No.34 Squadron

In front of an increscent, a wolf passant
Badge
In front of an increscent, a wolf passant
Motto
Lupus vult, lupus volant - Wolf wishes, wolf flies
Formed
07 January 1916
Disbanded
31 December 1967

No 34 Squadron was formed at Castle Bromwich on 7 January 1916. In July 1916 it moved to France as a corps reconnaissance squadron. As the Italian front appeared to be in danger of collapse in late 1917 Anglo-French units were rushed to Italy to provide reinforcements and No 34 Squadron was one of the squadrons sent. It remained there for the rest of the war. The unit returned to the UK in May 1919 and on 25 September 1919 it disbanded.

On 3 December 1935 the squadron reformed at RAF Bircham Newton as a bomber unit. In August 1939 the unit moved to Singapore. In December 1941 it formed part of the British defence force against the Japanese invasion. Pushed back to Sumatra and then Java the unit soon lost cohesion and the survivors were evacuated to India.

Reformed on 1 April 1942 at RAF Chakrata, India some of its aircraft were used to quell tribal unrest on the North West Frontier in July and August. In September 1942 No 34 Squadron began bombing attacks on Japanese targets in Burma. In August 1943 it converted to Hurricanes and became a fighter-bomber unit. Ground attack missions were flown until the end of the war. On 15 October 1945 the unit disbanded.

On 1 August 1946 No 681 Squadron at Palam, India was renumbered No 34 Squadron. It operated as a photographic reconnaissance unit until 31 July 1947b when it disbanded.

On 11 February 1949 No 695 Squadron was renumbered No 34 Squadron. It undertook anti-aircraft co-operation duties until it to disbanded on 24 June 1952.

The squadron reformed at RAF Tangmere on 1 August 1954 as a fighter unit. It provided defensive patrols over Cyprus during the Suez crisis of 1956. On 10 January 1958 the squadron disbanded.

The squadron reformed at RAF Seletar, Malaya as a transport unit on 1 October 1960. It finally disbanded on 31 December 1967.


AIRCRAFT

BE2c/e 1916 - 1917
RE8 1917 - 1919
F2b 1918 - 1918
Hind 1936 - 1938
Blenheim I/IV/V 1938 - 1943
Hurricane II 1943 - 1945
Thunderbolt 1945 - 1945
Spitfire 19 1946 - 1947
Beaufighter 10 1949 - 1951
Vengeance 1949 - 1949
Martinet 1949 - 1949
Harvard 1949 - 1951
Oxford 1949 - 1951
Spitfire 16 1949 - 1951
Meteor 8 1954 - 1955
Hunter 5 1955 - 1958
Beverley 1960 - 1967


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

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

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

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