|No. 680 Squadron RAF|
|Active||1 February 1943 - 1 September 1946|
|Branch||Royal Air Force|
No. 206 Group RAF, Middle East Command|
AHQ Egypt, Middle East Command
|Squadron Badge heraldry||No badge known to have been authorised|
No code(s) are known to have been carried by this squadron|
Towards the end of the war Mosquitoes of 680 squadron carried red/white diagonal stripes on their rudders
History[edit | edit source]
No. 680 Squadron RAF was formed in February 1943 from 'A' Flight of No. 2 Photographic Reconnaissance Unit (PRU), equipped with a variety of aircraft including Supermarine Spitfires, Hawker Hurricanes, Bristol Beaufighters and Lockheed Electras. It continued in the photographic reconnaissance role, operating in North Africa and the Mediterranean. In early 1944, the unit converted to Martin Baltimores and de Havilland Mosquitoes, deploying to Sicily and Sardinia later in the year. After the end of the war, 680 Squadron flew surveying missions in the Middle East, before being disbanded by renumbering it to No. 13 Squadron RAF on 1 September 1946.
Noted squadron members[edit | edit source]
A well-known Australian actor, Charles "Bud" Tingwell, piloted Spitfires and Mosquitoes with the squadron.
Aircraft operated[edit | edit source]
|February 1943||February 1944||Hawker Hurricane||Mk.I|
|February 1943||March 1943||Bristol Beaufighter||Mk.Ic|
|February 1943||June 1944||Supermarine Spitfire||PR.Mks.IV, V|
|February 1943||September 1944||Lockheed Electra|
|February 1943||January 1945||Supermarine Spitfire||PR.Mk.IX|
|March 1943||June 1943||Supermarine Spitfire||PR.Mk.VI|
|March 1943||December 1944||Hawker Hurricane||PR.Mk.IIb|
|August 1943||July 1946||Supermarine Spitfire||PR.XI|
|February 1944||May 1944||Martin Baltimore||Mks.IIIa, V|
|February 1944||July 1944||Bristol Blenheim||Mk.IV|
|February 1944||September 1946||de Havilland Mosquito||Mks.IX & XVI|
|March 1946||September 1946||de Havilland Mosquito||PR.34|
Squadron bases[edit | edit source]
|1 February 1943||25 February 1945||LG.219 Kilo 8/Matariyah/Payne Field, Egypt||Dets. at Tunisia, Cyprus and Italy|
|25 February 1945||9 July 1946||RAF Deversoir, Egypt||Dets. at Iran, Iraq and Palestine|
|9 July 1946||1 September 1946||RAF Ein Shemer, Palestine|
Commanding officers[edit | edit source]
|February 1943||October 1944||W/Cdr. J.R. Whelan, DFC & Bar|
|October 1944||September 1946||W/Cdr. J.C. Paish|
References[edit | edit source]
Notes[edit | edit source]
Bibliography[edit | edit source]
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- Bowyer, Chaz. Mosquito Squadrons of the Royal Air Force. London: Ian Allan Ltd., 1984. ISBN 0-7110-1425-6.
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- Flintham, Vic and Andrew Thomas. Combat Codes: A full explanation and listing of British, Commonwealth and Allied air force unit codes since 1938. Shrewsbury, Shropshire, UK: Airlife Publishing Ltd., 2003. ISBN 1-84037-281-8.
- Halley, James J. The Squadrons of the Royal Air Force & Commonwealth, 1918-88. Tonbridge, Kent, UK: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd., 1988. ISBN 0-85130-164-9.
- Jefford, Wing Commander C.G., MBE, BA, RAF(Retd). RAF Squadrons, a Comprehensive Record of the Movement and Equipment of all RAF Squadrons and their Antecedents since 1912. Shrewsbury, Shropshire, UK: Airlife Publishing, 2001. ISBN 1-84037-141-2.
- Rawlings, John D.R. Coastal, Support and Special Squadrons of the RAF and their Aircraft. London: Jane's Publishing Company Ltd., 1982. ISBN 0-7106-0187-5.
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