No. 532 Squadron RAF

Summary

No. 530 Squadron RAF
Active2 Sep 1942 – 25 Jan 1943
CountryUnited Kingdom United Kingdom
BranchEnsign of the Royal Air Force.svg Royal Air Force
RoleTurbinlite nightfighter squadron
Part ofNo. 12 Group RAF, Fighter Command
Insignia
Squadron CodesQM (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

  1. ^ Flintham & Thomas 2003, p. 99.
  2. ^ a b c d Jefford 2001, p. 97.
  3. ^ a b c d Rawlings 1978, p. 464.
  4. ^ Sturtivant & Hamlin 2007, p. 123.
  5. ^ a b c Halley 1988, p. 402.

Bibliography

  • Flintham, Vic; Thomas, Andrew (2003). Combat Codes: A Full Explanation and Listing of British, Commonwealth and Allied Air Force Unit Codes since 1938. Shrewsbury, Shropshire, UK: Airlife Publishing Ltd. ISBN 1-84037-281-8.
  • Halley, James J. (1988). The Squadrons of the Royal Air Force & Commonwealth, 1918–1988. Tonbridge, Kent, UK: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. ISBN 0-85130-164-9.
  • Jefford, C.G. (2001). RAF Squadrons, a Comprehensive record of the Movement and Equipment of all RAF Squadrons and their Antecedents since 1912 (2nd ed.). Shrewsbury, Shropshire, UK: Airlife Publishing Ltd. ISBN 1-85310-053-6.
  • Rawlings, John (1978) [1969]. Fighter Squadrons of the RAF and their Aircraft (Revised ed.). London: Macdonald and Jane's Publishers Ltd. ISBN 0-354-01028-X.
  • Sturtivant, Ray, ISO; Hamlin, John (2007). RAF Flying Training And Support Units since 1912. Tonbridge, Kent, UK: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. ISBN 0-85130-365-X.

External links

  • "History of No. 532 Squadron". Royal Air Force History. Royal Air Force. 7 April 2003. (old site)
  • "History of No. 532 Squadron". Royal Air Force History. Royal Air Force. 23 April 2010. (new site)
  • "No. 532 Squadron RAF". RAF Fighter Command 1939 – 1945. Ross McNeill. 23 April 2010.
  • "No 521 – 540 Squadron Histories". Air of Authority — A History of RAF Organisation. M B Barrass. 23 April 2010. Archived from the original on 6 November 2014.