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No. 512 Squadron RAF
Active 18 June 1943 - 14 March 1946
Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Branch Ensign of the Royal Air Force.svg Royal Air Force
Role Transport
Motto Latin: Pegasus Militans
("Pegasus at war")
Squadron Badge heraldry In front of a horse's head couped, a sword erect, the point upwards
Squadron Codes HC (Jun 1943 - Mar 1946)

No. 512 Squadron was a Second World War Royal Air Force transport squadron.



No. 512 Squadron was formed on 18 June 1943 from the Dakota element of 24 Squadron at RAF Hendon. It operated supply routes from the United Kingdom to Gibraltar and Algeria to support the campaign in North West Africa. It also flew internal routes within the United Kingdom, and to the Azores and India. In February 1944 the squadron changed role and was transferred to No. 46 Group at RAF Broadwell, it was now a tactical Dakota squadron and started training glider towing and parachute dropping. Its first operation in the new role was a leaflet drop on the 5 June 1944 over France, this followed intensive flying in and out of France including dropping parachutists at Arnhem. It suffered losses during Operation Market Garden and was withdrawn to operate a transport service from Brussels in March 1945 although it was still involved in airborne operations associated with the Rhine crossing. After VE Day in July 1945 it extended its trooping routes to Palestine and the Middle East and moved to Gianaclis in Palestine in October 1945. In December 1945 it moved to Bari in to operate scheduled flight within Italy. It returned to the United Kingdom in February 1946 and was disbanded on 14 March 1946 .

Aircraft operated

From To Aircraft Variant Notes
Jun 1943 Mar 1946 Douglas Dakota Mks.I, III
Jun 1943 Sep 1943 Lockheed Hudson Mk.IIIa
Apr 1945 Mar 1946 Douglas Dakota Mk.IV


See also




  1. ^ Halley 1988, p. 395.


  • Halley, James J. The Squadrons of the Royal Air Force & Commonwealth, 1981-1988. Tonbridge, Kent, UK: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd., 1988. ISBN 0-85130-164-9.
  • Jefford, Wing Commander C.G., MBE,BA,RAF (Retd). RAF Squadrons, a Comprehensive Record of the Movement and Equipment of all RAF Squadrons and their Antecedents since 1912. Shrewsbury, Shropshire, UK: Airlife Publishing, 2001. ISBN 1-84037-141-2.
  • Rawlings, John D.R. Coastal, Support and Special Squadrons of the RAF and their Aircraft. London: Jane's Publishing Company Ltd., 1982. ISBN 0-7106-0187-5.
  • The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft, (Part Work 1982-1985), Orbis Publishing

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