|No. 682 Squadron RAF|
|Active||1 February 1943 – 14 September 1945|
|Branch||Royal Air Force|
|Part of||Mediterranean Air Command|
|Squadron Badge heraldry||No badge known to have been authorised|
|Squadron Codes||No code(s) are known to have been carried by this squadron|
de Havilland Mosquito
History[edit | edit source]
The squadron was formed on 1 February 1943 at Maison Blanche, Algeria from No. 4 Photographic Reconnaissance Unit (PRU) RAF. It was at first equipped with Spitfire PR.IVs and -shortly- Mosquito PR.IVs and PR.VIs, and later flew the Spitfire PR.XI in support of the campaign in Tunisia, Sicily, and then Italy. The squadron supported the invasion of Italy and carried out sorties over Yugoslavia including special reconnaissance for army and commando operations. In 1944 the squadron began to target southern France and it moved detachments to France in September 1944, receiving the superlative photographic reconnaissance version of the Spitfire, the PR.XIX. It returned to cover the Italian campaign and also operated over Greece. With the war over the squadron carried survey flights until it was disbanded on 14 September 1945 at Peretola, Italy.
Aircraft operated[edit | edit source]
|February 1943||May 1943||Supermarine Spitfire||PR.IV|
|April 1943||July 1943||de Havilland Mosquito||PRs.IV & VI|
|April 1943||September 1945||Supermarine Spitfire||PR.XI|
|September 1944||September 1945||Supermarine Spitfire||PR.XIX|
Squadron bases[edit | edit source]
|1 February 1943||6 June 1943||RAF Maison Blanche, Algeria|
|6 June 1943||8 December 1943||La Marsa, Tunisia||Detachment at Foggia, Italy|
|8 December 1943||September 1944||San Severo, Italy||Detachments at Pomigliano, Italy; Alghero, Italy;|
Nettuno, Italy; Voltone, Italy;
Follonica, Italy; Borgo, Italy;
Le Luc, France; Y.23/Valence, France;
Lyons/Bron, France; Malignano, Italy
|September 1944||14 September 1945||Peretola, Italy||Detachments at Dijon, France;|
Y.42/Nancy, France and RAF Hal Far, Malta
Commanding officers[edit | edit source]
|February 1943||July 1943||S/Ldr. A.H.W. Ball, DSO, DFC|
|July 1943||July 1944||S/Ldr. J.T. Morgan, DSO|
|July 1944||March 1945||S/Ldr. R.C. Buchanan, DFC|
|March 1945||August 1945||S/Ldr. H.B. Oldfield|
|August 1945||September 1945||S/Ldr. B.R. Kenwright, DFC|
See also[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
Notes[edit | edit source]
Bibliography[edit | edit source]
- Bowman, Martin. Mosquito Photo-Reconnaissance Units of World War 2. Oxford, UK: Osprey Publishing, 1999. ISBN 1-85532-891-7.
- Bowyer, Chaz. Mosquito Squadrons of the Royal Air Force. London: Ian Allan Ltd., 1984. ISBN 0-7110-1425-6.
- Bowyer, Michael J.F. and John D.R. Rawlings. Squadron Codes, 1937–56. Cambridge, UK: Patrick Stephens Ltd., 1979. ISBN 0-85059-364-6.
- Delve, Ken. The Source Book of the RAF. Shrewsbury, Shropshire, UK: Airlife Publishing, 1994. ISBN 1-85310-451-5.
- 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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