No. 570 Squadron RAF
|No. 570 Squadron RAF|
|Active||15 November 1943 – 8 January 1946|
|Branch||Royal Air Force|
|Part of||No. 38 Group RAF|
|Motto||Latin: Impetum deducimus
(Translation: "We launch the spearhead")
|Squadron Badge heraldry||A winged chariot|
|Squadron Codes||V8 (Nov 1943 – Jan 1946)
E7 (May 1944 – Jan 1946)
No. 570 Squadron RAF was formed at RAF Hurn on 15 November 1943, equipped with Armstrong Whitworth Albemarles. It was part of No. 38 Group RAF and was engaged in supply dropping missions to French resistance units when it was not training paratroops and glider-towing.
In July 1944 the squadron re-equipped with Short Stirlings, and in September 1944 participated in Operation Market Garden, the ill-fated attempt by the allies to capture the Arnhem bridge, during which time the squadron was engaged in glider towing and supply drops. The squadron also took part in Operation Varsity in March 1945, a major allied airborne offensive across the Rhine.
|November 1943||August 1944||Armstrong Whitworth Albemarle||Mks.I & II|
|May 1944||August 1944||Armstrong Whitworth Albemarle||Mk.V|
|July 1944||January 1946||Short Stirling||Mk.IV|
|15 November 1943||14 March 1944||RAF Hurn, Dorset||Det. at RAF Stoney Cross, Hampshire|
|14 March 1944||7 October 1944||RAF Harwell, Berkshire||Det. at RAF Ayr, Ayrshire, Scotland|
|7 October 1944||8 January 1946||RAF Rivenhall, Essex||Det. at RAF East Fortune, East Lothian, Scotland|
|15 November 1943||17 June 1945||W/Cdr. R.J.M. Bangay|
|17 June 1945||August 1945||W/Cdr. K.R. Slater|
|August 1945||15 December 1945||W/Cdr. R.E. Young, DSO, DFC|
|15 December 1945||8 January 1946||W/Cdr. J. Blackburn, DSO, DFC|
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- 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.
- 570 squadron history at RAFWeb's Air of Authority
- 570 squadron history at MOD site
- World War II 38 Group Squadrons Reunited