No. 34 Wing RAF

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No. 34 Wing
Country Britain
Branch Royal Air Force
Role Air supremacy
Size Wing
Aircraft flown
Attack Hawker Typhoon

No. 34 Wing RAF was a formation of the Royal Air Force during the Second World War. It comprised No. 16 Squadron RAF, No. 69 Squadron RAF and No. 140 Squadron RAF.

It was at Brussels-Melsbroek during Operation Bodenplatte, the German aerial attack of 1 January 1945. The Germans hit Melsbroek hard. According to Emil Clade (leading III./JG 27), the anti-aircraft gun positions were not manned, and aircraft were bunched together or in lines, which made perfect targets. The attack caused considerable damage among the units based there and was a great success. The reconnaissance wings lost two entire squadrons worth of machines. No. 69 Squadron RAF lost 11 Vickers Wellingtons and two damaged. Possibly all No. 140 Squadron RAF′s Mosquitoes were lost. At least five Spitfires from 16 Squadron RAF were destroyed. No. 271 Squadron RAF lost at least seven Harrow transports "out of action". A further 15 other aircraft were destroyed. 139 Wing reported five B-25s destroyed and five damaged. [1][2] Another source states that that 13 Wellingtons were destroyed, as were five Mosquitoes, four Auster and five Avro Ansons from the Tactical Air Forces 2nd Communications Squadron. Three Spitfires were also lost and two damaged.[3]

Later after World War II it formed part of No. 2 Group RAF as part of Second Tactical Air Force in West Germany.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Manrho & Pütz 2004, p. 217.
  2. ^ Weal 2003, p. 117.
  3. ^ Franks 2000, p. 134.