No. 548 Squadron RAF

No. 548 Squadron RAF was a fighter squadron of the Royal Air Force (RAF) from 1943 to 1945.

No. 548 Squadron RAF
Active15 Dec 1943 – 31 Oct 1945[1]
Country United Kingdom
Branch Royal Air Force
Insignia
Squadron CodesTS (Apr 1944 – Oct 1945)[2][3]

History

The squadron was formed at Lawnton, near Brisbane, Queensland, Australia on 15 December 1943[4] to provide air defence duties with Spitfires, as the RAAF Kittyhawks were inadequate for interception missions.[4][5] It was first formed under the command of Dave Glaser. The first months were spent training with Wirraways and de Havilland Tiger Moths, but in April 1944 the squadrons Spitfire's arrived.[6] The squadron was made up of RAF Aircrew and RAAF Groundstaff. On 15 June 1944 the squadron moved initially to Livingstone Airfield and Strauss Airfield in the Northern Territory of Australia. The squadron was then relocated in October 1944 to Parap Airfield in Darwin, Northern Territory.

Only two operations were undertaken by the squadron before the Japanese surrender. A sweep was conducted over Selaru Island, 300 miles north of Darwin, on 5 September 1944 and the airfield at Cape Chater, Timor was attacked on 3 June 1945. The squadron was disbanded according to some sources at Parap Airfield (Darwin/Civil), Northern Territory[4][6] on 9 October 1945 -but a more recent source states 31 October at Melbourne, Victoria[1]- and the RAF personnel returned to the United Kingdom.

Aircraft operated

Aircraft operated by No. 548 Squadron RAF[1][4][6]
FromToAircraftVersionRemarks
December 1943April 1944CAC WirrawayFor training
December 1943April 1944de Havilland Tiger MothFor training
April 1944October 1945Supermarine SpitfireMk.VIIITropicalised

Squadron bases

Bases and airfields used by No. 548 Squadron RAF[1][4][6][7]
FromToBaseRemarks
15 December 194319 January 1944Lawnton Airfield, Queensland
19 January 194425 May 1944Petrie Airfield, Strathpine, Queensland
25 May 194415 June 1944RAAF Base Amberley, QueenslandDet. at RAAF Base Townsville, Queensland
15 June 194422 October 1944Livingstone Airfield, Northern TerritoryDets. at Strauss Airfield, Northern Territory
and at Truscott Airfield, Western Australia
22 October 194423 September 1945Parap Airfield (Darwin/Civil), Darwin, Northern TerritoryDet. at Truscott Airfield, Western Australia
23 September 194531 October 1945RAAF Base Melbourne (No. 1 PD), Victoria

Commanding officers

Officers commanding No. 548 Squadron RAF[6]
FromToName
January 1944July 1944S/Ldr. W.H.A. Wright
July 1944February 1945S/Ldr. R.A. Watts
February 1945October 1945S/Ldr. E.D. Glaser

See also

References

Notes

Bibliography

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  • 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 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, C.G. 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.
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