1945


The squadron operated as a heavy bomber squadron up until May.

VE Day was announced on the 8th May 1945 and the process of demobilisation of personnel and post war clean up started shortly afterwards


Stationed at:

  • RAF Graveley (Huntingdonshire)

Role

  • To prepare and despatch aircraft and crews capable of accurately marking the aiming point at a specified time to enable main force crews to identify the release point during their bombing runs
  • 08/05/1945: Post War Clean Up

Command

  • No. 8 [Pathfinder Force] Group, Bomber Command
  • 15/12/1945: Transferred to No. 3 Group, Bomber Command (when No.8 [Pathfinder Force] Group was disbanded)

Personnel

  • Commanding Officer:
    • Group Captain DFEC Dean DSO DFC
    • 01/03/1945: Handed over to Group Captain HJE Le Good DSO DFC
    • 11/09/1945: Handed over to Wing Commander AJL Craig DSO DFC
  • Strength:

Note: On 24/05/1945, all Commonwealth airmen were posted out of the squadron in readiness for their repatriation.

Activities

  • Training
    • Continuation Training
    • Operational Training
  • Air Tests
  • Air Exercises (such as Bombing, Fighter Affiliation and Cross Country)
  • Operational Sorties
  • Post War Clean-Up  (incl. repatriation of personnel from Europe)
    • Operation Exodus
    • Cooks Tours
    • Post Mortem
    • Operation Spasm
    • Operation Liberty
    • Operation Dodge
    • Disposal of surplus incendiaries
  • Displays / Flypasts
    • At Home Exhibitions (Odiham and Filton)

Log Book Extract [Courtesy of Bernard Humphreys]

Aircraft

Aircraft utilised on operational sorties (up to 8th May 1945) included:

  • Avro Lancaster B.I: NG434, NG436, NG440, PB951, PB982, PB985, PB987, PB988, PB989, RF183, SW255, SW266
  • Avro Lancaster B.III: ME331, ME333, ME334, ME335, ME337, ME361, ME362, ME367, ME369, ND916, PB257, PB264, PB288, PB305, PB343, PB364, PB369, PB377, PB383, PB566, PB583, PB613, PB614, PB676, PB684, PB685, PB971, PB973, PB980, PB288, PB305, PB364, PB583

Aircraft Losses and Incidents


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Research Notes: