515 Squadron Royal Air Force


 
This site is going to be developed as an unofficial website for the 515 Sqn in honour of my uncle, Lieutenant (Pilot) Emile Johann van Heerden.
He and many of his friends paid the ultimate price like so many others on both sides of the conflict.
Emile was my father's eldest brother and I am very proud to bear his name
I have started adding Emile's history and hopefully add more information about this Squadron as time goes by.

Squadron Motto: "Celeriter fertite ut hostes nacesit" ("Strike quickly to kill the enemy")
Badge: A gauntlet holding a winged dager in bend sinister, thrusting to the dexter.

The Squadron was formed on the 1st of October 1942 at Northolt and transferred to Little Snoring in December of 1943. It started with Defiants fitted with enemy radar jamming equipment (Operation Moonshine). Beaufighters replaced the Defiants in June 1943 and the squadron was converted to Mosquitoes in February 1944
   No.100 Bomber Support Group of the Royal Air Force Bomber Command, took over the counter-measure operations with 515 Sqn joining in about January of 44. Intruder missions began a month later and continued until the end of the war.
  The purpose of No. 100 Group was mostly electronical warfare, radio countermeasure, radar jamming and night-fighter intrusions. Many of 515's aircraft was used in these rolls. Mosquitoes flew from Little Snoring to many different destinations to harass the Luftwaffe night-fighter commands.

Part of the runway and the control tower can still be seen on the site but little else.

Building of the new Airfix 1/24 De Havilland Mosquito Model.
To share our experience, go to our blog by clicking on the picture below.

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Any information on this Squadron would be most appreciated and very welcome.
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