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No. 538 Squadron RAF

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No. 538 Squadron RAF
Active2 Sep 1942 – 25 Jan 1943[1]
CountryUnited Kingdom United Kingdom
Air Force Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg
Royal Air Force
RoleTurbinlite nightfighter squadron
Part ofNo. 9 Group RAF, Fighter Command[2]

No. 538 Squadron RAF was one of the ten Turbinlite nightfighter squadrons of the Royal Air Force during the Second World War.

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No. 538 Squadron was formed at RAF Hibaldstow, Lincolnshire on 2[1] September 1942, from No. 1459 (Turbinlite) Flight,[3][4] as part of No. 9 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. 253 Squadron RAF while still 1458 Flight,[3] the unit now also flew with their own Hawker Hurricanes. It was disbanded at Hibaldstow 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. 538 Squadron RAF, data from[1][3][5]
From To Aircraft Version
2 September 1942 25 January 1943 Douglas Havoc Mk.I (Nightfigter)
2 September 1942 25 January 1943 Douglas Havoc Mk.I (Turbinlite)
2 September 1942 25 January 1943 Douglas Havoc Mk.II (Turbinlite)
2 September 1942 25 January 1943 Douglas Boston Mk.III (Turbinlite)
2 September 1942 25 January 1943 Hawker Hurricane Mk.I
2 September 1942 25 January 1943 Hawker Hurricane Mk.IIc

Squadron bases

Bases and airfields used by No. 538 Squadron RAF, data from[1][2][3][5]
From To Base
2 September 1942 25 January 1943 RAF Hibaldstow, Lincolnshire

Commanding officers

Officers commanding No. 538 Squadron RAF, data from[3]
From To Name
8 September 1942 25 January 1943 S/Ldr. C.V. Winn, DFC




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