Air of Authority - A History of RAF Organisation


Home Page

Main Menu

Quick Menu

Members' Area

What New?

About this site

Reunions

Help Needed?

Glossary

Bibliography

Sign Guest Book

View Guest Book

Link to Amazon

Online Store

Contact Me


HQ No 221 Group Personnel, locations and units


[Jul 1942 | Dec 1943 | Jun 1944 | Jun 1945]

This Group was formed at Randeia Buildings, Phagre Street, Rangoon on 21 April 1941 to provide aerodromes and landing grounds in Burma and the Shan States, to which squadrons could be despatched in emergencies.  Each airfield would have a skeleton Operations Room staff, a Care and Maintenance Party and  stocks of oil, lubricants and bombs.  The airfields it controlled where - Mingaladon, Toungoo, Heho, Namsang, Lashio, Moulmein, Tavoy, Mergui and Victoria Point.

Personnel Movements Apr - Dec 1941

Rank Name Date Notes
Gp Capt Edye R Manning 21 Apr 1941 Appointed as AOC and Air Advisor to the Government of Burma
Sqn Ldr J H Barnes 21 Apr 1941 Appointed for duty as Equipment Officer
Sqn Ldr D C Stone 21 Apr 1941 Appointed for duty as Central Accounts Officer
Flt Lt H L Andrews 21 Apr 1941 Appointed for duty as Administrative Officer
Temp Sgt Harwood  2 May 1941 Posted in from AHQ Far East
Temp Cpl Manuel  2 May 1941 Posted in from AHQ Far East
LAC Stacey  2 May 1941 Posted in from AHQ Far East
LAC Cartlidge  2 May 1941 Posted in from AHQ Far East
Temp Sgt Carr  6 May 1941 Posted in from AHQ Far East
2 Lt C H Gladwell  8 May 1941 Attached from 3rd Battalion, Burma Rifles for Special Equipment Staff duties
2 Lt G B Watt  8 May 1941 Attached from 3rd Battalion, Burma Rifles for Special Equipment Staff duties
Plt Off R D Cole 13 May 1941 Posted in for duty on appointment to a commission
Temp Sgt Harwood 13 May 1941 Proceeded to RAF Toungoo to superintend the disposition of barrack equipment
2 Lt C H Gladwell 14 May 1941 Proceeded to RAF Toungoo to superintend the disposition of barrack equipment and report on construction progress
Temp Cpl Manuel 17 May 1941 Proceeded to RAF Lashio to superintend the disposition of barrack equipment
Plt Off R D Cole 17 May 1941 Proceeded to RAF Lashio to superintend the disposition of barrack equipment
2 Lt C H Gladwell 18 May 1941 Returned from RAF Toungoo
Plt Off H V Ellison 23 May 1941 Posted in for duty
Plt Off S W Timmis 23 May 1941 Posted in for duty
2 Lt C H Gladwell 23 May 1941 Proceeded to RAF Tavoy to superintend the disposition of barrack equipment and report on construction progress
Temp Sgt Harwood 24 May 1941 Returned from RAF Toungoo
Temp Sgt Harwood 26 May 1941 Proceeded to RAF Heho on temporary equipment duties
LAC Darroch 26 May 1941 Proceeded to RAF Heho on temporary equipment duties
2 Lt G B Watt 26 May 1941 Proceeded to RAF Heho to arrange fuel supplies and general equipment duties
Plt Off S O Venant  3 Jun 1941 Posted in for duty on appointment to a commission in the RAFVR
2 Lt G B Watt  5 Jun 1941 Returned from RAF Heho
Act Sqn Ldr R S B McLean 11 Jun 1941 Posted in from AHQ Far East for Medical duties
Temp Sgt Harwood 12 Jun 1941 Returned from RAF Heho
LAC Darroch 12 Jun 1941 Returned from RAF Heho
Plt Off A E Hedges 13 Jun 1941 Ceased to be attached to HQ No 221 Group on return to Singapore
2 Lt C H Gladwell 30 Jun 1941 Returned from  RAF Tavoy
Cpl Hewitson 30 Jun 1941 Returned from  RAF Tavoy
Flt Lt A H Bushell  8 Jul 1941 Posted in from AHQ Far East for Signals duties
Plt Off G N Borton  8 Jul 1941 Posted in from RAF Kallang for Operations Room duties
Plt Off L G Robinson  8 Jul 1941 Posted in from RAF Kallang for Operations Room duties
Plt Off W L Crossing 23 Jul 1941 Posted in from RAF Kallang
Plt Off L S Davis 23 Jul 1941 Posted in from RAF Kallang
Plt Off C S Murray 23 Jul 1941 Posted in from RAF Kallang
Plt Off R G Runnells 23 Jul 1941 Posted in from RAF Kallang
Plt Off H H Wilson 23 Jul 1941 Posted in from RAF Kallang for Operations Room duties
Plt Off J H Robertson 23 Jul 1941 Posted in from RAF Kallang for Operations Room duties
Plt Off C R Marten 23 Jul 1941 Posted in from RAF Kallang for Operations Room duties
Plt Off W H Sides 23 Jul 1941 Posted in from RAF Kallang for Operations Room duties
