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Bomber Command - August 1945


[No 1 Group | No 3 Group | No 5 Group | No 6 Group | No 7 GroupNo 8 Group | No 26 Group | No 91 Group | No 100 Group]

Command HQ - High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire

Units and stations not yet allocated: -

 

Unit Location/Address Notes
RAF Hardwick    
RAF Halesworth    
RAF Tibenham    
RAF Glatton    

No 1 (Bomber) Group

HQ - Bawtry Hall, Bawtry, Doncaster, West Yorkshire

 
Unit Location/Address Notes
RAF Binbrook    
No 460 Sqn RAAF RAF Binbrook Lancaster I/III
RAF Station Kelstern Care and Maintenance Satellite of Binbrook
No 1 Group Communications Flight RAF Bircoates Station in Maintenance Command
No 13 Base Elsham, Brigg, Lincolnshire  
Base HQ RAF Elsham Wold  
No 103 Sqn RAF Elsham Wold Lancaster I/III
No 100 Sqn RAF Elsham Wold Lancaster I/III
RAF Station Kirmington    
No 166 Sqn RAF Kirmington Lancaster I/III
RAF Station North Killingholme    
No 550 Sqn RAF North Killingholme Lancaster I/III
No 14 Base Ludford Magna  
Base HQ RAF Ludford Magna  
No 101 Sqn RAF Ludford Magna Lancaster I/III
RAF Station Wickenby    
No 12 Sqn RAF Wickenby Lancaster I/III
No 626 Sqn RAF Wickenby Lancaster I/III
RAF Station Faldingworth    
No 300 (Polish) Sqn RAF Faldingworth Lancaster I/III
No 15 Base Scampton  
Base HQ RAF Scampton  
No 153 Sqn RAF Scampton Lancaster I/III
No 625 Sqn RAF Scampton Lancaster I/III
RAF Station Fiskerton    
No 576 Sqn RAF Fiskerton Lancaster I/III
RAF Station Hemswell    
No 150 Sqn RAF Hemswell Lancaster I/III
No 170 Sqn RAF Hemswell Lancaster I/III
No 1687 (Bomber) Defence Training Flt RAF Hemswell Spitfire/Hurricane
RAF Station Sturgate    
No 50 Sqn RAF Sturgate Lancaster I/III
No 61 Sqn RAF Sturgate Lancaster I/III

No 3 Group

HQ - Exning, nr Newmarket, Cambridgeshire

 
Unit Location/Address Notes
RAF Station Feltwell    
Bombing Development Unit RAF Feltwell  
Bomber Command Radar School RAF Feltwell  
No 1688 (Bomber) Defence Training Flt RAF Feltwell Spitfire/Hurricane
No 3 Group Communications Flight RAF Snailwell Station in Technical Training Command
RAF Station Woodbridge    
Emergency Runway RAF Woodbridge  
Bomb Ballistic Unit RAF Woodbridge A Ministry of Aircraft Production unit
Blind Landing Experimental Unit RAF Woodbridge A Ministry of Aircraft Production unit
No 32 Base Mildenhall, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk  
Base HQ RAF Mildenhall  
No 15 Sqn RAF Mildenhall Lancaster I/III
No 622 Sqn RAF Mildenhall Lancaster I/III
RAF Station Tuddenham    
No 90 Sqn RAF Tuddenham Lancaster I/III
No 138 Sqn RAF Tuddenham Lancaster I/III
RAF Station Birch    
RAF Station Chedburgh    
No 218 Sqn RAF Chedburgh Lancaster I/III
RAF Station Gosfield    
RAF Station Wratting Common    
No 195 Sqn RAF Wratting Common Lancaster I/III
No 33 Base Waterbeach, Cambridgeshire  
Base HQ RAF Waterbeach  
No 514 Sqn RAF Waterbeach Lancaster I/III
RAF Station Mepal    
No 75 Sqn RAF Mepal Lancaster I/III
RAF Station Witchford    
No 115 Sqn RAF Witchford Lancaster I/III

