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No. 570 Squadron RAF
Active 15 November 1943 - 8 January 1946
Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Branch Ensign of the Royal Air Force.svg Royal Air Force
Part of No. 38 Group RAF
Motto Latin: Impetum deducimus
("We launch the spearhead")
Insignia
Squadron Badge heraldry A winged chariot
Squadron Codes V8 (Nov 1943 - Jan 1946)
E7 (May 1944 - Jan 1946)

No. 570 Squadron RAF was a bomber unit active during World War II.

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History

No. 570 Squadron RAF was formed at RAF Hurn on November 15, 1943, equipped with Armstrong Whitworth Albemarles. It was part of No. 38 Group RAF and was engaged in supply dropping missions to French resistance units.

In July 1944 the squadron re-equipped with Short Stirlings, and in September 1944 participated in Operation Market Garden, the ill-fated attempt by the allies to capture the Arnhem bridge, during which time the squadron was engaged in glider towing and supply drops. The squadron also took part in Operation Varsity in March 1945, a major allied airborne offensive across the Rhine.

When the war finished, the squadron transported troops to Norway, and was then assigned to various overseas mail routes prior to disbanding at RAF Rivenhall, on January 8, 1946.

Aircraft operated

Dates Aircraft Variant Notes
1943-1944 Armstrong Whitworth Albemarle I & II
1944 Armstrong Whitworth Albemarle IV
1944-1945 Short Stirling IV

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Notes

  1. ^ Halley 1988, p. 411.
  2. ^ Jefford 2001, p. 98.

Bibliography

  • 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.

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