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No. 25 Squadron
No.25 Squadron served as a night fighter squadron throughout the Second World War. At the start of the war the squadron had received 15 AI-equipped Blenheim Ifs. The Blenheim lacked the speed needed to catch the German bombers it was attempting to intercept. It was replaced by the Bristol Beaufighter, with early examples reaching No.25 Squadron in October 1940, while the last Blenheims left in January 1941. The Beaufighters remained with the squadron until January 1943, by which time the de Havilland Mosquito enter service with No.25 Squadron which used the Mosquito until 1951.
No.25 Squadron spent the first three years of the war flying defensive patrols. On 16 February 1943 it began to fly intruder missions over occupied Europe using Mosquito IIs. For the rest of the war the squadron flew a mix of defensive, intruder and bomber support missions.
Airfields No. 25 Squadron flew from.
- RAF Northolt, Middlesex from 3rd September 1939
- RAF Filton, Avon from 15th September 1939
- RAF Northolt from 4th October 1939
- RAF North Weald, Essex from 16th January 1940
- RAF Hawkinge, Kent from 10th May 1940
- RAF North Weald from 12th May 1940
- RAF Martlesham Heath, Suffolk from 19th June 1940
- RAF North Weald from 2nd September 1940
- RAF Debden, Essex from 8th Octover 1940
- RAF Wittering, Northamptonshire from 27th December 1940
- RAF Ballyhalbert, County Down from 16th January 1942
- RAF Church Fenton, Yorkshire from 17th May 1942
- RAF Acklington, Northumberland from 19th December 1943
- RAF Coltishall, Norfolk from 5th February 1944
- RAF Castle Camps, Essex from 27th October 1944
List of those who served with No. 25 Squadron during The Second World War
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