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Royal Aux. Air Force Summer Camps, RAF Ta’ Qali
        
 
        
 

 

SQUADRON ARR DEP AIRCRAFT TYPE SERIAL NOTES
500 (County of Kent) 05.09.53 19.09.53 Gl. Meteor F.8 Based at West Malling. No other details available.
500 (County of Kent) 28.08.54 11.09.54 Gl. Meteor F.8 Based at West Malling. No other details available.
501 (County of Gloucester) 16.08.52 30.08.52 DH Vampire FB.5 Based at Filton. 511 squadron Hastings assisted in the move to/from RAF Luqa.
601 (County of London) 14.06.52 28.06.52 DH Vampire F.3 VT793/G Based at North Weald. Aircraft identified from a photograph. 511 squadron Hastings flew squadron material to/from Luqa on the 13th and the 27th.
601 13.06.53 27.06.53 Gl. Meteor F.8   Based at North Weald. Squadron had now converted to the Meteor.
601 (County of London) 29.05.54 12.06.54 Gl. Meteor F.8 Based at Biggin Hill.
601 12.06.54 26.06.54 Gl. Meteor F.8   Based at North Weald.
601 22.06.56 07.07.56 Gl. Meteor F.8   Based at North Weald.
604 (County of Middlesex) 31.05.52 14.06.52 DH Vampire F.3   Based at North Weald.
604 25.07.53 08.08.53 Gl. Meteor F.8   Based at North Weald. Squadron had now exchanged its Vampires for Meteors.
604 26.06.54 10.07.54 Gl. Meteor F.8   This was the last summer Camp for 604 squadron, as its 1956 Summer Camp was cancelled, because of the impending Suez Canal crisis.
605 (County of Warwick) 28.06.52 12.07.52 DH Vampire FB.5   Based at Honiley.
608 30.08.52 14.09.52 DH Vampire F.3/FB.5   Based at Thornaby. Squadron material returned to the UK by Hastings of 511 squadron between 13/14th.
609 (West Riding) 11.07.53 25.07.53 Gl. Meteor F.8   Based at Church Fenton.
609 (West Riding) 26.05.56 08.06.56 Gl. Meteor F.8   Based at North Weald.
610 (County of Chester) 30.07.56 __.08.56 Gl. Meteor Mk. 7 WF127, WH785 Based at Hooton Park. c/s RAFAIR MFWFL & RAFAIR MFWFK respectively.

According to the squadron’s ORB, Two Meteor Mk.7s and four pilots were at Ta Qali, “at the beginning of August” awaiting the arrival of the squadron on the 4th. The two Mk.7s departed “at the end of the first week”. Summer camp was meant to have been held between 04-19 August.
611 21.07.54 04.08.54 Gl. Meteor T.7 & F.8 (T.7) WA718/X, WF770/W, (F.8) VZ484/H, VZ551/B, WA929/L, WE899, WF758/O, WH310/J, WH359/K, WK852/C Based at Hooton Park.
612 (County of Aberdeen) 12.07.52 26.07.52 DH Vampire FB.5   Based at Edzell. Squadron assisted by Hastings of 511 Squadron.
613 (City of Manchester) 26.07.52 10.08.52 DH Vampire FB.5 Two aircraft known to have been coded ‘E’ and ‘F’. Based at Ringway. The squadron departed for RAF North Weald on the 25th. One aircraft arrived on the 29th having been stranded at Istres with technical problems.

Apart from participating in air-to-air gunnery, the squadron also had a role in the annual Air Defence exercise of Malta (DMX).

Return to the UK assisted by Hastings of 511 squadron.
615 (County of Surrey) 15.05.54 29.05.54 Gl. Meteor F.8   Based at Biggin Hill. This was 615’s only visit, as its planned 1956 trip was cancelled, as a result of the impending Suez Canal crisis.
616 (South Yorkshire) 27.06.53 11.07.53 Gl. Meteor F.8 WE862 Based at Finningley. This was 616’s only visit, as its planned 1956 trip was cancelled, as a result of the impending Suez Canal crisis. One aircraft, WE862, crashed in the sea on 3rd July.
        
 
        
 
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