No. 671 Squadron RAF

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No. 671 Squadron RAF
Active 1 January 1945 – 25 October 1945
Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Branch Ensign of the Royal Air Force.svg Royal Air Force
Role Glider squadron
Part of No. 229 Group RAF, South East Asia Command[1]
Motto Latin: Vafre Ac Furtim
(Translation: "Smart and unseen") (unofficial)[2]
Insignia
Squadron Badge heraldry A tiger pierced crosswise with a sword and a sabre (unofficial)[2]
Squadron Codes No code(s) known to have been used by this squadron[3][4]

No. 671 Squadron RAF was a glider squadron of the Royal Air Force active during the Second World War.

History[edit]

671 Squadron was formed at Bikram, Patna in India as a glider squadron on 1 January 1945 by renumbering No. 669 Squadron RAF,[5] with the intention of being used for airborne operations by South East Asia Command. It continued to train, as part of No. 344 Wing RAF, until the surrender of Japan, when it became surplus to requirements. The squadron was disbanded at Kargi Road on 25 October 1945.[5]

Present[edit]

The original squadron is represented today by 671 Squadron of 7 Regiment, Army Air Corps.

A Waco CG-4 (Hadrian) in British service.
A de Havilland Tiger Moth restored in wartime colours.

Aircraft operated[edit]

Aircraft operated by no. 671 Squadron RAF, data from[5]
From To Aircraft Version
January 1945 August 1945 Hadrian
January 1945 August 1945 de Havilland Tiger Moth Mk.II

Squadron bases[edit]

Bases and airfields used by no. 671 Squadron RAF, data from[5][6]
From To Base
1 January 1945 9 February 1945 Bikram, Patna, Bihar
9 February 1945 3 April 1945 Belgaum, Belgaum district, Karnataka
3 April 1945 26 August 1945 Bikram, Patna, Bihar
26 August 1945 25 October 1945 Kargi Road, Bilaspur, Chhattisgarh

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

Bibliography[edit]

  • Bowyer, Michael J.F. and John D.R. Rawlings. Squadron Codes, 1937-56. Cambridge, UK: Patrick Stephens Ltd., 1979. ISBN 0-85059-364-6.
  • Day, Anthony, CM, CD. No. 671 Squadron, a Wartime History. Middle Wallop, UK: Lucraft/Museum of Army Flying, 1998.
  • 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, 1988 (second edition 2001). ISBN 1-85310-053-6.
  • Rawlings, John. 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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