PFF Squadrons by Type

There were 8 ‘Heavy’ squadrons (Lancaster, Wellington, Stirling, or Halifax – all were flying Lancasters by August 1943) and 12 Mosquito Squadrons, including 1409 Meteorological Flight, which flew unarmed Mosquitoes on survey flights.

The squadron code is given after the squadron name.

THE HEAVIES

Warboys Wing Co's Lancaster
Warboys, Wing Commander’s Lancaster. Brian Reader.

7 Squadron – MG

35 Squadron – TL

83 Squadron – OL

97 Squadron – OF

156 Squadron – GT

405 Squadron – LQ

582 Squadron – 60

635 Squadron – F2

 

THE MOSQUITOES

Mosquito - dai thomas and sid parlato 2
Dai Thomas and Sid Parlato. Michael Thomas.

105 Squadron – GB

109 Squadron – HS

128 Squadron – reformed September 1944 – M5

139 Squadron – XD

142 Squadron – reformed October 1944 – 4H

162 Squadron – reformed December 1944 – CR

163 Squadron – reformed January 1945 – there is a considerable query over what code this squadron had

571 Squadron – 8K

608 Squadron – reformed August 1944 – 6T

627 Squadron – A2

692 Squadron – P3

 

1409 Met Flight 

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Maurice Briggs and John Baker with their 1409 Meteorological Flight Mosquito

 

 

PFF – List of Squadrons and Bases

INITIAL STRENGTH OF PFF

August 1942
7 Squadron
Base: Oakington
Aircraft: Stirling, converted to Lancaster from July 1943

35 Squadron
Base: Graveley
Aircraft: Halifax, converted to Lancaster from March 1944

83 Squadron
Base: Wyton
Aircraft: Lancaster
Transferred (‘loaned’) to 5 Group April 1944

109 Squadron
Base: Marham, then Little Staughton from April 1944
Aircraft: Mosquito (Wellingtons prior to August 1942)

156 Squadron
Base: Warboys, then Upwood from March 1944
Aircraft: Wellington, converted to Lancaster from January 1943

INCREASED STRENGTH OF PFF

April 1943
97 Squadron
Base: Bourn
Aircraft: Lancaster
Transferred (‘loaned’) to 5 Group April 1944

405 (RCAF) Squadron
Base: Gransden Lodge
Aircraft: Halifax, converted to Lancaster from August 1943

1409 Met Flight
Base: Oakington, then Wyton from January 1944
Note: These were unarmed Mosquitos, light and very fast, whose prime duty was to ascertain the weather conditions over the targets before an operation.

June 1943
105 Squadron
Base: Marham, then Bourn from April 1944
Aircraft: Mosquito

139 Squadron
Base: Marham, then Wyton from July 1943, Upwood from February 1944
Aircraft: Mosquito

November 1943 (Formation Date)

571 Squadron
Base: Downham Market, to Graveley from April 1944
Aircraft: Mosquito

627 Squadron
Base: Oakington
Aircraft: Mosquito
Transferred (‘loaned’) to 5 Group April 1944

January 1944 (Formation Date)
692 Squadron
Base: Graveley
Aircraft: Mosquito

March 1944 (Formation Date)
635 Squadron
Base: Downham Market
Aircraft: Lancaster
Note: 97 Squadron was broken up in March 1944, C’ Flight going to 635 Squadron.

April 1944 (Formation Date)
582 Squadron
Base: Little Staughton
Aircraft: Lancaster

Other Mosquito Squadrons
128 Squadron – reformed September 1944, base: Wyton
142 Squadron – reformed October 1944, base: Gransden Lodge
162 Squadron – reformed December 1944, base: Bourn
608 Squadron – reformed August 1944, base: Downham Market
163 Squadron – reformed January1945, base: Wyton