No. 597 Squadron RAF


No. 597 Squadron RAF
Active10 January 1944 – 1 March 1944
CountryUnited Kingdom United Kingdom
BranchEnsign of the Royal Air Force.svg Royal Air Force
Part ofRAF Transport Command

No. 597 Squadron RAF was a proposed squadron of the Royal Air Force during the Second World War.


The squadron was formed on 10 January 1944 as a transport unit within 46 Group. This group was created as a Transport Support Group and was to have five squadrons at three new bases: RAF Down Ampney (Gloucestershire), RAF Blakehill Farm (Wiltshire) and RAF Broadwell (Oxfordshire).[1]

The intended squadrons were two already existing – Nos. 271, 512 – and three new: 569, 575 and 597. In the event only 575 squadron was formed, while 48 squadron and 233 squadron took the other places, though personnel under training with 512 squadron had been intended for service with 569 squadron.[1] No. 597 squadron, like 569 squadron, was disbanded on 1 March 1944 before it had any aircraft or personnel.[2][3]

See also



  1. ^ a b Jefford 2001, p. 98.
  2. ^ Halley 1988, pp. 411, 415.
  3. ^ Jefford 2001, pp. 98–99.


  • Halley, James J. (1988). The Squadrons of the Royal Air Force & Commonwealth, 1918–1988. Tonbridge, Kent, UK: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. ISBN 0-85130-164-9.
  • Jefford, C.G. (2001). RAF Squadrons, a Comprehensive record of the Movement and Equipment of all RAF Squadrons and their Antecedents since 1912 (2nd ed.). Shrewsbury, Shropshire, UK: Airlife Publishing Ltd. ISBN 1-85310-053-6.

External links

  • 597 Squadron history on MOD site
  • Squadron histories for nos. 541–598 sqn on RafWeb's Air of Authority – A History of RAF Organisation