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No. 519 Squadron RAF
Active 15 August 1943 - 31 May 1946
Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Branch Ensign of the Royal Air Force.svg Royal Air Force
Type inactive
Role meteorological
Motto Undaunted by Weather
Insignia
Squadron Badge A polar bear's gamb erased in bend holding a scroll of parchment in front of a flash of lightning[1]
Squadron Codes Z9 (Aug 1943 - May 1946)

No. 519 Squadron RAF was a meteorological squadron of the Royal Air Force during the Second World War.

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History

Formed on 15 August 1943 at RAF Wick from 1406 Flight equipped with Hampdens and Spitfires. It was tasked with collecting meteorological data from the northern waters of the North Sea all the way to Norway. It soon replaced the Hampdens with the Lockheed Hudson and Lockheed Ventura. It moved a number of times around Scotland but always retained the same North Sea mission. In November 1944 the squadron received the Boeing Fortress which it operated to the end of the war. With the war over the squadron standardised on the Halifax III until it was disbanded at RAF Leuchars on 31 May 1946.

Aircraft operated

From To Aircraft Version Notes
Aug 1943 Oct 1943 Handley Page Hampden Mk.I
Aug 1943 Jan 1945 Supermarine Spitfire Mk.VI
Sep 1943 Oct 1943 Lockheed Hudson Mks.III, IIIa
Oct 1943 Oct 1944 Lockheed Ventura Mk.V
Jul 1944 Mar 1945 Lockheed Hudson III, IIIa
Nov 1944 Sep 1945 Boeing Fortress Mk.II
Oct 1944 Dec 1945 Supermarine Spitfire Mk.VII
Aug 1945 May 1946 Handley Page Halifax Mks III, VI

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References

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Notes

  1. ^ a b Halley 1988, p. 398.
  2. ^ Rawlings 1982, p. 253.
  3. ^ Jefford 2001, p. 97.

Bibliography

  • 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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