No. 124 Wing RAF

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No. 124 Wing RAF
Air Force Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg
Active 1944-46
1953-57
Country  United Kingdom
Branch Royal Air Force
Role Close air support
Size Wing
Part of 2nd Tactical Air Force
Aircraft flown
Attack Hawker Typhoon

No. 124 Wing RAF was a Hawker Typhoon formation of the Royal Air Force during the Second World War. It comprised No. 137 Squadron RAF, No. 181 Squadron RAF, No. 182 Squadron RAF and No. 247 Squadron RAF.

On 10 June 1944 the wing took part in the Attack on Panzer Group West's headquarters at La Caine. Prior to the Normandy landings on 6 June 1944, the headquarters of Panzer Group West was established in the Chateau at La Caine. On 9 June 1944, three days after the Normandy landings, the headquarters' location was revealed to British Intelligence by deciphering of German signals traffic.[1] On 10 June 1944, aircraft of the Second Tactical Air Force bombed the village.[1] The raid was carried out by 40 rocket-armed Typhoons of No. 124 Wing (consisting of Nos. 181, 182 and 247 Squadrons) which attacked in three waves from low altitude and by 61 Mitchells of No. 137 and 139 Wings (comprising Nos 226, 98, 180 and 320 Squadrons) which dropped 500 lb bombs from 12,000 ft.[2]

The wing was active from 12 December 1944 until 30 April 1946 as a Rocket Projectile unit and from 1 April 1953 - 2 October 1957 as a fighter unit.[3]

On 1 July 1956, the wing was part of No. 2 Group RAF, RAF Second Tactical Air Force and located at RAF Oldenburg.[4] It comprised No. 14 Squadron RAF, 20 Squadron, and 26 Squadron, all flying Hawker Hunters.

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  1. ^ a b "D-Day 1944 Air Power Over the Normandy Beaches and Beyond". HyperWar Foundation. Archived from the original on 9 May 2007. Retrieved 2007-04-23. 
  2. ^ RAF Air Historical Branch Records (typed manuscript), The Liberation of North-West Europe - Operation "Overlord", Volume 3 - The Landings in Normandy, pages 129 and 130.
  3. ^ Air of Authority, Wings 111-192, verified October 2011
  4. ^ http://www.laarbruch-museum.net/ENG/Squadrons/second_taf.htm