Plt Off R G Runnells 26 Jul 1941 Proceeded to RAF Toungoo with 10 airman as C & M Party
Plt Off L S Davis 29 Jul 1941 Proceeded to RAF Mergui for temporary C & M duties
Cpl Hyde 31 Jul 1941 Proceeded to RAF Mergui for C & M duties with nine airmen
Wg Cdr N C S Rutter  1 Aug 1941 Posted in from No 4 AACU for disposal
Sqn Ldr L V Spencer  1 Aug 1941 Posted in from RAF Seletar for disposal
Wg Cdr N C S Rutter  4 Aug 1941 Posted to RAF Mingaladon as OC
Plt Off C S Murray  4 Aug 1941 Posted to RAF Mingaladon as Adjutant
Plt Off R G Runnells  6 Aug 1941 Proceeded to RAF Moulmein with six airman as C & M Party
Plt Off R L Sillett  9 Aug 1941 Posted in from AHQ Far East for Equipment duties
Plt Off E R Wheen 17 Aug 1941 Posted in from AHQ Far East for Operations Room duties
Plt Off J Faure 17 Aug 1941 Posted in from AHQ Far East for Operations Room duties
Plt Off W Sopwith 17 Aug 1941 Posted in from AHQ Far East for Operations Room duties
Plt Off A M L Ward 17 Aug 1941 Posted in from AHQ Far East for Operations Room duties
Plt Off W C Kerr 17 Aug 1941 Posted in from AHQ Far East for Operations Room duties
Fg Off T S C Stead 17 Aug 1941 Posted in from AHQ Far East for Group Engineer duties
Plt Off W Sopwith 19 Aug 1941 Posted to RAF Mingaladon for temporary Operations Room duties
Plt Off A M L Ward 19 Aug 1941 Posted to RAF Mingaladon for temporary Operations Room duties
Plt Off W C Kerr 19 Aug 1941 Posted to RAF Mingaladon for temporary Operations Room duties
Plt Off R J K Baker 20 Aug 1941 Posted in from AHQ Far East for Accountant duties
Sqn Ldr H L Andrews 25 Aug 1941 Returned to duty from sick leave
Flt Lt C W Laing 3 Sep 1941 Posted in from AHQ Far East for Equipment duties
Plt Off K E L Wallace-Crabbe  8 Sep 1941 Arrived to AHQ Far East on posting in wef 3 Sep 1941
Plt Off K E L Wallace-Crabbe  8 Sep 1941 Attached to HQ Army in Burma for Public Relations duties
Plt Off C H Gannaway 10 Sep 1941 Posted in from AHQ Far East for Accountant duties
Plt Off N L Mawson 10 Sep 1941 Posted in from AHQ Far East for Equipment duties
Plt Off N L Mawson 10 Sep 1941 Posted to RAF Mingaladon (No 154 MU)
Plt Off E R Wheen 12 Sep 1941 Proceeded to RAF Toungoo for temporary duty
Plt Off W H Sides 12 Sep 1941 Proceeded to RAF Heho for temporary duty
Plt Off R Jenkins 23 Sep 1941 Posted in from AHQ Far East
Plt Off J Faure 24 Sep 1941 Proceeded to RAF Moulmein with 26 airmen
Plt Off C E R Grubb-Bell 26 Sep 1941 Posted in from AHQ Far East
Wg Cdr P J W Le Fevre 26 Sep 1941 Posted in from Singapore for attachment to HQ Army in Burma
Flt Lt E F Knight 26 Sep 1941 Posted in from Singapore for attachment to HQ Army in Burma
Plt Off R Scourfield Evans 26 Sep 1941 Posted in from Singapore for attachment to HQ Army in Burma
2 Lt C H Gladwell  1 Oct 1941 Appointed to a commission in the A & SD Branch RAFVR wef 8 May 1941 as APO
2 Lt G B Watt  1 Oct 1941 Appointed to a commission in the A & SD Branch RAFVR wef 8 May 1941 as APO
Sqn Ldr L V Spencer  1 Oct 1941 Promoted to Temp Wg Cdr wef  1 Sep 1941
Act Sqn Ldr R S B McLean  1 Oct 1941 Promoted to Temp Sqn Ldr wef  1 Sep 1941
Plt Off S O Venant  7 Oct 1941 Reported to HQ No 221 Group from RAF Mergui prior to posting to RAF Heho
Wg Cdr P J W Le Fevre  9 Oct 1941 Returned to Singapore on ceasing to be attached to HQ Army in Burma
Plt Off R Scourfield Evans  9 Oct 1941 Returned to Singapore on ceasing to be attached to HQ Army in Burma
Wg Cdr Stanley J Marchbank 11 Oct 1941 Arrived from AHQ Far East to set up an Intelligence organisation in the Group
Plt Off R F Cox 11 Oct 1941 Posted in for Intelligence duties
Flt Lt E F Knight 12 Oct 1941 Returned to Singapore on ceasing to be attached to HQ Army in Burma
Wg Cdr Ronald A R Rae 17 Oct 1941 Arrived from AHQ Far East for Armament duties
Flt Lt G C Charlton 19 Oct 1941 Returned to Singapore on ceasing to be on special duty with British Embassy in Chunking
Plt Off H A Holderness 25 Oct 1941 Posted in from AHQ Far East for Accountant duties and attached to No 154 MU
Plt Off L J A Peuleve 27 Oct 1941 Attached from AHQ Far East for development of Fighter Operations Rooms and Air Defence system
Plt Off G T Townsend 27 Oct 1941 Attached from AHQ Far East for development of Fighter Operations Rooms and Air Defence system

