17 RAAF Squadrons were formed within the RAF during WWII, of which 8 served with Bomber Command. • RAAF Bomber Command squadrons included 455, 458, 460, 462, 463, 464, 466 and 467 Squadron
Australian Squadrons Bomber Command was a multi‐national force and Australian aircrew could be assigned to one of the Australian squadrons, or to a Royal Air Force (RAF) Squadron. The first two Australian squadrons were formed in 1941 (No 455 and No 458), but by 1942 No 460 Squadron and 467 were the only RAAF squadrons with Bomber Command. Further RAAF squadrons were formed throughout the war and combined there were 17 squadrons with the RAAF formed within the RAF. Early Days Bomber Command began attacking Germany days after France was invaded in 1940. The Bomber Command strategy until mid‐1941 was to attack petrol and oil supplies, and transportation systems such as railways. In August 1941, a survey of bombing accuracy over Germany at night revealed that just 30 per cent of bombers found their way to within five miles of specific targets. The main difficulties were flying in darkness, bad weather and primitive navigation aids.