No. 621 Squadron RAF
|No. 621 Squadron RAF|
|Active||12 Sep 1943 – 1 Sep 1946|
|Branch||Royal Air Force|
|Part of||British Forces Aden|
|Motto(s)||Ever Ready to Strike|
|Squadron Badge heraldry||A hooded cobra|
No. 621 Squadron RAF was a reconnaissance squadron of the Royal Air Force during World War II, flying from Somaliland and Aden. It was after the war stationed in Egypt and Palestine and tasked with air-sea rescue and was also active in Operation Sunburn, looking for illegal immigrants.
No. 621 Squadron RAF was at Port Reitz, Kenya, on 12 September 1943 as a general reconnaissance unit. The most unusual sortie flown by the squadron was in November 1943, when it had to look for four thousand stolen camels on behalf of the army. In a more serious series of sorties the squadron managed to knock-out the German submarine U-852, but at the beginning of 1945 activities had dropped so low that the squadron was reduced from 16 to 8 aircraft. In November the squadron converted to Warwicks and started in Operation Sunburn, looking for illegal immigrants into Palestine. In April to squadron moved to Palestine and converted to Lancasters. Shortly after it had completed that conversion the squadron was disbanded at RAF Ein Shemer by being re-numbered to No. 18 Squadron RAF on 1 September 1946.
|September 1943||January 1945||Vickers Wellington||Mk.XIII|
|January 1945||December 1945||Vickers Wellington||Mk.XIV|
|March 1945||November 1945||Vickers Warwick||GR.5|
|April 1946||September 1946||Avro Lancaster||ASR.3 (special air-sea rescue version)|
|12 September 1943||4 November 1943||Port Reitz, Kenya||Detachment at Mogadishu, Italian Somaliland|
|4 November 1943||5 December 1943||Mogadishu, Italian Somaliland||Detachments at Scusciuban, Italian Somaliland; Bandar Kassim, Italian Somaliland
and RAF Riyan, Aden Protectorate
|5 December 1943||12 November 1945||RAF Khormaksar, Aden||Detachments at Scuscuiban, Italian Somaliland; Bandar Kassim, Italian Somaliland;
Riyan, Aden Protectorate; RAF Socotra, Aden Protectorate and Mogadishu, Italian Somaliland
|12 November 1945||20 April 1946||RAF Mersa Matruh, Egypt||Detachments at RAF Aqir, Palestine and RAF Benina, Libya|
|20 April 1946||6 June 1946||RAF Aqir, Palestine|
|6 June 1946||1 September 1946||RAF Ein Shemer, Palestine|
|September 1943||December 1944||W/Cdr. P. Green, OBE, AFC|
|December 1944||November 1945||W/Cdr. F.T. Gardiner, DFC|
|November 1945||February 1946||S/Ldr. G. Schofield|
|February 1946||September 1946||W/Cdr. B.E. Peck, DFC|
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