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No.571 Squadron was a mosquito bomber squadron that formed part of the Light Night Striking Force from its formation in April 1944 until the end of the Second World War. The squadron was formed on 7 April 1944, and was given the Mosquito B.XVI, each of which could carry a single 4,000lb bomb.
The squadron formed part of the Light Night Striking Force, and flew night raids against targets in Germany. It is a remarkable testimony to the effectiveness of the Mosquito that in 2,681 sorties flown as part of 259 bombing raids (and one mine dropping operation) the squadron only lost 8 aircraft, a rate of only 0.3%!
No.571 Squadron was disbanded on 20 September 1945.
April 1944-September 1945: de Havilland Mosquito XVI
April 1944: Downham Market
April 1944-July 1945: Oakington
July-September 1945: Warboys
Squadron Codes: 8K
1944-45: Light Night Striking Force.
1944-1945: No.8 Group; Light Night Striking Force; Bomber Command
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