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Other Home Commands - August 1940


Balloon Command (HQ - Stanmore, Middlesex)

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

 
Unit Location Notes
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 (includes 3 waterborne sites)
No 928 (Balloon Barrage) Sqn

 

No 4 Balloon Centre

(Harwich)

3 Flights, 8 Balloons (includes 3 waterborne sites)
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 954 (Balloon Barrage) Sqn

 

No 2 Balloon Centre

(Weybridge)

3 Flights, 8 Balloons
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 1 Balloon Centre

(Thames)

5 Flights, 32 Balloons (all waterborne)
  No 1 Balloon Centre

(Convoy)

1 Flights, 8 Balloons (all waterborne)
No 961 (Balloon Barrage) Sqn

 

No 1 Balloon Centre

(Dover)

2 Flights, 8 Balloons

1 Flight, 8 Balloons (waterborne)

No 1 'M' Balloon Unit No 1 Balloon Centre

(Manston)

 
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

(Langley)

3 Flights, 9 Balloons

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

Unit Location Notes
No 7 Balloon Centre Derby  
No 918 (Balloon Barrage) Sqn No 7 Balloon Centre 4 Flights, 8 Balloons
No 8 Balloon Centre Liverpool  
No 919 (Balloon Barrage) Sqn No 8 Balloon Centre 5 Flights, 8 Balloons

1 Flight, 12 Balloons (waterborne)

No 921 (Balloon Barrage) Sqn No 8 Balloon Centre 6 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 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 962 (Balloon Barrage) Sqn No 5 Balloon Centre

(Milford Haven)

 1 Flight, 7 Balloons

1 Flight, 9 Balloons (waterborne)

No 963 (Balloon Barrage) Sqn No 5 Balloon Centre

(Milford Haven)

3 Flight, 9 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 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 14 Balloon Centre Cardiff  
No 953 (Balloon Barrage) Sqn No 14 Balloon Centre 4 Flights, 8 Balloons

1 Flight, 7 Balloons (waterborne)

No 958 (Balloon Barrage) Sqn No 14 Balloon Centre

(Swansea)

3 Flights, 8 Balloons

1 Flight, 11 Balloons (waterborne)

No 965 (Balloon Barrage) Sqn No 14 Balloon Centre

(Port Talbot)

2 Flights, 8 Balloons
No 966 (Balloon Barrage) Sqn No 14 Balloon Centre

(Newport)

5 Flights, 8 Balloons
No 969 (Balloon Barrage) Sqn No 14 Balloon Centre

(Barry)

2 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 957 (Balloon Barrage) Sqn No 11 Balloon Centre

(Yeovil)

3 Flights, 8 Balloons
No 935 (Balloon Barrage) Sqn No 11 Balloon Centre 3 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 13 Balloon Centre Plymouth  
No 934 (Balloon Barrage) Sqn No 13 Balloon Centre 5 Flights, 8 Balloons
No 964 (Balloon Barrage) Sqn No 13 Balloon Centre 2 Flights, 8 Balloons

1 Flight, 8 Balloons (6 waterborne)

No 959 (Balloon Barrage) Sqn No 13 Balloon Centre

(Falmouth)

2 Flights, 8 Balloons

1 Flight, 8 Balloons (waterborne)

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 (4 waterborne sites)
No 937 (Balloon Barrage) Sqn No 15 Balloon Centre 4 Flights, 8 Balloons (3 waterborne sites)
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 Hull  
No 942 (Balloon Barrage) Sqn No 17 Balloon Centre 4 Flights, Total Balloons 42 (24 waterborne sites)
No 943 (Balloon Barrage) Sqn No 17 Balloon Centre 5 Flights, Total Balloons 32,

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 6 Flights, 8 Balloons
No 947 (Balloon Barrage) Sqn No 18 Balloon Centre 4 Flights, 8 Balloons
No 929 (Balloon Barrage) Sqn No 18 Balloon Centre

(Firth of Forth)

3 Flights, 8 Balloons (7 waterborne sites)
No 948 (Balloon Barrage) Sqn No 18 Balloon Centre

(Firth of Forth)

3 Flights, 8 Balloons
No 967 (Balloon Barrage) Sqn No 18 Balloon Centre

(Ardeer)

6 Flights, 8 Balloons
No 968 (Balloon Barrage) Sqn No 18 Balloon Centre

(Belfast)

5 Flights, 8 Balloons (5 waterborne sites)
No 20 Balloon Centre Lyness  
No 950 (Balloon Barrage) Sqn No 20 Balloon Centre 4 Flights, 8 Balloons
No 960 (Balloon Barrage) Sqn No 20 Balloon Centre 1 Flight, 8 Balloons

