Troubled times

When No 2 Squadron, RAF arrived in Germany soon after the end of World War Two, there was little sign of the tension to come. As the Cold War developed, its fighter and reconnaissance Spitfires stood ready for action — or, rather, as ready as they could. With unserviceability rife and accidents aplenty, the unit’s records tell a rather sorry tale

Four each of No 2 Squadron’s Spitfire FRXIVs (left) and PRXIXs at Wahn during 1949, together with pilots and groundcrew. At this time the unit CO was Sqn Ldr W. A. Newenham DFC.
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It was almost inevitable that No 2 Squadron ended up being part of the post-war occupying forces in Germany. Having moved to France on 29 July 1944, it initially operated close behind the Allied advance from B10 airstrip near Plumetot, and thereafter became the key airborne reconnaissance component of the British 21st Army Group in the advance through the Low Countries towards Germany. During that time, in November 1944, it re-equipped with new Spitfire FRXIVs.

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