No. 532 Squadron RAF

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No. 530 Squadron RAF
Active 2 Sep 1942 – 25 Jan 1943
Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Branch Ensign of the Royal Air Force.svg 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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

Notes[edit]

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

Bibliography[edit]

  • 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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