Source - No 221 Group ORB

Personnel Movements Jan - Apr 1942

Rank Name Date Notes
AVM Donald F Stevenson  2 Jan 1942 Appointed as Air Officer Commanding No 221 Group
Gp Capt Edye R Manning  2 Jan 1942 Relinquished command of No 221 Group

Source - No 221 Group ORB

There were no entries in the No 221 Group ORB for November 1941, probably due to change of designation.

Unit Movements Jan - Jun 1941

Unit Date Notes
No 60 Sqn 21 Apr 1941 Taken over, having been at Mingaladon since 14 Feb 1941
American Volunteer Group 16 Aug 1941 Arrived at RAF Toungoo
No 67 Sqn 13 Oct 1941 Transferred to No 221 Group and accommodated at RAF Mingaladon
HQ No 221 Group 25 Oct 1941 Moved to 41 Windermere Park, Rangoon
HQ No 221 Group 31 Oct 1941 Redesignated 'Burgroup'
HQ 'Burgroup' 12 Dec 1941 Reverted to the designation HQ No 221 Group
HQ No 221 Group 15 Dec 1941 Control was transferred from RAF Burma to Air Forces in India
HQ No 221 Group xx Feb 1942 Redesignated 'Norgroup'
HQ 'X' Wing 21 Feb 1942 Formed at Rangoon
HQ 'Burwing'* 10 Mar 1942 Formed at Magwe
HQ 'Akwing' 10 Mar 1942 Formed at Akyab
HQ 'Norgroup' 12 Mar 1942 Disbanded

Source - No 221 Group ORB

No 221 Group Detachment (BURWING) Personnel 1942

Formed on 10 March 1942 at Magwe and disbanded on 9 May 1942 at Chinwin to be replaced by a unit designated RAFCHIN

