No.169 Squadron

In front of a hurt, a hunting horn in bend
Badge
In front of a hurt, a hunting horn in bend
Motto
Hunt and destroy
Formed
15 June 1942
Disbanded
10 August 1945

No 169 Squadron was formed from ‘B’ Flight of No 613 Squadron and given a fighter reconnaissance role, working with the 42nd Armoured Division. Unservicibility and aircraft modifications caused delays, but in December the Squadron became operational, flying North Sea patrols and shipping recces.

In January 1943 its role became more offensive, flying fighter sweeps over Holland and escorting bombers to Ghent. By the summer German day raids were increasing and so No 169 squadron began standing patrols on a Needles-Portland Bill patrol line. These kinds of actions continued until 1 September 1943 when the Squadron was disbanded at Middle Wallop.

No 169 Squadron was reformed on the same day at RAF Ayr, this time as a night fighter squadron, equipped with Mosquitoes. It was transferred to 100 Group, Bomber Command and became operational on 20 January 1944, flying bomber support sorties. By May 1944 intrusion missions were also being flown, catching enemy aircraft at their own airfields, but as the long winter nights reappeared No 169 Squadron returned to its escort duties.

The Squadron’s final operation was flown on 2 May 1945, dropping napalm on German airfields. On 10 August it was disbanded at RAF Great Massingham.


AIRCRAFT

Mustang I 1942 - 1943
Mosquito II/VI/XIX 1943 - 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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