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.
With the expansion of the Royal Air Force Special Duties Service the unit was reformed in 1943 as No. 148 (Special Duties) Squadron. The unit's Halifaxes dropped supplies to partisans in southern France, Italy and the Balkans, while it's flight of Lysanders under the command of Peter Vaughan-Fowler did agent pick-up operations to Greece, Yugoslavia and southern France. It participated in the Warsaw airlift, where it suffered heavy losses. The unit continued its work through the end of the war.
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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