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Delivers elementary flying training under the UK Military Flying Training System.
I change my body, not my spirit.
1916 - Formed at Copmanthorpe, Yorkshire as a flying training squadron flying Avro 504s and B.E.2s, before moving to France in December of that year as a bomber unit. At the time that 57 Squadron was sent to France, 57 Training Squadron was activated in Egypt and operated until 1918, the two numbers running concurrently.
1919 - Returned to the UK and was disbanded.
1931 - Reactivated as a day bomber unit.
1943 - Supplied the majority of the crews to 617 Squadron (The Dambusters) which stood up at RAF Scampton, where 57 was based.
1951 - Began operating the B-29 Superfortress bomber on loan from the USAF.
1982 - Supplied crews and aircraft to perform air to air refuelling supporting the long range Vulcan raids during the Falklands War.
2008 - Reformed at RAF Wyton flying the Grob Tutor T.1.
RAF College Cranwell
Western Front 1916–1918*
France & Low Countries 1939–1940*
Channel & North Sea 1940*
Fortress Europe 1941–1944
France & Germany 1944–1945*
South Atlantic 1982
(Honours marked with an asterisk, are emblazoned on the Squadron Standard)
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