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Coastal Command - August 1940

No 15 (Reconnaissance) Group (HQ - Plymouth)

Unit Location Notes
No 224 Sqn RAF Aldergrove - Station in RAFNI Hudsons
No 502 Sqn RAF Aldergrove - Station in RAFNI Whitleys
1 Flight, No 48 Sqn RAF Aldergrove - Station in RAFNI Ansons
RAF Station Carew Cheriton Carew Cheriton, Pembrokeshire  
'B' Flight, No 1 AACU RAF Carew Cheriton Henleys
'L' Flight, No 1 AACU RAF Carew Cheriton Henleys
No 321 (Dutch) Sqn RAF Carew Cheriton Ansons
Care & Maintenance Party Falmouth for operational use from time to time by FB detachments Administered by Mount Batten
Embarkation Office Fowey, administered by Mount Batten  
RAF Station Hooton Park Hooton Park, Cheshire  
No 48 Sqn less 2 Flights RAF Hooton Park Ansons/Beauforts
RAF Station Mount Batten Plymouth, Devon  
No 10 Sqn, RAAF less detachment RAF Mount Batten Sunderlands
RAF Station Oban Oban, Argyllshire  
No 210 Sqn RAF Oban Sunderlands
Detachment, No 10 Sqn, RAAF RAF Oban Sunderlands
RAF Station Pembroke Dock Pembroke Dock, Pembrokeshire  
No 320 (Dutch) Sqn RAF Pembroke Dock Fokkers
No 209 Sqn RAF Pembroke Dock Lerwicks
Flying Boat Major Maintenance RAF Pembroke Dock Sunderlands
RAF Station Port Ellen Port Ellen, Islay  
1 Flight, No 48 Sqn RAF Port Ellen Ansons
No 15 Group Communication Flight RNAS Roborough (FAA Station)  
RAF Station St Eval St Eval, Newquay, Cornwall  
No 236 Sqn RAF St Eval Blenheims
No 217 Sqn RAF St Eval Ansons
'B' Flight, PRU RAF St Eval Spitfires
'C' Flight, No 2 AACU RAF St Eval Battles
RAF Station Stranraer Stranraer, Wigtownshire  
No 240 Sqn RAF Stranraer Stranraers
Flying Boat Training Sqn (No 17 Group unit) RAF Stranraer Singapore III
Embarkation Office RAF Stranraer  

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 less 1 Flight RAF Bircham Newton Blenheims
Mobile Torpedo Base RAF Bircham Newton  
RAF Station Detling Detling, Kent  
No 53 Sqn RAF Detling Blenheims
No 500 Sqn RAF Detling Ansons
No 1 Coastal Artillery Co-operation Unit (No 17 Group unit) RAF Detling Ansons
Care & Maintenance RAF Felixstowe  
RAF Station Heston (under HQ Coastal Command) 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  
Care & Maintenance RAF Eastchurch  
No 16 Group Communication Flight Rochester (Civil)  
RAF Station Thorney Island Thorney Island, Hampshire  
No 59 Sqn RAF Thorney Island Blenheims
1 Flight, No 235 Sqn RAF Thorney Island Blenheims
Interpretation Section, PRU (Administered by Heston) 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. Marine Craft Repair Section
  2. Marine Craft Section
  3. Marine Craft Instructional Section
RAF Station Catfoss Catfoss, Hornsea, East Riding of Yorkshire  
No 2 (Coastal) Operational Training Unit RAF Catfoss Blenheims/Ansons
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, 'D' & 'H' Flights)
  5. FAA Maintenance Unit
RAF Station Greenock Greenock, Renfrewshire  
Flying Boat Major Maintenance RAF Greenock  
RAF Station Silloth Silloth, Cumberland  
Detachment, No 1 (C) OTU RAF Prestwick - Station in Flying Training Command Blenheims
No 1 (Coastal) Operational Training Unit less detachment 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
Embarkation Office Aberdeen Administered by Dyce
RAF Station Dyce Dyce, Aberdeen  
No 612 Sqn less 1 Flight RAF Dyce Ansons
No 254 Sqn RAF Dyce Blenheims
RAF Station Helensburgh Helensburgh, Dunbartonshire  
Marine Aircraft Experimental Establishment RAF Helenburgh Various
RAF Station Invergordon Invergordon, Ross & Cromerty  
RAF Station Kaldadarnes Kaldadarnes, Iceland  
No 98 Sqn RAF Kaldadarnes Battles
Embarkation Office Lerwick Administered by Sullom Voe
RAF Station Leuchars Leuchars, Fife  
No 233 Sqn RAF Leuchars Hudsons
No 18 Group Communications Flight RAF Leuchars Various
1 Flight, No 612 Sqn Stornoway Ansons
RAF Station Sullom Voe Shetlands  
No 201 Sqn RAF Sullom Voe Sunderlands
No 204 Sqn RAF Sullom Voe Sunderlands
RAF Floating Dock RAF Sullom Voe  
RAF Station Sumburgh Shetlands  
No 248 Sqn RAF Sumburgh Blenheims
RAF Station Thornaby Thornaby, North Riding of Yorkshire  
No 608 Sqn RAF Thornaby Ansons
No 220 Sqn RAF Thornaby Hudsons
RAF Station Wick Wick, Caithness  
No 269 Sqn RAF Wick Hudsons
No 42 Sqn RAF Wick Beauforts
'A' Flight, PRU RAF Wick  

No 200 Group (HQ -Gibraltar)

Unit Location Notes
No 202 Sqn Gibraltar Londons
1 Flight, No 3 AACU Gibraltar Swordfish/Queen Bees

Source - SD161 (5th Issue), August 1940

County names used are those in use at the time

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