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No.68 Squadron was formed in January 1941 as a defensive night fighter squadron, and continued to perform that role until it was disbanded in April 1945.
No.68 Squadron was the last night fighter squadron to be formed around the Bristol Blenheim IF, but although it formed in January 1941 the squadron didn't begin operations until April, and in the following month it converted to the new Bristol Beaufighter.
In the same month the squadron moved to East Anglia, and it would spend the next two years at Coltishall, mostly flying defensive patrols. This period was followed by three months spent in South Wales.
In June 1944 the V-1 offensive began. Towards the end of the month No.68 Squadron moved back to East Anglia, where in the following month it converted to the de Havilland Mosquito to take part in the campaign against the flying bombs. When the Allied armies overran the V-1 launching areas the Germans attempted to carry the flying bombs into range under bombers, and No.68 Squadron concentrated on shooting down these launch aircraft. On 20 April 1945, with this threat defeated, the squadron was disbanded.
January-May 1941: Bristol Blenheim IF
May 1941-March 1943: Bristol Beaufighter I
January 1943-July 1944: Bristol Beaufighter VI
July 1944-February 1945: de Havilland Mosquito XVII and XIX
February-April 1945: de Havilland Mosquito 30
January-April 1941: Catterick
April 1941-March 1942: High Ercall
March 1942-February 1944: Coltishall
February-March 1944: Coleby Grange
March-June 1944: Fairwood Common (the Gower)
June-October 1944: Castle Camps
October 1944-February 1945: Coltishall
February 1945: Wittering
February-March 1945: Coltishall
March-April 1945: Church Fenton
Squadron Codes: WM
Night fighter squadron: 1941-45