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No. 517 Squadron RAF

No. 517 Squadron RAF
Active 11 August 1943 - 21 June 1946
Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Branch Royal Air Force
Role meteorological squadron
Part of No. 19 Group RAF, Coastal Command[1]
Motto Latin: Non Nobis Laboramus
(Translation: "We work not for ourselves")[2]
Squadron Badge Two cubit arms erased, holding a flash of lightning[2]
Squadron Codes X9 (1943 - 1946)[3]

No. 517 Squadron RAF was a meteorological squadron of the Royal Air Force during the Second World War.


No. 517 Squadron was formed on 11 August 1943 at RAF St Eval, Cornwall when 1404 Meteorological Flight was re-numbered.[4] It was equipped with Lockheed Hudsons and Handley Page Hampdens, which it flew daily out into the Atlantic to collect meteorological data. Between September and November 1943 four United States Army Air Forces Flying Fortresses were temporary attached to the squadron, awaiting the arrival of adapted Handley Page Halifaxes. By November 1943 the squadron had re-equipped with the Halifax and then moved to RAF St David's in Wales. Two further moves followed, one to RAF Brawdy in February 1944 and then after the war to RAF Chivenor where the squadron was disbanded on 21 June 1946.

Aircraft operated

Aircraft operated by no. 517 Squadron RAF, data from[5][6][7]
From To Aircraft Version Notes
August 1943 September 1943 Lockheed Hudson Mk.III
August 1943 October 1943 Handley Page Hampden Mk.I
September 1943 November 1943 Flying Fortress B-17F 4 USAAF aircraft on attachment from 379th Bomber Squadron USAAF
November 1943 June 1946 Handley Page Halifax Mk.V
February 1945 June 1946 Handley Page Halifax Mk.III

Squadron bases

Bases and airfields used by no. 517 Squadron RAF, data from[5][6][7]
From To Base Remark
11 August 1943 26 November 1943 RAF St Eval, Cornwall
26 November 1943 1 February 1944 RAF St David's, Pembrokeshire, Wales Det. at RAF Tiree, Hebrides, Scotland
1 February 1944 26 November 1945 RAF Brawdy, Pembrokeshire, Wales
26 November 1945 21 June 1946 RAF Chivenor, Devon

See also




  • Delve, Ken. The Source Book of the RAF. Shrewsbury, Shropshire, UK: Airlife Publishing, 1994. ISBN 1-85310-451-5.
  • 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.
  • Halley, James J. The Squadrons of the Royal Air Force & Commonwealth, 1918-88. 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.
  • Rawlings, John D.R. Coastal, Support and Special Squadrons of the RAF and their Aircraft. London: Jane's Publishing Company Ltd., 1982. ISBN 0-7106-0187-5.

External links

  • No 500 - 520 Squadron Histories on rafweb
  • History of No. 517 Squadron on
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