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Other Home Commands - July 1940


Balloon Command (HQ - Stanmore, Middlesex)

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 No 1 Balloon Centre 5 Flights, 9 Balloons
No 902 (Balloon Barrage) Sqn No 1 Balloon Centre 5 Flights, 9 Balloons
No 952 (Balloon Barrage) Sqn No 4 Balloon Centre 4 Flights, 6 Balloons (Thames - all waterborne)
No 2 Balloon Centre Hook, Surrey  
No 903 (Balloon Barrage) Sqn No  Balloon Centre 5 Flights, 9 Balloons
No 904 (Balloon Barrage) Sqn No 2 Balloon Centre 5 Flights, 9 Balloons
No 905 (Balloon Barrage) Sqn No 2 Balloon Centre 5 Flights, 9 Balloons
No 3 Balloon Centre Stanmore, Middlesex  
No 906 (Balloon Barrage) Sqn No 3 Balloon Centre 5 Flights, 9 Balloons
No 907 (Balloon Barrage) Sqn No 3 Balloon Centre 5 Flights, 9 Balloons
No 956 (Balloon Barrage) Sqn No 3 Balloon Centre 3 Flights, 9 Balloons
No 4 Balloon Centre Chigwell, Essex  
No 908 (Balloon Barrage) Sqn No 4 Balloon Centre 5 Flights, 8 Balloons
No 909 (Balloon Barrage) Sqn No 4 Balloon Centre 5 Flights, 9 Balloons
No 910 (Balloon Barrage) Sqn No 4 Balloon Centre 5 Flights, 9 Balloons
No 928 (Balloon Barrage) Sqn No 4 Balloon Centre 3 Flights, 8 Balloons (Harwich includes 3 waterborne sites)

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

Unit Location Equipment
No 5 Balloon Centre Sutton Coldfield  
No 911 (Balloon Barrage) Sqn No 5 Balloon Centre 6 Flights, 8 Balloons
No 913 (Balloon Barrage) Sqn No 5 Balloon Centre 5 Flights, 8 Balloons
No 6 Balloon Centre Wythall  
No 914 (Balloon Barrage) Sqn No 6 Balloon Centre 5 Flights, 8 Balloons
No 915 (Balloon Barrage) Sqn No 6 Balloon Centre 5 Flights, 8 Balloons
No 916 (Balloon Barrage) Sqn No 6 Balloon Centre 4 Flights, 8 Balloons
No 917 (Balloon Barrage) Sqn No 6 Balloon Centre 3 Flights, 8 Balloons
No 7 Balloon Centre Derby  
No 918 (Balloon Barrage) Sqn No 7 Balloon Centre 3 Flights, 8 Balloons
No 8 Balloon Centre Liverpool  
No 919 (Balloon Barrage) Sqn No 8 Balloon Centre 5 Flights, 8 Balloons
No 921 (Balloon Barrage) Sqn No 8 Balloon Centre 6 Flights, 8 Balloons
No 9 Balloon Centre Warrington  
No 922 (Balloon Barrage) Sqn No 9 Balloon Centre 4 Flights, 8 Balloons
No 923 (Balloon Barrage) Sqn No 9 Balloon Centre 4 Flights, 8 Balloons
No 949 (Balloon Barrage) Sqn No 9 Balloon Centre 4 Flights, 8 Balloons
No 10 Balloon Centre Manchester  
No 925 (Balloon Barrage) Sqn No 10 Balloon Centre 5 Flights, 8 Balloons
No 926 (Balloon Barrage) Sqn 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 No 11 Balloon Centre 4 Flights, 8 Balloons
No 951 (Balloon Barrage) Sqn No 11 Balloon Centre 5 Flights, 8 Balloons
No 912 (Balloon Barrage) Sqn No 11 Balloon Centre 3 Flights, 8 Balloons
No 935 (Balloon Barrage) Sqn No 11 Balloon Centre 3 Flights, 8 Balloons
No 14 Balloon Centre Cardiff  
No 953 (Balloon Barrage) Sqn No 14 Balloon Centre 5 Flights, 8 Balloons
No 13 Balloon Centre Plymouth  
No 934 (Balloon Barrage) Sqn No 13 Balloon Centre 5 Flights, 8 Balloons
No 12 Balloon Centre Titchfield  
No 924 (Balloon Barrage) Sqn No 12 Balloon Centre 3 Flights, 8 Balloons
No 930 (Balloon Barrage) Sqn No 12 Balloon Centre 5 Flights, 8 Balloons

1 Flight, 10 Balloons (waterborne)

No 932 (Balloon Barrage) Sqn No 12 Balloon Centre 4 Flights, 8 Balloons
No 933 (Balloon Barrage) Sqn 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 No 15 Balloon Centre 5 Flights, 8 Balloons includes4 waterborne sites
No 937 (Balloon Barrage) Sqn No 15 Balloon Centre 4 Flights, 8 Balloons
No 938 (Balloon Barrage) Sqn No 15 Balloon Centre 6 Flights, 8 Balloons
No 16 Balloon Centre Sheffield  
No 939 (Balloon Barrage) Sqn No 16 Balloon Centre 5 Flights, 8 Balloons
No 940 (Balloon Barrage) Sqn No 16 Balloon Centre 4 Flights, 8 Balloons
No 17 Balloon Centre Sheffield Transferred from Hull
No 942 (Balloon Barrage) Sqn No 17 Balloon Centre 4 Flights, Total Balloons 43, includes 25 waterborne sites
No 943 (Balloon Barrage) Sqn No 17 Balloon Centre 5 Flights, Total Balloons 31

