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No. 515 Squadron RAF
Official squadron crest of No. 515 Squadron RAF
Active 1 Oct 1942 - 10 Jun 1945
Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Branch Ensign of the Royal Air Force.svg Royal Air Force
Motto Latin: Cleriter ferite ut hostes nacesit
("Strike quickly to kill the enemy")[1]
Squadron Badge heraldry A gauntlet holding a winged dagger in bend sinister, trusting to the dexter[1]
Squadron Codes 3P (Feb 1944 - Jun 1945)[2]

No. 515 Squadron RAF was a squadron of the Royal Air Force formed during the Second World War and disbanded before that war ended.




With Fighter Command

The squadron was formed from the Defiant flight at RAF Northolt on 1 October 1942, and equipped with Defiant Mk.II fighters, as part of No. 11 Group RAF in Fighter Command to perform radar jamming duties. They rebased to RAF Heston later that month, and began to be re-equipped with the Beaufighter Mk.IIf in May 1943.

With Bomber Command

The squadron transferred in December 1943 to No. 100 Group RAF in Bomber Command, and moved to RAF Little Snoring. Re-equipped with Mosquito Mk.VIs in March 1944, and operated these for the remainder of the war. It operated 1,366 operational sorties with the Mosquito with a loss of 21 aircraft.[3] The squadron was disbanded at Little Snoring on the 10 June 1945.

Aircraft operated

From To Aircraft Variant
Oct 1942 Dec 1943 Boulton Paul Defiant Mk.II
Jun 1943 Apr 1944 Bristol Beaufighter Mk.IIf
Feb 1944 Apr 1944 de Havilland Mosquito Mk.II
Mar 1944 Jun 1945 de Havilland Mosquito Mk.VI


See also



  1. ^ a b c Halley 1988, pp. 395-396.
  2. ^ Bowyer and Rawlings 1979, p. 84.
  3. ^ Falconer 2003, p. 255.
  4. ^ 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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