614 (County of Glamorgan)

The facts

Station name: Cardiff

Station address: Ty Llewellyn, Morgan Street CF10 4FG

Motto: Codaf I Geisio (Latin meaning ‘I Rise to Search’)

Mission: 614 Sqn RAuxAF exists to augment the RAF, and broader Defence effort, in the delivery of Military Tasks. It provides utility in the day-to-day delivery of Defence final outputs; resilience and strength in depth to alleviate the operational burden across the contingency readiness profile; and a useful conduit for connecting the RAF with the nation, in Wales and beyond, through Reservists as ‘twice the citizen.

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Get in touch: 0345 606 9069

More about this squadron

Formation and early years

No 614 (County of Glamorgan) Squadron formed at RAF Pengam Moors near Cardiff as an army co-operation unit as part of the Royal Auxiliary Air Force (RAuxAF) on 1 June 1937. The Squadron was initially equipped with Hawker Hinds. By the end of the 1937 it had received additional Hawker Hectors which were flown until 1939 when the Squadron converted to and became operational on Westland Lysanders.

In June 1940 No 614 Squadron moved to Scotland to carry out coastal patrols, covering an area from Inverness to Berwick. From July 1941 it began re-equipping with Bristol Blenheims, a process completed by January 1942.

In support of Bomber Command

In support of RAF Bomber Command's 'Thousand Bomber Raids' in May and June 1942, the Squadron sent its Blenheims to attack enemy airfields in the Low Countries and in August 1942 it laid smoke screens for the landings at Dieppe.

In North Africa

In November 1942 the Squadron moved to North Africa where it carried out attacks against enemy airfields and lines of communication until May 1943. It then carried out shipping escort duties in the Mediterranean until being disbanded on 25 January 1944 at Borizzo Airfield, Sicily.

On Halifaxes and Liberators

Thesecond incarnation of No 614 Squadron had its origins in No 462 Squadron, RoyalAustralian Air Force (RAAF), which had formed on 7 September 1942 at Fayid,Egypt, under Article XV of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan. (462Squadron contained mostly British aircrew and ground staff). The RAAF OverseasHeadquarters requested that the squadron be renumbered and transferred to theRAF. On 15 February 1944, while it was en route to Celone, Italy the unit wasrenumbered to No 614 Squadron. Equipped with Handley Page Halifaxes it wasinvolved in bombing missions over Italy and the Balkans and it also carried outsupply drops to partisans in those areas. The Squadron was designated as aTarget Marking unit, performing for the Mediterranean forces the same role thatthe Path Finder Force did for RAF Bomber Command in the UK. The crews specialised in locating and thenmarking the correct targets for following waves of bombers. It was highly skilled work, and fromSeptember 1944 the crews were authorised to wear the prestigious Path Finderbadge.

TheSquadron re-equipped with Consolidated Liberators in March 1945, the Halifaxesfinally being withdrawn in March 1945, but on 27 July 1945 it was disbanded atAmendola Airfield, Italy, and renumbered to No 214 Squadron RAF.

Post war

With the reactivation of the RAuxAF, No 614 Squadron was reformed on 10 May 1946 at RAF Llandow as a day fighter squadron. Initially the squadron was equipped with Supermarine Spitfires which gave way to de Havilland Vampires in July 1950. Along with all the flying units of the RAuxAF, the unit was disbanded on 10 March 1957.

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