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Utility Transport Squadron Four (VRU-4), the predecessor to VR-24, was commissioned on 3 December 1946 at RAF Station Hendon, just north of downtown London. At the same time, a VRU-4 Detachment was established at the Naval Air Facility Port Lyautey, French Morocco. On September 1, 1948 VRU-4's designation was changed to Air Transport Squadron Twenty Four (VR-24). On 1 August 1950, the squadron command was transferred to Port Lyautey. Personnel and operations remaining at Hendon became VR-24 Det Hendon. VR-24 Det Hendon was decommissioned June 24, 1952 when VR-25 was established on the field. Information is not presently available on how long VR-25 operated from Hendon or whether VR-24 continued to use the field. However, it is known that the field closed in 1956. VR-24 continued its presence in London in order to provide "rapid-response" air transportation for CINCNELM. Flying into Blackbushe until that field was closed in June 1960, then into West Malling, the squadron maintained a "ready-duty" flight crew in London through August 1960 when the last flight crew was withdrawn.

The photos shown below were provided by a former member of VR-24. Anyone who has additional photos and material relating to VR-24 operations at Hendon which they wish to share is encouraged to send them to Dick Prather, Webmaster/Editor of the VR-24 website.

The article below on UTILITY TRANSPORT SQUADRON FOUR (VRU-4) was contributed by Joe Tumminelli who served as an Aviation Electrician with the squadron. Joe did multiple tours with VR-24 and its predicessor, VRU-4. Joe was variously assigned to VRU-4, VR-24, FASRON 76, and FASRON Special 200 from 1947 to 1950, and from 1952 to 1956 at RAF Hendon near London. He was again assigned to VR-24 in 1959 at Port Lyautey.

(tumminelli collection)

VRU-4 Operations at RAF Hendon

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