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Coastal Command - July 1940


No 15 (Reconnaissance) Group (HQ - Plymouth)

 
Unit Location Notes
No 502 Sqn RAF Aldergrove - Station in No 61 Group Ansons
RAF Station Carew Cheriton Carew Cheriton, Pembrokeshire  
1 Flight, No 48 Sqn RAF Carew Cheriton Ansons/Beauforts
'B' Flight, No 1 AACU RAF Carew Cheriton Henleys
'L' Flight, No 1 AACU RAF Carew Cheriton Henleys
Care & Maintenance Party Falmouth for operational use from time to time by FB detachment Administered by Mount Batten
Embarkation Office Fowey, administered by Mount Batten  
RAF Station Hooton Park Hooton Park, Cheshire  
No 48 Sqn less 1 Flight RAF Hooton Park Ansons/Beauforts
RAF Station Mount Batten Plymouth, Devon  
No 10 Sqn, RAAF RAF Mount Batten Sunderlands
RAF Station Oban Oban, Argyllshire  
No 210 Sqn RAF Oban Sunderlands
RAF Station Pembroke Dock Pembroke Dock, Pembrokeshire  
Dutch Naval Air Sqn RAF Pembroke Dock Fokkers
No 209 Sqn RAF Pembroke Dock Lerwicks
Major maintenance of Nos 201 & 204 Sqns RAF Pembroke Dock Sunderlands
No 15 Group Communication Flight RNAS Roborough (FAA Station)  
RAF Station St Eval St Eval, Newquay, Cornwall  
No 217 Sqn RAF St Eval Ansons
'C' Flight, No 2 AACU RAF St Eval Sharks/Battles
RAF Station Stranraer Stranraer, Wigtownshire  
No 240 Sqn RAF Stranraer Londons/Stranaers
Flying Boat Training Sqn (No 17 Group unit) RAF Stranraer Singapore III

No 16 (Reconnaissance) Group (HQ - Chatham)

 
Unit Location Notes
RAF Station Bircham Newton Bircham Newton, Norfolk  
No 206 Sqn RAF Bircham Newton Hudsons
No 235 Sqn RAF Bircham Newton Blenheims
Mobile Torpedo Base RAF Bircham Newton  
RAF Station Detling Detling, Kent  
No 500 Sqn RAF Detling Ansons
No 53 Sqn RAF Detling Blenheims
No 1 Coastal Artillery Co-operation Unit (No 17 Group unit) RAF Detling Ansons
Care & Maintenance RAF Felixstowe  
RAF Station Heston Heston, Middlesex  
Photographic Reconnaissance Unit RAF Heston Various
RAF Station North Coates North Coates Fitties, Lincolnshire  
No 22 Sqn RAF North Coates Beauforts
Mobile Torpedo Base RAF North Coates  
No 16 Group Communication Flight Rochester (Civil)  
RAF Station Thorney Island Thorney Island, Hampshire  
No 59 Sqn RAF Thorney Island Blenheims
No 236 Sqn RAF Thorney Island Blenheims
Interpretation Section, PRU Wembley  

No 17 (Training) Group (HQ - Gosport)

 
Unit Location Notes
RAF Station Abbotsinch Abbotsinch, Renfrewshire  
Torpedo Training Unit RAF Abbotsinch  
RAF Station Calshot Calshot Spit, Hampshire  
  1. Major maintenance of Nos 209 and 240 Sqns
  2. Marine Craft Repair Section
  3. Marine Craft Section
  4. Marine Craft Instructional Section
Embarkation Office Glasgow Administered by Abbotsinch
RAF Station Gosport Gosport, Hampshire  
  1. Torpedo Experimental and Development Section
  2. Torpedo Experimental and Development Flight
  3. Torpedo Instructional Section
  4. No 2 Anti-Aircraft Co-operation Unit (less 'C' Flight and part of 'D' Flight)
  5. FAA Maintenance Unit
RAF Station Silloth Silloth, Cumberland  
No 1 (Coastal) Operational Training Unit RAF Silloth Various
Embarkation Office Southampton Administered by Calshot
RAF Station Squires Gate Squires Gate, Blackpool, Lancashire  
No 1 School of General Reconnaissance RAF Squires Gate Ansons
No 2 School of General Reconnaissance RAF Squires Gate Ansons
'F' Flight, No 1 AACU RAF Squires Gate Henleys

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

 
Unit Location Notes
RAF Station Dyce Dyce, Aberdeen  
No 612 Sqn RAF Dyce Ansons
No 254 Sqn RAF Dyce Blenheims
RAF Station Helensburgh Helensburgh, Dunbartonshire  
Marine Aircraft Experimental Establishment RAF Helenburgh Various
RAF Station Kaldadarnes Kaldadarnes, Iceland  
No 98 Sqn RAF Kaldadarnes Battles
RAF Station Leuchars Leuchars, Fife  
No 224 Sqn RAF Leuchars Hudsons
No 233 Sqn RAF Leuchars Hudsons
No 18 Group Communications Flight RAF Leuchars Various
RAF Station Sullom Voe Shetlands  
No 201 Sqn RAF Sullom Voe Sunderlands
No 204 Sqn RAF Sullom Voe Sunderlands
RAF Station Sumburgh Shetlands  
Fighter Flight RAF Sumburgh Gladiators
No 248 Sqn RAF Sumburgh Blenheims
RAF Station Thornaby Thornaby, North Riding of Yorkshire  
No 608 Sqn RAF Thornaby Ansons/Bothas
No 220 Sqn RAF Thornaby Hudsons
RAF Station Wick Wick, Caithness  
No 269 Sqn RAF Wick Hudsons
No 42 Sqn RAF Wick Beauforts
1 Communication aircraft RAF Wick Dragon

Source - SD161 (4th Issue), Jul 1940

County names used are those in use at the time

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