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No. 532 Squadron RAF

No. 530 Squadron RAF
Active 2 Sep 1942 – 25 Jan 1943
Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Branch Royal Air Force
Role Turbinlite nightfighter squadron
Part of No. 12 Group RAF, Fighter Command
Insignia
Squadron Codes QM (Sep 1942 – Jan 1943)[1]

No. 532 Squadron RAF was one of the ten Turbinlite nightfighter squadrons of the Royal Air Force during the Second World War.

History

No. 532 Squadron RAF was formed on 2 September 1942[2] from 1453 (Turbinlite) Flight, based at RAF Wittering.[3][4] 1453 Turbinlite Flight had previously operated in conjunction with No. 151 Squadron RAF and No. 486 Squadron RNZAF. It was disbanded at RAF Hibaldstow on 25 January 1943,[2] when the 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. 532 Squadron RAF, data from[2][3][5]
From To Aircraft Version
2 September 1943 25 January 1944 Douglas Havoc Mks.I, II
2 September 1943 25 January 1944 Douglas Boston Mk.III
2 September 1943 25 January 1944 Hawker Hurricane Mks.IIb, IIc

Squadron bases

Bases and airfields used by no. 532 Squadron RAF, data from[2][3][5]
From To Base Remark
2 September 1943 9 November 1943 RAF Wittering, Northamptonshire Det. at RAF Hibaldstow, Lincolnshire
19 November 1943 25 January 1944 RAF Hibaldstow, Lincolnshire

Commanding officers

Officers commanding no. 532 Squadron RAF, data from[3]
From To Name
2 September 1943 25 January 1944 S/Ldr. C.L.W. Stewart

References

Notes

Bibliography

  • 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.

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