No.64 Squadron

A scarabee
Badge
A scarabee
Motto
Tenax propositi - Firmness of purpose
Formed
01 August 1916
Disbanded
16 June 1967

No 64 Squadron formed at Sedgeford on 1 August 1916 as a training unit. In October 1917 it moved to France for fighter patrol and ground attack duties. In February 1919 it returned to the UK and on 31 December 1919 disbanded.

On 1 March 1936 No 64 Squadron reformed at Heliopolis. The initial equipment came from D Flights in Nos 6 and 208 Squadron. The Abyssinian Crisis was on and the squadron’s role was to be airfield attacks and standing patrols over British bomber airfields. In August 1936 it sailed back to the UK to form part of the London fighter defences. On the outbreak of World War Two the unit was involved in East Coast patrols. In 1940 it provided fighter cover over the Dunkirk beaches and was later involved in the Battle of Britain. In May 1941 it briefly moved to Scotland before returning south to begin offensive fighter sweeps. By the summer of 1942 the German Focke-Wulf Fw 190 was in widespread service and the Spitfire Vb, with which most of RAF Fighter Command was equipped, was outclassed. No 64 Squadron was the first to receive the improved Spitfire IX. In March 1943 it moved back to Scotland for six months before moving south to Cornwall and then East Anglia. From November 1944 it provided long range escort for Bomber Command’s daylight offensive.

The unit remained within Fighter Command after the war. In 1964 the squadron took its fighters to Singapore to provide all weather defence. It disbanded on 16 June 1967.


AIRCRAFT

Various types 1916 - 1917
DH5 1917 - 1918
SE5A 1918 - 1919
Demon 1936 - 1938
Blenheim IF 1938 - 1940
Spitfire I/II/V/IX 1940 - 1944
Mustang III/IV 1944 - 1946
Hornet 1/3 1946 - 1951
Meteor 4/8 1950 - 1957
Meteor 12/14 1956 - 1958
Javelin 7/9 1958 – 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

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

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