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No. 464 Squadron Royal Australian Air Force

   No 464 Squadron RAAF was formed at Feltwell on the 1st of September 1942, equipped with Lockheed Venture light bombers, in No 2 Group RAF Bomber Command. Its first operation was an attack on the Philips radio factory at Eindhoven on 6th December 1942 establishing No 464's career in precision raids against point targets. In 1943 the squadron was involved in two types of operations: the destruction of target on the ground, and the enticement of German fighters into aerial combat with bomber escorts. 2 Group was transferred to Fighter Command on the 1st of June 1943, joining the 2nd Tactical Air Force. No 464's Venturas were replaced by Mosquitoes on 12th July 1943.

With the versatility of the Mosquitoes, 464's duties included patrols to engage and destroy German night fighters, patrols conducted either at sunset or dawn against German bombers, roaming over enemy territory opportunistically looking for targets and No Ball strikes against V1 flying bomb manufacturing and launch sites. No 464 attacked German transport infrastructure before and after the D-Day landings in early June 1944, and participated in several raids specific targets: Amiens Prison to release French Resistance members, an SS barracks at Bonneuil-Mantours in reprisal for ill-treatment of Allied prisoners, and Gestapo headquarters in Denmark.

No 464 was employed on escort missions over Europe after the 8th of May 1945, and disbanded on the 27th of September 1945.

Airfields No. 464 Squadron flew from:

  • RAF Feltwell, Norfolk from the 1st of September 1942 (formed, 2 Group Bomber Command. Ventura I, Ventura II)
  • RAF Methwold, Norfolk from the 3rd of April 1943
  • RAF Sculthorpe, Norfolk from the 21st of August 1943 (Group 12 Fighter Command. Mosquito FBVI)
  • RAF Hunsdon, Hertfordshire from the 31st of December 1943 (Group 11)
  • RAF Thorney Island, Hampshire from June 1944 (Group 10)
  • France from February 1945
  • Melsbroek, Belgium in May 1945
  • disbanded 27th September 1945


Sept 1942 Reorganisation and Training

2nd Dec 1942 Ventura of 464 Squadron lost

6th Dec 1942 Ventura of 464 Squadron lost

6th Dec 1942 Ventura of 464 Squadron lost

6th Dec 1942 Bombing Raid

3rd May 1943 Heavy losses

31st Dec 1943 Move

18th Feb 1944 Operation Jericho

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Those known to have served with

No. 464 Squadron Royal Australian Air Force

during the Second World War 1939-1945.

  • Smith Archie John. F/Lt.

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F/Lt. Archie John Smith 464 Sqdn.

In May 1945, after the German capitulation, F/Lt A. J. Smith and F/Sgt E.L. Green flew a special operation from Flensburg (German Army HQ) to Berlin. Their Mosquito aircraft was acting as an escort to another Mosquito flown by Squadron Leader Syd Clayton, who was carrying a senior German officer who was to play a role in the final capitulation of Germany, as required by Marshal Zhukov. They landed at Templehof, becoming among the first of the Western Allies to do so. Who was this German Officer? (reference "RAAF over Europe", page 174.)

Brian J Smith

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