No 5 Group

HQ - Morton Hall, Swinderby, Lincolnshire

 
Unit Location/Address Notes
No 5 Group Communications Flt RAF Swinderby Base Station in No 7 Group
No 53 Base Waddington, nr Lincoln, Lincolnshire  
Station HQ RAF Waddington
No 463 Sqn RAAF RAF Waddington Lancaster I/III
No 617 Sqn RAF Waddington Lancaster I/III
RAF Station Skellingthorpe    
RAF Station Bardney    
No 9 Sqn RAF Bardney Lancaster I/III
No 189 Sqn RAF Bardney Lancaster I/III
No 54 Base Coningsby, Lincolnshire  
Station HQ RAF Coningsby  
No 97 (Straits Settlement) Sqn RAF Coningsby Lancaster I/III
No 83 Sqn RAF Coningsby Lancaster I/III
RAF Station Woodhall Spa    
No 627 Sqn RAF Woodhall Spa Mosquito B 35
RAF Station Metheringham    
No 106 Sqn RAF Metheringham Lancaster I/III
No 467 Sqn RAAF RAF Metheringham Lancaster I/III
No 55 Base East Kirkby, Lincolnshire  
Base HQ RAF East Kirkby  
No 57 Sqn RAF East Kirkby Lancaster I/III
RAF Station Spilsby    
No 44 (Rhodesia) Sqn RAF Spilsby Lancaster I/III
No 207 Sqn RAF Spilsby Lancaster I/III
RAF Station Strubby    
RAF Station Syerston    
No 49 Sqn RAF Syerston Lancaster I/III
No 1690 (Bomber) Defence Training Flt RAF Syerston  
Bomber Command Film Flight Unit RAF Syerston Lancaster I/III, Mosquito XX/25

No 6 (RCAF) Group

HQ - Allerton Park, Knaresborough, West Yorkshire

 
Unit Location/Address Notes
No 62 Base Linton-on-Ouse, York, North Yorkshire  
Base HQ RAF Linton-on-Ouse  
RAF Station Tholthorpe    
No 420 Sqn RCAF RAF Tholthorpe Lancaster X
No 425 Sqn RCAF RAF Tholthorpe Lancaster X
RAF Station East Moor    
No 12 Aircrew Holding Unit RAF East Moor  
No 63 Base Leeming, Leeming Bar, Northallerton, North Yorkshire  
Base HQ RAF Leeming  
No 427 Sqn RCAF RAF Leeming Lancaster I/III
No 429 Sqn RCAF RAF Leeming Lancaster I/III
RAF Station Dishforth   Station in No 7 Group
No 6 Group Communications Flt RAF Dishforth Various
RAF Station Skipton-on-Swale    
No 424 Sqn RCAF RAF Skipton-on-Swale Lancaster I/III
No 433 Sqn RCAF RAF Skipton-on-Swale Lancaster I/III

No 7 Group

HQ - St Vincents, Grantham, Lincolnshire

 
Unit Location/Address Notes
RAF Station Blyton    
No 7 Aircrew Holding Unit RAF Blyton  
RAF Station Burn    
No 10 Aircrew Holding Unit RAF Burn  
No 7 Group Communications Flt RAF Spittlegate Station in Flying Training Command
No 71 Base Lindholme, Doncaster, West Yorkshire  
Base HQ RAF Lindholme  
No 1656 Conversion Unit RAF Lindholme Lancaster I/II/III
Bomber Command Instructors' School, including: -
  • Engine Control Demonstration Unit
  • Bombing Analysis School
  • Central Night Vision Training School
RAF Finningley (Worksop)  
RAF Station Sandtoft    
No 1667 Conversion Unit RAF Sandtoft Lancaster I/III
RAF Station Acaster Malbis    
No 4 Air Crew School RAF Acaster Malbis  
RAF Station Rufforth   Administered by HQ No 6 Group
No 8 Air Crew Holding Unit RAF Rufforth  
RAF Station North Luffenham RAF North Luffenham  
No 1653 Conversion Unit RAF North Luffenham Lancaster I/III, Beaufighter VI
RAF Station Bottesford   Self Accounting
No 1668 Conversion Unit RAF Bottesford Lancaster I/III, Beaufighter VI
RAF Station Langer Care and Maintenance  
RAF Station Woolfax Lodge    
No 75 Base Swinderby, Lincoln, Lincolnshire  
Base HQ RAF Swinderby  
No 1660 Conversion Unit RAF Swinderby Lancaster I/III
RAF Station Wigsley    
No 1654 Conversion Unit RAF Wigsley Lancaster I/III
RAF Station Winthorpe    
No 1661 Conversion Unit RAF Winthorpe Lancaster I/III
No 76 (RCAF) Base Topcliffe, Thirsk, North Yorkshire  
Base HQ RAF Topcliffe  
No 1659 (RCAF) Conversion Unit RAF Topcliffe Lancaster I/III
RAF Station Dalton    
No 6 Air Crew School RAF Dalton
RAF Station Dishforth    
No 1695 (Bomber) Defence Training Flt RAF Dishforth Spitfire/Beaufighter VI
No 1666 (RCAF) Conversion Unit RAF Dishforth Lancaster I/III
RAF Station Wombleton    

