Title: Together Up There: Unit History of 549 RAF/RAAF Fighter Squadron in Northern Australia During World War II
Author: Posse, Victor
Edition: 1st Edition
Publication Date: 2003
Cover: Hard Cover without Dust Jacket (Laminated Boards) – 201 pages
Comments: The history of RAF No. 549 Squadron during World War II.
No. 549 Squadron RAF was a fighter squadron of the Royal Air Force (RAF) operating in Australia from 1943 to 1945.
The squadron was formed at Lawnton Airfield, Queensland Australia on 15 December 1943,[ made up of RAF Aircrew and RAAF groundstaff, to provide air defence duties with Spitfires, as the RAAF Kittyhawks were inadequate for interception missions.
On 1 January they moved to Petrie Airfield, Strathpine, Queensland. In April 1944 the squadrons Spitfire’s arrived. May 1944 the unit moved to RAAF Base Amberley, Queensland, while June saw a move to Strauss Airfield, Northern Territory with a detachment at Truscott Airfield, Western Australia. On 5 September 1944 it joined sister unit No. 548 Squadron RAF on a sweep over Selaru Island, 300 miles north of Darwin. In October they went to Parap Airfield (Darwin/Civil), Northern Territory, maintening their detachment in Truscott. On 27 November they went over Timor. The squadron was disbanded according to some sources at Parap Airfield (Darwin/Civil), Northern Territory on 9 October 1945 -but a more recent source states 31 October at Melbourne, Victoria – and the RAF personnel returned to the United Kingdom.
Includes Nominal Roll