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Fighter Command - July 1941

[No 9 Group | No 10 Group | No 11 Group | No 12 Group | No 13 Group | No 14 Group | No 60 Group | No 81 Group]

Command HQ - Bentley Priory, Stanmore, Middlesex

No 9 (Fighter) Group

HQ - Barton Hall, Preston, Lancashire

Unit Location/Address Notes
RAF Station Baginton Baginton, Coventry, Warwickshire  
No 605 Sqn RAF Baginton Hurricanes
No 457 Sqn RAAF RAF Baginton Spitfires
RAF Station Cranage Cranage, Cheshire
No 96 Sqn (1 Flt) RAF Cranage Defiants
RAF Station High Ercall High Ercall, Wellington, Shropshire  
No 68 Sqn RAF High Ercall Beaufighters
RAF Station Jurby Jurby, Isle of Man  
No 302 (Polish) Sqn RAF Jurby Hurricanes
RAF Station Speke Speke Aerodrome, Liverpool 10, Lancashire  
Merchant Ship Fighter Unit RAF Speke Hurricanes
No 315 (Polish) Sqn RAF Speke Hurricanes
RAF Station Squires Gate Squires Gate, Blackpool, Lancashire Station in Coastal Command
No 96 Sqn (1 Flt) RAF Squires Gate Defiants
No 256 Sqn RAF Squires Gate Defiants
RAF Station Ternhill Ternhill, nr Market Drayton, Shropshire Station in Flying Training Command
No 403 Sqn RCAF RAF Ternhill Spitfires
RAF Station Valley Valley, Holyhead, Anglesey, North Wales  
No 615 Sqn RAF Valley Hurricanes
No 219 Sqn (1 Flt) RAF Valley Beaufighters
No 456 Sqn RAAF RAF Valley Defiants

No 10 (Fighter) Group

HQ - Rudloe Manor, Box, Chippenham, Wiltshire

Unit Location/Address Notes
RAF Station Angle Angle, Pembrokeshire  
No 32 Sqn RAF Portreath Hurricanes
RAF Station Colerne Colerne, Bath, Wiltshire  
No 87 Sqn RAF Colerne Hurricanes
No 308 (Polish) Sqn RAF Colerne Hurricanes
No 316 (Polish) Sqn RAF Colerne Hurricanes
No 125 Sqn RAF Colerne Defiants
RAF Station Exeter Exeter Air Port, Honiton Clyst, Devon  
No 504 Sqn RAF Ibsley Hurricanes
No 307 (Polish) Sqn RAF Exeter Defiants
RAF Station Fairwood Common nr Swansea, Glamorganshire  
No 600 Sqn (1 Flt) RAF Fairwood Common Beaufighters
No 79 Sqn RAF Fairwood Common Hurricanes
RAF Station Filton Filton, Bristol, Gloucestershire  
No 263 Sqn RAF Filton Whirlwinds
RAF Station Harrowbeer Harrowbeer, Yelverton, Devon  
RAF Station Ibsley Ibsley, Ringwood, Hampshire  
No 118 Sqn RAF Ibsley Spitfires
RAF Station Middle Wallop Middle Wallop, Stockbridge, Hampshire  
No 604 Sqn RAF Middle Wallop Beaufighters
No 501 Sqn RAF Middle Wallop Spitfires
No 93 Sqn RAF Middle Wallop Boston II/Wellingtons
Fighter Experimental Establishment RAF Middle Wallop Various
RAF Station Perranporth Perranporth, Cornwall
No 66 Sqn RAF Perranporth Spitfires
RAF Station Portreath Nancekuke, Redruth, Cornwall
No 130 Sqn RAF Portreath Spitfires
No 152 Sqn RAF Portreath Spitfires
RAF Station Predannack Predannack, nr Mullion, Cornwall
No 600 Sqn (1 Flt) RAF Predannack Beaufighters
No 247 Sqn RAF Predannack Hurricanes
RAF Station Warmwell Warmwell, Dorchester, Dorset  
No 234 Sqn RAF Portreath Spitfires

