No. 650 Squadron (RAF): Second World War

No. 650 Squadron (RAF): Second World War

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No. 650 Squadron (RAF) during the Second World War

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No.650 Squadron was a target-towing and gun-laying practice squadron that served on the eastern side of the Irish Sea from its formation in December until the end of the Second World War.

The squadron was formed on 1 December 1943 from No.1614 Flight and 'D' Flight, No.289 Squadron. At first it was only equipped with the Martinet and served as a target-towing squadron, working with gun batteries on the east coast of the Irish Sea (operating from Cark, on the south Cumbrian coast).

In April 1944 the squadron gained a number of Hurricanes, using the new aircraft on gun-laying practice, again working with gun batteries. In November 1944 the squadron moved south to Anglesey, where it remained until being disbanded on 26 June 1945. A detachment was posted to the Humber in February-March 1945, working with east coast batteries.

December 1943-June 1945: Martinet I
April 1944-June 1945: Hawker Hurricane IV

December 1943-November 1944: Cark
November 1944-June 1945: Bodorgan

Squadron Codes: T7

December 1943-April 1944: Target towing
April 1944-June 1945: Target towing and gun-laying practice


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