No. 514 Squadron RAF
|No. 514 Squadron RAF|
|Active||1 September 1943 – 22 August 1945|
|Branch||Royal Air Force|
|Part of||No. 3 Group RAF, Bomber Command|
|Motto(s)||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
|Squadron Codes||JI (Sep 1943 – Aug 1945)|
A2 (Dec 1943 – Aug 1945, 'C' Flt only)
|September 1943||July 1944||Avro Lancaster||Mk.II|
|June 1944||August 1945||Avro Lancaster||Mks.I and III|
|1 September 1943||23 November 1943||RAF Foulsham, Norfolk|
|23 November 1943||22 August 1945||RAF Waterbeach, Cambridgeshire|
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.
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 expected that the new Waterbeach Military Heritage Museum will return to its building at the Barracks, and re-open in early summer 2016.
- 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.
- Waterbeach Military Heritage Museum, unpublished archives.
- "514 Squadron RAF Waterbeach". Flickr, Rob68. Retrieved 14 March 2010.
- "Waterbeach Barracks and Airfield, 514 Squadron Reunion at Waterbeach Barracks". Urban&Civic. Retrieved 7 February 2016.
- "Museum's collection is saved". Retrieved 21 December 2012.
- "Waterbeach Military Heritage Museum". Retrieved 16 April 2016.
- 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, Mention The War! Publications 2015. (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
- Hepworth, Simon and Porrelli, Andrew. 'Striking Through Clouds, The War Diary of No. 514 Squadron, RAF'. Zug, Switzerland. Mention The War! Publications 2014. ISBN 1495440486
- 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.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to No. 514 Squadron RAF.|
- 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 - William MacDonald
- Video about the last flight of 514 Squadron Lancaster A2-C, lost 28 July 1944