No. 536 Squadron RAF

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No. 536 Squadron RAF
Active 8 Sep 1942 – 25 Jan 1943[1]
Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Branch Air Force Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg Royal Air Force
Role Turbinlite nightfighter squadron
Part of No. 10 Group RAF, Fighter Command[2]

No. 536 Squadron RAF was one of the ten Turbinlite nightfighter squadrons of the Royal Air Force during the Second World War.

History

No. 536 Squadron was formed at RAF Predannack, Cornwall on 8[1] September 1942, from No. 1457 (Turbinlite) Flight,[3][4] as part of No. 10 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 in their case No. 247 Squadron RAF while still 1457 Flight,[3] the unit now also flew with their own Hawker Hurricanes. It was disbanded at RAF Fairwood Common, Glamorganshire on 25 January 1943,[1] 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. 536 Squadron RAF, data from[1][3][5]
From To Aircraft Version
8 September 1942 25 January 1943 Douglas Havoc Mk.I (Turbinlite)
8 September 1942 25 January 1943 Douglas Havoc Mk.II (Turbinlite)
8 September 1942 25 January 1943 Douglas Boston Mk.II (Turbinlite)
8 September 1942 25 January 1943 Hawker Hurricane Mk.IIc

Squadron bases

Bases and airfields used by No. 536 Squadron RAF, data from[1][2][3][5]
From To Base
8 September 1942 27 October 1942 RAF Predannack, Cornwall
27 October 1942 25 January 1943 RAF Fairwood Common, Glamorganshire

Commanding officers

Officers commanding No. 536 Squadron RAF, data from[3]
From To Name
8 September 1942 25 January 1943 S/Ldr. Motion

References

Notes

Bibliography

  • 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, 2003. ISBN 1-84037-281-8.
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