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Air Defence of Great Britain - June 1944


[Command HQ | No 9 Group | No 10 Group | No 11 Group | No 12 Group | No 13 Group | No 38 Group | No 60 Group | No 70 Group]

At this time, a great majority of fighter units had been allocated to 2nd Tactical Air Force and prior to moving to airfield on the continent, these units were acting in a mobile role in preparation and therefore many of the stations shown below would have had units of 2 TAF operating from them but they were not listed in the Confidential Air Force Lists as they were constantly changing.

Command HQ - RAF Bentley Priory, Stanmore, Middlesex

Units administered directly by HQ, Air Defence of Great Britain

 
Unit Location/Address Notes
Royal Observer Corps Stanmore
Air Fighting Development Unit RAF Wittering also listed as being under direct control of AEAF
IX Fighter Command Substitution Unit RAF Middle Wallop
Communication Sqn RAF Northolt

 

No 9 Group

HQ - Barton Hall, Preston, Lancashire

Unit Location/Address Notes
RAF Station Annan Chapelcross, Annan, Dumfrieshire  
No 3 Tactical Exercise Unit RAF Annan  
RAF Station Aston Down Aston Down, Chalford, Nr Stroud, Gloucestershire  
No 2848 Sqn RAF Regiment RAF Aston Down  
RAF Station Bicester Andreas, Isle of Man  
No 13 OTU RAF Bicester  
RAF Station Charter Hall Charter Hall, nr Duns, Berwickshire  
No 54 OTU RAF Charter Hall
RAF Station Cranfield Cranfield, Bletchley, Buckinghamshire  
No 51 OTU RAF Cranfield  
RAF Station Eshott  
No 57 OTU RAF Eshott  
RAF Station Hawarden Hawarden, Saltney Ferry, Flintshire  
No 41 OTU RAF Hawarden  
RAF Station High Ercall    
No 60 OTU RAF High Ercall  
RAF Station Kirton in Lindsey Kirton in Lindsey, Gainsborough, Lincolnshire
No 53 OTU RAF Kirton in Lindsey  
RAF Station Milfield Fighter Leader School  
RAF Station Ouston Stamfordham, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Northumberland  
No 62 OTU RAF Ouston  
RAF Station Rednal Rednal, nr Oswestry, Shropshire
No 61 OTU RAF Rednal
RAF Station Speke Speke Aerodrome, Liverpool 10, Lancashire
RAF Station Tealing Tealing, Dundee, Angus
No 1 Tactical Exercise Unit RAF Tealing
RAF Station Woodvale Woodvale, nr Formby, Lancashire
RAF Station Valley Valley, Holyhead, Anglesey, North Wales
No 2 Tactical Exercise Unit Grangemouth
No 12 Armament Practice Camp Llanbedr
No 9 Group Communication Flt Salmesbury

 

No 10 Group

HQ - Rudloe Manor, Box, Chippenham, Wiltshire

Unit Location/Address Notes
RAF Station Colerne Colerne, Bath, Wiltshire  
No 10 Group Communications Flt RAF Colerne
RAF Station Culmhead Whitewall Corner, Culmhead, nr Taunton,  Somerset Originally called Church Stanton
No 126 Sqn RAF Culmhead  
No 6126 Servicing Echelon RAF Culmhead  
No 610 Sqn RAF Culmhead
No 6610 Servicing Echelon RAF Culmhead  
No 616 Sqn RAF Culmhead  
No 6616 Servicing Echelon RAF Culmhead  
RAF Station Exeter Exeter Air Port, Honiton Clyst, Devon  
No 2767 Sqn RAF Regiment RAF Exeter  
RAF Station Fairwood Common nr Swansea, Glamorganshire  
No 68 Sqn RAF Fairwood Common
No 6068 Servicing Echelon RAF Fairwood Common  
No 11 Armament Practice Camp RAF Fairwood Common  
RAF Station Harrowbeer Harrowbeer, Yelverton, Devon  
No 131 Sqn RAF Harrowbeer
No 6131 Servicing Echelon RAF Harrowbeer  
No 263 Sqn RAF Harrowbeer  
No 6263 Servicing Echelon RAF Harrowbeer  
RAF Station Holmsley South Holmsley South, Hampshire No units listed
RAF Station Ibsley Ibsley, Ringwood, Hampshire  
No 2763 Sqn RAF Regiment RAF Ibsley  
RAF Station Portreath Nancekuke, Redruth, Cornwall
No 276 Sqn RAF Portreath  
No 2758 Sqn RAF Regiment RAF Portreath  
RAF Station Warmwell Warmwell, Dorchester, Dorset No units listed
RAF Station Zeals Zeals, Wiltshire No units listed
No 41 Sqn Bolt Head  
No 6041 Servicing Echelon Bolt Head  
No 406 Sqn RCAF Winkleigh  
No 1 Sqn Predannack, nr Mullion, Cornwall  
No 151 Sqn Predannack, nr Mullion, Cornwall  
No 1449 Flt Predannack, nr Mullion, Cornwall  
No 2795 Sqn RAF Regiment Predannack, nr Mullion, Cornwall  
No 6001 Servicing Echelon Predannack, nr Mullion, Cornwall  
No 6164Servicing Echelon Predannack, nr Mullion, Cornwall  
No 6168 Servicing Echelon Predannack, nr Mullion, Cornwall  
Telecommunications Flying Unit Defford  
Gunnery Research Unit Collyweston Operationally controlled by Ministry of Aircraft Production
No 2704 Sqn RAF Regiment Bolt Head  
No 2828 Sqn RAF Regiment Perranporth  

