[1]
No. 70 Group RAF, Fighter Command (1944-1945)[2]
Insignia
Squadron Badge No Badge Authorised[3]
Squadron Codes U4 (Dec 1943 - Dec 1945)[4][5]

No. 667 Squadron RAF was an anti-aircraft co-operation squadron of the Royal Air Force during the Second World War.

Contents

History

No. 667 squadron was first formed on 1 December 1943 at RAF Gosport, Hampshire from 1662 and 1631 Flight[6] and No. 7 Anti-Aircraft Practice Camp at RAF Shoreham, Kent[7] for various anti-aircraft training duties. The squadron was initially equipped with Defiants and undertook target towing duties with these. It later received Hurricanes, Barracudas, Oxfords, Vengeances and Spitfires, before disbanding at Gosport on 20 December 1945.[8][9][10]

Present

The squadron today is represented by 667 Squadron, Development and Trials unit, Army Air Corps.

Aircraft operated

Aircraft operated by no. 667 Squadron RAF, data from[9][10]
From To Aircraft Version
December 1943 January 1945 Boulton Paul Defiant Mks.I & III
April 1944 August 1945 Hawker Hurricane Mks.I & IIc
May 1944 June 1945 Fairey Barracuda Mk.II
June 1944 December 1945 Airspeed Oxford Mks.I & II[8]
October 1944 December 1945 Vultee Vengeance Mk.IV
July 1945 December 1945 Supermarine Spitfire LF.XVIe[8]

Squadron bases

Bases and airfields used by no. 667 Squadron RAF, data from[8][9][10]
From To Base Remark
1 December 1943 20 December 1945 RAF Gosport, Hampshire Det. at RAF Shoreham, Kent

References

Notes

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, 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.
  • Sturtivant, Ray, ISO and John Hamlin. RAF Flying Training And Support Units since 1912. Tonbridge, Kent, UK: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd., 2007. ISBN 0-85130-365-X.

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