No 11 (Fighter) Group

HQ - Uxbridge, Middlesex

Unit Location/Address Notes
RAF Station Biggin Hill Biggin Hill, Westerham, Kent  
No 92 Sqn RAF Biggin Hill Spitfires
No 609 Sqn RAF Biggin Hill Spitfires
RAF Station Castle Camps Castle Camps, Cambridgeshire
RAF Station Croydon Croydon, Surrey
RAF Station Debden Saffron Walden, Essex  
No 601 Sqn RAF Debden Hurricanes
RAF Station Ford Ford, Arundel, Sussex  
No 23 Sqn RAF Ford Havoc I
RAF Station Gravesend Gravesend, Kent  
No 74 Sqn RAF Gravesend Spitfires
RAF Station Hawkinge Hawkinge, nr Folkestone, Kent  
No 91 Sqn RAF Hawkinge Spitfires
RAF Station Hendon Hendon, Middlesex  
No 24 Sqn RAF Hendon Various
No 116 (Calibration) Sqn RAF Hendon Lysanders
No 1 Camouflage Flt RAF Hendon Various
RAF Station Heston Heston, Middlesex  
No 1422 Flt Heston, Middlesex Havocs
RAF Station Hornchurch Hornchurch, Essex  
No 54 Sqn RAF Hornchurch Spitfires
No 611 Sqn RAF Hornchurch Spitfires
RAF Station Hunsdon Hunsdon, nr Ware, Hertfordshire  
No 85 Sqn RAF Hornchurch Havoc I
RAF Station Kenley Whyteleafe, Surrey  
No 1 Sqn RAF Kenley Hurricanes
No 312 (Czech) Sqn RAF Kenley Hurricanes
RAF Station Manston Manston, nr Ramsgate, Kent
RAF Station Martlesham Heath Martlesham Heath, Woodbridge, Suffolk
No 310 (Czech) Sqn RAF Martlesham Heath Hurricanes
No 402 Sqn RCAF RAF Martlesham Heath Hurricanes
RAF Station Northolt Northolt, Ruislip, Middlesex
No 303 (Polish) Sqn RAF Northolt Spitfires
No 306 (Polish) Sqn RAF Northolt Hurricanes
RAF Station North Weald North Weald, Epping, Essex  
No 308 (Polish) Sqn RAF North Weald Spitfires
No 3 Sqn RAF North Weald Hurricanes
RAF Station Redhill Redhill, Surrey  
No 258 Sqn RAF Redhill Hurricanes
RAF Station Southend Southend-on-Sea, Essex  
No 603 Sqn RAF Southend Spitfires
RAF Station Stapleford Tawney Stapleford Tawney, Essex  
No 71 (Eagle) Sqn RAF Stapleford Tawney Hurricanes
No 242 Sqn RAF Stapleford Tawney Hurricanes
RAF Station Tangmere Tangmere, Chichester, Sussex  
No 145 Sqn RAF Tangmere Spitfires
No 219 Sqn RAF Tangmere Beaufighters
No 610 Sqn RAF Tangmere Spitfires
No 616 Sqn RAF Tangmere Spitfires
Fighter Interception Unit RAF Tangmere Beaufighters
RAF Station West Malling Maidstone, Kent  
No 29 Sqn RAF West Malling Beaufighters
No 264 Sqn RAF West Malling Defiants