No 11 Group

HQ - Uxbridge, Middlesex

 
Unit Location/Address Notes
RAF Station Beaulieu Beaulieu,  
No 2762 Sqn RAF Regiment RAF Beaulieu  
RAF Station Biggin Hill Biggin Hill, Westerham, Kent No units listed
RAF Station Castle Camps Castle Camps, Cambridgeshire No units listed
RAF Station Detling    
No 2768 Sqn RAF Regiment RAF Detling  
RAF Station Ford Ford, Arundel, Sussex  
No 456 Sqn RCAF RAF Ford  
No 6456 Servicing Echelon RCAF RAF Ford  
Fighter Interception Unit RAF Ford  
No 2718 Sqn RAF Regiment RAF Ford  
No 2791 Sqn RAF Regiment RAF Ford  
No 2897 Sqn RAF Regiment RAF Ford  
RAF Station Gatwick   No units listed
RAF Station Gravesend Gravesend, Kent  
No 2707 Sqn RAF Regiment RAF Gravesend  
RAF Station Hawkinge Hawkinge, nr Folkestone, Kent  
No 91 Sqn (b) RAF Hawkinge  
No 2826 Sqn RAF Regiment RAF Hawkinge  
RAF Station Hornchurch Hornchurch, Essex  
No 229 Sqn RAF Hornchurch  
No 274 Sqn RAF Hornchurch  
RAF Station Hunsdon Hunsdon, nr Ware, Hertfordshire No units listed
RAF Station Kenley Whyteleafe, Surrey No units listed
RAF Station Manston Manston, nr Ramsgate, Kent
No 137 Sqn RAF Manston
No 6137 Servicing Echelon RAF Manston  
No 605 Sqn RAF Manston
No 1401 Flt RAF Manston
No 2838 Sqn RAF Regiment RAF Manston  
RAF Station Mill Green No units listed
RAF Station Northolt Northolt, Ruislip, Middlesex
ADGB Communication Flt RAF Northolt  
No 11 Group Communication Flt RAF Northolt  
RAF Station North Weald North Weald, Epping, Essex  
No 33 Sqn RAF North Weald  
No 74 Sqn RAF North Weald  
No 127 Sqn RAF North Weald  
No 2715 Sqn RAF Regiment RAF North Weald  
RAF Station Odiham Odiham, Hampshire No units listed
RAF Station Redhill Redhill, Surrey No units listed
RAF Station Southend Southend-on-Sea, Essex  
No 17 Armament Practice Camp RAF Southend  
RAF Station Tangmere Tangmere, Chichester, Sussex No units listed
No 2760 Sqn RAF Regiment RAF Tangmere  
No 2789 Sqn RAF Regiment RAF Tangmere  
No 2894 Sqn RAF Regiment RAF Tangmere  
No 3087 Servicing Echelon RAF Tangmere  
RAF Station West Malling Maidstone, Kent  
No 96 Sqn RAF West Malling  
No 6096 Servicing Echelon RAF West Malling  
No 9085 Servicing Echelon RAF West Malling 85 Sqn at Swannington as part of No 100 Group
No 2769 Sqn RAF Regiment RAF West Malling  
No 63 Sqn Lee-on-Solent  
No 6026 Servicing Echelon Lee-on-Solent  
No 6063 Servicing Echelon Lee-on-Solent  
No 64 Sqn Deanland  
No 6064 Servicing Echelon Deanland  
No 80 Sqn RAF Sawbridgeworth  
No 6080 Servicing Echelon RAF Hornchurch  
No 6125 Servicing Echelon Hurn  
No 130 Sqn Horne  
No 6130 Servicing Echelon Horne  
No 116 Sqn Croydon  
No 219 Sqn Bradwell Bay  
No 6219 Servicing Echelon Bradwell Bay  
No 234 Sqn Deanland  
No 6234 Servicing Echelon Deanland  
No 275 Sqn RAF Warmwell  
No 277 Sqn Shoreham  
No 278 Sqn Bradwell Bay  
No 303 (Polish) Sqn Horne  
No 6303 Servicing Echelon Horne  
No 345 Sqn Shoreham  
No 6345 Servicing Echelon Shoreham  
No 350 (Belgian) Sqn Friston  
No 6350 Servicing Echelon Friston  
No 402 Sqn RCAF Horne  
No 6402 Servicing Echelon Horne  
No 418 Sqn RCAF RAF Holmsley South  
No 6418 Servicing Echelon RCAF RAF Holmsley South  
No 501 Sqn Friston  
No 6501 Servicing Echelon RAF Hawkinge  
No 611 Sqn Deanland  
No 6611 Servicing Echelon Deanland  
No 1320 Flt RAF Holmsley South  
No 1422 Flt Heston  
ADGB Battle School Great Sampford  
No 1 Camouflage Unit Stapleford Tawney, Epping, Essex  
RAF Section RAF Martlesham Heath Station operated by USAAF
No 18 Armament Practice Camp RAF Eastchurch  
No 2723 Sqn RAF Regiment Westhampnett  
No 2790 Sqn RAF Regiment Merston  
No 2803 Sqn RAF Regiment Friston  
No 2812 Sqn RAF Regiment RAF Holmsley South  
No 2813 Sqn RAF Regiment Merston  
No 2823 Sqn RAF Regiment Lympne  
No 2824 Sqn RAF Regiment RAF Warmwell  
No 2832 Sqn RAF Regiment Shoreham  
No 2846 Sqn RAF Regiment Friston  
No 2954 Sqn RAF Regiment RAF Warmwell  

