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No. 578 Squadron RAF
Active 14 January 1944 - 15 April 1945
Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Branch Ensign of the Royal Air Force.svg Royal Air Force
Bases used RAF Snaith, RAF Burn
Motto Accuracy
Aircraft Handley Page Halifax III
Battle honours France and Germany 1944-1945
Honours marked with an asterisk* are emblazoned on the Squadron Standard
Squadron Badge heraldry An arrow in pale, the point downwards, cleft by amother[1]
Squadron Codes LK (Jan 1944 - Apr 1945)

No. 578 Squadron RAF was a bomber squadron of the Royal Air Force during the Second World War.

It was first formed at Snaith, Yorkshire on 14 January 1944 from 'C' flight of No. 51 Squadron RAF[1], equipped with Halifax III bombers, as part of No. 4 Group RAF in Bomber Command.

It transferred to RAF Burn, North Yorkshire in February, and was disbanded there on 15 April 1945.

The first Commanding Officer was Wing Commander D S S Wilkerson, DSO, DFC and aircrew included Pilot Officer Cyril Joe Barton, VC.

The squadron carried out 2,721 operational sorties with the Halifax for a loss 40 aircraft.[2]





  1. ^ a b Moyes 1976, p. 270.
  2. ^ Falconer 2003, page 255


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  • Ward, Chris. Royal Air Force Bomber Command Squadron Profiles: 578 Squadron - "Accuracy" (Bomber Command Profile no. 113). Lutterworth, Berkshire, UK: Ward Publishing, 1998.

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