'Coming Home', a painting by Don Breckon. It depicts NG142, A2-H, of 'C' Flight, 514 Sqn., returning from an operation in 1944. NG142 completed 57 ops and survived the war, despite being hit by flak on four separate sorties.
Image by kind permission of Mrs. Meg Breckon.
Wing Commander Michael Wyatt, DFC,
Commanding Officer of 514 Squadron May 1944 to Jan 1945
This website commemorates all who served in 514 Squadron, Royal Air Force Bomber Command, between September 1943 and August 1945. It is currently under construction and will expand as more content is uploaded.
As well as the history of 514 Squadron, the site will contain personal stories and memories, some contemporary accounts and others as a result of research by family members.
A VERY BRIEF HISTORY OF 514 SQUADRON
Formed at RAF Foulsham, Norfolk, on 1st September 1943 as part of the continuing expansion of Bomber Command, in November 1943 514 Sqn. moved to RAF Waterbeach, Cambridgeshire, where it remained until disbanded at the end of the Second World War.
The squadron flew Lancaster heavy bombers. Originally equipped with the Bristol Hercules-powered Mark II Lancaster, from June 1944 the squadron gradually re-equipped with the more conventional Merlin-powered Lancaster Mks I and III.
The squadron flew a total of 3675 sorties, attacking 218 targets and dropping 14650 tons of bombs, along with 70 anti-shipping mines (source: Some of the History of 514 Squadron, by Harry Dison).
The squadron flew its first operation, to Dusseldorf, on the evening of 3rd November 1943. No aircraft were lost by the squadron on its first mission, a state of affairs that, sadly, was not to remain the case for long. In fact the first member of the squadron to be lost died on the night of 21st October 1943. F/O RS Clements was sent on an experiential trip to Leipzig with the crew of F/Lt Anderson of 115 Squadron. The aircraft was reported missing. F/O Clements is included on the 514 Sqn. Roll of Honour .
All told, the squadron was to lose 66 Lancasters to enemy action directly, with a further 14 lost through crashes. Full details will be published in due course.
Some 417 members of 514 Squadron gave their lives during the two years of its war service, reflecting the heavy toll exacted on Bomber Command aircrew. The total also includes ground staff who were tragically killed in accidents and incidents on the ground or whilst traveling as supernumerary crew.
We will remember them.
FURTHER INFORMATION ON 514 SQUADRON
There is an active page on Facebook commemorating the squadron. It is updated daily with 'on this day' posts and links to other information of interest. Please visit https://www.facebook.com/514SquadronRaf