Rank Name Date Notes
Gp Capt Seaton Broughall 10 Mar 1942 Officer Commanding
Wg Cdr P Devitt 10 Mar 1942 Senior Air Staff Officer
Flt Lt C F Cox 10 Mar 1942 Intelligence - Air
Maj P D O'Malley 10 Mar 1942 Intelligence - Army
Sqn Ldr Smith 10 Mar 1942 Signals
Flt Lt D Way 10 Mar 1942 Armament
Flt Lt G Watt 10 Mar 1942 Petrol, Oil & Lubricants
Sqn Ldr Mitchel 10 Mar 1942 'P' Staff
Fg Off Ostler 10 Mar 1942 Engineer
Flt Lt T Wheen 10 Mar 1942 MT
Sqn Ldr B Stone 10 Mar 1942 OC, No 17 Sqn
Wg Cdr C B B Wallis 10 Mar 1942 OC, No 45 Sqn
Flt Lt Thwaite 10 Mar 1942 OC, 'X' MU
Flt Lt Croft 10 Mar 1942 OC, AMES
Flt Lt Pierce 10 Mar 1942 OC, Recce Section, No 28 Sqn
Gp Capt Noel C Singer  6 Apr 1942 Assumed command of 'Burwing'
Gp Capt Seaton Broughall  6 Apr 1942 Relinquished command of 'Burwing'

Source - No 221 Group ORB

It reformed on 12 March 1942  from the remnants of 'Norgroup' at La Martiniere School, 11 Loudon Street, Calcutta to control all bomber and fighter units in the north-east of India.

Nominal Roll - Officers  1 Apr 1941

Rank Name Notes
A/Cdre Henry J F Hunter Air Officer Commanding (Although shown as such Stevenson was still AOC at this time)
A/Cdre Edye R Manning Senior Air Staff Officer
Wg Cdr R J Manton Air Staff - Operations
Flt Lt W R Tapper Air Staff - Intelligence
Sqn Ldr Ridler Air Staff - Training
Wg Cdr James Senior Officer Administration
Sqn Ldr P Emerson Organisation
Sqn Ldr S Waller Personnel Staff
Sqn Ldr Raeside Armament
Wg Cdr Carpenter Engineer
Wg Cdr J H Barnes Equipment
Sqn Ldr J Fowke Defence
Wg Cdr N F Simpson Signals
Flt Lt Poole Photography
Sqn Ldr M L Wells Navigation
Dr B N dr Sai Meteorology
Sqn Ldr R S B McLean Senior Medical Officer

Source - No 221 Group ORB

Personnel Movements Apr - Jul 1942

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr A G T James  6 Apr 1942 Assumed duties of Wg Cdr - Organisation
Wg Cdr Carpenter 20 Apr 1942 Posted to AHQ
Act Sqn Ldr F H H Rowe 20 Apr 1942 Assumed duties of Chief Medical Officer
AVM Donald F Stevenson 24 Apr 1942 Posted to No 224 Group as Air Officer Commanding
A/Cdre Henry J F Hunter 24 Apr 1942 Assumed command of the Group
Fg Off Burnham  4 May 1942 Posted in fill vacancy as Fg Off - Signals (Radio)
Sqn Ldr I W Mitcham  8 May 1942 Assumed duties of Senior Personnel Staff Officer
Sqn Ldr S Waller  8 May 1942 Posted to AHQ Bengal
Gp Capt Noel C Singer 12 May 1942 Posted in from 'Burwing' for duty as SASO
A/Cdre Edye R Manning 12 May 1942 Posted to HQ, No 223 Group
Flt Lt Thompson 17 May 1942 Posted in for Photographic duties
Flt Lt Pole 17 May 1942 Posted to AHQ Bengal for Photographic duties
Wg Cdr C F Toogood 21 May 1942 Posted in for duty as SOA
Sqn Ldr R S B McLean 31 May 1942 Promoted to Act Wg Cdr wef 14 May 1942
Sqn Ldr J P Cody  1 Jun 1942 Posted in for duty as Chief Equipment Officer
Wg Cdr J H Barnes  1 Jun 1942 Posted to HQ No 226 Group
Sqn Ldr G P Longfield  3 Jun 1942 Posted in for duty as Air Staff (Training)
Sqn Ldr Ridler  3 Jun 1942 Posted to No 136 Sqn
Plt Off J Banks  5 Jun 1942 Posted in to fill vacancy for Flt Lt - Catering
Flt Lt W L Crossing 12 Jun 1942 Assumed the duties of Flt Lt - Welfare
Plt Off Campbell 13 Jun 1942 Assumed the duties of Flt Lt - Concealment
Wg Cdr G A L Sinclair Hill 15 Jun 1942 Posted in for duty as Group Intelligence Officer
Flt Lt Alban Ali 16 Jun 1942 Assumed the duties of Sqn Ldr - Civilian Liaison
Flt Lt Smeaton 23 Jun 1942 Assumed the duties of Flt Lt - Medical
Fg Off Bouch 24 Jun 1942 Promoted to Act Flt Lt for Codes and Cypher duties
APO D V Byles  3 Jul 1942 Regraded as Plt Off wef 1 Apr 1942
APO W Telfer  3 Jul 1942 Regraded as Plt Off wef 1 Apr 1942
Act Flt Lt L B W Palmer  3 Jul 1942 Promoted to Fg Off wef 1 Jun 1942
Plt Off W Gaskell 21 Jul 1942 Promoted to Act Flt Lt for Legal duties wef 1 Jul 1942
Wg Cdr R N Stidolph 29 Jul 1942 Posted in from R & R Party, Chittagong for Air Staff - Operations Room duties
Sqn Ldr I W Mitcham 29 Jul 1942 Promoted to War Substantive Flt Lt wef 12 Jun 1942