No 8 Group

HQ - Castle Hill House, Huntingdon, Huntingdonshire

 
Unit Location/Address Notes
RAF Station Bourn    
No 9 Instructors School (EVT) RAF Bourn  
RAF Station Downham Market    
No 608 Sqn RAF Downham Market Mosquito IX/XVI
No 635 Sqn RAF Downham Market Lancaster I/III
RAF Station Gransden Lodge    
No 142 Sqn RAF Gransden Lodge Mosquito XX/25
No 692 Sqn RAF Gransden Lodge Mosquito IV/XVI
RAF Station Graveley    
No 35 (Madras Presidency) Sqn RAF Graveley Lancaster I/III
No 227 Sqn RAF Graveley Lancaster I/III
RAF Station Little Staughton    
No 109 Sqn RAF Little Staughton Mosquito IX/XVI
No 582 Sqn RAF Little Staughton Lancaster I/III
RAF Station Oakington Oakington, Cambridgeshire Station in Transport Command
No 7 Sqn RAF Oakington Lancaster I/III
No 571 Sqn RAF Oakington Mosquito IX/XVI
RAF Station Upwood   Station in Transport Command
No 139 (Jamaica) Sqn RAF Upwood Mosquito IV/XVI
No 156 Sqn RAF Upwood Lancaster I/III
No 105 Sqn RAF Upwood Mosquito IX/XVI
Mosquito Major Servicing Section RAF Upwood  
RAF Station Warboys    
No 1696 (Bomber) Defence Training Flt RAF Warboys Martinet/Hurricane
No 1323 Flt RAF Warboys Lancaster I/III
No 128 Sqn RAF Warboys Mosquito IX/XVI
RAF Station Wyton    
No 163 Sqn RAF Wyton Mosquito IV/XX/25
No 8 Group Communication Flt RAF Wyton Various
No 1409 (Meteorological) Flt RAF Wyton Mosquito IX/XVI
Lancaster Major Servicing Unit RAF Wyton  

No 26 (Signals) Group

HQ - Langley Hall, Slough, Buckinghamshire

 
Unit Location/Address Notes
RAF Station Baginton Coventry  
No 2 Storage Unit RAF Baginton  
RAF Station Blackbrook    
North-West Signals Centre controlling: -
  • W/T Station
  • LRCR D/F Station
  • LRCR D/F Station
  • LRCR D/F Station
  • LRCR D/F Station
  • LRCR D/F Station
  • LRCR D/F Station
RAF Blackbrook
  • Aston Hill
  • Ballywattick
  • Butser
  • Dyce
  • Old Boston
  • St Eval
  • Sungerdi (Iceland)
RAF Station Canterbury Canterbury, Kent  
No 363 Wireless Unit RAF Canterbury  
RAF Station Cheadle    
No 361 Wireless Unit controlling: -
  • No 10 D/F Station
  • No 9 D/F Station
  • No 1 D/F Station
  • No 8 D/F Station
  • No 1 Alternative Station
  • No 7 D/F Station
  • No 3 D/F Station
  • No 2 D/F Station
  • No 6 D/F Station
RAF Cheadle
  • Bradwell
  • Highbridge
  • Kinnaber
  • Marston Montgomery
  • Oakhill, Tean
  • Pendeen
  • Sutton Valence
  • Waddington
  • Wick
RAF Station Cheddington    
Overseas Packing Unit (Signals Equipment) RAF Cheddington  
RAF Station Chicksands    
No 362 Wireless Unit controlling: -
  • W/T Station
  • D/F Station
  • D/F Station
  • D/F Station
RAF Chicksands
  • Montrose
  • Pendeen
  • Sutton Valence
  • Waddington
RAF Station Church Green    
No 372 Wireless Unit administering: -
  • W/T Station
  • No 2 Temporary Office Building
  • W/T Station
  • W/T Station
RAF Church Green
  • Cannon's Corner
  • Eastcote
  • Greatworth
  • Stoke Hammond
RAF Station Chigwell administering: -
  • W/T Field Exercise Camp
  • W/T Field Exercise Camp
 
  • West Kingsdown
  • White Waltham
RAF Station Dover    
No 1 Radio Detachment RAF Dover  
RAF Station Fazakerley    
No 2 Signals Depot RAF Fazakerley  
RAF Station Great Witcombe    
No 81 Signals Wing administering:
  • W/T Station
  • W/T Station
  • No 2 Western Area Signals Office
  • W/T Station
  • No 5 Western Area Signals Office
  • W/T Station
  • No 1 Western Area Signals Office
RAF Great Witcombe
  • Birdlip
  • Bodmin
  • Gloucester
  • Hartlebury
  • Stonehouse
  • Winstone
  • Worcester
RAF Station Hawthorn    
South West Signals Centre RAF Hawthorn  
RAF Station Hendon Hall    
RAF Despatch Rider Letter Service RAF Hendon Hall  
RAF Station Hinton-in-the-Hedges    
RVSU RAF Hinton-in-the-Hedges  
RAF Station Honiley   No units listed and Baginton and Baginton and Stratford shown as satellites
RAF Station Stanbridge    
RAF Central Signals Centre administering: -
  • RAF Central Teleprinter Exchange
  • Landline Telegraphic Fitting Party
  • RAF Inter-Command W/T Station
  • W/T Station
  • W/T Station
  • W/T Station
  • W/T Station
  • W/T Field Exercise Camp
  • W/T Station
RAF Stanbridge
  • RAF Stanbridge
  • RAF Stanbridge
  • RAF Stanbridge
  • Cardington
  • Chicksands 'B'
  • Dagnall
  • Greenford
  • Putteridge Bury
  • Weyhill
RAF Station West Drayton    
No 1 Signals Depot controlling: -
  • Inter-Service Ionesphere Prediction Bureau
  • Workshops Central Installation Section
  • PWD
West Drayton, Middlesex
  • Great Baddow
  • Minerva Road, NW10
  • Staines

