A short war combines the operational history of the unit with the personal stories of many who served with the unit it is illustrated with contemporary photographs many of which have never previously been published this is the definitive history of 623 squadron its people and aircraft. The aim of this site is simple to perpetuate the memory of a generation of young men drawn from every part of britain its commonwealth and the dominions who served with no623 squadron raf bomber command tragedy at raf downham market the last remaining dispersal point and remaining piece of run way dug up . 623 squadron was one of many units that operated for a brief period as part of bomber command in the second world war formed with seven crews from 218 gold coast squadron in august 1943 its service life was only five months but its contribution and the sacrifice of its crews was considerable. History the squadron was formed on 10 august 1943 at raf downham market in norfolk from c flight of 218 squadron as well as receiving crews from no3 lfs and no1653 conversion unit it was equipped with stirling mkiii bombers as part of no 3 group raf in bomber commandthe squadron carried out night raids against germany but was short lived and was disbanded on 6 december 1943 at . A short war the history of 623 squadron by steve smith this is a history of an often overlooked and neglected bomber squadron no623 squadron formed from no218 gold coast squadron in august 1943 the squadron flying from raf downham market participated in a number of the important raids on germany during the summer and winter of 1943 losing a number of crews in the process
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