|No. 684 Squadron RAF|
|Active||29 September 1943 – 1 September 1946|
|Branch||Royal Air Force|
|Part of||No. 231 Group RAF, Air Command South East Asia|
Latin: Invisus Videns|
(Translation: "Seeing through unseen")
|Squadron Badge heraldry||A mask|
|Squadron Codes||No code(s) are known to have been carried|
History[edit | edit source]
The squadron was formed on 29 September 1943 at RAF Dum Dum near Calcutta, (then) British India from the twin-engined elements of No. 681 Squadron RAF. It operated in the photo-reconnaissance role with first the de Havilland Mosquito and the North American Mitchell, and later also with the Bristol Beaufighter and the Supermarine Spitfire. The squadron performed long range photo-reconnaissance in support of the Burma Campaign. Near the end of the war the squadron also performed high-speed courier flights. It was disbanded on 1 September 1946 at RAF Seletar, Singapore by being renumbered to No. 81 Squadron RAF.
Aircraft operated[edit | edit source]
|September 1943||September 1945||North American Mitchell||Mk.II (B-25C)|
|September 1943||December 1943||de Havilland Mosquito||Mk.II|
|September 1943||February 1944||de Havilland Mosquito||Mk.VI|
|October 1943||February 1945||de Havilland Mosquito||Mk.IX|
|February 1944||May 1946||de Havilland Mosquito||Mk.XVI|
|May 1945||July 1945||Bristol Beaufighter||Mk.VI|
|July 1945||September 1946||de Havilland Mosquito||PR.34|
|July 1945||July 1946||Bristol Beaufighter||Mk.X|
|December 1945||September 1946||Supermarine Spitfire||PR.XI, PR.XIX|
Squadron bases[edit | edit source]
|29 September 1943||9 December 1943||RAF Dum Dum, Bengal, British India||Formed here|
|9 December 1943||31 January 1944||RAF Comilla, Bengal, British India|
|31 January 1944||5 May 1944||RAF Dum Dum, West Bengal, British India|
|5 May 1944||11 October 1945||RAF Alipore, Bengal, British India||Detachments at RAF Yelahanka, Karnataka, British India;|
RAF China Bay, Ceylon; RAF Cocos Islands
and RAF Mingaladon, Burma
|11 October 1945||27 January 1946||Tân Sơn Nhất Airfield, Saigon, Vietnam||Detachment at RAF Seletar, Singapore|
|27 January 1946||August 1946||Don Muang Airfield, Bangkok, Thailand||Detachments at RAF Seletar, Singapore and RAF Baigachi, Bengal|
|August 1946||1 September 1946||RAF Seletar, Singapore||Disbanded here|
Commanding officers[edit | edit source]
|Sep 1943||Dec 1943||S/Ldr. B.S. Jones|
|Dec 1943||Nov 1944||W/Cdr. W.B. Murray|
|Nov 1944||Nov 1945||W/Cdr. W.E.M. Lowry, DFC|
|Nov 1945||Apr 1946||W/Cdr. K.J. Newman, DFC and Bar (RNZAF)|
|Apr 1946||Sep 1946||W/Cdr. J.R.H. Merrifield, DSO, DFC and Bar|
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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