624 Squadron

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Reference WMO/266206

Address:

National Memorial Arboretum

Croxall Road

Alrewas

England

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Status: On original site
Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Within a garden/park/churchyard/enclosure/Marketplace
Description: Board/Plaque/ Tablet
Materials:
  • Metal Metal (any)
Lettering: Painted
Conflicts:
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
About the memorial: A rectangular blue-coloured metal plaque fixed into the ground alongside a commemorative tree. The plaque bears an inscription along with engravings of RAF and squadron insignia and illustrations of operational aircraft used by the squadron. the plaque is also decorated with the emblems of the Allied Special Forces Association Grove and the Arboretum. The memorial is within Garden 1, Special Operations, (c IWM Register)
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IN PROUD MEMORY OF/ 624 (SPECIAL DUTIES) SQUADRON/ RAF/ AIR CREW AND GROUND STAFF OF THE RAF AND/ ALLIED AIR FORCES, SUPPORTING THE LIBERATION OF FRANCE, ITALY AND YUGOSLAVIA/ THE FORERUNNER TO THE SQUADRON, NO 1575 FLIGHT, WAS FORMED IN TEMPSFORD ON 28 MAY 1943 TO SUPPORT SPECIAL/ OPERATIONS EXECUTIVE DUTIES. IN JUNE IT WAS TRANSFERRED TO MAISON BLANCHE IN NORTH AFRICA UNDER THE COMMAND OF/ SQUADRON LEADER JB AUSTIN DFC*. IN SEPTEMBER 1943, ALL PERSONNEL, EQUIPMENT AND AIRCRAFT TRANSFERRED TO BLIDA/ IN ALGERIA WHERE 1575 FLIGHT WAS DISBANDED AND 624 (SPECIAL DUTIES) SQUADRON RAF WAS FORMED UNDER THE COMMAND/ OF WING COMMANDER CSG STANBURY DSO, DFC. THE SQUADRON CONTINUED TO CARRY OUT SPECIAL DUTIES OPERATIONS INTO/ GREECE, ROMANIA, ALBANIA, ITALY, CORSICA, SARDINIA, SOUTHERN FRANCE, YUGOSLAVIA AND CZECHOSLAVAKIA. THESE/ OPERATIONS INCLUDED SUPPLY DROPPING AND THE INSERTION OF AGENTS TO SUPPORT THE PARTISANS AND LOCAL RESISTANCE/ MOVEMENTS. FOR THESE DUTIES THE SQUADRON'S MAIN OPERATIONAL AIRCRAFT WERE THE HANDLEY PAGE HALIFAX MARK II AND V/ AND THE SHORT STIRLING MARK IV. THEIR WORK WAS SO SECRET THAT THEIR FAMILIES DID NOT KNOW WHERE THEY WERE OR WHAT/ THEY WERE DOING; THE ONLY PERSON ON EACH FLIGHT WHO KNEW THE EXACT LOCATION OF THE DROP ZONE WAS THE NAVIGATOR./ ALTHOUGH OPERATIONS CONTINUED FROM BLIDA, DETACHMENTS OPERATED OUT OF PROTVILLE AND SIDI AMOR IN TUNISIA, AND/ TOCRA IN LIBYA. IN NOVEMBER 1943 THE SQUADRON MOVED TO BRINDISI IN ITALY TO CONDUCT OPERATIONS IN NORTHERN ITALY/ AND THE BALKANS BUT RETURNED TO BLIDA IN FEBRUARY 1944 TO CONCENTRATE THERI EFFORTS ON SOUTHERN FRANCE. AFTER A/ SUSTAINED PERIOD OF SUCCESSFUL AND EFFECTIVE OPERATIONS, THE SQUADRON WAS DISBANDED ON 5 SEPTEMBER 1944. / IT WAS BRIEFLY REFORMED IN DECEMBER 1944 WITH ENTIRELY NEW CREWS AND SUPPORTING GROUND PERSONNEL WITH WALRUS FLYING BOATS AND BASED/ IN ITALY CONDUCTING MINE-DETECTION DUTIES. ON 30 NOVEMBER 1945 THE SQUADRON FINALLY DISBANDED./ DONATED BY MEMBERS OF 4624 RAUXAF SQUADRON AND 624 SQUADRON, THEIR ASSOCIATIONS AND SUPPORTERS AND BY THALES

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