No.168 Squadron

In front of a scroll, a flaming arrow pointing downwards.
Badge
In front of a scroll, a flaming arrow pointing downwards.
Motto
Rerum cognoscere causas - To know the cause of things
Formed
15 June 1942
Disbanded
26 February 1945

No 168 Squadron was formed at RAF Snailwell as a tactical reconnaissance unit in Army Co-operation Command, its nucleus supplied by No 268 Squadron. It carried out a mixture of photo reconnaissance and fighter duties, attacking shipping and coastal targets. In July 1943 the Squadron joined No 123 Airfield of the newly created Second Tactical Air Force and began a programme of reconnaissance duties in preparation for the forthcoming invasion.

Following the D-Day landings of June 1944, No 168 Squadron moved to a beachhead airstrip in Normandy from where it put in a very intensive tactical reconnaissance effort, flying 499 sorties in July and 550 in August.

In October 1944 the Squadron was transferred to No 143 Wing. Re-equipped with Typhoons the next four months were spent flying armed reconnaissance sweeps over Germany and escorting day bombers. On 26 February 1945 No 168 Squadron was officially disbanded but operations around Wesel and Osnabruck continued for a further two days before the Squadron was grounded.


AIRCRAFT

Tomahawk II 1942
Mustang I/IA 1942 - 1944
Typhoon IB 1944 - 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

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

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

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