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No. 514 Squadron RAF
Active 1 September 1943 - 22 August 1945
Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Branch Ensign of the Royal Air Force.svg Royal Air Force
Role Bomber Squadron
Part of RAF Bomber Command
Motto Latin: Nil Obstare Potest
("Nothing can withstand")[1]
Bomber Avro Lancaster
Squadron Badge heraldry A cloud pierced by a sword[2]
The design indicates the function of the squadron, i.e. its role of a GH-equipped blind-bombing squadron[1]
Squadron Codes JI (Sep 1943 - Aug 1945)[3][4]
A2 (Dec 1943 - Aug 1945, 'C' Flt only)[5][6]

No. 514 Squadron RAF was a bomber squadron of the Royal Air Force during the Second World War.



The squadron was first formed at RAF Foulsham, Norfolk in September 1943, equipped with Lancaster Mk.II bombers, as part of No. 3 Group RAF in Bomber Command. It transferred to RAF Waterbeach, Cambridgeshire in November, where it re-equipped with Lancaster Mk.I and Mk.III bombers in June 1944. It was finally disbanded at Waterbeach on the 22 August 1945, by which time the squadron had completed 3,675 operational sorties with a loss of 66 aircraft.[7]

Aircraft operated

From To Aircraft Variant
Sep 1943 Jul 1944 Avro Lancaster Mk.II
Jun 1944 Aug 1945 Avro Lancaster Mks I and III


See also




  1. ^ a b c Moyes 1976, p. 267.
  2. ^ a b Halley 1988, p. 395.
  3. ^ Bowyer and Rawlings 1979, p. 58.
  4. ^ Flintham and Thomas 2003, p. 80.
  5. ^ Bowyer and Rawlings 1979, p. 19.
  6. ^ Flintham and Thomas 2003, p. 61.
  7. ^ Falconer 2003, p. 255.
  8. ^ Jefford 2001, p. 96.


  • Bowyer, Michael J.F. and John D.R. Rawlings. Squadron Codes, 1937-56. Cambridge, UK: Patrick Stephens Ltd., 1979. ISBN 0-85059-364-6.
  • Falconer, John. Bomber Command Handbook 1939-1945. Stroud, UK: Sutton Publishing Ltd., 2003. ISBN 0-7509-3171-X.
  • Flintham, Vic and Andrew Thomas. Combat Codes: A full explanation and listing of British, Commonwealth and Allied air force unit codes since 1938. Shrewsbury, Shropshire, UK: Airlife Publishing Ltd., 2003. ISBN 1-84037-281-8.
  • Halley, James J. The Squadrons of the Royal Air Force & Commonwealth 1918-1988. 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, 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. ISBN 0-354-01027-1.

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