No.75 Squadron

In front of two mining hammers in saltire, a tiki
Badge
In front of two mining hammers in saltire, a tiki
Motto
Ake ake kia kaha - For ever and ever be strong (Maori)
Formed
01 October 1916
Disbanded
15 October 1945

No 75 Squadron was formed at Goldington on 1 October 1917 as a home defence unit for the London area. On 13 June 1919 the unit disbanded.

On 15 March 1937 the unit reformed at RAF Driffield as a bomber squadron. On 1 March 1939 it became a Group Pool Squadron responsible for training bomber crews. On 4 April 1940 No 75 Squadron was absorbed into No 15 Operational Training Unit.

On the same day the New Zealand Flight, which had formed on 1 June 1939, was redesignated No 75 Squadron. The unit operated as a bomber squadron for the rest of the war. After a short period repatriating prisoners-of-war the squadron disbanded.

The number plate has been used since the war by the RNZAF.


AIRCRAFT

BE2c/e 1916 - 1918
BE12/12a 1917 - 1918
504K 1918 - 1919
Virginia X 1937 - 1937
Anson I 1937 - 1937
1939 - 1939
Harrow 1937 - 1939
Wellington I/III 1939 - 1942
Stirling I/III 1942 - 1944
Lancaster I/III 1944 - 1945
Lincoln 1945 – 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

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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