No. 619 Squadron RAF
|No. 619 Squadron RAF|
|Active||18 April 1943 – 18 July 1945|
|Branch||Royal Air Force|
|Role||Heavy Bomber Squadron|
|Part of||No. 5 Group, RAF Bomber Command|
|Motto||Latin: Ad Altoria
(Translation: "To higher things")
|Squadron Badge heraldry||A heron vigilant, holding before him a battle axe with its right paw (unofficial)|
|Squadron Codes||KV (Apr 1939 - Sep 1939
allocated, but never used)
PG (Apr 1943 - Jul 1945)
Four-engined heavy bomber
The squadron was formed out of elements of 97 Squadron at RAF Woodhall Spa in Lincolnshire on 18 April 1943, equipped with Lancaster Mk.III bombers, as part of 5 Group in Bomber Command. It also briefly flew Lancaster Mk.I bombers in the first month of operation. Their first mission was flown in the night of 11 June 1943, when 12 Lancasters were sent to bomb targets in Düsseldorf, and the last bombing mission was flown on 25 April 1945, when 6 Lancasters tried to bomb SS barracks at Berchtesgaden. The last operational mission was flown a day later, when 2 Lancasters laid mines in the Oslo Fjord near Horten. After that mission the squadron ferried ex-prisoners of war back to the United Kingdom from Belgium (Operation Exodus). The squadron operated out of various Lincolnshire stations, before being disbanded at RAF Skellingthorpe on 18 July 1945.
|18 April 1943||18 September 1943||Airspeed Oxford||Mks.I, II|
|18 April 1943||18 July 1945||Avro Lancaster||Mks.I, III|
|18 April 1943||9 January 1944||RAF Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire|
|9 January 1944||17 April 1944||RAF Coningsby, Lincolnshire|
|17 April 1944||28 September 1944||RAF Dunholme Lodge, Lincolnshire|
|28 September 1944||30 June 1945||RAF Strubby, Lincolnshire|
|30 June 1945||18 July 1945||RAF Skellingthorpe, Lincolnshire|
|20 April 1943||17 August 1943||W/Cdr. I.J. McGhie, DFC|
|20 August 1943||4 December 1943||W/Cdr. W. Abercromby, DFC|
|4 December 1943||23 May 1944||W/Cdr. J.R. Jeudwine, OBE, DFC|
|23 May 1944||26 July 1944||W/Cdr. J.R. Maling, AFC|
|28 July 1944||21 February 1945||W/Cdr. A.R. Millward, DFC|
|21 February 1945||14 June 1945||W/Cdr. S.G. Birch, DFC|
|14 June 1945||18 July 1945||W/Cdr. Flett|
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