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No. 513 Squadron RAF

No. 513 Squadron RAF
Active 15 Sep 1943 – 21 Nov 1943
Country United Kingdom
Branch Royal Air Force
Role Bomber squadron
Part of No. 3 Group RAF, Bomber Command[1]
Squadron Badge heraldry No badge authorised[2]
Squadron Codes CS (Oct 1943 – Nov 1943)[3][4]
Aircraft flown
Bomber Short Stirling

No. 513 Squadron RAF was a non-operational bomber squadron of the Royal Air Force in 1943.


No. 513 squadron was formed from a flight of no. 218 squadron[2] on 15 September 1943 at RAF Witchford, Cambridgeshire. It worked up for the Short Stirling bomber, but did not obtain operational status, as its aircraft were more needed at the Stirling conversion units[5][6] and was disbanded on the 21 November 1943.[5][7]

Aircraft operated

Aircraft operated by no. 513 Squadron RAF, data from[2][5][7]
From To Aircraft Variant
October 1943 November 1943 Short Stirling Mk.III

Squadron bases

Bases and airfields used by no. 513 Squadron RAF, data from[2][5][7]
From To Base
15 September 1943 21 November 1943 RAF Witchford, Cambridgeshire

Commanding officers

Officers commanding no. 513 Squadron RAF, data from[8]
From To Name
15 September 1943 21 November 1943 W/Cdr. G.E. Harrison, DFC

See also



  1. ^ RafWeb's Air of Authority – A History of RAF Organisation
  2. ^ a b c d Moyes 1976, p. 396.
  3. ^ Bowyer and Rawlings 1979, pp. 26–27.
  4. ^ Flintham and Thomas 2003, p. 68.
  5. ^ a b c d Halley 1988, p. 395.
  6. ^ Gomersall 1979, p. 23.
  7. ^ a b c Jefford 2001, p. 96.
  8. ^ Falconer 1995, p. 200.


  • Bowyer, Michael J.F. and John D.R. Rawlings. Squadron Codes, 1937–56. Cambridge, UK: Patrick Stephens Ltd., 1979. ISBN 0-85059-364-6.
  • Falconer, Jonathan. Stirling Wings: The Short Stirling goes to War. Stroud, Gloucestershire, UK: Sutton Publishing Ltd., 1995. ISBN 1-84015-004-1.
  • Flintham, Vic and Andrew Thomas. Combat Codes: A full explanation and listing of British, Commonwealth and Allied air force unit codes since 1938. Shrewsbury, Shropshire, UK: Airlife Publishing Ltd., 2003. ISBN 1-84037-281-8.
  • Gomersall, Bryce. The Stirling File. Tonbridge, Kent, UK: Air Britain (Historians) Ltd./Aviation Archaeologists Publications, 1979. ISBN 0-85130-072-3.
  • Halley, James J. The Squadrons of the Royal Air Force & Commonwealth 1918–1988. 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, 1988 (second edition 2001). ISBN 1-85310-053-6.
  • Moyes, Philip J.R. Bomber Squadrons of the RAF and their Aircraft. London: Macdonald and Jane's (Publishers) Ltd., 2nd edition 1976. ISBN 0-354-01027-1.
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