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No. 516 Squadron RAF
Active 28 April 1943 - 2 December 1944
Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Branch Ensign of the Royal Air Force.svg Royal Air Force
Base RAF Dundonald

No. 516 Squadron RAF was a non-operational squadron of the Royal Air Force during the Second World War.



Formed on 28 April 1943 at RAF Dundonald from 1441 (Combined Operations) Flight on 28 April 1943, its role was to provide realistic training facilities to both combined operations training units in the Western Scotland area. It operated a large variety of aircraft with an unusual task to provide realistic low-level attacks against commando and assault troops undergoing training. The work involved detaching aircraft near the troop training areas including RAF Ayr and RAF Haverfordwest. By 1944 the training of commando and assault troops was on the decline and the squadron was disbanded at Dundonald on the 2 December 1944.

Aircraft operated

From To Aircraft Variant Notes
Apr 1943 Dec 1943 Westland Lysander Mks.II, IIIa
Apr 1943 Feb 1944 North American Mustang Mk.I
Apr 1943 Dec 1944 Avro Anson Mk.I
May 1943 Dec 1944 Bristol Blenheim Mk.IV
Dec 1943 Dec 1944 Hawker Hurricane Mks.IIb, IIc


See also




  1. ^ Rawlings 1982, p. 257.
  2. ^ Halley 1988, p. 396.
  3. ^ Jefford 2001, p. 97.


  • 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.

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