No. 180 Squadron RAF

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No. 180 Squadron RAF
Active 11 Sept 1942 -31 Mar 1946
Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Branch Ensign of the Royal Air Force.svg Royal Air Force
Motto Latin: Suaviter in modo fortier in re (Agreeable in manner, forcible in act)
Insignia
Squadron Badge Two arrows behind a velvet glove.
Squadron code EV (September 1942 – March 1946)

No. 180 Squadron RAF was a Royal Air Force Squadron that was a medium bomber unit in World War II.

History[edit]

Formation in World War II[edit]

The Squadron was equipped with Mitchells at RAF West Raynham. It then flew its first raid from RAF Foulsham and suffered heavy losses including the aircraft of the squadron commander. After supporting the breakout from the Normandy beachhead in June 1944, the squadron re-located to Melsbroek, Belgium. It supported the allied advance across Europe and from April 1945 it operated from Achmer, Germany.

Post war[edit]

The Mitchell aircraft were replaced with Mosquitos in September 1945 and the squadron moved to Wahn. It was disbanded upon re-numbering as No. 69 Squadron RAF on 31 March 1946.

Aircraft operated[edit]

Aircraft operated by no. 180 Squadron RAF
From To Aircraft Variant
Sep 1942 Apr 1945 North American B-25 Mitchell II
Dec 1944 Sep 1945 North American B-25 Mitchell III
Sep 1945 Mar 1946 de Havilland Mosquito XVI

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References[edit]

  1. ^ C.G.Jefford (1988). RAF Squadrons. UK Airlife Publishing. ISBN 1-85310-053-6. 

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