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Bomber Command - July 1940


No 1 Group (HQ - Hucknall)

 
Unit Location Notes
RAF Station Binbrook Binbrook, Lincolnshire  
No 12 Sqn RAF Binbrook Battles
No 142 Sqn RAF Binbrook Battles
RAF Station Newton Newton, Nottinghamshire  
No 103 Sqn RAF Newton Battles
No 150 Sqn RAF Newton Battles

Bramcote and the two Polish squadrons forming there will be transferred to No 1 Group when these squadrons become operationally fit.

No 2 Group (HQ - Huntingdon)

 
Unit Location  
RAF Station Horsham St Faith Horsham St Faith, Norfolk  
No 114 Sqn RAF Horsham St Faith Blenheims
No 139 Sqn RAF Horsham St Faith Blenheims
RAF Station Oakington Oakington, Cambridgeshire  
No 105 Sqn RAF Oakington (Temporarily at Watton) Blenheims
No 218 Sqn RAF Oakington Blenheims
RAF Station Wattisham Wattisham, Suffolk  
No 107 Sqn RAF Wattisham Blenheims
No 110 Sqn RAF Wattisham Blenheims
RAF Station Watton Watton, Norfolk  
No 21 Sqn RAF Watton Blenheims
No 82 Sqn RAF Watton Blenheims
RAF Station West Raynham West Raynham, Norfolk  
No 18 Sqn RAF West Raynham Blenheims
No 101 Sqn RAF West Raynham Blenheims
No 2 Group Target Towing Flight RAF West Raynham Battles
RAF Station Wyton Wyton, Huntingdonshire  
No 57 Sqn RAF Wyton Blenheims
No 15 Sqn RAF Wyton Blenheims
No 40 Sqn RAF Wyton Blenheims

Certain of No 2 Group squadrons may be detached to Kinloss and/or Lossiemouth from time to time

No 3 Group (HQ - Exning, Newmarket)

 
Unit Location Notes
RAF Station Feltwell Feltwell, Norfolk  
No 37 Sqn RAF Feltwell Wellingtons
No 75 (New Zealand) Sqn RAF Feltwell Wellingtons
RAF Station Honington Honington, Suffolk  
No 9 Sqn RAF Honington Wellingtons
RAF Station Marham Marham, Norfolk  
No 38 Sqn RAF Marham Wellingtons
No 115 Sqn RAF Marham Wellingtons
No 3 Group Target Towing Flight RAF Marham Battles
RAF Station Mildenhall Mildenhall, Suffolk  
No 99 Sqn RAF Mildenhall Wellingtons
No 149 Sqn RAF Mildenhall Wellingtons
RAF Station Stradishall Stradishall, Suffolk  
No 214 Sqn RAF Stradishall Wellingtons

No 4 Group (HQ - York)

 
Unit Location Notes
RAF Station Dishforth Dishforth, North Riding of Yorkshire  
No 78 Sqn RAF Dishforth Whitleys
No 51 Sqn RAF Dishforth Whitleys
RAF Station Driffield Driffield, East Riding of Yorkshire  
No 77 Sqn RAF Driffield Whitleys
No 102 Sqn RAF Driffield Whitleys
No 4 Group Target Towing Flight RAF Driffield Battles
RAF Station Linton-on-Ouse Linton-on-Ouse, North Riding of Yorkshire  
No 58 Sqn RAF Linton-on-Ouse Whitleys
RAF Station Leeming Leeming, North Riding of Yorkshire  
No 10 Sqn RAF Leeming Whitleys

No 5 Group (HQ - 'St Vincents', Grantham)

 
Unit Location Notes
RAF Station Finningley Finningley, West Riding of Yorkshire  
No 106 Sqn RAF Finningley Hampdens
RAF Station Hatfield Woodhouse Hatfield Woodhouse, West Riding of Yorkshire  
No 50 Sqn RAF Hatfield Woodhouse Hampdens
RAF Station Hemswell Hemswell, Lincolnshire  
No 61 Sqn RAF Hemswell Hampdens
No 144 Sqn RAF Hemswell Hampdens
RAF Station Scampton Scampton, Lincolnshire  
No 49 Sqn RAF Scampton Hampdens
No 83 Sqn RAF Scampton Hampdens
RAF Station Waddington Waddington, Lincolnshire  
No 44 Sqn RAF Waddington Hampdens
No 5 Group Target Towing Flight RAF Waddington Battles
No 271 (Transport) Sqn RAF Doncaster Various

No 6 Group (HQ - Norwich)

 
Unit Location Notes
RAF Station Abingdon Abingdon, Berkshire administers by Code & Cypher School, Oxford - No 26 Group
No 10 Operational Training Unit RAF Abingdon Whitleys
RAF Station Bassingbourn Bassingbourn, Cambridgeshire  
No 11 Operational Training Unit RAF Bassingbourn Wellingtons
RAF Station Benson Benson, Oxfordshire  
No 12 Operational Training Unit RAF Benson Battles
RAF Station Harwell Harwell, Oxfordshire  
No 15 Operational Training Unit RAF Harwell Wellingtons
RAF Station Hucknall Hucknall, Nottinghamshire
No 18 (Polish) Operational Training Unit RAF Hucknall Battles
RAF Station Kinloss Kinloss, Morayshire  
No 19 Operational Training Unit RAF Kinloss Whitleys
RAF Station Lossiemouth Lossiemouth, Morayshire  
No 20 Operational Training Unit RAF Lossiemouth Whitleys
RAF Station Bramcote    
No 300 (Polish) Sqn RAF Bramcote Battles
1 Polish squadron to form RAF Bramcote  

No 7 Group (HQ - Brampton, Huntingdon)

Unit Location Notes
RAF Station Bicester Bicester, Oxfordshire  
No 13 Operational Training Unit RAF Bicester Blenheims
RAF Station Cottesmore Cottesmore, Rutland  
No 14 Operational Training Unit RAF Cottesmore Hampdens
RAF Station Upper Heyford Upper Heyford, Oxfordshire  
No 16 Operational Training Unit RAF Upper Heyford Hampdens
RAF Station Upwood Upwood, Huntingdonshire  
No 17 Operational Training Unit RAF Upwood Blenheims

All OTUs have Ansons in addition to their operation type.

The following squadrons of Bomber Command have been reduced to a 'number only' basis until it becomes practicable to reform them as operational units

No 166 Sqn
No 52 Sqn
No 63 Sqn
No 104 Sqn
No 108 Sqn
No 35 Sqn
No 90 Sqn
No 207 Sqn
No 215 Sqn
No 148 Sqn
No 185 Sqn
No 7 Sqn
No 76 Sqn
No 97 Sqn

Source SD161 (4th Issue), Jul 1940

County names used are those in use at the time

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