No.145 Squadron

In front of a templar’s cross, a sword in bend, point downwards
Badge
In front of a templar’s cross, a sword in bend, point downwards
Motto
Diu noctuque pugnamus - We fight by day and night
Formed
15 May 1918
Disbanded
15 October 1957

No 145 Squadron formed at Aboukir as a half strength fighter unit and moved to Palestine. Its aircraft provided cover for Allenby’s final offensive against the Ottoman Turks. The squadron disbanded on 2 September 1919.

On 10 October 1939 No 145 Squadron reformed at RAF Croydon as a fighter unit. By May 1940 it was operating over northern France. After covering the Dunkirk evacuation it took part in the Battle of Britain. In 1941 it began cross Channel operations before moving to the Middle East at the beginning of 1942. The squadron began fighter patrols and bomber escort operations throughout the North African campaign. It moved to Malta in 1943 and then onto Italy. During this period the unit provided offensive patrols and undertook ground attack operations. On 19 August 1945 it was disbanded.

On 1 March 1952 No 145 Squadron reformed in Germany as a fighter bomber unit. It disbanded in 15 October 1957.


AIRCRAFT

SE5A 1918 - 1919
Blenheim IF 1939 - 1940
Hurricane I 1940 - 1941
Spitfire II/V/VIII/IX 1941 - 1945
Vampire 1952 - 1954
Venom 1954 – 1957


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

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

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