Source - No 221 Group ORB

Unit Movements Apr - Jul 1942

Unit Date Notes
No 113 Sqn 18 Mar 1942 Commenced reforming at RAF Asansol
No 3 Coast Defence Flight 22 Mar 1942 Moved from Bassein, Burma to RAF Dum Dum
No 136 Sqn 22 Mar 1942 Moved to RAF Alipore from Akyab
HQ No 2 Wing 22 Mar 1942 Moved to Ballygunge, Calcutta from Dum Dum
No 267 Wing 22 Mar 1942 Formed at Calcutta
HQ Burwing 23 Mar 1942 Moved to RAF Lashio
No 45 Sqn 29 Mar 1942 Moved from Magwe to Loiwing
No 139 Sqn 29 Mar 1942 Moved from Akyab to RAF Dum Dum
No 17 Sqn 29 Mar 1942 Moved from Akyab to Loiwing
RAF Toungoo 28 Mar 1942 Evacuated
No 3 Coast Defence Flight  1 Apr 1942 Redesignated No 103 (Coast Defence) Flight IAFVR
No 113 Sqn  1 Apr 1942 Completed reforming at RAF Asansol
No 34 Sqn  1 Apr 1942 Reformed at Allahabad
No 60 Sqn  1 Apr 1942 Reformed at Lahore
SHQ, RAF Cuttack  8 Apr 1942 Opened
SHQ, RAF Chukulia  8 Apr 1942 Opened
No 139 Sqn 10 Apr 1942 Reformed at RAF Dum Dum
No 5 PRU 10 Apr 1942 Reformed at RAF Asansol
No 17 Sqn 14 Apr 1942 Moved from Loiwing to RAF Alipore
No 45 Sqn 14 Apr 1942 Moved from Loiwing to RAF Lashio
No 139 Sqn 20 Apr 1942 Moved from RAF Dum Dum to RAF Chakulia
5 a/c of No No 113 Sqn 21 Apr 1942 Proceeded to Loiwing for operations
4 a/c of No No 113 Sqn 23 Apr 1942 Proceeded to Chittagong for operations
No 5 PRU 29 Apr 1942 Moved to RAF Pandavaswar from RAF Asansol
No 139 Sqn 30 Apr 1942 Redesignated No 62 Sqn
No 103 (Coast Defence) Flight 30 Apr 1942 Redesignated No 353 Sqn
No 45 Sqn 30 Apr 1942 Moved to RAF Dum Dum from RAF Lashio
No 20 Sqn  1 May 1942 Arrived at RAF Chakulia from RAF Peshawar
No 5 PRU 29 Apr 1942 Moved to RAF Dum Dum from RAF Pandavaswar
No 20 Sqn  1 May 1942 Moved from RAF Chakulia to Jamshedpur
No 62 Sqn, Ground Echelon  6 May 1942 Moved to RAF Cuttack
AHQ Bengal  6 May 1942 Formed and administered by HQ No 221 Group
No 215 Sqn 14 May 1942 Moved to RAF Pandavaswar
No 62 Sqn, Ground Echelon 15 May 1942 Returned to RAF Dum Dum
No 60 Sqn 19 May 1942 Moved to RAF Asansol from RAF Lahore
No 99 Sqn 20 May 1942 Moved to RAF Ambala
No 113 Sqn  1 Jun 1942 Detached to Tezpur
Refuelling & Rearming Party  1 Jun 1942 Formed at Agartala
Refuelling & Rearming Party  1 Jun 1942 Formed at Chittagong
SHQ, RAF Ondal  1 Jun 1942 Opened
No 34 Sqn 16 Jun 1942 Moved from RAF Allahabad to RAF Ondal
No 123 Repair and Salvage Unit 10 Jul 1942 Formed at Calcutta
Bomber Operations Room 11 Jul 192 Opened at RAF Dum Dum
SHQ, AF Ranchi  2 Jun 1942 Opened
No 34 Sqn 18 Jul 1942 Moved from Allahabad to RAF Peshawar
No 28 Sqn 20 Jul 1942 Moved from RAF Ranchi to RAF Kohat
Refuelling & Rearming Party 24 Jul 1942 Formed at Fenny

