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No. 462 Squadron
No 462 Squadron RCAF was formed at Fayid, Egypt on the 6th of September 1942. Its nucleus was formed from several RAF squadrons based in Egypt and was the first Middle East Halifax squadron. Its operational area included much of North Africa, Italy, Greece, Crete, the Dodecanese Islands and Sicily. In 1944 it leafletted Greece, Crete, Rhodes, Leros and Samos and on 3rd of March, having moved to Italy, it was re-numbered No 614 Squadron RAF and given a pathfinder role.
It reformed at Driffield, Yorkshire on the 12th of August 1943 as a heavy-bomber squadron in No 4 Group with Halifax B.III. It operated in the Main Force with No 466 RCAF Squadron on day and night operations until late December 1944. It moved to Foulsham in No 100 (Bomber Support) beginning operations on the 1st of January 1945 as Window carriers, and later, dropping target indicators for blind bombing.
No 462 became a radio counter-measures unit when it transferred to No 100 Group, a specialist formation that disrupted German air defence system throug diversionary raids and radio countermeasures, drawing German attention away from real raids. Its Halifaxes were equipped with the Airborn Cigar and a W/T jammer known as Carpet. The unit's first operation with this equipment was on the 13th of March 1945. ABC-equipped Halifaxes increased until there were eleven aircraft in the squadron. After the end of the war in Europe, No 462 continued training and occupied a transport role, repatriating Allied prisoners from Europe. It was disbanded for the second and last time on the 24th of September 1945.
Airfields No. 462 Squadron flew from:
- Fayid, Suez Canal Zone, Egypt 7th September 1942 (formed. Halifax)
- Italy (re-numbered No 614 Squadron RAF)
- RAF Driffield, Yorkshire from the 12th of August 1944 (reformed, Group 4 Bomber Command. Halifax III)
- RAF Foulsham, Norfolk from the 27th December 1944 (100 Group)
- disbanded 24th September 1945
List of those who served with No. 462 Squadron during The Second World War
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