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57 SQUADRON

Motto:
CORPUS NON ANIMUM MUTO
(I Change My Body Not My Spirit)

Service:
Returned form the Advanced Air Striking Force in France in May 1942 and flew Blenheims with 2 Group until June of that year. Transferred to Coastal Command from late June and remained until October 1940. Returned to Bomber Command in November 1940 and assigned to 3 Group, flying Wellingtons until September 1942, posted to 5 Group until the end of the war.

Aircraft:
Blenheims, Wellingtons, Lancasters
Squadron Identity Code Letter(s): DX

Stations:
Wyton, Gatwick, Feltwell, Scampton and East Kirkby


airbase Scampton

Operational Performance:
Raids Flown
2 Group Blenheims 34 offensive sweeps, 3 bombing
3 Group Wellingtons 166 bombing, 7 minelaying
5 Group Lancasters 313 bombing, 35 minelaying
Totals: 482 bombing, 42 minelaying, 34 sweeps
Sorties and Losses
2 Group Blenheims 58 sorties, 10 aircraft lost (17.2 percent)
3 Group Wellingtons 1056 sorties, 54 aircraft lost (5.1 percent)
5 Group Lancasters 4037 sorties, 108 aircraft lost (2.7 percent)
Totals: 5151 bombing, 172 aircraft lost (3.3 percent)
An additioanl 31 Lancasters were destroyed in crashes.


hangar Scampton

Points Of Interest:
Served in three different Bomber Command Groups and suffered higher than average casualties.
Though with only a small number of sorties, suffered the highest loss percentage of all 2 Group squadrons.
Highest loss percentage in 3 Group Wellington squadrons.
Of all aircraft types combined, suffered the highest loss percentage in Bomber Command.

The 57 Sqn is disbanned early 2002. Maybe, like the phoenix in its emblem, it will rise again one day for a 4 th time ....