2 Flights, 8 Balloons (waterborne)

No 920 (Balloon Barrage) Sqn

Administered direct by HQ No 34 Group

Kyle of Lochalsh 1 Flight, 5 Balloons

1 Flight, 11 Balloons (waterborne)

RAF Station Cardington Cardington, Bedford  
Balloon Development Establishment RAF Cardington under D Arm D
No 26 Maintenance Unit RAF Cardington Maintenance Command unit
No 1 Balloon Training Unit RAF Cardington 75 Balloons
No 970 Mobile Balloon Sqn RAF Cardington 3 Flights, 8 Balloons
No 955 Mobile Balloon Sqn RAF Cardington 4 Flights, 8 Balloons

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

 
Unit Location Notes
RAF Station Odiham Odiham, Hampshire  
No 110 Sqn RCAF RAF Odiham Lysanders
No 112 Sqn RCAF RAF Odiham Lysanders
RAF Station Farnborough Farnborough, Hampshire  
Royal Aircraft Establishment RAF Farnborough  
School of Photography RAF Farnborough  
HQ, No 1 AACU RAF Farnborough  
RAF Station Cardiff Cardiff  
Care & Maintenance Party RAF Cardiff  
RAF Station Old Sarum Old Sarum, Wiltshire  
No 1 School of Army Co-operation RAF Old Sarum. Hectors/Lysanders
RAF Station Andover Andover, Hampshire  
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
Central Landing School RAF Ringway Whitleys
RAF Station Castle Bromwich Castle Bromwich, Warwickshire  
No 7 AACU RAF Castle Bromwich Various
No 4 Sqn Linton-on-Ouse - Station in Bomber Command Lysanders
No 239 Sqn Hatfield - Station in Flying Training Command Lysanders
No 13 Sqn Hooton Park - Station in Coastal Command Lysanders
RAF Station Inverness Inverness  
No 241 Sqn RAF Worksop Lysanders
Pilotless Aircraft Section St Athan - Station in Technical Training Command Lysanders
RAF Station Bury St Edmunds Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk  
No 268 Sqn RAF Bury St Edmunds Lysanders
No 26 Sqn RAF West Malling - Station in Fighter Command Lysanders
RAF Station Gatwick Gatwick, Surrey  
No 2 Sqn Cambridge - Station in Flying Training Command Lysanders
RAF Station Redhill Redhill, Surrey  
RAF Station Tilshead Tilshead, Wiltshire  
No 225 Sqn RAF Tilshead Lysanders
RAF Station Worksop Worksop, Nottinghamshire  
No 613 Sqn RAF Worksop Lysanders
RAF Station Grangemouth Grangemouth, East Lothian  
No 614 Sqn RAF Grangemouth Lysanders
RAF Station Lympne Lympne, Kent  
Care & Maintenance Party RAF Lympne  
RAF Station Christchurch Christchurch, Hampshire  
Special Duty Flight RAF Christchurch  
RAF Station Weston Zoyland Weston Zoyland, Somerset  
No 16 Sqn RAF Weston Zoyland Lysanders
No 8 AACU RAF Weston Zoyland Various

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

U

RAF Penrhos - Station in Flying Training Command Towyn
D RAF Cleave St Agnes Head
E RAF West Freugh - Station in Training Command Burrow Head
F RAF Squires Gate Cark
G

V

RAF Cleave

Penhale Sands

Cleave

J & Z RAF Aberffraw Ty-Croes
K RAF Cleave Penhale Sands
L & X RAF Aberporth Aberporth
W RAF Kidsdale Burrow Head
Y RAF Manorbier Manorbier

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


RAF Northern Ireland (HQ - Dunlambert Hotel, Belfast)

Unit Location Equipment
No 48 Sqn RAF Aldergrove Ansons (15 Group unit)
No 233 Sqn RAF Aldergrove Hudsons (15 Group unit)
No 245 Sqn RAF Aldergrove Hurricane (13 Group unit)
No 502 Sqn RAF Aldergrove Ansons/Bothas (15 Group unit)
No 12 Wireless Intelligence Section RAF Aldergrove  
No 11 Repair and Salvage Unit RAF Aldergrove  
No 22 Wireless Servicing Unit RAF Aldergrove  
No 231 Sqn RAF Newtownards Lysanders
No 88 Sqn RAF Sydenham Battles
No 226 Sqn RAF Sydenham Battles
No 75 AS Equipment Section RAF Sydenham  

Miscellaneous Units

Embarkation Office Parent Unit
London Kidbrooke
Liverpool Sealand
Southampton Calshot
Avonmouth Filton
Barry St Athan
Belfast Sydenham
Newport Cardiff
Lerwick Sullom Voe
Swansea Pembrey
Fowey? Mount Batten
Stranraer Stranraer
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 (5th Issue), August 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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