No. 189 Squadron (RAF): Second World War

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No.189 Squadron was a Lancaster bomber squadron in Bomber Command that formed in the autumn of 1944, and didn't become operational until November.

The squadron was reformed on 15 October 1944 as a Lancaster bomber squadron within No.5 Group. Its first operation was an attack on Homburg on 1 November 1944, and the squadron remained part of Bomber Command's main force to the end of the war. The squadron suffered four operational losses in 1944 and fifteen in 1945, a comparatively high total.

Not all of the squadron's aircraft were new. Amongst the older aircraft was Lancaster EE136, one of thirty four aircraft to make more than 100 sorties, in this case surviving 109 operations, many of them with No.9 Squadron.

After the end of the war the squadron had a short period as a transport squadron, before disbanding on 20 November 1945.

October 1944-November 1945: Avro Lancaster I and Lancaster III

October-November 1944: Bardney
November 1944-April 1945: Fulbeck
April-October 1945: Bardney
October-November 1945: Metheringham

Squadron Codes: CA

19 October 1944: No.5 Group, Bomber Command
25 January 1945: No.5 Group, Bomber Command
April 1945: No.5 Group, Bomber Command


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How to cite this article: Rickard, J (25 January 2011), No. 189 Squadron (RAF): Second World War,

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