No. 625 Squadron (RAF): Second World War

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No.625 Squadron was part of Bomber Command's main force from its formation in October 1943 until the end of the Second World War. The squadron was formed on 1 October 1943 around 'C' Flight of No.100 Squadron, a system that allowed the new squadron to become operational very quickly.

During its existence the squadron took part in 193 missions, flying 3,385 sorties for the loss of 66 aircraft in combat and 8 in crashes (just under 2%).

After the end of the war in Europe the squadron was used on trooping flights between the UK and Italy, before being disbanded on 7 October 1945.

October 1943-October 1945: Avro Lancaster I and III

October 1943-April 1945: Kelstern
April-October 1945: Scampton

Squadron Codes: CF

October 1943 onwards: Bomber Command main force

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October 1943 onwards: No.1 Group; Bomber Command


Bomber Offensive, Sir Arthur Harris. The autobiography of Bomber Harris, giving his view of the strategic bombing campaign in its immediate aftermath. Invaluable for the insights it provides into Harris’s approach to the war, what he was trying to achieve and the problems he faced. Harris perhaps overstates his case, not entirely surprisingly given how soon after the end of the war this book was written (Read Full Review)
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Return Flights in War and Peace, the Flying Memoirs of Squadron Leader John Rowland, DSO, DFC. The memoirs of an RAF pilot who started with war in Army Co-Operation before joining Bomber Command, where he flew 50 missions, ending the war as a flight leader. Covers the experiences of a Bomber Command pilot in the second half of the war, when targets became rather more varied than earlier [read full review]
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How to cite this article: Rickard, J (1 May 2012), No. 625 Squadron (RAF): Second World War,

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