No.148 Squadron

Two battle axes in saltire
Badge
Two battle axes in saltire
Motto
Trusty
Formed
10 February 1918
Disbanded
01 April 1965

This night bomber unit was formed at Andover on 10 February 1918. Two months later it soon moved to France where it undertook attacks on German bases, communications and airfields. In February 1919 it returned to the UK and disbanded on 30 June 1919.

On 7 June 1937, a detachment from No 9 Squadron formed the basis of a reformed No 148 Squadron. The unit initially received various types as interim equipment before being equipped with Wellingtons. April 1939 saw the unit designated a Group Pool Squadron. It continued in a crew training and replacement role until 4 April 1940 when it was redesignated No 15 Operational Training Unit. On 30 April 1940 the unit reformed at RAF Stradishall but a month later again disbanded.

On 14 December 1940 detachments from Nos 38, 99 and 115 Squadrons at RAF Luqa, Malta were brought together as No 148 Squadron. The unit undertook bombing operations against airfields and port facilities in Italy, Sicily and Libya. In March 1942 it moved to Egypt. It disbanded on 14 December 1942.

On 14 March 1943 the Special Liberator Flight at RAF Gambut was redesignated No 148 Squadron. Its aircraft dropped arms and supplies to resistance forces throughout the Balkans and Poland. At the beginning of 1944 it moved to Italy. At the end of the war it turned to more general transport duties. On 15 January 1946 it disbanded.

On 4 November 1946 No 148 Squadron reformed at RAF Upwood equipped with Lancasters later converting to Lincolns. On 1 July 1955 it disbanded. Exactly a year later it reformed with Valiants. It continued to operate as a part of the V-bomber force until the type was grounded in 1965. Soon after the squadron disbanded.


AIRCRAFT

FE2b/d 1918 - 1919
Audax 1937 - 1937
Wellesley 1937 - 1938
Heyford 1938 - 1939
Wellington I 1939 - 1940
Anson 1939 - 1940
Wellington I/II 1940 - 1942
Liberator 1943 - 1946
Halifax 1943 - 1945
Lysander 1944 - 1945
Stirling 1944 - 1944
Lancaster 1946 - 1950
Lincoln 1950 - 1955
Valiant 1956 - 1963


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 & Jane’s 1976

Coastal Support and Special Squadrons of the RAF and their aircraft
John D R Rawlings Jane’s Publishing 1982

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