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Fighter Command - November 1939


RAF Component, British Expeditionary Force

 
Unit Location
HQ, RAF Component Field Force Location not listed
HQ No 50 Wing: -
  • No 4 (Army Co-operation) Sqn (Lysander)
  • No 13 (Army Co-operation) Sqn (Lysander)
Locations not listed
HQ No 51 Wing: -
  • No 2 (Army Co-operation) Sqn (Lysander)
  • No 26 (Army Co-operation) Sqn (Lysander)
Locations not listed
HQ No 52 Wing: -
  • No 53 (Army Co-operation) Sqn (Blenheim)
  • No 59 (Army Co-operation) Sqn (Blenheim)
Locations not listed
HQ No 60 Wing: -
  • No 85 (Fighter) Sqn
  • No 87 (Fighter) Sqn
Locations not listed
HQ No 70 Wing: -
  • No 18 (Bomber) Sqn (Blenheim)
  • No 57 (Bomber) Sqn (Blenheim)
Locations not listed
No 61 Fighter Wing Servicing Unit Location not listed
No 62 Fighter Wing Servicing Unit Location not listed
No 81 Sqn Location not listed
No 1 Air Stores Park Location not listed
No 2 Air Stores Park Location not listed
No 3 Air Stores Park Location not listed

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

Change Note
No 607 (Fighter) Sqn (Gladiator) Joined No 60 Wing from UK (AL1)
No 615 (Fighter) Sqn (Gladiator) Joined No 60 Wing from UK (AL1)

No 11 (Fighter) Group (HQ - Uxbridge)

 
Unit Location/Administered by
RAF Station Biggin Hill Biggin Hill, Kent
No 32 (Fighter) Sqn (Hurricanes) RAF Biggin Hill
No 601 (Country of London) (Fighter) Sqn AAF (Blenheims) RAF Biggin Hill
RAF Station Croydon Croydon, Middlesex
No 615 (County of Surrey) (Fighter) Sqn AAF (Gladiators) RAF Croydon
No 145 (Fighter) Sqn* (Blenheims) RAF Croydon
RAF Station Filton Filton, Bristol
No 263 (Fighter) Sqn* (Gladiators) Filton
No 501 (County of Gloucester) (Fighter) Sqn AAF (Hurricanes) Filton
RAF Station Hendon Hendon, Middlesex
No 248 (Fighter) Sqn* (Blenheims) RAF Hendon
RAF Station Hornchurch Hornchurch, Essex
No 600 (City of London) (Fighter) Sqn AAF (Blenheims) RAF Hornchurch
No 74 (Fighter) Sqn (Spitfires) RAF Hornchurch
No 54 (Fighter) Sqn (Spitfires) RAF Hornchurch
RAF Station Manston Manston, Kent
No 253 (Fighter) Sqn* (Battles) RAF Manston
No 235 (Fighter) Sqn* (Battles) RAF Manston
No 3 (Fighter) Sqn (Hurricanes) RAF Manston
No 79 (Fighter) Sqn RAF Manston
RAF Station Martlesham Heath Martlesham Heath, Suffolk
No 56 (Fighter) Sqn RAF Martlesham Heath
No 254 (Fighter) Sqn* (Blenheims) RAF Martlesham Heath (to move from Stradishall 15 Nov 1939)
No 236 (Fighter) Sqn* (Blenheims) RAF Martlesham Heath (to move from Stradishall 15 Nov 1939)
RAF Station Northolt Northolt, Middlesex
No 65 (Fighter) Sqn (Spitfires) RAF Northolt
No 25 (Fighter) Sqn (Blenheims) RAF Northolt
RAF Station North Weald North Weald, Essex
No 604 (County of Middlesex) (Fighter) Sqn AAF (Blenheims) RAF North Weald
No 151 (Fighter) Sqn (Hurricanes) RAF North Weald
RAF Station Tangmere Tangmere, Sussex
No 43 (Fighter) Sqn (Hurricanes) RAF Tangmere
No 605 (County of Warwick) (Fighter) Sqn AAF (Hurricanes) RAF Tangmere
No 92 (Fighter) Sqn* (Blenheims) RAF Tangmere
No 11 Group Pool (8 + 3 x Battles, 16 + 6 x Hurricanes) RAF St Athan - Station in Training Command

*Non-operational

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

Change Note
No 263 Sqn at Filton to become operational from 20 Nov 1939 (AL1)
No 615 (Fighter) Sqn (Gladiator) moved from RAF Croydon to join RAFC BEF (AL1)
No 3 Sqn (Hurricanes) moved from Manston to Croydon (AL1)
No 501 (County of Gloucester) (Fighter) Sqn AAF (Hurricanes) moved from Filton to Tangmere (AL1)
No 43 Sqn (Hurricane) moved from Tangmere to Acklington (AL1)
No 254 Sqn (Blenheims) moved from Martlesham Heath to Sutton Bridge (AL1)
No 264 Sqn (Defiants) moved from Sutton Bridge to Martlesham (AL1)
Establishment of No 11 Group Pool changed 8 + 3 Battles removed, 4 + 2 Harvards & 4 + 2 Mentors added (AL1)
No 24 Sqn (Various) added to RAF Hendon AL4, 21 Dec 1939

No 12 (Fighter) Group (HQ - Hucknall)

