|No. 539 Squadron RAF|
|Active||2 Sep 1942 – 25 Jan 1943|
|Branch||Royal Air Force|
|Role||Turbinlite nightfighter squadron|
|Part of||No. 13 Group RAF, Fighter Command|
|Commanding Officer||S/Ldr. J.S. Morton, DFC|
No. 539 Squadron was formed at RAF Acklington, Northumberland on 2 September 1942, from No. 1460 (Turbinlite) Flight, as part of No. 13 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, the unit now also flew with their own Hawker Hurricanes. It was disbanded at Acklington on 25 January 1943, when Turbinlite squadrons were, due to lack of success on their part and the rapid development of AI radar, thought to be superfluous.
|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||Douglas Boston||Mk.I (Nightfigter)|
|2 September 1942||25 January 1943||Hawker Hurricane||Mk.IIc|
|2 September 1942||25 January 1943||RAF Acklington, Northumberland|
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