No. 148 Squadron RAF
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|No. 148 Squadron RAF|
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First World War
The squadron was formed at Andover Aerodrome on 10 February 1918, it moved to Ford Junction Aerodrome on 1 March 1918 where it was equipped with the Royal Aircraft Factory FE.2b and moved to France on 25 April 1918. It returned to the UK on 17 February 1919 and disbanded at Tangmere on 4 July 1919.
Second World War
It was reformed at RAF Scampton on 7 June 1937 with the Hawker Audax and the Vickers Wellesley and moved twice before being disbanded and merged into No. 15 Operational Training Unit on 8 April 1940.
As No. 148 (SD) Squadron it was reformed as a special duties squadron in 1943 and part of the Balkan Air Force in the Second World War. It dropped men and material behind enemy lines in the occupied countries such as Yugoslavia, Poland etc.
Date of introduction of aircraft into 148 squadron:
- 1918 - Royal Aircraft Factory FE.2b
- 1937 - Hawker Audax
- 1937 - Vickers Wellesley
- 1938 - Handley Page Heyford III
- 1939 - Vickers Wellington I
- 1939 - Avro Anson I
- 1940 - Vickers Wellington IC
- 1941 - Vickers Wellington II
- 1943 - Consolidated Liberator II
- 1943 - Handley Page Halifax II
- 1944 - Westland Lysander IIIA
- 1944 - Handley Page Halifax V
- 1944 - Short Stirling IV
- 1945 - Consolidated Liberator VI
- 1946 - Avro Lancaster B.1 (FE)
- 1949 - Avro Lincoln B.2
- 1956 - Vickers Valiant B1 and B(K).1
- 1957 - Vickers Valiant B(PR).1
- 1958 - Vickers Valiant B(PR)K.1
- Jefford 1988, p. 62.
- Jefford MBE, Wg Cdr C G (1988). RAF Squadrons. A comprehensive record of the movement and equipment of all RAF squadrons and their antecedents since 1912. Shrewsbury: Airlife. ISBN 1-85310-053-6.
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