|No. 514 Squadron RAF|
|Active||1 September 1943 – 22 August 1945|
|Branch||Royal Air Force|
|Part of||No. 3 Group RAF, Bomber Command|
Latin: Nil Obstare Potest|
(Translation: "Nothing can withstand")
|Squadron Badge heraldry||
A cloud pierced by a sword|
The design indicates the function of the squadron, i.e. its role of a GH-equipped blind-bombing squadron
JI (Sep 1943 – Aug 1945)|
A2 (Dec 1943 – Aug 1945, 'C' Flt only)
History[edit | edit source]
Aircraft operated[edit | edit source]
|September 1943||July 1944||Avro Lancaster||Mk.II|
|June 1944||August 1945||Avro Lancaster||Mks.I and III|
Squadron bases[edit | edit source]
|1 September 1943||23 November 1943||RAF Foulsham, Norfolk|
|23 November 1943||22 August 1945||RAF Waterbeach, Cambridgeshire|
Reunions[edit | edit source]
From 1988 to 2012 the Squadron held an annual Reunion in June at Waterbeach Barracks hosted by the Royal Engineers. A service of remembrance was held in the parish church, and the BBMF Lancaster made a flypast over the former RAF airfield.
Museum[edit | edit source]
The 514 Squadron Association and the Army established a Museum in Waterbeach Barracks in 1985. This museum closed in September 2012, as the Barracks closed permanently in March 2013, although the contents have been saved. It hoped the new Waterbeach Military Heritage Museum will use a former RAF building when the site is sold for housing, but in the meantime the collection is in storage.
See also[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
Notes[edit | edit source]
- Delve 1994, pp. 68, 77.
- Moyes 1976, p. 267.
- Halley 1988, p. 395.
- Bowyer and Rawlings 1979, p. 58.
- Flintham and Thomas 2003, p. 80.
- Bowyer and Rawlings 1979, p. 19.
- Flintham and Thomas 2003, p. 61.
- Jefford 2001, p. 96.
- Hamlin and Merrington 2011, pp. 27–31.
- Falconer 2003, p. 255.
- Waterbeach Military Heritage Museum, unpublished archives.
- "514 Squadron RAF Waterbeach". http://www.flickr.com/photos/29126266@N00/4432627297/.
- "Museum's collection is saved". http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/Cambridge/Museums-collection-is-saved-18122012.htm. Retrieved 21 December 2012.
- "Waterbeach Military Heritage Museum". https://sites.google.com/site/rafwaterbeachmuseum/. Retrieved 6 January 2013.
Bibliography[edit | edit source]
- Bowyer, Michael J.F. and John D.R. Rawlings. Squadron Codes, 1937–56. Cambridge, UK: Patrick Stephens Ltd., 1979. ISBN 0-85059-364-6.
- Delve, Ken. The Source Book of the RAF. Shrewsbury, Shropshire, UK: Airlife Publishing, 1994. ISBN 1-85310-451-5.
- Dison, Harry. Some of the story of 514 Squadron: Lancasters at Waterbeach, 1999. (Self published, available from the Museum)
- Falconer, John. Bomber Command Handbook 1939–1945. Stroud, UK: Sutton Publishing Ltd., 2003. ISBN 0-7509-3171-X.
- 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 1918–1988. Tonbridge, Kent, UK: Air Britain (Historians) Ltd., 1988. ISBN 0-85130-164-9.
- Hamlin, John F. & Oliver J. Merrington At the 'Beach: the story of Royal Air Force Waterbeach and Waterbeach Barracks. Peterborough: GMS Enterprises, 2011. ISBN 1-904514-63-4
- 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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- 514 Squadron RAF website - commemorates all who served in the Squadron
- 514 Squadron Facebook page
- Squadron history, on RAF website
- No. 514 Squadron RAF movement and equipment history
- The Wartime Memories Project - 514 Sqn
- Waterbeach Military Heritage Museum
- Squadron histories for nos. 500–520 squadron on RAFweb's Air of Authority – A History of RAF Organisation
- Former Air Gunner tells his story
- Video about the last flight of 514 Squadron Lancaster A2-C, lost July 28, 1944
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