No. 467 Squadron RAAF

No. 467 Squadron RAAF
No. 467 Squadron RAAF
Aircrew and ground staff from No. 467 Squadron RAAF with one of the Squadron's Lancaster bombers in August 1944
Aircrew and ground staff from No. 467 Squadron RAAF with one of the Squadron's Lancaster bombers in August 1944. The Lancaster is K Kitty. Standing second from the right is navigator, Robert Sillett from Australia.
Active 7 November 1942 – 30 September 1945
Country  Australia
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Branch Ensign of the Royal Australian Air Force.svg Royal Australian Air Force
Role Bomber squadron
Part of No. 5 Group RAF, Bomber Command[1]
Motto Latin: Recidite Adversarius Atque Ferociter[2]
(Loosely translated as: "Your opponents will retreat because of your couragious attack")
Battle honours
  • Fortress Europe, 1940–1944
  • France and Germany, 1944–1945
  • Ruhr, 1940–1945
  • Berlin, 1940–1945
  • German Ports, 1940–1945
  • Normandy, 1944
  • Walcheren
  • Rhine
John Balmer (1943–44)[3]
William Brill (1944)[3]
Squadron badge A Kookaburra with a snake in its beak (unofficial)[2]
Squadron code PO (November 1942 – September 1945)[4][5]
Aircraft flown
Bomber Avro Lancaster

No. 467 Squadron RAAF was a Royal Australian Air Force bomber squadron during World War II, active in the European Theater of Operations as an Article XV Squadron under command of the Royal Air Force.



No. 467 squadron was formed at RAF Scampton, Lincolnshire in the United Kingdom, under the Empire Air Training Scheme on 7 November 1942 and was equipped with Avro Lancaster heavy bombers. Soon after becoming operational the squadron moved to RAF Bottesford, Leicestershire, where it remained for a year before moving back to Lincolnshire, at RAF Waddington, where it was based for the rest of World War II. The Squadron formed part of No. 5 Group, RAF Bomber Command and conducted raids on Germany, France and Italy from 1943 until 1945. During these raids the Squadron gained a reputation for accurate bombing and was selected to attack the Dortmund-Ems Canal on a number of occasions.

Avro Lancaster R5868 in the Bomber Hall of the RAF Museum London

Following the end of the war in Europe No. 467 Squadron moved to RAF Metheringham and was selected to form part of Tiger Force and operate against Japan from bases in Okinawa. However, the war ended before the Squadron deployed to Asia and it was disbanded in the United Kingdom at Metheringham on 30 September 1945.

467 Squadron was the 'owner' of several famous Lancasters, amongst them LL843, survivor of 118 missions, and R5868, "S" for Sugar, which flew 137 operational sorties, more than any other RAF Bomber, except ED888[6]. After the war this aircraft was selected to be preserved and could be seen for a number of years at the entrance of the first base of 467 squadron, RAF Scampton. It now resides at the Royal Air Force Museum at the site of the former Royal Air Force station RAF Hendon, Colindale, London.[7]

Aircraft operated

Aircraft operated by no. 467 Squadron RAAF, data from[6][8][9]
From To Aircraft Version
November 1942 September 1945 Avro Lancaster Mks.I, III

Squadron bases

Bases and airfields used by no. 467 Squadron RAAF, data from[6][8][9][10]
From To Base
7 November 1942 24 November 1942 RAF Scampton, Lincolnshire
24 November 1942 12 November 1943 RAF Bottesford, Leicestershire
12 November 1943 16 June 1945 RAF Waddington, Lincolnshire
16 June 1945 30 September 1945 RAF Metheringham, Lincolnshire

Commanding officers

Officers commanding no. 467 Squadron RAAF, data from[11]
From To Name
7 November 1942 15 August 1943 (KIA) Wing Commander C.L. Gomm, DSO, DFC
18 August 1943 11 May 1944 (KIA) Wing Commander J.R. Balmer, OBE, DFC
12 May 1944 8 February 1945 Wing Commander W.L. Brill, DSO, DFC & Bar
8 February 1945 8 February 1945 (KIA) Wing Commander J.K. Douglas, DFC, AFC
9 February 1945 4 March 1945 (KIA) Wing Commander E. Le Page Langlois, DFC
4 March 1945 30 September 1945 Wing Commander I.A.H. Hay

See also

  • List of surviving Avro Lancasters
  • Keith Thiele


  • Blundell, Harold M. They flew from Waddington! 463–467 Lancaster Squadrons, Royal Australian Air Force. Sydney, Australia: W. Homer, 1975.
  • Bowyer, Michael J.F. and John D.R. Rawlings. Squadron Codes, 1937–56. Cambridge, UK: Patrick Stephens Ltd., 1979. ISBN 0-85059-364-6.
  • Delve, Ken. The Source Book of the RAF. Shrewsbury, Shropshire, UK: Airlife Publishing, 1994. ISBN 1-85310-451-5.
  • Easton, Arnold DFC. We Flew Old Fred – The Fox, Lancaster PO-F (DV372), the Operational Record of Forty-Nine Bombing Raids During World War II. Newstead, Victoria, Australia: Hudson Publishing, 1997. ISBN 0-94987-364-0.
  • Eather, Steve. Flying Squadrons of the Australian Defence Force. Weston Creek, ACT, Australia: Aerospace Publications, 1995, p. 127–128. ISBN 1-875671-15-3.
  • Flintham, Vic and Andrew Thomas. Combat Codes: A full explanation and listing of British, Commonwealth and Allied air force unit codes since 1938. Shrewsbury, Shropshire, UK: Airlife Publishing Ltd., 2003. ISBN 1-84037-281-8.
  • Franks, Norman. Claims to Fame: The Lancaster. London: Arms and Armour Press, 1994. ISBN 1-85409-220-0.
  • Halley, James J. The Squadrons of the Royal Air Force & Commonwealth, 1918–1988. Tonbridge, Kent, UK: Air-Britain(Historians) Ltd., 1988, p. 484. ISBN 0-85130-164-9.
  • Jefford, C.G. RAF Squadrons, a Comprehensive record of the Movement and Equipment of all RAF Squadrons and their Antecedents since 1912. Shropshire, UK: Airlife Publishing, 1988 (second edition 2001). ISBN 1-85310-053-6.
  • Moyes, Philip J.R. Bomber Squadrons of the RAF and their Aircraft. London: Macdonald and Jane's (Publishers) Ltd., 2nd edition 1976, p. 259–260. ISBN 0-354-01027-1.
  • RAAF Historical Section. Units of the Royal Australian Air Force, Volume 3: Bomber Units. AGPS Press Publication, 1995.

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