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No.549 Squadron was a Spitfire squadron formed to provide fighter cover in northern Australia, an area that remained within range of Japanese aircraft until surprisingly late in the Second World War.
The squadron was formed on 15 December 1943 (alongside No.548 Squadron). Its Spitfires arrived in April 1944 and the two squadrons moved to Darwin in June. The squadron's main role was defensive, but it also took part in a sortie over Selaroe Island on 5 September (with No.548) Squadron and a sweep over Timor on 27 November 1944. The squadron was disbanded on 9 October 1945.
April 1944-October 1945: Supermarine Spitfire VIII
December 1943-June 1944: Strathpine
June-October 1944: Strauss
October 1944-October 1945: Darwin Civil
Squadron Codes: ZF
1944-1945: Fighter Squadron, Northern Australia