No. 667 Squadron (RAF): Second World War

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No.667 Squadron performed target towing and gun-laying duties from Gosport. The squadron was formed on 1 December 1943 from Nos.1631 and 1662 Flights, and was initially equipped with the Boulton-Paul Defiant. The Defiants remained in use until January 1944, but were joined by Barracudas in May 1944 and Vultee Vengeance dive bombers in October 1944.

In addition the squadron was given some Hurricanes in April 1944. These aircraft were used for gun-laying practice and remained in use for the rest of the war. They were replaced with Spitfires after the war, but the squadron was disbanded on 20 December 1945.

The squadron operated with both the Army and the Navy, providing targets and gun-layers for land based batteries and for naval vessels.

December 1943-January 1945: Boulton Paul Defiant I and III
April 1944-August 1945: Hawker Hurricane I and IIC
May 1944-June 1945: Fairey Barracuda II
June 1944-December 1945: Oxford I
October 1944-December 1945: Vultee Vengeance IV
July-December 1945: Supermarine Spitfire XVI

December 1943-December 1945: Gosport

Squadron Codes: U4

1943-1944: Target-towing
1944-1945: Target-towing and gun-laying practice



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How to cite this article: Rickard, J (11 June 2012), No. 667 Squadron (RAF): Second World War,

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