 

No 12 Group

HQ - Watnall, Nottinghamshire

 
Unit Location/Address Notes
RAF Station Acklington Acklington, Morpeth, Northumberland No units listed
RAF Station Church Fenton Church Fenton, nr Tadcaster, West Yorkshire  
No 307 (Polish) Sqn RAF Church Fenton  
No 6307 Servicing Echelon RAF Church Fenton  
RAF Station Coltishall Scottow, Norwich, Norfolk  
No 25 Sqn RAF Coltishall  
No 6025 Servicing Echelon RAF Coltishall  
No 316 (Polish) Sqn RAF Coltishall  
No 6316 Servicing Echelon RAF Coltishall  
No 2735 Sqn RAF Regiment RAF Coltishall  
RAF Station Digby Digby, Lincolnshire  
No 504 Sqn RAF Digby  
No 12 Group Communication Flt RAF Digby  
No 2892 Sqn RAF Regiment RAF Digby  
No 2815 Sqn RAF Regiment RAF Digby  
RAF Station Hutton Cranswick Hutton Cranswick, Driffield, East Yorkshire  
No 16 Armament Practice Camp RAF Hutton Cranswick  
No 2893 Sqn RAF Regiment RAF Hutton Cranswick  
RAF Station Snailwell   No units listed
RAF Station Wittering Wittering, Peterborough, Northamptonshire  
No 1426 Flt RAF Wittering  
No 1530 (BAT) Flt RAF Wittering  
No 3040 Servicing Echelon RAF Wittering  
No 26 Sqn Lee-on Solent  
No 2898 Sqn RAF Regiment Coleby Grange  

 

