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No. 530 Squadron RAF

No. 530 Squadron RAF
Active 8 Sep 1942 - 25 Jan 1943
Country United Kingdom
Branch Royal Air Force
Role Turbinlite nightfighter squadron
Part of No. 11 Group RAF, Fighter Command
Squadron Codes NH (Sep 1942 - Jan 1943, reported but not confirmed)[1]

No. 530 Squadron RAF was one of the ten Turbinlite nightfighter squadrons of the Royal Air Force during the Second World War.


  • History 1
  • Aircraft operated 2
  • Squadron bases 3
  • Commanding officers 4
  • References 5
  • Bibliography 6
  • External links 7


No. 530 Squadron was formed at RAF Hunsdon, Hertfordshire on 8[2] September 1942, from No. 1451 (Turbinlite) Flight,[3][4] as part of No. 11 Group RAF in Fighter Command. Instead of operating only Turbinlite and -rudimentary- Airborne Intercept (AI) radar equipped aircraft (Havocs and Bostons) and working together with a normal nightfighter unit, such as with 3 Squadron in the Flight, the unit now also flew with their own Hawker Hurricanes. It was disbanded at Hunsdon on 25 January 1943,[2] when Turbinlite squadrons were, due to lack of success on their part and the rapid development of AI radar, thought to be superfluous.[5]

Aircraft operated

Aircraft operated by no. 530 Squadron RAF, data from[2][3][5]
From To Aircraft Version
8 September 1942 25 January 1943 Douglas Havoc Mks.I, II
8 September 1942 25 January 1943 Douglas Boston Mks.II, III
8 September 1942 25 January 1943 Hawker Hurricane Mk.IIc

Squadron bases

Bases and airfields used by no. 530 Squadron RAF, data from[2][3][5]
From To Base
8 September 1942 25 January 1943 RAF Hunsdon, Hertfordshire

Commanding officers

Officers commanding no. 530 Squadron RAF, data from[3]
From To Name
8 September 1942 25 January 1943 S/Ldr. C.M. Miller, DFC


  1. ^ Flintham and Thomas 2003, p. 91.
  2. ^ a b c d Jefford 2001, p. 97.
  3. ^ a b c d Rawlings 1978, p. 463.
  4. ^ Sturtivant and Hamlin 2007, p. 123.
  5. ^ a b c Halley 1988, p. 402.


  • Delve, Ken. The Source Book of the RAF. Shrewsbury, Shropshire, UK: Airlife Publishing, 1994. ISBN 1-85310-451-5.
  • 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.
  • Halley, James J. The Squadrons of the Royal Air Force & Commonwealth 1918-1988. Tonbridge, Kent, UK: Air Britain (Historians) Ltd., 1988. ISBN 0-85130-164-9.
  • Jefford, Wing Commander C.G., MBE, BA, RAF(Retd.). RAF Squadrons, a Comprehensive record of the Movement and Equipment of all RAF Squadrons and their Antecedents since 1912. Shrewsbury, Shropshire, UK: Airlife Publishing, 1988 (second edition 2001). ISBN 1-85310-053-6.
  • Rawlings, John D.R. Fighter Squadrons of the RAF and their Aircraft. London: Macdonald & Jane's (Publishers) Ltd., 1969 (2nd edition 1976, reprinted 1978). ISBN 0-354-01028-X.
  • Sturtivant, Ray, ISO and John Hamlin. RAF Flying Training And Support Units since 1912. Tonbridge, Kent, UK: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd., 2007. ISBN 0-85130-365-X.

External links

  • 530 Squadron history on MOD site
  • No. 530 Squadron RAF movement and equipment history
  • Squadron histories for nos. 521-540 squadron on RafWeb's Air of Authority - A History of RAF Organisation
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