624 Squadron RAF Memorial

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Reference WMO/279204

Address:

Allied Special Forces Memorial Grove

National Memorial Arboretum

Croxall Road

Alrewas

Burton-on-Trent

DE13 7AR

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: Inscribed on a plaque
Conflicts:
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
About the memorial: 624 Squadron RAF Memorial - Special Duties Flights WW2. This memorial to 624 was instigated by Ron McKeon in 2012 who set up the very first website with the history of this RAF Unit. The memorial was made possible by Ron and the newly formed 4624 RAF Auxiliary Squadron at Brize Norton, 624 Squadron and their Association and supported by Thales. 624 'Motto Du Noctuque Caeloque'. Behind the memorial is Black Poplar Tree symbolising the night time operations. No. 624 Squadron was formed by raising No. 1575 Flight RAF to squadron status at Blida in Algeria, North Africa at the end of September 1943. The squadron continued to carry out special duties operations formerly done by 1575 flight into Italy, Southern France, Yugoslavia and Czechoslovakia. These operations included supply dropping and the insertion of agents of the resistance. For these duties the squadron operated at first with Lockheed Venturas, Handley Page Halifax and later Short Stirling Mk.IVs. As a result of the allied advances in France and Italy, the need for 624 squadron in this role had declined and it was therefore disbanded on 5 September 1944.
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No. 624 Squadron was formed by raising No. 1575 Flight RAF to squadron status at Blida in Algeria, North Africa at the end of September 1943. The squadron continued to carry out special duties operations formerly done by 1575 flight into Italy, Southern France, Yugoslavia and Czechoslovakia. These operations included supply dropping and the insertion of agents of the resistance. For these duties the squadron operated at first with Lockheed Venturas, Handley Page Halifax and later Short Stirling Mk.IVs. As a result of the allied advances in France and Italy, the need for 624 squadron in this role had declined and it was therefore disbanded on 5 September 1944.

624 Squadron RAF Ron Mckeon

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