No 12 (Fighter) Group

HQ - Watnall, Nottinghamshire

Unit Location/Address Notes
RAF Station Coltishall Scottow, Norwich, Norfolk  
No 222 Sqn RAF Coltishall Spitfire
No 257 Sqn RAF Coltishall Hurricane
RAF Station Digby Digby, Lincolnshire  
No 401 Sqn RCAF RAF Digby Hurricane
No 411 Sqn RCAF RAF Digby Spitfire
No 409 Sqn RCAF RAF Digby Defiant
No 412 Sqn RCAF RAF Digby Spitfire
RAF Station Duxford Duxford, Cambridgeshire  
No 19 Sqn RAF Duxford Spitfire
No 56 Sqn RAF Duxford Hurricane
Air Fighting Development Unit RAF Duxford Various
Aircraft Gun Mounting Establishment RAF Duxford Various
RAF Station Hibaldstow Hibaldstow, Redbourne, Gainsborough, Lincolnshire  
No 255 Sqn RAF Hibaldstow  
RAF Station Kirton in Lindsey Kirton in Lindsey, Gainsborough, Lincolnshire  
No 65 Sqn RAF Kirton in Lindsay Spitfire
No 452 Sqn RAAF RAF Kirton in Lindsay Spitfire
No 121 (Eagle) Sqn RAF Kirton in Lindsey Hurricane
RAF Station Leconfield Leconfield, Beverley, East Yorkshire  
No 129 Sqn RAF Leconfield Spitfire
No 485 Sqn RNZAF RAF Leconfield Spitfire
RAF Station Wittering Wittering, Peterborough, Northamptonshire  
No 25 Sqn RAF Wittering Beaufighter
No 151 Sqn RAF Wittering Defiant
No 266 Sqn RAF Wittering Spitfire

No 13 (Fighter) Group

HQ - Blakelaw Estate, Ponteland Road, Newcastle upon Tyne

Unit Location/Address Notes
RAF Station Acklington Acklington, Morpeth, Northumberland  
No 72 Sqn RAF Acklington Spitfire
No 406 Sqn RCAF RAF Acklington Blenheim
RAF Station Aldergrove Aldergrove, Belfast, Northern Ireland Station in RAFNI
No 245 Sqn RAF Aldergrove Hurricane
RAF Station Ayr Ayr, Heathfield, Ayrshire  
No 602 Sqn RAF Ayr Spitfire
No 141 Sqn RAF Ayr Defiant
RAF Station Catterick Catterick, Richmond, North Yorkshire  
No 41 Sqn RAF Catterick Spitfire
No 313 (Czech) Sqn RAF Catterick Spitfire
RAF Station Drem Gullane Drem, East Lothian  
No 43 Sqn RAF Drem Hurricane
No 64 Sqn RAF Drem Spitfire
No 410 Sqn RCAF RAF Drem Defiant
RAF Station Ouston Stamfordham, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Northumberland  
No 122 Sqn RAF Ouston Spitfire
RAF Station Turnhouse Edinburgh 12, Midlothian  
No 123 Sqn RAF Turnhouse Spitfire
No 131 Sqn RAF Turnhouse Spitfire

No 14 (Fighter) Group

HQ - RAF Inverness

Unit Location/Address Notes
RAF Station Castletown Thurso, Caithness  
No 124 Sqn RAF Castletown  
No 132 Sqn RAF Castletown  
RAF Station Dyce Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire Station in Coastal Command
No 111 Sqn RAF Dyce
RAF Station Kirkwall Kirkwall, Orkney Islands Operations Room only
RAF Station Skeabrae Kirkwall, Orkneys  
No 253 Sqn RAF Skeabrae
RAF Station Skitten nr Wick, Caithness Coastal Command Satellite
No 607 Sqn RAF Skitten
RAF Station Sumburgh Mainland, Shetland Islands Station in Coastal Command
No 17 Sqn RAF Sumburgh  

