🇦🇷 No. 164 Squadron RAF 🇬🇧 Was originally founded on 1 June 1918, but never received aircraft and was disbanded on 4 July 1918. The squadron was reformed at Peterhead, Aberdeenshire, on 6 April 1942, as a fighter squadron initially equipped with Spitfire Mk VAs, becoming operational in early May.Around 600 Argentine volunteers, mostly of Anglo-Argentine descent, joined the British and Canadian Air Forces, many in the 164 Argentine-British RAF squadron, which motto was "Firmes volamos" (Firmly We Fly) and its insignia was a British lion in front of a rising sun representing Argentina. Some pilots adorned the side of their aircraft with a picture of a popular Argentine cartoon character called Patoruzú, an indigenous Indian with incredible strength.In January 1943 the squadron moved to South Wales to train as a ground-attack unit, where it was equipped with Hawker Hurricanes. Operations against enemy shipping and coastal targets began in June 1943.
After providing support for the landing forces from southern England, using Hawker Typhoons, the squadron moved to France in July 1944. During the Battle of Normandy, No.164 used its rockets against enemy armour in the battle area and after the breakout moved forward through northern France and Belgium in support of the 21st Army Group.
For the remaining months of the war, the squadron was engaged in reconnaissance sweeps, attacking enemy transport and tanks and in April 1945 moved into its first German base. Soon after the end of the war it moved back to the UK and re-equipped with No.453 Squadron's Spitfires. On 31 August 1946, the squadron was renumbered 63 squadron.
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