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Training Command - May 1940


No 20 (Training) Group (HQ - Market Drayton)

Unit Location
No 2 School of Technical Training RAF Cosford
No 3 School of Technical Training Blackpool
No 6 School of Technical Training Hednesford
No 8 School of Technical Training Weeton (to open 20 May 1940)
No 9 School of Technical Training Morecombe
No 10 School of Technical Training Kirkham (under construction)
No 3 Recruits Centre Padgate
No 4 Recruits Centre Bridgnorth
No 5 Recruits Centre Saughall Massie
No 6 Recruits Centre Wilmslow
No 7 Recruits Centre Morecombe
Officers Disciplinary Course Loughborough
Equipment Training School (Officers) Loughborough

No 21 (Training) Group (HQ - Cranwell)

Unit Location
RAF College RAF Cranwell
No 8 Service Flying Training School RAF Montrose
No 12 Service Flying Training School RAF Grantham
No 14 Service Flying Training School RAF Cranfield
No 15 Service Flying Training School RAF Middle Wallop
Equipment Training School (Men) RAF Cranwell
School of Clerks, Accounting RAF Cranwell
Supplies Depot RAF Cranwell
RAF Hospital RAF Cranwell
No 1 Practice Flying Unit Meir

No 23 (Training) Group (HQ - RAF South Cerney)

 
Unit Location
Central Flying School RAF Upavon
No 1 Service Flying Training School RAF Netheravon
No 2 Service Flying Training School RAF Brize Norton
No 3 Service Flying Training School RAF South Cerney
No 5 Service Flying Training School RAF Sealand
No 6 Service Flying Training School RAF Little Rissington
No 7 Service Flying Training School RAF Peterborough
No 9 Service Flying Training School RAF Hullavington
No 10 Service Flying Training School RAF Tern Hill
No 11 Service Flying Training School RAF Shawbury
School of Air Navigation RAF St Athan - Station in No 24 Group (Temporary)

No 24 (Training) Group (HQ - Halton Camp)

 
Unit Location
No 1 RAF Depot RAF Uxbridge
No 1 Recruits Centre RAF Uxbridge
No 2 Recruits Centre RAF Cardington
No 8 Recruits Centre RAF Manston
No 1 School of Technical Training RAF Halton
No 4 School of Technical Training RAF St Athan
No 5 School of Technical Training RAF Locking
No 7 School of Technical Training Hereford (opens 4 Jun 1940)
No 11 School of Technical Training Hereford (under construction)
No 12 School of Technical Training Melksham (under construction)
Engineering Course (Officers RAFVR) RAF Cosford
Miscellaneous Technical Training Unit RAF Henlow - Station in Maintenance Command
School of Physical Training RAF Uxbridge
RAF Service Police HQ and School RAF Uxbridge
Personnel Despatch Centre RAF Uxbridge
School of Cookery RAF Halton
School of Aeronautical Engineering (Officers) RAF Henlow - Station in Maintenance Command
Anti-Gas School Rollestone Camp
School of Administration Gerrards Cross
School of Photography RAF Farnborough
Medical Training Depot RAF Halton
RAF Institute of Pathology and Tropical Medicine RAF Halton
RAF Central Band RAF Uxbridge
No 1 Camouflage Unit Baginton (Parent Unit - RAF Cosford)
Central Medical Establishment London
Inspector of Recruiting London
Aeroplane and Armament Experimental Establishment RAF Boscombe Down
Blind Approach Development Flight* RAF Boscombe Down
Record Office Ruislip
Hospitals Base Accounts Office Ruislip
RAF Depository (Officers' and Airmen's effects)** Colnbrook
Central Trade Test Board RAF Uxbridge
WAAF Depot RAF West Drayton
Personnel Transit Centre RAF West Drayton
RAF Hospital (Officers) RAF Uxbridge
Princess Mary's Hospital RAF Halton
RAF Hospital Littleport
RAF Officers' Convalescent Hospital Torquay
RAF Neurological Hospital Matlock
RAF Training School (Polish personnel - ground training)*** Eastchurch

*Administered by Boscombe Down, operational control by CFS, Upavon

**Administered by Record Offices

***Under No 24 Group for personnel and medical matters only. Directly under Training Command for all other purposes

No 25 (Armament) Group (HQ - Brize Norton)

 
Unit Location
Central Gunnery School RAF Warmwell
No 1 Air Armament School RAF Manby
No 2 Air Armament School RAF Pembrey
No 3 Bombing & Gunnery School RAF Aldergrove
No 4 Bombing & Gunnery School RAF West Freugh
No 5 Bombing & Gunnery School RAF Jurby
No 7 Bombing & Gunnery School RAF Porthcawl
No 8 Bombing & Gunnery School RAF Evanton
No 9 Bombing & Gunnery School RAF Penrhos
No 10 Bombing & Gunnery School RAF Warmwell
No 1 Ground Defence Gunnery School RAF North Coates

No 26 (Signals) Group (HQ - Langley Hall, Langley, Slough, Berks)

Unit Location
RAF Central Teleprinter Exchange RAF Leighton Buzzard
RAF Inter-Command W/T Receiving Station RAF Leighton Buzzard
Air Ministry Communication Staff Whitehall (Administered by AM Unit, London)
RAF Unit Worcester
Air Ministry Communication Staff (Western Area) Worcester (Administered by RAF Unit, Worcester)
RAF Station Harrogate Harrogate, North Riding of Yorkshire
Air Ministry Communication Staff Harrogate (Administered by RAF Station, Harrogate)
Air Ministry Communication Staff Harrow (Administered by Leighton Buzzard)
Air Ministry Communication Staff 'Z'
Air Ministry W/T Station Cheadle
Air Ministry W/T Station Sutton Vallence
Air Ministry W/T Station Waddington
Air Ministry W/T Station Montrose
Air Ministry W/T Station Lydford
Air Ministry W/T Station Dagnall (Parent Station - Leighton Buzzard)
Air Ministry W/T Station Greenford (Parent Station - Leighton Buzzard)
Air Ministry W/T Station RAF Cardington (Parent Station - Leighton Buzzard)
Air Ministry W/T Station Dunstable (Parent Station - Leighton Buzzard)
Air Ministry W/T Station Bodmin (Parent Station - St Eval)
No 1 Supplementary School of Wireless Training Hamble (Lodger Unit, No 50 Group)
No 2 Supplementary School of Wireless Training Prestwick (Lodger Unit, No 512 Group)
Emergency W/T Fitting Parties  
Operational and Development Party (Signals) RAF Kidbrooke
RAF Code and Cypher School Oxford
No 1 Electrical and Wireless School RAF Cranwell
No 2 Electrical and Wireless School RAF Yatesbury
No 3 Electrical and Wireless School Calne (under construction)
No 4 Electrical and Wireless School Wroughton (under construction)
Special Signals School RAF Yatesbury

Source - SD161 (3rd Issue), May 1940

County names used are those in use at the time

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