The web site www.624Squadron.org is dedicated to the Unsung Heroes of R.A.F.624 ( Special Duties ) Squadron, formally formed as 1575 flight. The site is run & maintained on a completely voluntary basis and assisted by generous donations.
The website was started in 1999 by Ron McKeon following information gathered during researching into his uncle Edmund Hurst who Ron discovered had been recorded as Missing in Action presumed dead on 14th August 1944.
While the site started from humble beginnings as a simple information site it has now become a community for people interested in the Squadron, relatives looking to discover more about their ancestors and for members of the Squadron themselves who continue to this day to meet and celebrate/commemorate their involvement and the passing of the comrades.
No.1575 Flight was formed at R.A.F. Tempsford on 28th May 1943 - and was disbanded and transferred to become 624 Squadron on 22nd September 1943 at Brindisi in Italy. Night after night, they flew over occupied Europe, many a time at less than 500 feet in mountainous regions, delivering supplies and agents to the resistance groups in Poland, Italy, Albania, Sardinia, Yugoslavia but mostly to France following the Squadrons transfer to Blida in Algeria until being disbanded in September 1944.
It's missions were extremely top secret, and mostly each aircraft operated completely on its own for the entire duration of a mission (usually between 8 - 10 hours), with only the navigator and sometimes the pilot, having any slight idea of the area in which they were to make their drop.
The low level night flying in Specially Adapted Four Engined Heavy Bomber aircraft took a large toll in crews as can be seen in the Role of Honour section of this site.
However, their missions where vitally important in order to keep supplies flowing to the Resistance and Maquis groups on the ground so that they could carry out their vital job during the liberation of Europe and causing as much disruption as possible behind the German line.
These activities caused vital troops to be kept away from the front line, and helped to destroy vital communication and infrastructure, as well as disrupting the flow of enemy troops and equipment around Europe and especially in the lead up to D-Day in France.
As one old member of the Maquis said during a reunion in France during 2005 “It was only the sound of the Halifax aircraft coming over at night that kept their spirits up when they were being hunted down and tortured. For they knew then that each aircraft would bring them more guns and ammunition with which they could fight to liberate their country and free their families”.
They will always be so grateful to the men of 624 Squadron.