No 60 (Signals) Group

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

Units controlled by HQ No 60 Group

Unit Location/Address Notes
No 2 Installation Unit RAF Kidbrooke  
No 70 (Signals) Wing Bunchrew House, Inverness  
No 71 (Signals) Wing Bucksburn House, Springfield Road, Bucksburn, Aberdeen  
No 72 (Signals) Wing Stirling  
No 73 (Signals) Wing Eathorpe Hall, Malton, North Yorkshire  
No 74 (Signals) Wing Leighton, Trumpington Road, Cambridge  
No 75 (Signals) Wing Heathfield House, Keston, Kent  
No 76 (Signals) Wing Hillend, Henbury, Bristol  
No 77 (Signals) Wing 'High Lea' Woolton, Liverpool  
No 78 (Signals) Wing Holne Park, Ashburton, Newton Abbot, Devon  

Radar stations controlled by No 70 (Signals) Wing

Station Location/Address Notes
Brannish Isle of Lewis  
Broad Bay Isle of Lewis  
Cromarty Cromarty  
Crustan Orkneys  
Deerness Orkneys  
Eorodale Isle of Lewis  
Habost Isle of Lewis  
Islivick Isle of Lewis
Kendrom Isle ofSyke  
Loth Helmsdale, Sutherland  
Navidale Helmsdale, Sutherland  
Netherbutton Orkneys  
Rodel Park Harris  
Sango Cape Wrath  
Stoer Point of Stoer  
Tannach Wick
Thrumster Wick
Whale Head Orkneys

Radar stations controlled by No 71 (Signals) Wing

Station Location/Address Notes
Cocklaw Peterhead, Aberdeen  
Doonies Hill Gregness, Aberdeen  
Douglas Wood Monikie, Angus  
Hillhead Fraserburgh, Aberdeen  
Noss Hill Shetland  
Rosehearty Aberdeen  
St Cyrus Kincardineshire  
School Hill Portlethen, Aberdeen
Skaw Shetland
Watsness Shetland

Radar stations controlled by No 72 (Signals) Wing

Station Location/Address Notes
Anstruther Fife  
Ard-Rudha-Mar Barra  
Barrapoll Isle of Tiree  
Borve Castle Benbecula  
Carsaig Mull  
Cockburnspath Berwickshire  
Drone Hill Berwickshire  
Greian Head Barra  
Kilchiaran Islay  
Kilkenneth Tiree  
North Cairn Stranraer  
Port Mor Tiree  
St Quivox Ayr
Saligo Islay

Radar stations controlled by No 73 (Signals) Wing

Station Location/Address Notes
Bamburgh Northumberland  
Bempton East Yorkshire  
Cresswell Morpeth, Northumberland  
Danby Beacon Seaholm. North Yorkshire  
Easington East Yorkshire  
Hampton Hill Beverley Park, Yorkshire This location is difficult to identify
Humberston Grimsby, Lincolnshire  
Orby Skegness, Lincolnshire
Ottercops Northumberland
Shotton Castle Eden, County Durham
Skendleby Spilsby, Lincolnshire
Staxton Wold Scarborough, North Yorkshire Currently the oldest operating radar station in the world
Stenigot Louth, Lincolnshire

Radar stations controlled by No 74 (Signals) Wing

Station Location/Address Notes
Bawdsey Woodbridge, Suffolk  
Canewton Rochford, Essex  
Dunwich Saxmundham, Suffolk  
Great Bromley Colchester, Essex  
High Street, Darsham Suffolk  
Happisburgh Norwich, Norfolk  
Hopton Yarmouth, Norfolk  
Langtoft Bourne, Lincolnshire  
Neatishead Wroxham, Norfolk  
Stoke Holy Cross Norwich, Norfolk  
Waldringfield Martlesham  
Walton Essex
West Beckham Holt, Norfolk

Radar stations controlled by No 75 (Signals) Wing -

Station Location/Address Notes
Beachy Head Sussex  
Dunkirk Faversham, Kent  
Durrington West Worthing  
Fairlight Hastings  
Foreness Cliftonville  
Hollingbury Folkestone  
Newchurch Kent  
Pevensey Sussex  
Poling Sussex  
Rye Sussex  
Swingate Dover  
Truleigh Hill Shoreham  
Wartling Pevensey
Whitstable Kent
Willesborough Ashford, Kent

