No. 626 Squadron (RAF): Second World War

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No.626 Squadron was a heavy bomber squadron that formed part of Bomber Command's main force from its formation in November 1943 until the end of the war. The squadron was formed around 'C' Flight, No.12 Squadron, and became operational very quickly.

No.626 Squadron took part in 205 missions, flying 2,728 sorties for the loss of 49 aircraft (1.8%). A further 11 aircraft were lost in non-combat related crashes.

After the end of the war in Europe the squadron was used as a transport unit for several months, before being disbanded on 14 October 1945.

November 1943-October 1945: Avro Lancaster I and III

November 1943-October 1945: Wickenby

Squadron Codes: UM

7 November 1943 onwards: Bomber Command main force

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7 November 1943 onwards: No.1 Group; Bomber Command


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How to cite this article: Rickard, J (1 May 2012), No. 626 Squadron (RAF): Second World War,

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