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No. 571 Squadron RAF

No. 571 Squadron RAF
Active 7 Apr 1944 – 20 Sep 1945
Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Branch Royal Air Force
Part of No. 8 (Pathfinder) Group, RAF Bomber Command
Squadron Codes 8K (Apr 1944 – Sep 1945)[1][2]

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, Norfolk 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 4,000 lbs. (1,814 kg) "Cookie" bombs. The squadron moved to RAF Oakington on 22 April 1944 and then, after having flown its last operational mission on 26/27 April 1945, to RAF Warboys on 20 July 1945. No. 571 Squadron was disbanded at Warboys on the 20 September 1945.[3][4][5]

The squadron carried out 2,681 operational sorties with the Mosquito with a loss of 8 aircraft.[6]

Aircraft operated

Aircraft operated by no. 571 Squadron RAF, data from[3][4][5]
From To Aircraft Variant Notes
April 1944 September 1945 de Havilland Mosquito Mk.XVI Twin-engined light bomber

Squadron bases

Bases and airfields used by no. 571 Squadron, data from[3][4][5]
From To Base Remark
7 April 1944 24 April 1944 RAF Downham Market, Norfolk Det. at RAF Graveley, Huntingdonshire
24 April 1944 20 July 1945 RAF Oakington, Cambridgeshire
20 July 1945 20 September 1945 RAF Warboys, Huntingdonshire

Commanding officers

Officers commanding no. 571 Squadron RAF, data from[7]
From To Name
April 1944 November 1944 W/Cdr. J.M. Birkin, DSO, DFC, AFC
November 1944 March 1945 W/Cdr. R.J. Gosnell, DSO, DFC
March 1945 September 1945 W/Cdr. R.W. Bray, DFC




External links

  • 571 Squadron history on old MOD site
  • very short 571 Squadron history on new MOD site
  • squadron histories for nos. 541–598 sqn on RafWeb's Air of Authority – A History of RAF Organisation
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