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Other Home Commands - May 1940


Maintenance Command (HQ - Andover)

No 40 (Maintenance) Group (HQ - 81 Weyhill Road, Andover)

 
Unit Location
No 1 Maintenance Unit RAF Kidbrooke (Repair Workshop & Equipment depository)
No 3 Maintenance Unit RAF Milton
No 4 Maintenance Unit RAF Ruislip (Repair Workshop & Equipment depository)
No 7 Maintenance Unit RAF Quedgeley
No 14 Maintenance Unit RAF Carlisle
No 16 Maintenance Unit RAF Stafford
No 25 Maintenance Unit Hartlebury
No 35 Maintenance Unit Heywood
'A' Maintenance Sub Unit Wembley
'B' Maintenance Unit Hammersmith
'C' Maintenance Unit Coventry
'D' Maintenance Sub Unit Wembley
'E' Maintenance Unit Newport
'F' Maintenance Unit RAF Waddington - Station in Bomber Command
'G' Maintenance Unit Norwich
'H' Maintenance Unit Dumfries
'K' Maintenance Unit Shepton Mallet
'L' Maintenance Unit Salford

All the MUs above were Equipment Depots except were stated otherwise

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

Change Note
'M' Maintenance Unit at Kidbrooke was opened as an Equipment Depository AL1, 20 Jun 1940
'P' Maintenance Unit at Ruislip was opened as an Equipment Depository AL1, 20 Jun 1940
No 1 MU was was transferred to No 43 Group as a Repair Depot AL1, 20 Jun 1940
No 4 MU was was transferred to No 43 Group as a Repair Depot AL1, 20 Jun 1940
'F' MU was disbanded AL1, 20 Jun 1940

No 41 (Maintenance) Group (HQ - Andover)

 
Unit Location/Administered by
No 5 Maintenance Unit RAF Kemble
No 6 Maintenance Unit RAF Brize Norton - Station in Training Command
No 8 Maintenance Unit RAF Little Rissington - Station in Training Command
No 9 Maintenance Unit RAF Cosford - Station in Training Command
No 10 Maintenance Unit RAF Hullavington - Station in Training Command
No 12 Maintenance Unit RAF Kirkbride
No 15 Maintenance Unit RAF Wroughton
No 19 Maintenance Unit RAF St Athan - Station in Training Command
No 20 Maintenance Unit RAF Aston Down - Station in Fighter Command
No 22 Maintenance Unit RAF Silloth - Station in Coastal Command
No 23 Maintenance Unit RAF Aldergrove - Station in Training Command
No 24 Maintenance Unit RAF Ternhill - Station in Training Command
No 27 Maintenance Unit RAF Shawbury - Station in Training Command
No 36 Maintenance Unit RAF Sealand - Station in Training Command
No 37 Maintenance Unit RAF Burtonwood
No 38 Maintenance Unit RAF Llandow
No 45 Maintenance Unit RAF Kinloss
No 46 Maintenance Unit RAF Lossiemouth
No 48 Maintenance Unit RAF Hawarden
No 52 Maintenance Unit Cardiff- Station in Fighter Command
No 1 Ferry Pool RAF Hucknall - Station in Bomber Command
No 3 Ferry Pool White Waltham
No 4 Ferry Pool Cardiff- Station in Fighter Command

All the MUs above were Aircraft Storage Units except No 36 and No 52, which were a Packing Depots

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

Change Note
No 35 MU was established at RAF Colerne AL1, 20 Jun 1940
No 1 FPP was disbanded AL1, 20 Jun 1940
No 4 FPP moved to Kemble AL1, 20 Jun 1940

No 42 (Maintenance) Group (HQ - Burghfield Common, Reading)

