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Coastal Command - November 1939


No 15 (Reconnaissance) Group (HQ - Plymouth)

 
Unit Location/Administered by
No 502 (Ulster) (General Reconnaissance) Sqn AAF (Ansons) RAF Aldergrove - Station in Training Command
Coastal Patrol Flight, No 502 Sqn AAF (Moths) RAF Aldergrove
RAF Station Carew Cheriton Carew Cheriton, Pembrokeshire
1 Flight, No 217 (General Reconnaissance) Sqn (Ansons) RAF Carew Cheriton
Coastal Patrol Flight, No 217 Sqn (Moths) RAF Carew Cheriton
Detachment, No 209 (General Reconnaissance) Sqn (Stranraer) Falmouth
RAF Station Hooton Park Hooton Park, Cheshire
1 Flight, No 206 (General Reconnaissance) Sqn (Ansons) RAF Hooton Park
Coastal Patrol Flight, No 206 Sqn (Moths) RAF Hooton Park
RAF Station Mount Batten Plymouth, Devon
No 204 (General Reconnaissance) Sqn (Sunderland) RAF Mount Batten
'C' Flight, No 2 Anti-Aircraft Co-operation Unit (Shark) RAF Mount Batten
RAF Station Pembroke Dock Pembroke Dock, Pembrokeshire
No 210 (General Reconnaissance) Sqn (Sunderland) RAF Pembroke Dock
No 228 (General Reconnaissance) Sqn (Sunderland) RAF Pembroke Dock
RAF Station St Eval St Eval, Newquay, Cornwall
No 217 (General Reconnaissance) Sqn (less1 Flight) (Ansons) RAF St Eval

No 58 (Bomber) Sqn at Boscombe Down is at present at the disposal of  No 15 Group for operations.

No 51 (Bomber) Sqn at Linton-on-Ouse is also at present at the disposal of  Coastal Command for operations.

The following changes to the above took place before the issue of the next SD161

Change Note
The CP Flights allocated to Nos 206, 217, 502 and 612 Sqns were transferred to the establishment of the station on which they were located (AL1)
CP Flight, RAF Aldergrove moved to RAF Hooton Park (AL1)
A detachment of No 502 Sqn moved to RAF Hooton Park (AL1)
The flight of No 206 Sqn at RAF Hooton Park moved to RAF Silloth to convert to Hudsons (AL1)
Detachment of No 209 Sqn at Falmouth departed replaced by C & M Party, for operational use from time to time by FB detachment (AL1)
No 10 Sqn, RAAF at Pembroke Dock added AL4, 21 Dec 1939
No 51 Sqn now at Dishforth not Linton-on-Ouse AL4, 21 Dec 1939

No 16 (Reconnaissance) Group (HQ - Chatham)

 
Unit Location/Administered by
RAF Station Bircham Newton Bircham Newton, Norfolk
No 206 (General Reconnaissance) Sqn (less 1 Flight) (Ansons) RAF Bircham Newton
No 42 (Torpedo Bomber) Sqn (Vildebeests) RAF Bircham Newton
Mobile Torpedo Base RAF Bircham Newton
RAF Station Detling Detling, Kent
No 500 (County of Kent) (General Reconnaissance) Sqn AAF (Ansons) RAF Detling
1 Flight, No 48 (General Reconnaissance) Sqn (Ansons) RAF Detling
Detachment of No 1 Coastal Artillery Co-operation Unit (Ansons) RAF Detling
C & M Party, for operational use from time to time by 1 Flight Guernsey
RAF Station Thorney Island Thorney Island, Hampshire
No 48 (General Reconnaissance) Sqn (Ansons) RAF Thorney Island
No 22 (Torpedo Bomber) Sqn (Vildebeests/Beauforts) RAF Thorney Island
No 1 Coastal Artillery Co-operation Unit (Ansons) (less detachment) (Ansons) RAF Thorney Island

The following changes to the above took place before the issue of the next SD161

Change Note
Detached Flight of No 206 Sqn returned to main unit AL4, 21 Dec 1939
No 206 Sqn now equipped with Ansons and Hudsons AL4, 21 Dec 1939
1 Flight of No 233 Sqn (Blenheims) now at RAF Bircham Newton AL4, 21 Dec 1939
1 Flight of No 48 Sqn (Blenheims) no longer at RAF Detling AL4, 21 Dec 1939

