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No. 65 (East India) Squadron

No. 65 Squadron was formed at Wyton in 1916 and disbanded in October 1919. It was reformed in 1934, equipped with Gladiators, converting to Spitfires in 1939.

In June 1940, No. 65 flew offensive patrols over France and the Netherlands to cover the evacuation from Dunkirk. It took part in the Battle of Britain until the end of August, when it moved to Scotland. In November 1940 the Squadron moved south conducted offensive sweeps over northern France in early 1941. In October 1941, No. 65 received Spitfire Vs which it used for low-level attacks on enemy transport and shipping reconnaissance until October 1942, when it moved back to Scotland. No. 65 moved down to Cornwall in March 1943 for fighter patrols and bomber escort missions. In December the Squadron converted to Mustangs which were used in the fighter-bomber role and in June 1944 No. 65 had moved to Normandy where it supported the army until September 1944. The Squadron was then moved to East Anglia to act as fighter escorts for Bomber Command's daylight raids over Germany until January 1945 when it moved back to Scotland to provide similar services to Coastal Command attacking shipping off Norway and Denmark. In May 1945, the Squadron moved to East Anglia.
Airfields No. 65 Squadron flew from.

  • RAF Hornchurch, Essex from 3rd September 1939
  • RAF Northolt, Middlesex from 2nd October 1939
  • RAF Hornchurch from 28th March 1940
  • RAF Kirton-in-Lindsey, Lincolnshire from 28th May 1940
  • RAF Hornchurch from 5th June 1940
  • RAF Turnhouse, Midlothian from 27th August 1940
  • RAF Tangmere, Sussex from 29th November 1940
  • RAF Kirton-in-Lindsey from 26th February 1941
  • RAF Westhampnett, Sussex from 7th October 1941
  • RAF Debden, Essex from 22nd December 1941
  • RAF Great Sampford, Essex from 14th March 1942
  • RAF Martlesham Heath, Suffolk from 9th June 1942
  • RAF Great Sampford from 15th June 1942
  • RAF Hawkinge, Kent from 30th June 1942
  • RAF Great Sampford from 7th July 1942
  • RAF Gravesend, Kent from 29th July 1942
  • RAF Eastchurch, Kent from 14th August 1942
  • RAF Gravesend from 20th August 1942
  • RAF Drem, East Lothian from 26th September 1942
  • RAF Lympne, Kent from 2nd October 1942
  • RAF Drem from 11th October 1942
  • RAF Macrihanish, Kintyre from 3rd January 1943
  • RAF Drem from 10th January 1943
  • RAF Perranport, Cornwall from 29th March 1943
  • RAF Fairlop, Essex from 18th May 1943
  • RAF Selsey, Sussex from 31st May 1943
  • RAF Kingsnorth, Kent from 1st July 1943
  • RAF Ashford, Kent from 5th October 1943
  • RAF Gatwick, Surrey from 15th October 1943
  • RAF Gravesend from 24th October 1943
  • RAF Ford, Sussex from 15th April 1944
  • RAF Funtington Sussex from 14th May 1944
  • Martragny, B7 from June 1944
  • Grimbergen, B60
  • RAF Matlaske, Norfolk from 29th September 1944
  • RAF Peterhead, Aberdeenshire from 3rd October 1944
  • RAF Matlaske from 4th October 1944
  • RAF Andrew's Field, Essex from 14th October 1944
  • RAF Peterhead from 16th January 1945
  • RAF Andrew's Field from 28th January 1945
  • RAF Peterhead from 1st February 1945
  • RAF Andrew's Field from 6th May 1945
  • RAF Bentwaters, Suffolk from 15th May 1945

List of those who served with No. 65 Squadron during The Second World War

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