LVII Squadron

Delivers elementary flying training under the UK Military Flying Training System.

I change my body, not my spirit.


  • One of two RAF elementary flying training squadrons
  • Flies from RAF Cranwell as part of 3 Flying Training School
  • Trainees undertake a 50 hour course where they are taught basic aircraft handling, pilot navigation, instrument and formation flying, and low flying
  • Upon completion of training, trainees are 'streamed' to continue training as either Combat Air, Heavy Air or Rotary Wing pilots


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.

Battle honours

Western Front 1916–1918*


France & Low Countries 1939–1940*

Norway 1940*

Channel & North Sea 1940*

Ruhr 1941–1943*

Fortress Europe 1941–1944

Berlin 1941–1943*


 France & Germany 1944–1945*

South Atlantic 1982

(Honours marked with an asterisk, are emblazoned on the Squadron Standard)


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