Location/Address Unit Notes
Altrincham No 2 Maintenance Unit Ammunition Depot
Ridge No 2 Sub Unit Ammunition Depot
Chilmark No 11 Maintenance Unit Ammunition Depot
Dinton Part of No 11 MU Ammunition Depot
Fauld No 21 Maintenance Unit Ammunition Depot
Grange, nr Holywell No 21 Sub-Unit Ammunition Depot
Pulham No 21 Sub-Unit Ammunition Depot
Harpur Hill No 28 Maintenance Unit Ammunition Depot
Ardrossan   Aviation Fuel and Oil Reserve Depot
Ardrossan   Tinning Factory
Avonmouth   Aviation Fuel and Oil Reserve Depot
Barnham, Thetford, Norfolk No 94 Maintenance Unit Air Ammunition Park (Parent Station - RAF Honington)
Barrow   Aviation Fuel and Oil Reserve Depot
Barton   Oil Reserve Depot
Beeston Castle   Aviation Fuel and Oil Reserve Depot
Bilton   Aviation Fuel and Oil Distributing Depot
Birkenhead   Oil Reserve Depot
Bowling   Aviation Fuel and Oil Reserve Depot
Brafferton, Helperby, North Yorkshire No 92 Maintenance Unit Air Ammunition Park (Parent Station - RAF Dishforth)
Brampton   Aviation Fuel and Oil Distributing Depot
Brixham   Aviation Fuel and Oil Reserve Depot
Chichester   Aviation Fuel and Oil Distributing Depot
Claydon   Aviation Fuel and Oil Distributing Depot
Crawley Crossing   Aviation Fuel and Oil Distributing Depot
Dovehole (Buxton)   Aviation Fuel and Oil Reserve Depot
Fareham   Aviation Fuel and Oil Distributing Depot
Grangemouth   Aviation Fuel and Oil Reserve Depot
Islip   Aviation Fuel and Oil Distributing Depot
Llandarcy   Aviation Fuel and Oil Distributing Depot
Lords Bridge, Cambridge No 95 Maintenance Unit Air Ammunition Park (Parent Station - RAF Bassingbourn)
Massingham   Aviation Fuel and Oil Distributing Depot
Micheldever   Aviation Fuel and Oil Reserve Depot
Mode Wheel   Oil Reserve Depot
Mountnessing   Aviation Fuel and Oil Distributing Depot
Much Wenlock   Aviation Fuel and Oil Reserve Depot
Peterborough   Aviation Fuel and Oil Distributing Depot
Poole   Aviation Fuel and Oil Reserve Depot
Preston   Aviation Fuel and Oil Reserve Depot
Redmile   Aviation Fuel and Oil Distributing Depot
Rowfant   Aviation Fuel and Oil Reserve Depot
Saffron Walden   Aviation Fuel and Oil Distributing Depot
Southburn, nr Driffield, East Yorkshire No 91 Maintenance Unit Air Ammunition Park (Parent Station - RAF Driffield)
Stanlow   Aviation Fuel and Oil Reserve Depot
Stanlow   Tinning Factory
Stourport No 93 Maintenance Unit Aviation Fuel and Oil Reserve Depot
Swinderby   Air Ammunition Park (Parent Station - RAF Waddington)
Thetford   Aviation Fuel and Oil Distributing Depot
Thornaby   Aviation Fuel and Oil Distributing Depot
Upton   Aviation Fuel and Oil Reserve Depot
Watton   Aviation Fuel and Oil Distributing Depot
Wilton   Aviation Fuel and Oil Distributing Depot
Wye   Aviation Fuel and Oil Distributing Depot

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

Change Note
No 98 MU was opened at Mawcarse as an Air Ammunition Park (Parent Station - Leuchars) AL1, 20 Jun 1940
Aviation Fuel and Oil Reserve Depots were opened at: -
  • Falmouth
  • Gloucester
  • Hallen
  • Heysham
  • Milford Haven
  • Plymouth
  • Wervin
AL1, 20 Jun 1940
Aviation Fuel and Oil Distribution Depot was opened at Inverness AL1, 20 Jun 1940
No 97 MU was opened at Staple Halt as an Air Ammunition Park (Parent Station - Manston) AL1, 20 Jun 1940

No 43 (Maintenance) Group (HQ - Andover)

Location/Address Unit Notes
Cambridge (Parent Station - RAF Henlow) No 54 Maintenance Unit Salvage Centre
Carluke (Parent Station - RAF Abbotsinch) No 63 Maintenance Unit Salvage Centre
RAF Henlow No 13 Maintenance Unit Repair Depot
Horsham (Parent Station - RAF Tangmere) No 49 Maintenance Unit Salvage Centre
Newark (Parent Station - RAF Waddington) No 58 Maintenance Unit Salvage Centre
Oxford (Parent Station - RAF Abingdon) No 50 Maintenance Unit Salvage Centre
RAF Sealand - Station in Training Command No 30 Maintenance Unit Repair Depot
Shrewsbury (Parent Station - RAF Shawbury) No 34 Maintenance Unit Salvage Centre
RAF St Athan - Station in Training Command No 32 Maintenance Unit Repair Depot
York - Parent Station - RAF Linton-on-Ouse No 60 Maintenance Unit Salvage Centre

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

Change Note
No 1 MU at Kidbrooke (Repair Depot) was transferred from No 40 Group AL1, 20 Jun 1940
No 4 MU at Ruislip (Repair Depot) was transferred from No 40 Group AL1, 20 Jun 1940

 


Balloon Command (HQ - Kelvin House, Cleveland Street, London W1)

