No.61 Squadron

The Lincoln Imp
Badge
The Lincoln Imp
Motto
Per Purum tonantes - Thundering through the clear sky
Formed
24 July 1917
Disbanded
31 March 1958

No 61 Squadron formed at Rochford on 24 July 1917 as a home defence unit guarding London. The unit disbanded on 13 June 1919.

On 8 March 1937 No 61 Squadron reformed at Hemswell as a bomber unit. The unit began operations over Germany in February 1940 and it continued in this task for the rest of World War Two.

It remained in post war Bomber Command and in December 1950 it moved to Malaya to bomb communist guerrillas. In March 1954 it was detached to Kenya to attack Mau Mau terrorists. In August 1954 the unit was rebuilt using Canberra jet bomber crews from No 231 Operational Conversion Unit. It took its aircraft to Cyprus during the 1956 Suez crisis. On 312 March 1958 the squadron disbanded.


AIRCRAFT

Pup 1917 – 1918
SE5A 1917 – 1918
Camel 1918 – 1919
Audax 1937 – 1937
Blenheim I 1937 – 1938
Hampden 1939 – 1941
Manchester 1941 – 1942
Lancaster I/III 1942 – 1946
Lancaster II 1942 – 1943
Lincoln 1946 – 1954
Canberra 2 1954 – 1958


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

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