No 13 Group

HQ - Blakelaw Estate, Ponteland Road, Newcastle upon Tyne

 
Unit Location/Address Notes
RAF Station Ayr Ayr, Heathfield, Ayrshire  
No 14 Armament Practice Camp RAF Ayr  
RAF Station Blakelaw    
RAF Station Castletown    
No 6504 Servicing Echelon RAF Castletown  
RAF Station Drem Gullane Drem, East Lothian  
No 309 Sqn RAF Drem  
No 6309 Servicing Echelon RAF Drem  
RAF Station Macmerry   No units listed
RAF Station Skeabrae    
No 118 Sqn RAF Skeabrae  
No 6118 Servicing Echelon RAF Skeabrae  
No 2714 Sqn RAF Regiment RAF Skeabrae  
RAF Station Turnhouse Edinburgh 12, Midlothian No units listed
No 15 Armament Practice Camp Peterhead  
No 13 Group Communication Flt Inverness  

 

No 38 Group

HQ - RAF Netheravon, Salisbury, Wiltshire

 
Unit Location/Address Notes
RAF Station Ashbourne    
No 42 OTU RAF Ashbourne  
RAF Station Brize Norton    
No 296 Sqn RAF Brize Norton  
No 6296 Servicing Echelon RAF Brize Norton  
No 297 Sqn RAF Brize Norton  
No 6297 Servicing Echelon RAF Brize Norton  

No 2738 Sqn RAF Regiment

RAF Brize Norton

No 2797 Sqn RAF Regiment

RAF Brize Norton
No 7 (Horsa) Glider Servicing Unit RAF Brize Norton
No 8 (Horsa) Glider Servicing Unit RAF Brize Norton
RAF Station Harwell    
No 295 Sqn RAF Harwell  
No 6295 Servicing Echelon RAF Harwell  
No 570 Sqn RAF Harwell  
No 6570 Servicing Echelon RAF Harwell  

No 2766 Sqn RAF Regiment

RAF Harwell
RAF Station Netheravon    
No 1 Heavy Glider Conversion  Unit RAF Netheravon
No 1 Mobile Parachute Servicing Unit RAF Netheravon
No 4 Mobile Parachute Servicing Unit RAF Netheravon
No 6 Mobile Parachute Servicing Unit RAF Netheravon
No 7 Mobile Parachute Servicing Unit RAF Netheravon
No 38 Communication Flt RAF Netheravon
No 1677 Flt RAF Netheravon

RAF Station Ringway

Parachute Training School RAF Ringway

RAF Station Stoney Cross

No 2720 Sqn RAF Regiment

RAF Stoney Cross
RAF Station Tilstock

No 81 OTU

RAF Tilstock
No 1665 Conversion Unit RAF Tilstock
No 190 Sqn Fairford
No 6190 Servicing Echelon Fairford  

No 196 Sqn

Keevil
No 6196 Servicing Echelon Keevil  
No 298 Sqn Tarrant Rushton
No 6298 Servicing Echelon Tarrant Rushton  
No 299 Sqn Keevil
No 6299 Servicing Echelon Keevil  

No 620 Sqn

Faiford
No 6620 Servicing Echelon Fairford  
No 644 Sqn Tarrant Rushton
No 6644 Servicing Echelon Tarrant Rushton  
Airborne Forces Tactical Development Unit Thruxton

No 1526 (BAT) Flt

Thruxton

No 2706 Sqn RAF Regiment

Fairford

No 2733 Sqn RAF Regiment

Tarrant Rushton

No 2796 Sqn RAF Regiment

Hurn

No 2799 Sqn RAF Regiment

Christchurch

No 2810 Sqn RAF Regiment

Tarrant Rushton

No 2886 Sqn RAF Regiment

Keevil
No 1 (Horsa) Glider Servicing Unit Keevil
No 2 (Horsa) Glider Servicing Unit Keevil
No 3 (Horsa) Glider Servicing Unit Fairford
No 4 (Horsa) Glider Servicing Unit Fairford
No 5 (Horsa) Glider Servicing Unit Harwell
No 6 (Horsa) Glider Servicing Unit Harwell
No 9 (Horsa) Glider Servicing Unit RAF Broadwell
No 9 (H G) Glider Servicing Unit RAF Broadwell
No 10 (Horsa) Glider Servicing Unit RAF Broadwell
No 10 (H G) Glider Servicing Unit RAF Broadwell
No 11 (Horsa) Glider Servicing Unit RAF Blakehill Farm
No 11 (H G) Glider Servicing Unit RAF Blakehill Farm
No 12 (Horsa) Glider Servicing Unit RAF Down Ampney
No 12 (H G) Glider Servicing Unit RAF Down Ampney
No 13 (Horsa) Glider Servicing Unit RAF Down Ampney
No 13 (H G) Glider Servicing Unit RAF Down Ampney
No 14 (Hamilcar) Glider Servicing Unit Tarrant Rushton
No 15 (Hamilcar) Glider Servicing Unit Tarrant Rushton

