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No. 517 Squadron RAF
Active 11 August 1943 - 21 June 1946
Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Branch Ensign of the Royal Air Force.svg Royal Air Force
Motto Latin: Non Nobis Laboramus
("We work not for ourselves")
Squadron Badge Two cubit arms erased, holding a flash of lightning[1]
Squadron Codes X9 (1943 - 1946)

No. 517 Squadron RAF was a meteorological squadron of the Royal Air Force during the Second World War.



Formed on 11 August 1943 at RAF St Eval, Cornwall when 1404 Met. Flight was re-numbered. It was equipped with Hudsons and Hampdens which flew daily out into the Atlantic to collect meteorological data. Between September and November 1943 four United States Army Air Force Flying Fortresses were attached to the squadron.

By November 1943 the squadron had re-equipped with the Handley Page Halifax and then moved to RAF St Davids in Wales. Two further moves followed, one to RAF Brawdy in February 1944 and then after the war to RAF Chivenor where the squadron was disbanded on 21 June 1946.

Aircraft operated

From To Aircraft Version Notes
Aug 1943 Sep 1943 Lockheed Hudson Mk.III
Aug 1943 Oct 1943 Handley Page Hampden Mk.I
Sep 1943 Nov 1943 Flying Fortress B-17F 4 USAAF aircraft on attachment from 379th Squadron
Nov 1943 Jun 1946 Handley Page Halifax Mk.V
Feb 1945 Jun 1946 Handley Page Halifax Mk.III


See also




  1. ^ Halley 1988, p. 396.
  2. ^ Rawlings 1982, p. 253.
  3. ^ Halley 1988, pp. 396-397.
  4. ^ Jefford 2001, p. 97.


  • Halley, James J. The Squadrons of the Royal Air Force & Commonwealth, 1918-88. 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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