No. 514 Squadron RAF

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No. 514 Squadron RAF
Active1 September 1943 – 22 August 1945
CountryUnited Kingdom United Kingdom
BranchAir Force Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg Royal Air Force
RoleBomber Squadron
Part ofNo. 3 Group RAF, Bomber Command[1]
Motto(s)Latin: Nil Obstare Potest
(Translation: "Nothing can withstand")[2][3]
Squadron Badge heraldryA cloud pierced by a sword[3]
The design indicates the function of the squadron, i.e. its role of a GH-equipped blind-bombing squadron[2]
Squadron CodesJI (Sep 1943 – Aug 1945)[4][5]
A2 (Dec 1943 – Aug 1945, 'C' Flt only)[6][7]
Aircraft flown
BomberAvro Lancaster

No. 514 Squadron RAF (514 Sqn) was a bomber squadron of the Royal Air Force during the Second World War.


Members of 514 Sqn were awarded 1 DSO, 84 DFCs, one Bar to the DFC and 26 DFMs.[2]

Aircraft operated[edit]

Aircraft operated by no. 514 Squadron RAF, data from[2][3][8]
From To Aircraft Version
September 1943 July 1944 Avro Lancaster Mk.II
June 1944 August 1945 Avro Lancaster Mks.I and III

Squadron bases[edit]

Bases and airfields used by no. 514 squadron RAF, data from[2][3][8]
From To Base
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.[9]

In 2013, following the barracks' closure, a reunion was held in the village on 15 June with the Lancaster flypast over the Recreation Ground.[10]

In 2015 a Reunion was again held in Waterbeach Barracks in a new community building provided by Urban&Civic.[11]


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.[12] It expected that the new Waterbeach Military Heritage Museum will return to its building at the Barracks, and re-open in early summer 2016.[13]

See also[edit]



  1. ^ Delve 1994, pp. 68, 77.
  2. ^ a b c d e Moyes 1976, p. 267.
  3. ^ a b c d Halley 1988, p. 395.
  4. ^ Bowyer and Rawlings 1979, p. 58.
  5. ^ Flintham and Thomas 2003, p. 80.
  6. ^ Bowyer and Rawlings 1979, p. 19.
  7. ^ Flintham and Thomas 2003, p. 61.
  8. ^ a b Jefford 2001, p. 96.
  9. ^ Waterbeach Military Heritage Museum, unpublished archives.
  10. ^ "514 Squadron RAF Waterbeach". Flickr, Rob68. Retrieved 14 March 2010.
  11. ^ "Waterbeach Barracks and Airfield, 514 Squadron Reunion at Waterbeach Barracks". Urban&Civic. Retrieved 7 February 2016.
  12. ^ "Museum's collection is saved". Retrieved 21 December 2012.
  13. ^ "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, C.G. 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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