No. 679 Squadron RAF

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No. 679 Squadron RAF
Active 1 December 1943 – 26 June 1945
Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Branch Ensign of the Royal Air Force.svg Royal Air Force
Role anti-aircraft co-operation
Part of No. 70 Group RAF, Air Defense of Great Britain (1943–1944)
No. 70 Group RAF, Fighter Command (1944–1945)
Base RAF Ipswich, Suffolk
Insignia
Squadron Badge heraldry No badge known to have been authorised[1]
Squadron Codes 3M (Dec 1943 – Jun 1945)[2][3]

No. 679 Squadron RAF was an anti-aircraft co-operation squadron of the Royal Air Force during the Second World War.

History[edit]

No. 679 Squadron was formed on 1 December 1943 at RAF Ipswich, Suffolk, from 1616 and 1627 (anti-aircraft co-operation) Flight[4][5] for anti-aircraft training duties in East Anglia, and operated upon formation Westland Lysanders, Miles Martinets, Hawker Henleys and Hawker Hurricanes, receiving Fairey Barracudas and Hurricane Mk.IVs in March 1944 and Vultee Vengeances in April 1945. It was disbanded at RAF Ipswich on 26 June 1945.[1][6][7]

Aircraft operated[edit]

Aircraft operated by no. 679 Squadron RAF[1][6][7]
From To Aircraft Variant
December 1943 February 1944 Hawker Henley Mk.III
December 1943 February 1944 Westland Lysander Mk.II
December 1943 June 1945 Miles Martinet Mk.I
December 1943 June 1945 Hawker Hurricane Mk.IIc
March 1944 June 1945 Hawker Hurricane Mk.IV
March 1944 June 1945 Fairey Barracuda Mk.II
April 1945 June 1945 Vultee Vengeance Mk.IV

Squadron bases[edit]

Bases and airfields used by no. 679 Squadron RAF[1][6][7]
From To Base
1 December 1943 26 June 1945 RAF Ipswich, Suffolk

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Halley 1988, p. 452.
  2. ^ Bowyer and Rawlings 1979, p. 75.
  3. ^ Flintham and Thomas 2003, p. 56.
  4. ^ Delve 1994, p. 159.
  5. ^ Sturtivant and Hamlin 2007, pp. 128–129.
  6. ^ a b c Rawlings 1982, p. 258.
  7. ^ a b c Jefford 2001, p. 105.

Bibliography[edit]

  • Bowyer, Michael J.F. and John D.R. Rawlings. Squadron Codes, 1937–56. Cambridge, UK: Patrick Stephens Ltd., 1979. ISBN 0-85059-364-6.
  • Delve, Ken. The Source Book of the RAF. Shrewsbury, Shropshire, UK: Airlife Publishing, 1994. ISBN 1-85310-451-5.
  • Flintham, Vic and Andrew Thomas. Combat Codes: A full explanation and listing of British, Commonwealth and Allied air force unit codes since 1938. Shrewsbury, Shropshire, UK: Airlife Publishing Ltd., 2003. ISBN 1-84037-281-8.
  • 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, 2001. ISBN 1-84037-141-2.
  • Rawlings, John D.R. Coastal, Support and Special Squadrons of the RAF and their Aircraft. London: Jane's Publishing Company Ltd., 1982. ISBN 0-7106-0187-5.
  • 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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