No 17 (Training) Group (HQ - Gosport)

 
Unit Location/Administered by
RAF Station Calshot Calshot Spit, Hampshire
  1. Seaplane Training Sqn
  2. Miscellaneous Sections for major maintenance of Flying Boat squadrons and Marine Craft instruction
RAF Station Gosport Gosport, Hampshire
  1. Torpedo Training Unit
  2. Torpedo Development Flight
  3. No 2 Anti-Aircraft Co-operation Unit (less 1 Flight at Mount Batten)
  4. Miscellaneous sections for Fleet Air Arm and Marine Craft repairs etc.
RAF Station Silloth Silloth, Cumberland
Coastal Command Pool RAF Silloth
School of General Reconnaissance RAF Thorney Island - Station in No 16 Group

The following changes to the above took place before the issue of the next SD161

Change Note
Marine Craft Repair Section moved from Gosport to Calshot (AL1)

No 18 (Reconnaissance) Group (HQ - Pitreavie Castle)

 
Unit Location/Administered by
RAF Station Abbotsinch Abbotsinch, Renfrewshire
Coastal Patrol Flight, No 224 Sqn (Moths) RAF Abbotsinch
RAF Station Dyce Dyce, Aberdeen
No 612 (County of Aberdeen) (General Reconnaissance) Sqn AAF (Ansons) RAF Dyce
Coastal Patrol Flight of No 612 Sqn AAF (Moths) RAF Dyce
RAF Station Helensburgh Helensburgh, Dunbartonshire
Marine Aircraft Experimental Establishment RAF Helenburgh
RAF Station Invergordon Invergordon, Ross and Cromarty
No 201 (General Reconnaissance) Sqn RAF Invergordon
RAF Station Leuchars Leuchars, Fife
No 224 (General Reconnaissance) Sqn (Hudson) RAF Leuchars
No 233 (General Reconnaissance) Sqn (Anson, Hudson & Blenheims) RAF Leuchars
1 Flight, No 269 (General Reconnaissance) Sqn (Ansons) RAF Leuchars
SS Manela (No 100 Wing)  
No 240 (General Reconnaissance) Sqn (Londons) SS Manela
RAF Station Oban Oban, Argyllshire
No 209 (General Reconnaissance) Sqn (less detachment) (Stranraers) RAF Oban
RAF Station Thornaby Thornaby, North Riding of Yorkshire
No 608 (North Riding) (General Reconnaissance) Sqn AAF (Ansons) RAF Thornaby
No 220 (General Reconnaissance) Sqn (Ansons/Hudsons) RAF Thornaby
RAF Station Wick Wick, Caithness
No 269 (General Reconnaissance) Sqn (less 1 Flight) (Ansons) RAF Wick
No 803 Sqn FAA RAF Wick
RAF Woodhaven Woodhaven, Angus
Facilities available for Flying Boat detachment RAF Woodhaven

The following changes to the above took place before the issue of the next SD161

Change Note
No 233 Sqn Ansons left the unit in Dec 1939 (AL1)
No 209 Sqn detachment returned to main unit (AL1)
No 220 Sqn Ansons left the unit in Dec 1939 (AL1)
1 Flight of No 612 Sqn detached from Dyce to RAF Leuchars AL4, 21 Dec 1939
Blenheim Flight of No 233 Sqn detached to RAF Bircham Newton AL4, 21 Dec 1939
No 100 Wing was renamed RAF Station Shetlands and 240 Sqn was transferred to its control AL4, 21 Dec 1939
Fighter Flight (Gladiators) added to RAF Shetlands AL4, 21 Dec 1939
SS Manela now under RAF Shetlands AL4, 21 Dec 1939
No 269 Sqn detachment returned to main unit AL4, 21 Dec 1939

Source - SD161 (1st Issue), November 1939

Amendment List No 1 (AL1) was issued in late November 1939 but was not dated

County names used are those in use at the time

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