No. 1455 Flight RAF

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No. 1455 Flight RAF
IWM-MH5710-Havoc.jpg
Turbinlite Havoc
Active 7 Jul 1941 – 2 Sep 1942
Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Branch Air Force Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg Royal Air Force
Role Night Fighter (Turbinlite)
Part of No. 11 Group RAF, Fighter Command[1]
Insignia
Squadron Badge heraldry No known badge
Squadron Codes No known identification code for the flight is known to have been carried

No. 1455 (Fighter) Flight was formed at RAF Tangmere, West Sussex on 7 July 1941, equipped with Turbinlite Douglas Boston and Douglas Havoc aircraft.[2] On operations they co-operated with the Hawker Hurricanes of 1 Squadron and 3 Squadron.[3] The flight was replaced with 534 Squadron on 2 September 1942.[4][5]

534 Sqn, which had taken over men and machines, carried on flying the Turbinlite Bostons and Havocs till the system was abandoned on 25 January 1943,[6] when Turbinlite squadrons were, due to lack of success on their part and the rapid development of AI radar, thought to be superfluous.[7]

Aircraft operated[edit]

Aircraft operated by no. 1455 Flight RAF, data from[2][4][3]
From To Aircraft Version
7 July 1941 2 September 1942 Douglas Havoc Mk.I (Turbinlite)
7 July 1941 2 September 1942 Douglas Havoc Mk.I
7 July 1941 2 September 1942 Douglas Havoc Mk.II (Turbinlite)
7 July 1941 2 September 1942 Douglas Boston Mk.II (Turbinlite)
7 July 1941 2 September 1942 Douglas Boston Mk.III (Turbinlite)

Flight bases[edit]

Bases and airfields used by no. 1455 Flight RAF, data from[2][4][3]
From To Base
7 July 1941 2 September 1942 RAF Tangmere, West Sussex

Commanding officers[edit]

Officers commanding no. 1455 Flight RAF, data from[3]
From To Name
7 July 1941 January 1942 S/Ldr. J. Latimer, DFC
January 1942 2 September 1942 S/Ldr. G.O. Budd, DFC

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ Delve 1994, p. 57.
  2. ^ a b c Lake 1999, p. 90.
  3. ^ a b c d Rawlings 1978, p. 465.
  4. ^ a b c Sturtivant and Hamlin 2007, p. 123.
  5. ^ Jefford 2001, p. 97.
  6. ^ Halley 1988, p. 403.
  7. ^ Rawlings 1978, p. 463.
Bibliography
  • Delve, Ken. The Source Book of the RAF. Shrewsbury, Shropshire, UK: Airlife Publishing, 1994. ISBN 1-85310-451-5.
  • 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.
  • Lake, Alan. Flying Units of the RAF. Shrewsbury, Shropshire, UK: Airlife Publishing, 1999. ISBN 1-84037-086-6.
  • Rawlings, John D.R. Fighter Squadrons of the RAF and their Aircraft. London: Macdonald & Jane's (Publishers) Ltd., 1969 (2nd edition 1976, reprinted 1978). ISBN 0-354-01028-X.
  • Sturtivant, Ray, ISO and John Hamlin. RAF Flying Training And Support Units since 1912. Tonbridge, Kent, UK: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd., 2007. ISBN 0-85130-365-X.

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