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No. 467 Squadron RAAF
Aircrew and ground staff from No. 467 Squadron RAAF with one of the Squadron's Lancaster bombers in August 1944
Aircrew and ground staff from No. 467 Squadron RAAF with one of the Squadron's Lancaster bombers in August 1944
Active 7 November 1942 - 30 September 1945
Country Australia Australia
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Branch Ensign of the Royal Australian Air Force.svg Royal Australian Air Force
Role Bomber Squadron
Part of RAF Bomber Command
Motto Latin: Recidite Adversarius Atque Ferociter
("Your opponents will retreat because of your couragious attack")
Insignia
Squadron Badge A Kookaburra with a snake in its beak (unofficial)
Squadron Codes PO (Nov 1942 - Sep 1945)

No. 467 Squadron RAAF was a Royal Australian Air Force squadron during World War II. It was formed in the United Kingdom, under the Empire Air Training Scheme on 7 November 1942 and was equipped with Avro Lancaster heavy bombers. The Squadron formed part of RAF Bomber Command and conducted raids on Germany, France and Italy from 1943 until 1945. During these raids the Squadron gained a reputation for accurate bombing and was selected to attack the Dortmund-Ems Canal on a number of occasions.

Following the end of the war in Europe No. 467 Squadron was selected to form part of Tiger Force and operate against Japan from bases in Okinawa. However, the war ended before the Squadron deployed to Asia and it was disbanded in the United Kingdom on 30 September 1945.

Avro Lancaster R5868 in the Bomber Hall of the RAF Museum London

467 Squadron was the 'owner' of several famous Lancasters, amongst them R5868 S-Sugar, which flew 137 operational sorties, more than any other RAF Bomber except ED888[1]. After the war this aircraft was selected to be preserved and could be seen at the entrance of RAF Scampton for some years. It now resides at the Royal Air Force Museum at Hendon.[2]

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  1. ^ Moyes 1976, p. 260.
  2. ^ Franks 1994, p. 29.

Bibliography

  • Easton, Arnold DFC. We Flew Old Fred - The Fox, Lancaster PO-F (DV372), the Operational Record of Forty-Nine Bombing Raids During World War II. Newstead, Victoria, Australia: Hudson Publishing, 1997. ISBN 0-94987-364-0.
  • Eather, Steve. Flying Squadrons of the Australian Defence Force. Weston Creek, ACT, Australia: Aerospace Publications, 1995, p. 127-128. ISBN 1-875671-15-3.
  • Franks, Norman. Claims to Fame: The Lancaster. London: Arms and Armour Press, 1994. ISBN 1-85409-220-0.
  • Halley, James J. The Squadrons of the Royal Air Force & Commonwealth, 1918-1988. Tonbridge, Kent, UK: Air-Britain(Historians) Ltd., 1988, p. 484. ISBN 0-85130-164-9.
  • Jefford, C.G. RAF Squadrons, a Comprehensive record of the Movement and Equipment of all RAF Squadrons and their Antecedents since 1912. Shropshire, UK: Airlife Publishing, 1988 (second edition 2001). ISBN 1-85310-053-6.
  • Moyes, Philip J.R. Bomber Squadrons of the RAF and their Aircraft. London: Macdonald and Jane's (Publishers) Ltd., 2nd edition 1976, p. 259-260. ISBN 0-354-01027-1.
  • RAAF Historical Section. Units of the Royal Australian Air Force, Volume 3: Bomber Units. AGPS Press Publication, 1995.

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