Unit Location Equipment
RAF Station Cardington Cardington, Bedford  
'A Mobile Balloon Sqn RAF Cardington 32 Balloons
No 1 Balloon Training Unit RAF Cardington 75 Balloons
No 1 Balloon Repair Depot RAF Cardington  
Balloon Development Establishment RAF Cardington  
No 1 (Balloon Barrage) Wing RAF Component BEF  
No 912 (Balloon Barrage) Sqn RAF Component BEF 2 Flights, 8 Balloons
RAF Component BEF 2 Flights, 8 Balloons 3 Flights, 8 Balloons

No 30 (Balloon Barrage) Group (HQ - Kelvin House, Cleveland Street, London W1)

 
Unit Location Equipment
No 1 Balloon Centre Kidbrooke, London  
No 901 (Balloon Barrage) Sqn AAF No 1 Balloon Centre 5 Flights, 9 Balloons
No 902 (Balloon Barrage) Sqn AAF No 1 Balloon Centre 5 Flights, 9 Balloons
No 952 (Balloon Barrage) Sqn AAF No 4 Balloon Centre 3 Flights, 8 Balloons (at Sheerness)
No 2 Balloon Centre Hook, Surrey  
No 903 (Balloon Barrage) Sqn AAF No  Balloon Centre 5 Flights, 9 Balloons
No 904 (Balloon Barrage) Sqn AAF No 2 Balloon Centre 5 Flights, 9 Balloons
No 905 (Balloon Barrage) Sqn AAF No 2 Balloon Centre 5 Flights, 9 Balloons
No 3 Balloon Centre Stanmore, Middlesex  
No 906 (Balloon Barrage) Sqn AAF No 3 Balloon Centre 5 Flights, 9 Balloons
No 907 (Balloon Barrage) Sqn AAF No 3 Balloon Centre 5 Flights, 9 Balloons
No 4 Balloon Centre Chigwell, Essex  
No 908 (Balloon Barrage) Sqn AAF No 4 Balloon Centre 5 Flights, 8 Balloons
No 909 (Balloon Barrage) Sqn AAF No 4 Balloon Centre 5 Flights, 9 Balloons
No 910 (Balloon Barrage) Sqn AAF No 4 Balloon Centre 5 Flights, 9 Balloons
No 928 (Balloon Barrage) Sqn AAF No 4 Balloon Centre 3 Flights, 8 Balloons (at Felixstowe)

No 31 (Balloon Barrage) Group (HQ -176 Broad Street, Birmingham)

Unit Location Equipment
No 5 Balloon Centre Sutton Coldfield  
No 911 (Balloon Barrage) Sqn AAF No 5 Balloon Centre 6 Flights, 8 Balloons
No 913 (Balloon Barrage) Sqn AAF No 5 Balloon Centre 5 Flights, 8 Balloons
No 6 Balloon Centre Wythall  
No 914 (Balloon Barrage) Sqn AAF No 6 Balloon Centre 4 Flights, 8 Balloons
No 915 (Balloon Barrage) Sqn AAF No 6 Balloon Centre 4 Flights, 8 Balloons
No 916 (Balloon Barrage) Sqn AAF No 6 Balloon Centre 3 Flights, 8 Balloons
No 917 (Balloon Barrage) Sqn AAF No 6 Balloon Centre 3 Flights, 8 Balloons
No 7 Balloon Centre Derby  
No 918 (Balloon Barrage) Sqn AAF No 7 Balloon Centre 3 Flights, 8 Balloons
No 8 Balloon Centre Liverpool  
No 919 (Balloon Barrage) Sqn AAF No 8 Balloon Centre 5 Flights, 8 Balloons
No 921 (Balloon Barrage) Sqn AAF No 8 Balloon Centre 6 Flights, 8 Balloons
No 9 Balloon Centre Warrington  
No 922 (Balloon Barrage) Sqn AAF No 9 Balloon Centre 4 Flights, 8 Balloons
No 923 (Balloon Barrage) Sqn AAF No 9 Balloon Centre 4 Flights, 8 Balloons
No 949 (Balloon Barrage) Sqn AAF No 9 Balloon Centre 4 Flights, 8 Balloons
No 10 Balloon Centre Manchester  
No 925 (Balloon Barrage) Sqn AAF No 10 Balloon Centre 5 Flights, 8 Balloons
No 926 (Balloon Barrage) Sqn AAF No 10 Balloon Centre 5 Flights, 8 Balloons