No 91 (Bomber OTU) Group

HQ - Abingdon, Berkshire

 
Unit Location/Address Notes
RAF Station Abingdon Abingdon, Berkshire  
No 10 OTU RAF Abingdon Wellington III/X
No 91 Group Communication Flt RAF Abingdon Various
Satellite Stanton Harcourt  
RAF Station Bruntingthorpe    
No 11 Air Crew Holding Unit RAF Bruntingthorpe  
Power Jets Unit (MAP) RAF Bruntingthorpe  
RAF Station Gamston    
No 9 Air Crew Holding Unit RAF Gamston  
RAF Station Honeybourne    
No 24 OTU RAF Honeybourne Wellington I/III
Satellite Long Marston  
RAF Station Husbands Bosworth    
RAF Station Market Harborough    
RAF Station Moreton in Marsh    
No 21 OTU RAF Moreton in Marsh, Wellington III/X
Satellite Enstone  
RAF Station Silverstone    
No 17 OTU RAF Silverstone Wellington III/X
Satellite Turweston  
RAF Station Upper Heyford    
No 16 OTU RAF Upper Heyford Mosquito
Satellite Barford St John  
RAF Station Westcott    
No 11 OTU RAF Westcott Wellington X
Satellite Oakley  
RAF Station Wing    
No 26 OTU RAF Wing Wellington III/X/Hurricane/Master
Satellite Little Horwood  
No 92 Group Communications Flt Little Horwood Various

All OTUs also operated Ansons as well as the operational types shown above.

No 100 (Bomber) Group

HQ - Bylaugh Hall, East Dereham, Norfolk

 
Unit Location/Address Notes
RAF Station Foulsham    
No 192 Sqn RAF Foulsham Halifax III, Mosquito PR XVI, Anson, Tiger Moth
RAF Station Great Massingham   No units listed
No 169 Sqn RAF Great Massingham Mosquito XIX
RAF Station Little Snoring    
No 23 Sqn RAF Little Snoring Mosquito VI
No 141 Sqn RAF Little Snoring Mosquito VI
RAF Station North Creake    
RAF Station Oulton    
No 80 (Signals) Wing RAF Radlett See below for W/T stations controlled by No 80 Wing
RAF Station Swannington    
No 157 Sqn RAF Swannington Mosquito 30
RAF Station Swanton Morley   Station in Fighter Command
No 100 Group Communication Flight RAF Swanton Morley Various
The Development Unit (Bomber Support) RAF Swanton Morley Various
Mosquito Major Servicing Section RAF Swanton Morley  

Location of W/T Stations controlled by HQ No 80 Wing: -

 

Aldington Holland Haven Radlett
Alexandra Palace Hope Point Reston
Ashmansworth Ide Hill Scole
Beach Farm Ledbury Sizewell
Braintree Louth Swains Lane
Crowborough Marske Trevose Head
Fairmile Mimbridge Walmer
Flimwell Mintlaw Windlesham
Harpenden Mundesley  
Henfield Parliament Hill  

1st Air Division Substitution Unit

Brampton Grange, Huntingdon

This unit is administered by HQ Bomber Command but is affiliated to HQ, No 92 Group [sic] for discipline purposes

 
Unit Location/Address Notes
     

2nd Air Division Substitution Unit

Ketteringham Hall, Norfolk.

This unit is administered by HQ Bomber Command but is affiliated to HQ, No 100 Group for discipline purposes

 
Unit Location/Address Notes
     

3rd Air Division Substitution Unit

Elvedon Hall, Thetford, Norfolk

This unit is administered by HQ Bomber Command but is affiliated to HQ, No 3 Group for discipline purposes

 
Unit Location/Address Notes
     

Source - SD161 (59th Edition) - August 1945

County names used are those in use at the time

[No 1 Group | No 3 Group | No 5 Group | No 6 Group | No 7 GroupNo 8 Group | No 26 Group | No 91 Group | No 100 Group]

This page was last updated on 04/12/22

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