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No.516 Squadron was a short-lived unit that was involved in Combined Operations training in western Scotland from 1943 until the end of 1944. The squadron was formed on 28 April 1943 from No.1441 (Combined Operations) Flight, and spent its entire existence based at Dundonald.
The squadron combined with Combined Operations units that were training in western Scotland. The squadron provided aircraft that cooperated with army and navy unit, providing reconnaissance, laying smoke screens or demonstrating the capabilities of different aircraft. The squadron was also used to provide ‘enemy’ forces, carrying out mock attacks on units as they practised landing operations.
By the end of 1944 the need for further combined operations training was limited, and the squadron was disbanded on 2 December 1944.
April-December 1943: Westland Lysander II and IIIA, Avro Anson I
April 1943-February 1944: North American Mustang III
May 1943-December 1944: Bristol Blenheim IV
December 1943-December 1944: Hawker Hurricane IIB and IIC
April 1943-December 1944: Dundonald
Squadron Codes: -
1943-1944: Combined Operations training