No 60 (Signals) Group

HQ - 'Oxenden', Plantation Road, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire

Unit Location/Address Notes
No 70 (Signals) Wing Bunchrew House, Inverness  
No 526 Sqn Inverness  
No 72 (Signals) Wing Dollarbeg House, Dollar, Clackmannashire  
Detachment Portadown, Co. Armagh, Northern Ireland  
Equipment Section Paisley  
No 73 (Signals) Wing Eathorpe Hall, Malton, North Yorkshire  
No 527 Sqn RAF Digby  
No 75 (Signals) Wing Heathfield House, Keston, Kent  
Equipment Section Tonbridge  
No 529 Sqn RAF Halton  
No 76 (Signals) Wing Hillend, Henbury, Bristol  
Equipment Section Haycastle Cross
No 528 Sqn RAF Digby
No 84 (Signals) Wing Cambridge
No 21 Signals Training Unit RAF Renscombe Down
Radar Operators School Worth Matravers
No 60 Group Communication Flt RAF Halton

No 2711 Sqn RAF Regiment

Stoke Holy Cross

No 2725 Sqn RAF Regiment

Swingate

No 2728 Sqn RAF Regiment

West Prawle

No 2732 Sqn RAF Regiment

Truleigh Hill

No 2737 Sqn RAF Regiment

Darsham

No 2752 Sqn RAF Regiment

Hawkshill Down

No 2779 Sqn RAF Regiment

Stoke Holy Cross

No 2783 Sqn RAF Regiment

Winterton

No 2787 Sqn RAF Regiment

Tilly Whim

No 2801 Sqn RAF Regiment

Gibbet Hill

No 2808 Sqn RAF Regiment

Ringstead

No 2830 Sqn RAF Regiment

Great Bromley

No 2947 Sqn RAF Regiment

Sennen

No 2948 Sqn RAF Regiment

Ventnor

No 2949 Sqn RAF Regiment

Swingate

No 2950 Sqn RAF Regiment

Brandy Bay

No 2951 Sqn RAF Regiment

Rye

 

No 70 (Training) Group

HQ - Avening Court, Avening, Nr Stroud, Gloucestershire

Unit Location/Address Notes
RAF Station Aberporth    
No 595 Sqn RAF Aberporth  
RAF Station Andover   No units listed
RAF Station Bodorgan    
No 1606 (AAC) Flt RAF Bodorgan  
No 3506 Servicing Unit RAF Bodorgan
RAF Station Castle Bromwich
No 577 Sqn RAF Castle Bromwich
No 3507 Servicing Unit RAF Castle Bromwich
RAF Station Cleeve
No 639 Sqn RAF Cleeve
RAF Station Ipswich
No 679 Sqn RAF Ipswich
RAF Station Manorbier
Pilotless Aircraft Unit RAF Manorbier
RAF Station Old Sarum
RAF School of Army Co-operation RAF Old Sarum
No 43 OTU RAF Old Sarum

No 2839 Sqn RAF Regiment

RAF Old Sarum
RAF Station Towyn
No 631 Sqn RAF Towyn
RAF Station Weston Zoyland
No 13 Armament Practice Camp RAF Weston Zoyland
No 3505 Servicing Unit RAF Weston Zoyland
No 285 Sqn RAF Woodvale
No 286 Sqn RAF Colerne
No 287 Sqn Croydon
No 288 Sqn Collyweston
No 289 Sqn RAF Turnhouse
No 290 Sqn RAF Long Kesh
No 291 Sqn RAF Hutton Cranswick
No 567 Sqn RAF Detling
No 587 Sqn RAF Culmhead
No 598 Sqn Peterhead
No 650 Sqn RAF Cark
No 667 Sqn RAF Gosport
No 691 Sqn Roborough
No 695 Sqn RAF Bircham Newton
No 70 Group Communications Flt RAF Farnborough
Experiment Establishment, RAE RAF Farnborough
No 3508 Servicing Unit RAF Turnhouse

Source - June 1944 Confidential Air Force List

County names used are those in use at the time

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