No.175 Squadron

A bull’s head couped fessewise
Badge
A bull’s head couped fessewise
Motto
Stop at nothing
Formed
03 March 1942
Disbanded
30 September 1945

Formed as a fighter-bomber squadron on 3 March 1942, No 175 Squadron was operational a month later, flying its first raid on 16 April. The rest of the year was spent carrying out attacks on shipping and flying local and convoy protection patrols.

In the spring of 1943 No 175 Squadron was re-equipped and operations began as part of the newly formed Second Tactical Air Force. Bombing attacks continued for the remainder of 1943 and at the start of 1944 attention was transferred to destroying V-1 (Doodlebug) launch sites.

From February 1944 No 175 Squadron began training in R.P. or Rocket Projectile tactics, which it put to good effect against enemy communications prior to the Normandy landings. Following the invasion the Squadron transferred to France and after remedying some engine problems it was fully in action again, attacking rail and tank targets. This was the pattern for the Squadron for the rest of the war in Europe, flying mainly armed reconnaissance.

After serving briefly with the occupation forces, No 175 Squadron was disbanded at Schleswig-Holstein in Germany on 30 September 1945.


AIRCRAFT

Hurricane IIB 1942 - 1943
Typhoon IB 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

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

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