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No. 148 Squadron R.A.F.

Description of the Squadron's Badge Two battle axes in saltire. The battle axes were selected as being well-tried and formidable weapons.
Squadron's Motto: "Trusty"
Formation date: 10/2/1918 RFC at Andover, Hampshire
Brief History:

Disbanded 30/6/1919 Reformed 7/6/1937 and became group pool squadron early 1939. Merged with No.75 squadron and SHQ Harwell to form 15 OUT on 4/4/1940. Reformed 30/4/1940 and disbanded 23/5/1940 Reformed 14/12/1940 and disbanded 14/12/1942. Reformed 14/3/1943 (Special duties) and disbanded 15/1/1946 Reformed 4/11/1946 (bomber) and disbanded 1/7/1955 Reformed 1/7/1956 reformed 7/1956, disbanded 28/4/1965

Authority: HM King George VI, February 1938
Squadron Bases & Airfields Equipment Used and Dates
Heyford III 11/1938-3/1939
Wellington 3/1939-5/1940
Anson I 4/1939-4/1940
Wellington 12/1940-12/1942
Liberator (special duties) 3/1943-2/1944
Halifax II Series I (Special duties) 3/1943-9/1944
Halifax II Series IA (Special duties) 3/1943-5/1945
Halifax V 7/1944-5/1945
Lysander IIIA 2/1944-5/1945
Liberator B? 6/1945-1/1946
Lancaster B1 11/1946-2/1950

No. 148 Squadron, RFC, was formed at Andover, Hampshire, on 10th February 1918, and in April went to France as a night-bombing squadron equipped with FE2b's; its duties included night bombing of enemy airfields, railheads and billets, night reconnaissance, patrols to cover the approach of tanks and the machine-gunning of roads and billets. One of the squadron's more notable exploits was a low bombing attack on Rumbeke airfield on 20th May in which five direct hits were scored on hangars. Another notable raid was that made on Mons railway station on the night of 4th November. Two journeys were made; the second in a wind of gale force and in all 54x112-lb and 108x25-lb bombs were dropped. A number of awards, including 4 DFCs and 1 DFM, were made to the squadron for its efforts before its return to England in February 1919, and its disbandment at Tangmere in June of that year. In June 1937, No. 148 Squadron was re-formed at Scampton as a long-range medium-bomber unit. It was equipped with one Wellesley and six Audaxes at first, but in July some more Wellesleys arrived and the Audaxes were allotted away. It moved to Stradishall in March 1938, and in September of that year, as a result of the European crisis, it was re-mustered as a heavy night-bomber unit and re-equipped with some Heyford Ills formerly used by No. 99 Squadron. The Heyfords gave way to Wellington Is in March 1939, and in July six Wellingtons took part in a mass flight of Bomber Command aircraft to Bordeaux and back. A few days after the outbreak of the Second World War, No. 148 moved to Harwell and, equipped with Wellingtons and Ansons, became a training squadron in No. 6 Group. Early in April 1940, it was absorbed into No. 15 OTU, and after a false start it re-formed in Malta in December 1940 - again as a bomber squadron equipped with Wellingtons - where it played a valuable role in the North African and, later, the Italian campaigns. After the war the Squadron moved to Egypt where it was disbanded on 15 January 1946 but it reformed again in November 1946 with Lancasters which were replaced with Lincolns in January 1950. It flew these until the Squadron disbanded on 1 July 1955. On 1 July 1956, it reformed at Marham with Valiants as part of the V-bomber Force and in October 1956 was detached to Malta for attacks on Egyptian airfields during the Suez operation. In April 1965, the Squadron was disbanded after the grounding of the Valiants

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