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178 squadron178 squadron
Author: firstname.lastname@example.org (Guest)
23:06:51 06 August 2001
I am trying to find out any information about 178 squadron, if anyone can help with info or help me to find someone else who could provide pictures or info I would be very grateful.
RE: 178 squadron
06:44:40 07 August 2001
If you can get back to me quickly with details of what info you need especially if it's Operations Book related,i'll see what i can do when i visit the Public Records Office on Thursday.
RE: 178 squadron
Author: Don Clark (Guest)
10:53:01 07 August 2001
A Middle East Cmnd/Desert Air Force unit of 205 Group, active 1943-1946.
160 Sqdn arrived in ME mid 42 with Liberator IIs, enroute to the Far East. Via a complex series of arrangements, the aircraft and personnnel remained in Egypt to form (with personnel of 147 Sqdn and 159 Sqdn) the new 178 Sqdn at Shandur (in the Suez area) 15 Jan 43. See Jefford, RAF Squadrons p63, p65, which lists the ME Cmnd locations and equipment. The Sqdn disbanded in April 1946, renumbered as No 70 Sqdn.
Shores' Pictorial History of Mediterranean Air War, 'Operation Torch' p79 summarises the 178 Sqdn formation story, but provides little detail of its activities thereafter. Plate 141 (ex IWM)has a nice ground shot of a 160 Sqdn Liberator II running-up on an unidentified (busy) ME airfield.