No 34 (Balloon Barrage) Group

Unit Location Equipment
No 18 Balloon Centre Glasgow  
No 945 (Balloon Barrage) Sqn No 18 Balloon Centre 5 Flights, 8 Balloons
No 946 (Balloon Barrage) Sqn No 18 Balloon Centre 5 Flights, 8 Balloons
No 947 (Balloon Barrage) Sqn No 18 Balloon Centre 4 Flights, 8 Balloons
No 929 (Balloon Barrage) Sqn (Firth of Forth) No 18 Balloon Centre 3 Flights, 8 Balloons include 7 waterborne sites
No 948 (Balloon Barrage) Sqn (Firth of Forth) No 18 Balloon Centre 3 Flights, 8 Balloons
No 950 (Balloon Barrage) Sqn Scapa 8 Flights, 7 Balloons includes 12 waterborne sites

Administered direct by HQ No 34 Group

No 920 (Balloon Barrage) Sqn Kyle of Lochalsh 1 Flight, 5 Balloons (land)

1 Flight, 11 Balloons (waterborne)

Administered direct by HQ No 34 Group

RAF Station Cardington Cardington, Bedford  
No 958 Mobile Balloon Sqn RAF Cardington 3 Flights, 8 Balloons
No 957 Mobile Balloon Sqn RAF Cardington 4 Flights, 8 Balloons
Balloon Development Establishment RAF Cardington under C Arm D
No 26 Maintenance Unit RAF Cardington Maintenance Command unit
No 1 Balloon Training Unit RAF Cardington 75 Balloons

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

 
Unit Location Notes
RAF Station Farnborough Farnborough, Hampshire  
Royal Aircraft Establishment RAF Farnborough  
School of Photography RAF Farnborough  
HQ, No 1 AACU RAF Farnborough  
RAF Station Odiham Odiham, Hampshire  
No 613 Sqn RAF Odiham Lysanders
No 110 Sqn RCAF* RAF Odiham Lysanders
Auto-Giro Training Flight (Auto-Giro) RAF Odiham  
Care & Maintenance Party RAF Cardiff  
RAF Station Old Sarum Old Sarum, Wiltshire  
No 225 Sqn RAF Old Sarum. Lysanders
No 1 School of Army Co-operation RAF Old Sarum. Hectors/Lysanders
RAF Station Andover Andover, Hampshire  
RAF Staff College RAF Andover  
No 2 School of Army Co-operation RAF Andover Ansons/Blenheims
RAF Station Ringway Ringway, Manchester, Lancashire  
No 110 AACU Wing RAF Ringway  
No 6 AACU RAF Ringway Various
No 7 AACU Castle Bromwich Various
No 2 Sqn Hatfield - Station in Flying Training Command Lysanders
No 4 Sqn Linton-on-Ouse - Station in Bomber Command Lysanders
No 52 Wing RAF Grangemouth  
No 614 Sqn RAF Grangemouth Lysanders
No 50 Wing RAF Redhill  
No 16 Sqn RAF Redhill Lysanders
No 51 Wing RAF West Malling  
No 26 Sqn RAF West Malling Lysanders
No 13 Sqn Hooton Park - Station in Coastal Command Lysanders
No 112 Sqn RCAF* High Post Lysanders
No 53 Sqn Gatwick Blenheims

*Non-operational

No 22 Group was also responsible for the flights No 1 Anti-Aircraft Co-operation Unit, located as follows: -

 
Flight(s) Location To work with the range at
HQ RAF Farnborough  
A RAF Weston Zoyland Watchet
B RAF Carew Cheriton - Station in Coastal Command Manorbier
C

J

RAF Penrhos - Station in Flying Training Command 'Towyn

Ty-Croes

D

G

V

RAF Cleave St Agnes Head

Cleave

 

E RAF West Freugh - Station in Training Command Burrow Head
F RAF Squires Gate Cark
L RAF Carew Cheriton - Station in Coastal Command Aberporth
K Flight - RAF Weston Zoyland

Flight - RAF Cleave

Penhale Sands

 

W RAF Kidsdale Burrow Head
X & Z RAF Watchet Watchet
Y RAF Manorbier Manorbier

Flights A - L are Towing Flights, V - Z are Pilotless Aero Flights


No 61 Group (HQ - Dunlambert Hotel, Belfast)

Unit Location Equipment
No 88 Sqn RAF Sydenham Battles
No 226 Sqn RAF Sydenham Battles
No 75 AS Equipment Section RAF Sydenham  
No 64 Fighter Wing Servicing Unit RAF Aldergrove  
No 11 Repair and Salvage Unit RAF Aldergrove  
No 12 Wireless Intelligence Section RAF Aldergrove  
No 231 Sqn RAF Newtownards Lysanders

Miscellaneous Units

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

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 (4th Issue), Jul 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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