No.154 Squadron

In front of three arrows, one in pale and two in saltire, the points upwards, the ‘Derestriction’ road sign
Badge
In front of three arrows, one in pale and two in saltire, the points upwards, the ‘Derestriction’ road sign
Motto
His modus ad victoriam - By this means to victory
Formed
07 October 1918
Disbanded
31 March 1945

No 154 Squadron was formed at RAF Chingford on 7 October 1918 as a two-seat fighter unit but disbanded on 11 September 1918 before any aircraft were supplied.

It reformed at RAF Fowlmere on 17 November 1941 as a fighter squadron. The squadron flew its last operational sortie in UK at the end of August 1942 before taking part in OPERATION TORCH, the North African landings. During this campaign the unit provided fighter cover for Allied coast shipping. At the end of May 1943 the unit moved to Malta where it undertook sweeps over Sicily. After the landings on Sicily No 154 Squadron moved into newly captured airfields on the island. Although the squadron provided fighter cover over the landings on mainland Italy it did not follow the troops ashore. It was moved instead to Syria then on to Palestine and Cyprus to provide air defence of this area. On 2 April 1944 the squadron left for Corsica. On 15 August 1944 the unit covered the Allied landings in southern France. No 152 Squadron moved to Frejus, France on 23 August to continue providing air support as the Allied advanced northwards. On 28 September the unit began a move to Naples but was based there only until 1 November 1944 when it disbanded.

On 16 November 1944 No 154 Squadron reformed at RAF Biggin Hill taking over No 131 Squadron’s aircraft. By 1 February 1945 the unit was again operational and began to fly bomber escort operations. The squadron disbanded on 31 March 1945.


AIRCRAFT

Spitfire II/V/IX/VII 1941 - 1945
Mustang IV 1945 – 1945


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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