Radar stations controlled by No 76 (Signals) Wing -

Station Location/Address Notes
Avebury Marlborough, Wiltshire  
Bembridge Isle of Wight  
Castell Mawr Cardiganshire  
Chew Park Somerset  
Comberton Pershore, Worcestershire  
Folly Pembrokeshire  
Hayscastle Cross Pembrokeshire  
Kete Pembrokeshire  
Ringstead Dorset  
Sopley Christchurch, Hampshire  
Southbourne Bournemouth, Dorset  
St Twynnels Pembrokeshire  
Strumble Head Fishguard  
Sturminster Marshall Dorset  
Ventnor Isle of Wight
Warren Pembrokeshire
Worth Matravers Swanage, Dorset

Radar stations controlled by No 77 (Signals) Wing -

Station Location/Address Notes
Ballymartin County Down  
Bride Isle of Man  
Castlerock County Derry  
Cregneish Isle of Man  
Dalby Isle of Man  
Downhill County Derry  
Formby Formby, Liverpool, Lancasshire  
Glenarm County Antrim  
Great Orme's Head Llandudno  
Greystones County Down  
Hack Green Nantwich, Cheshire
Hawcoat Barrow-in-Furness, Lancashire
Kilkeel County Down
Nevin Carnarvonshire  
Pen-y-bryn Llyn  
Prestatyn Flintshire  
Rhuddlan Flintshire  
Roddans Port County Down  
St Bee's Head Cumberland  
Scarlet Point Isle of Man  
South Stack Holy Island, Anglesey  
Tower Blackpool, Lancashire  
Wrafton Braunston, Devon
Trewan Sands Anglesey
Wylfa Anglesey

Radar stations controlled by No 78 (Signals) Wing -

Station Location/Address Notes
Beer Head Seaton, Cornwall  
Branscombe Salcombe Regis, Devon  
Carnaton Newquay, Cornwall  
Downderry Tor Point, Cornwall  
Dry Tree Helston, Cornwall  
Exminster Exeter, Devon  
Hartland Devon  
Hawkstor Plymouth, Devon
Kingswear Devon
Mark's Castle Land's End, Cornwall  
Northam Devon  
Pen Olver Lizard, Cornwall  
Rame Head Cornwall  
Sennen Cornwall  
Trelanvean Cornwall  
Trevescan Penzance, Cornwall  
Trerew Newquay, Cornwall
Trevose Newquay, Cornwall
West Prawle Devon

No 81 Operational Training Group

HQ - Avening Court, Avening, Nr Stroud, Gloucestershire

Unit Location/Address Notes
RAF Station Church Fenton Church Fenton, Tadcaster, West Yorkshire  
No 54 OTU RAF Church Fenton  
RAF Station Crosby on Eden Crosby-on-Eden, Carlisle, Cumberland  
No 59 OTU RAF Crosby on Eden
RAF Station Debden Debden, Saffron Waldron, Essex  
No 52 OTU RAF Debden  
RAF Station East Fortune East Fortune, East Lothian  
No 60 OTU RAF East Fortune
RAF Station Grangemouth Central Scotland Airport, Grangemouth, Stirlingshire
No 58 OTU RAF Grangemouth
RAF Station Hawarden Hawarden, Saltney Ferry, Flintshire
No 57 OTU RAF Hawarden
RAF Station Heston Heston, Middlesex
No 53 OTU RAF Llandow
RAF Station Sutton Bridge Sutton Bridge, Long Sutton, Lincolnshire
No 56 OTU RAF Sutton Bridge
RAF Station Usworth Usworth, Sunderland, Co. Durham
No 55 OTU RAF Usworth  

Source - July 1941 SD161

County names used are those in use at the time

[Command HQ | No 9 Group | No 10 Group | No 11 Group | No 12 Group | No 13 Group | No 14 Group | No 60 Group | No 81 Group]

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