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No. 571 Squadron RAF
Active 1944-1945
Country United Kingdom
Branch Royal Air Force

No. 571 Squadron RAF was a Second World War Royal Air Force pathfinder squadron operating the de Havilland Mosquito.



The squadron was formed on the 7 April 1944 at RAF Downham Market to operate the de Havilland Mosquito XVI as part of the No. 8 (Pathfinder) Group. The main squadron role was to carry out independent raids on German industrial targets using 4000lb (1814kg) bombs. The squadron moved to RAF Oakington in April 1944 and the to RAF Warboys in July 1945. No. 571 Squadron was disbanded at Warboys on the 20 September 1945.

The squadron carried out 2,681 operational sorties with the Mosquito with a loss of 8 aircraft.[1]

Aircraft operated


Dates Aircraft Variant Notes
1944-1945 de Havilland Mosquito XVI Twin-engined light bomber




  1. ^ Falconer 2003, page 255
  2. ^ Jefford 1988, page 97


  • The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft (Part Work 1982-1985). Orbis Publishing. 1985.  
  • Falconer, Jonathan (2003). Bomber Command Handbook 1939-1945. Stroud, England: Sutton Publishing. pp. 203-204. ISBN 0 7509 3171 X.  
  • Jefford, C.G. (1988). RAF Squadrons. Airlife Publishing Ltd. ISBN 1 85310 053 6.  


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