No. 630 Squadron RAF
|No. 630 Squadron RAF|
|Active||15 November 1943 – 18 July 1945|
|Branch||Royal Air Force|
|Part of||No. 5 Group RAF RAF Bomber Command|
|Base||RAF East Kirkby, Lincolnshire|
|Motto||Latin: Nocturna Mors
"Death by night"
|Squadron Badge||On an ogress, a Lancaster rose fimbriated|
|Squadron Codes||LE (Nov 1943 – Jul 1945)|
Four-engined heavy bomber
The squadron was formed at RAF East Kirkby, near Spilsby in Lincolnshire on 15 November 1943 from 'B' Flight of No. 57 Squadron RAF, equipped with Lancaster Mk.I bombers as part of No. 5 Group RAF in Bomber Command. It re-equipped with Lancaster Mk.III bombers the same month, carrying out strategic bombing roles. Between 18/19 November 1943 and 25 April 1945, the squadron took part in many major raids, including each of the 16 big raids made by Bomber Command on the German capital during what became known as the "Battle of Berlin".
The units first operation was the night of 18/19 November 1943 when 9 of its Lancasters bombed Berlin and its last bombing sortie was 25 April 1945 with 5 Lancasters bombing Berchtesgaden. Its last military operation was minelaying in Onions area (Oslofjord off Horten) on 25/26 April 1945.
|November 1943||July 1945||Avro Lancaster||Mks.I & III|
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