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No. 567 Squadron RAF

No. 567 Squadron RAF
Active 1 December 1943 – 15 June 1946
Country United Kingdom
Branch Royal Air Force
Role anti-aircraft co-operation
Part of No. 70 Group RAF, Fighter Command[1]
Insignia
Squadron Codes I4 (Dec 1943 – Jun 1946)[2][3]

No. 567 Squadron was an anti-aircraft co-operation squadron of the Royal Air Force, formed during World War II and active between December 1943 and June 1946 in the defence of south-east England.

History

No. 567 Squadron was formed on 1 December 1943 at RAF Detling, Kent from No. 1624 (Anti-Aircraft Co-Operation) Flight.[4] The anti-aircraft co-operation duties included target-towing with Miles Martinets, gun-laying and searchlight practice with Airspeed Oxfords and simulated attacks on exercising troops with Hawker Hurricanes. After the end of World War II, the Martinets gave way for the Vultee Vengeances and the Hurricanes were replaced with Supermarine Spitfires. The Oxfords stayed with the squadron till it was disbanded, 15 June 1946 at RAF West Malling.

Aircraft operated

Aircraft operated by No. 567 Squadron RAF, data from[5][6][7]
From To Aircraft Version
December 1943 June 1945 Hawker Hurricane Mk.IV
December 1943 July 1945 Miles Martinet Mk.I
December 1943 July 1945 Fairey Barracuda Mk.II
December 1943 June 1946 Airspeed Oxford Mks.I, II
January 1945 June 1946 Vultee Vengeance MK.IV
February 1945 December 1945 Avro Anson Mk.I
July 1945 June 1946 Supermarine Spitfire Mk.Vb
July 1945 June 1946 Supermarine Spitfire Mk.XVI

Squadron bases

Bases and airfields used by No. 567 Squadron RAF, data from[5][6][7]
From To Base Remark
1 December 1943 14 November 1944 RAF Detling, Kent Det. at RAF Eastchurch, Kent
14 November 1944 13 June 1945 RAF Hornchurch, Essex Dets. at RAF Hawkinge, Kent; RAF Lympne, Kent and RAF Eastchurch, Kent
13 June 1945 21 August 1945 RAF Hawkinge, Kent
21 August 1945 26 April 1946 RAF Manston, Kent Det. at RAF Eastchurch, Kent
26 April 1946 15 June 1946 RAF West Malling, Kent

References

Notes

  1. ^ Delve 1994, pp. 72,79.
  2. ^ Bowyer and Rawlings 1979, p. 56.
  3. ^ Flintham and Thomas 2003, p. 79.
  4. ^ Sturtivant and Hamlin 2007, p. 129.
  5. ^ a b Rawlings 1982, p. 257.
  6. ^ a b Halley 1988, p. 411.
  7. ^ a b Jefford 2001, p. 98.

Bibliography

  • Bowyer, Michael J.F. and John D.R. Rawlings. Squadron Codes, 1937–56. Cambridge, UK: Patrick Stephens, 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, 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), 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.
  • Rawlings, John D.R. Coastal, Support and Special Squadrons of the RAF and their Aircraft. London: Jane's Publishing Company, 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), 2007. ISBN 0-85130-365-X.

External links

  • 567 Squadron history on MOD site
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