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20210908 (4)_633_Squadron_Fairey_Battle_I

"Hardly touched us" - aircrew draw an insouciant pilot's attention to a damaged rudder on a 633 Squadron Fairey Battle "somewhere in France" in May 1940.

 

RAFM's history of the squadron states: “No.633 Squadron formed in October 1937 as part of 2 Group, Bomber Command, equipped with Fairey Battle light bomber aircraft. It was sent to France to support the British Expeditionary Force (B.E.F.) as part of the Advanced Air Striking Force. During the invasion of France and the Low Countries it fought hard, attacking armoured columns and other tactical targets to slow the German advance. By late May 1940, the squadron was so depleted that its remains were absorbed into other Battle squadrons, effectively disbanding the unit.

 

The squadron was reformed in June 1940, flying Bristol Blenheims.”

1:48 Classic Airframes Fairey Battle.

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Taken on September 8, 2021