No. 578 Squadron (RAF): Second World War

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No. 578 Squadron was formed from C Flight of No.51 Squadron on 14 January 1944 as a Halifax bomber squadron in No.4 Group. Operation began on 20 January 1944 from Snaith. Three weeks later the squadron moved to Burn, where it remained to the end of the war. The squadron remained part of Bomber Command's main force to the end of the war, flying its last bombing mission of 13 March 1945.

Aircraft
January 1944 to March 1945: Handley Page Halifax B.Mk III

Location
14 January 1944 to 6 February 1944: Snaith
6 February 1944 to 15 April 1945: Burn

Squadron Codes: LK

Duty
January 1944 to April 1945: Bomber squadron with No. 4 Group
April 1945: Disbanded

Books

Bomber Offensive, Sir Arthur Harris. The autobiography of Bomber Harris, giving his view of the strategic bombing campaign in its immediate aftermath. Invaluable for the insights it provides into Harris’s approach to the war, what he was trying to achieve and the problems he faced. Harris perhaps overstates his case, not entirely surprisingly given how soon after the end of the war this book was written (Read Full Review)
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Review of Halifax Squadrons by John lake Halifax Squadrons of World War II , Jon Lake. This is a very good book on the combat record of the Handley Page Halifax. It covers much more than just its role as a front line bomber, with chapters on the Halifax with Coastal Command, the Pathfinders and SOE, amongst others. [see more]
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How to cite this article: Rickard, J (23 March 2007), No. 578 Squadron (RAF): Second World War, http://www.historyofwar.org/air/units/RAF/578_wwII.html

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