Source - No 221 Group ORB

July 1942

NOTE: Whilst the entry below is exactly as shown in the CAFL, it does reflect the actual situation with regard to staffing as shown in the Group ORB

Location Command Controlled
La Martiniere School, 11 Loudon Street, Calcutta, India Air Forces in India
  • Unable to list units at present

 

Rank Name Date Notes
AVM Donald F Stevenson 17 Dec 1941 Air Officer Commanding, CBE, DSO, MC; later AVM
Air Staff
Gp Capt Allan L A Perry-Keene 23 Jan 1942 Senior Air Staff Officer, OBE; later AVM
Wg Cdr L V Spencer 28 Jul 1941  
Sqn Ldr P K Devitt 16 Jan 1942  
Sqn Ldr J T Bouwens 11 Feb 1942 DFC
Fg Off C S Archer 11 Feb 1942  
Fg Off R H Cholmondeley 11 Feb 1942  
Fg Off J F C Kingsley 11 Feb 1942  
Fg Off W G Morris 11 Feb 1942  
Plt Off H C R Marten 17 Jul 1941  
Plt Off J H Robertson 17 Jul 1941  
Plt Off W H Sides 17 Jul 1941  
Plt Off H H Wilson 17 Jul 1941  
Plt Off W L Kerr 13 Aug 1941  
Plt Off W Sopwith 13 Aug 1941  
Plt Off A M Ward 13 Aug 1941  
Plt Off E R Wheen 13 Aug 1941  
Plt Off R F Cox 10 Oct 1941  
Plt Off F A Reynolds 11 Feb 1942  
Plt Off C G Dawson 11 Feb 1942  
Plt Off G J Gore 11 Feb 1942  
Administrative Staff
Gp Capt Edye R Manning 17 Jan 1942 Senior Administrative Staff Officer,  DSO, MC; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt H L Andrews  2 Apr 1941  
Flt Lt F C Faulkner 10 Feb 1942  
Fg Off K W Marten 11 Feb 1942  
Plt Off C H Gladwell  8 May 1941  
Plt Off C A Watt  8 May 1941  
Plt Off H V Ellison 14 May 1941  
Plt Off S W Timmis 23 May 1941  
Plt Off G N Borton  2 Jul 1941  
Plt Off L G Robinson  2 Jul 1941  
Plt Off W L Crossing 19 Jul 1941  
Plt Off L S Davis 19 Jul 1941  
Plt Off K E T Wallace-Crabbe  3 Sep 1941  
Plt Off E S Gosnell  6 Jan 1942  
Plt Off B J Boland 16 Dec 1941  
Plt Off R G Runnals 15 Dec 1941  
Staffs of the Services
Navigation
Sqn Ldr J M Hillier 18 Mar 1942  
Engineer
Flt Lt S N Bourne 11 Feb 1942  
Fg Off W R Middleton 11 Feb 1942  
Fg Off T S C Stead 15 Dec 1941  
Signals
Fg Off C I Rutherford 28 Jan 1942  
Plt Off W H E Cragg 30 Nov 1941  
Armament
Fg Off N D I Gavin 11 Feb 1942  
Photography
Fg Off C J Craig 11 Feb 1942  
Equipment
Sqn Ldr J H Barnes 21 Apr 1941  
Fg Off C W Laing  5 Aug 1941  
Plt Off J N L Mawson  5 Aug 1941  
Accountants
Sqn Ldr D C Stone 21 Apr 1941  
Plt Off R J A Baker  5 Aug 1941  
Plt Off C A Gannaway  3 Sep 1941  
Plt Off E A Holderness  7 Oct 1941  
Medical
Flt Lt R S B McLean 16 Jun 1941 Senior Medical Officer
Miscellaneous Appointments
Fg Off W A K Naylor 11 Feb 1942  
Plt Off C E R Grubb-Bell 27 Jun 1941  
Plt Off R Jenkins 27 Jun 1941  
Plt Off F S Ion 11 Feb 1942  
Plt Off H Gowen 11 Feb 1942  
Plt Off H G Mellors 11 Feb 1942  