No 32 (Balloon Barrage) Group

Unit Location Equipment
No 11 Balloon Centre Bristol  
No 927 (Balloon Barrage) Sqn AAF No 11 Balloon Centre 4 Flights, 8 Balloons
No 951 (Balloon Barrage) Sqn AAF No 11 Balloon Centre 5 Flights, 8 Balloons
No 14 Balloon Centre Cardiff  
No 935 (Balloon Barrage) Sqn AAF No 14 Balloon Centre 2 Flights, 8 Balloons
No 13 Balloon Centre Plymouth  
No 934 (Balloon Barrage) Sqn AAF No 13 Balloon Centre 5 Flights, 8 Balloons
No 12 Balloon Centre Titchfield  
No 930 (Balloon Barrage) Sqn AAF No 12 Balloon Centre 5 Flights, 8 Balloons
No 932 (Balloon Barrage) Sqn AAF No 12 Balloon Centre 4 Flights, 8 Balloons
No 933 (Balloon Barrage) Sqn AAF No 12 Balloon Centre 3 Flights, 8 Balloons

No 33 (Balloon Barrage) Group

Unit Location Equipment
No 15 Balloon Centre Newcastle-upon-Tyne  
No 936 (Balloon Barrage) Sqn AAF No 15 Balloon Centre 4 Flights, 8 Balloons
No 937 (Balloon Barrage) Sqn AAF No 15 Balloon Centre 4 Flights, 8 Balloons
No 938 (Balloon Barrage) Sqn AAF No 15 Balloon Centre 4 Flights, 8 Balloons
No 16 Balloon Centre Sheffield  
No 939 (Balloon Barrage) Sqn AAF No 16 Balloon Centre 5 Flights, 8 Balloons
No 940 (Balloon Barrage) Sqn AAF No 16 Balloon Centre 4 Flights, 8 Balloons
No 17 Balloon Centre Hull  
No 942 (Balloon Barrage) Sqn AAF No 17 Balloon Centre 5 Flights, Total Balloons 41
No 943 (Balloon Barrage) Sqn AAF No 17 Balloon Centre 4 Flights, Total Balloons 51

No 34 (Balloon Barrage) Group

Unit Location Equipment
No 18 Balloon Centre Glasgow  
No 929 (Balloon Barrage) Sqn AAF No 18 Balloon Centre 3 Flights, 8 Balloons
No 945 (Balloon Barrage) Sqn AAF No 18 Balloon Centre 4 Flights, 8 Balloons
No 946 (Balloon Barrage) Sqn AAF No 18 Balloon Centre 4 Flights, 8 Balloons
No 947 (Balloon Barrage) Sqn AAF No 18 Balloon Centre 3 Flights, 8 Balloons
No 948 (Balloon Barrage) Sqn AAF No 18 Balloon Centre 3 Flights, 8 Balloons
No 950 (Balloon Barrage) Sqn Rosyth Administered direct by HQ No 34 Group

Reserve Command (Hendon, The Hyde, London NW9)

No 50 (Training) Group (HQ - Bristol)

 
Unit Location
No 18 EFTS Fairoaks Woking
No 2 EFTS Filton
No 3 EFTS Hamble
No 1 Supplementary School of Wireless Training Hamble
No 11 Air Observer Navigation School Hamble
No 5 EFTS Hamworth
No 1 EFTS Hatfield
No 8 EFTS Reading
No 15 EFTS Redhill
No 6 Air Observer Navigation School Staverton
No 5 Air Observer Navigation School Weston-super-Mare
No 13 EFTS White Waltham
No 10 EFTS RAF Yatesbury
No 2 Air Observer Navigation School RAF Yatesbury

No 51 (Training) Group (HQ - Leeds)

Unit Location
No 9 EFTS Ansty
No 4 Air Observer Navigation School Ansty
No 24 EFTS Belfast Harbour
No 9 Air Observer Navigation School Blackpool
No 4 EFTS Brough
No 22 EFTS Cambridge
No 3 Air Observer Navigation School Carlisle
No 16 EFTS Derby
No 7 EFTS Desford
No 14 EFTS Elmdon
No 11 EFTS Perth
No 7 Air Observer Navigation School Perth
No 12 EFTS Prestwick
No 1 Air Observer Navigation School Prestwick
No 2 Supplementary School of Wireless Training Prestwick
No 6 EFTS Sywell

No 54 (Training) Group (HQ - Reading)

Unit Location
No 1 Initial Training Wing Cambridge
No 3 Initial Training Wing St Leonards
No 4 Initial Training Wing Bexhill
No 5 Initial Training Wing Hastings

Miscellaneous Units

Embarkation Office Parent Unit
London Kidbrooke
Birkenhead Sealand
Southampton Calshot
Avonmouth Filton
Barry St Athan
Newport Cardiff
Swansea Pembrey
Fowey Mount Batten
Leith Turnhouse
Dover Calshot
Glasgow Abbotsinch

Air Ministry (E11) is responsible for operational control and personnel questions affecting officers of the Embarkation Offices.

The Parent units indicated are responsible for pay, accounting and administration involving airmen.

Source - SD161 (3rd Issue), May 1940

County names used are those in use at the time

This page was last updated on 09/06/17 using FrontPage 2003

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