No. 181 Squadron RAF

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No. 181 Squadron RAF
Active 25 August 1942 – 30 September 1945
Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Branch Ensign of the Royal Air Force.svg Royal Air Force
Motto Latin: Irruimus vastatum (We rush in and destroy)
Insignia
Squadron Badge An erased eagles head in front of two swords
Squadron Code EL (August 1942 - September 1945)

No. 181 Squadron RAF was a Royal Air Force Squadron formed as a fighter-bomber unit in World War II.

History[edit]

Formation in World War II[edit]

The squadron formed on 25 August 1942 at RAF Duxford and was supplied with Hurricanes and Typhoons. It then operated the Typhoons from several locations in the United Kingdom including RAF Snailwell, RAF Lasham, RAF Odiham and RAF Hurn. It attacked V-1 flying bomb launch sites and supported the Normandy landings in June 1944. It then relocated to France where it followed the allied advance across Europe seeking targets of opportunity. It disbanded in Lubeck, Germany on 30 September 1945.

Aircraft operated[edit]

Hawker Typhoon Mk.Ib from 181 Sqn loaded with rocket projectiles and fuel tanks.
Aircraft operated by no. 181 Squadron RAF
From To Aircraft Variant
Sep 1942 Dec 1942 Hawker Hurricane I
Sep 1942 Dec 1942 Hawker Typhoon IA
Sep 1942 Sep 1945 Hawker Typhoon IB

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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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