 
Unit Location/Administered by
RAF Station Debden Debden, Essex
No 17 (Fighter) Sqn (Hurricanes) RAF Debden
No 29 (Fighter) Sqn (Blenheims) RAF Debden
No 504 (County of Nottingham) (Fighter) Sqn AAF (Hurricanes) RAF Debden
RAF Station Digby Digby, Lincolnshire
No 46 (Fighter) Sqn (Hurricanes) RAF Digby
No 611 (West Lancashire) (Fighter) Sqn AAF (Spitfires) RAF Digby
No 229 (Fighter) Sqn* (Blenheims) RAF Digby
RAF Station Doncaster Doncaster, West Riding of Yorkshire
Civil Aircraft Flight (2 x Ensigns, 1 x DH86) RAF Doncaster
RAF Station Duxford Duxford, Cambridgeshire
No 19 (Fighter) Sqn (Spitfires) RAF Duxford
No 66 (Fighter) Sqn (Spitfires) RAF Duxford
No 222 (Fighter) Sqn (Blenheims) RAF Duxford
No 254 (Fighter) Sqn* (Blenheims) RAF Stradishall (to move to Martlesham Heath on 15 Nov 1939) - Station in Bomber Command
No 236 (Fighter) Sqn* (Blenheims) RAF Stradishall (to move to Martlesham Heath on 15 Nov 1939) - Station in Bomber Command
RAF Station Sutton Bridge Sutton Bridge, Lincolnshire
No 266 (Fighter) Sqn* (Battles) RAF Sutton Bridge
No 264 (Fighter) Sqn* (Defiants) RAF Sutton Bridge
RAF Station Wittering Wittering, Leicestershire
No 23 (Fighter) Sqn (Blenheims) RAF Wittering
No 213 (Fighter) Sqn (Hurricanes) RAF Wittering
No 610 (County of Chester) (Fighter) Sqn AAF (Spitfires) RAF Wittering
No 12 Group Pool (6 + 3 x Battles or Harvards, 12 + 4 x Hurricanes, 12 + 4 x Spitfires, 12 + 4 x Blenheims) RAF Aston Down (operating temporarily on a reduced establishment)

*Non-operational

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

Change Note
No 607 (Fighter) Sqn (Gladiator) moved from Acklington to join RAFC BEF (AL1)
No 43 Sqn (Hurricane) moved from Tangmere to Acklington (AL1)
No 254 Sqn (Blenheims) moved from Martlesham Heath to Sutton Bridge (AL1)
No 264 Sqn (Defiants) moved from Sutton Bridge to Martlesham (AL1)
3 + 2 aircraft located at Sumburgh* Sqn being re-equipped with Spitfires (AL1)

No 13 (Fighter) Group (Attached to No 12 Group at Hucknall)

 
Unit Location/Administered by
RAF Station Acklington Acklington, Alnwick, Northumberland
No 607 (County of Durham) (Fighter) Sqn AAF (Gladiators) RAF Acklington
No 152 (Fighter) Sqn* (Gladiators) RAF Acklington
No 111 (Fighter) Sqn (Hurricanes) RAF Acklington
RAF Station Catterick Catterick, North Riding of Yorkshire
No 41 (Fighter) Sqn (Spitfires) RAF Catterick
No 219 (Fighter) Sqn* (Blenheims) RAF Catterick
RAF Station Church Fenton Church Fenton, West Riding of Yorkshire
No 64 (Fighter) Sqn (Blenheims) RAF Church Fenton
No 242 (Fighter) Sqn* (Blenheims) RAF Church Fenton
RAF Station Drem Drem, East Lothian
No 602 (City of Glasgow) (Fighter) Sqn AAF (Spitfires) RAF Drem
No 609 (West Riding) (Fighter) Sqn AAF (Spitfires) RAF Drem
No 72 (Fighter) Sqn (Spitfires) RAF Drem
No 141 (Fighter) Sqn* (Blenheims) RAF Grangemouth - Station in Reserve Command
RAF Station Leconfield Leconfield, Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire
No 616 (South Yorkshire) (Fighter) Sqn AAF* (Spitfires) RAF Leconfield
No 234 (Fighter) Sqn* (Blenheims) RAF Leconfield
No 245 (Fighter) Sqn* (Blenheims) RAF Leconfield
No 603 (City of Edinburgh) (Fighter) Sqn AAF (Spitfires) RAF Turnhouse

*Non-operational

No 22 (Army Co-operation) Group (HQ - Farnborough)

 
Unit Location/Administered by
RAF Station Odiham Odiham, Hampshire
No 613 (City of Manchester) (Army Co-operation) Sqn AAF* (Hector) RAF Odiham
No 614 (County of Glamorgan) (Army Co-operation) Sqn AAF* (Lysander) RAF Odiham
No 225 (Army Co-operation) Sqn* (Lysander) RAF Odiham
RAF Station Old Sarum Old Sarum, Wiltshire
No 16 (Army Co-operation) Sqn (Lysander) RAF Old Sarum
School of Army Co-operation (15 + 4  x Blenheims)

Group Pool Establishment: -

  • 12 + 13 x Hectors
  • 12 + 3 Lysanders
  • 12 + 3 Ansons
RAF Old Sarum.

Twin engined aircraft operated from Andover by day and Boscombe Down by night

Source - SD161 (1st Issue), November 1939

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

Change Note
Miscellaneous units section added comprising: -
  • No 1 Camouflage Unit at Baginton
  • No 2 Camouflage Unit at Heston
AL4, 21 Dec 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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