No. 673 Squadron RAF

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No. 673 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]
Insignia
Squadron Badge No badge authorised[2]
Squadron Codes No code(s) known to have been used by this squadron[3][4]

No. 673 Squadron RAF was a glider squadron of the Royal Air Force, active during the Second World War.

History[edit]

No. 673 Squadron was formed at Bikram, Patna in (then) British India on 1 January 1945[5] as a glider squadron, 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 on 25 October 1945 at Kargi Road.[5]

Present[edit]

The original squadron is represented today by 673 (AH) Training Squadron of 7 (Training) Regiment, Army Air Corps.

Aircraft operated[edit]

A Waco CG-4 (Hadrian) in British service.
A de Havilland Tiger Moth restored in wartime colours.
Aircraft operated by no. 673 Squadron RAF, data from[5]
From To Aircraft Variant
January 1945 September 1945 Hadrian
January 1945 September 1945 de Havilland Tiger Moth Mk.II

Squadron bases[edit]

Bases and airfields used by no. 673 Squadron RAF, data from[5][6]
From To Base
27 January 1945 19 February 1945 Bikram, Bihar, British India
19 February 1945 10 April 1945 Belgaum, Karnataka, British India
10 April 1945 26 August 1945 Bikram, Bihar, British India
26 August 1945 16 September 1945 Tilda, Chhattisgarh, British India
16 September 1945 25 October 1945 Kargi Road, Chhattisgarh, British India

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.
  • 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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