No. 181 Squadron RAF

No. 181 Squadron RAF was a Royal Air Force Squadron formed as a fighter-bomber unit in World War II.

No. 181 Squadron RAF
Active25 August 1942 – 30 September 1945
Country United Kingdom
Branch Royal Air Force
Motto(s)Latin: Irruimus vastatum (We rush in and destroy)[1]
Squadron BadgeAn erased eagles head in front of two swords
Squadron CodeEL (August 1942 – September 1945)



The squadron formed on 25 August 1942 at RAF Duxford and was supplied with Hurricane and Typhoon aircraft. The squadron operated the Typhoons from several locations in the United Kingdom including RAF Appledram, RAF Snailwell, RAF Lasham, RAF Odiham and RAF Hurn. The squadron attacked V-1 flying bomb launch sites and supported the Normandy landings in June 1944, then moved to France where it followed the Allied advance across Europe, seeking targets of opportunity. The squadron disbanded in Lübeck, Germany on 30 September 1945.

Aircraft operated

Aircraft operated by no. 181 Squadron RAF[2]
Sep 1942Dec 1942Hawker HurricaneI
Sep 1942Dec 1942Hawker TyphoonIA
Sep 1942Sep 1945Hawker TyphoonIB


  1. Pine, LG (1983). A Dictionary of mottoes. London: Routledge & K. Paul. p. 116. ISBN 0-7100-9339-X.
  2. Jefford, C. G. (1988). RAF Squadrons. Shrewsbury: UK Airlife. ISBN 978-1-85310-053-6.
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