|No. 582 Squadron RAF|
|Active||1 April 1944 - 10 September 1945|
|Branch||Royal Air Force|
|Role||Pathfinder Bomber squadron|
|Part of||no. 8 Group RAF, Bomber Command|
Latin: Praevolamus designates|
(Translation: "We fly before marking")
|Squadron Badge heraldry||
On a hurt three mullets in a bend fimbriated|
A hurt represents the night sky while the three mullets, in the colours of flares used, symbolise the squadron's target-marking role
|Squadron Codes||6O (Apr 1944 - Sep 1945)|
Four-engined heavy bomber
The squadron was formed with Avro Lancasters on 1 April 1944 at RAF Little Staughton, Huntingdonshire, England, from 'C' Flight of 7 Squadron and 'C' Flight 156 Squadron. It was part of No. 8 Group RAF, also referred to as the Pathfinder Force, and began operation nine days later with a night raid on Lille on the 9/10 April 1944. The squadron last finished operational raid against enemy forces was a raid on gun batteries on the island of Wangerooge on the 25th April 1945. The squadron spent the remainder of the war dropping food to the Dutch, during Operation Manna, and the repatriation of Prisoners of War, Operation Exodus. It was disbanded at RAF Little Staughton on 10 September 1945.
The squadron had operated 2,157 sorties and lost 28 aircraft during the war.
|April 1944||September 1945||Avro Lancaster||Mks.I & III|
|1 April 1944||10 September 1945||RAF Little Staughton, Huntingdonshire|
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