No.108 Squadron

An Oak leaf
Badge
An Oak leaf
Motto
Viribus contractis - With gathering or gathered strength
Formed
11 November 1917
Disbanded
28 March 1945

Formed for day bombing at Stonehenge on 11 November 1917, No 108 Squadron began operations against Belgian targets in August 1918. Returning to the UK in February 1919, the squadron was disbanded on 3 July.

On 4 January 1937 the unit reformed at RAF Upper Heyford with Hinds. Blenheims replaced the Hinds in June 1938 and at the outbreak of war the squadron began advanced aircrew training, and on 8 April 1940 became part of No 13 OTU.

No 108 Squadron reformed at Kabrit on 1 August 1941, using Wellingtons for night bombing of Libyan and Greek targets. Liberators supplemented the Wellingtons from November 1941 until their withdrawal in June 1942. In November 1942 all aircrew were posted to other squadrons, the remaining personnel forming the Special Operations (Liberator) Flight. This was disbanded on Christmas Day 1942.

Reformed as a night-fighter unit at Shandur on 15 March 1943, No 108 Squadron operated Beaufighters over Egypt, Libya and Malta. Between February and July 1944 the Beaufighters were supplemented by fighter-bomber Mosquitos which flew intruder operations, a role that the Beaufighters fulfilled from July.

Arriving in Greece after the German withdrawal, No 108 Squadron helped put down the Communist rebellion in December, before moving to Italy in March 1945 where they disbanded on 28 March 1945.


AIRCRAFT

D.H.9 1917 - 1919
Hind 1937 - 1938
Blenheim I/IV 1938 - 1940
Anson I 1939 - 1940
Wellington IC 1941 - 1942
Liberator II 1941 - 1942
Beaufighter VI 1943 - 1945
Mosquito XII 1944 - 1944


Reference Sources

The Squadrons of the Royal Air Force
James J Halley Air Britain (Historians) Ltd 1988

RAF Squadrons
Wg Cdr C G Jefford Airlife 2001

Bomber Squadrons of the RAF and their aircraft
Phillip J R Moyes Macdonald and Jane’s 1976

Fighter Squadrons of the RAF and their aircraft
John D R Rawlings Crecy Books 1993

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