Source - July 1942 Confidential Air Force List

Personnel Movements Aug - Dec 1942

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr C F Toogood  1 Aug 1942 Promoted to Act Gp Capt wef 21 May 1942
Plt Off Hayoe  4 Aug 1942 Promoted to Act Flt Lt  wef 1 Aug 1942 whilst filling post of DAPM
Fg Off A E Bidwell  4 Aug 1942 Promoted to Act Flt Lt wef 10 Jul 1942
Fg Off E Swann  4 Aug 1942 Promoted to Act Flt Lt wef 10 Jul 1942
Wg Cdr G P Longfield  7 Aug 1942 Posted non-effective
Wg Cdr W Dougall  7 Aug 1942 Posted in from RAF Pandaveswar for duty as Air Staff (Training)
Act Flt Lt L B W Palmer 11 Aug 1942 Promoted to Flt Lt wef 1 Jun 1942
Act Sqn Ldr F H H Rowe 11 Aug 1942 Promoted to Flt Lt wef 1 Dec 1941
Fg Off P G Simmons 23 Aug 1942 Promoted to Flt Lt wef 17 Jun 1942
Flt Lt E P Thompson 23 Aug 1942 Promoted to Act Sqn Ldr wef 2 Aug 1942
APO P Campbell 26 Aug 1942 Regraded as Plt Off wef 12 May 1942
APO A W Chalmers 26 Aug 1942 Regraded as Plt Off wef 12 May 1942
Act Wg Cdr R S B McLean 26 Aug 1942 Promoted to Sqn Ldr wef 1 Sep 1941
Plt Off F Strong 26 Aug 1942 Promoted to Act Flt Lt wef 19 Aug 1942 whilst serving as Gas Defence Officer
Sqn Ldr J P Hopkins  9 Sep 1942 Posted in for Navigation duties
Act Flt Lt W L Crossing  9 Sep 1942 Promoted to Fg Off wef 17 May 1942 (Flt Lt - Welfare)
Act Flt Lt H Wilson  9 Sep 1942 Promoted to Fg Off wef 17 May 1942 (Camp Commandant)
Act Flt Lt F Strong  9 Sep 1942 Promoted to Fg Off wef 6 Jun 1942 (Gas Defence)
Wg Cdr Walter P Sutcliffe 20 Sep 1942 Posted in for Air Staff duties as Wg Cdr - Operations
Wg Cdr R J Manton 25 Sep 1942 Posted to the UK
Sqn Ldr J J Dutton  1 Oct 1942 Posted in from the UK for duty as Chief Equipment Officer
Sqn Ldr J L Fowke  2 Oct 1942 Group Defence Officer, posted to AHQ Bengal
Plt Off Last  2 Oct 1942 Assumed duties of Group Defence Officer
Gp Capt R C Wilson  5 Oct 1942 Posted in from No 170 Wing for duty as SASO
Wg Cdr G A L Sinclair Hill  9 Oct 1942 Posted to AHQ India
Flt Lt Kingsley  9 Oct 1942 Assumed duties of Group Intelligence Officer
Gp Capt Noel C Singer 11 Oct 1942 Posted to AHQ Bengal
Act Sqn Ldr E P Thompson  1 Nov 1942 Attached to AHQ Bengal pending posting for Photographic duties
Flt Lt Cookson  1 Nov 1942 Assumed the duties of Group Photographic Officer
Sqn Ldr D F Allen  4 Nov 1942 Posted in from AHQ India for Accounts duties
Flt Lt House 11 Nov 1942 Attached to AHQ India pending to AN & GR School as an Instructor
Flt Lt D P Evans  1 Dec 1942 Posted in from No 167 Wing for duty as Equipment Officer
Wg Cdr J K Mellor  8 Dec 1942 Posted in from the UK as supernumerary
Wg Cdr C F Chater  8 Dec 1942 Posted in from No 224 Group for Air Staff (Fighter) duties
Sqn Ldr J P Cody  12 Dec 1942 Posted to No 306 MU
Gp Capt H E Wilson 28 Dec 1942 Posted in from No 224 Group as supernumerary
Wg Cdr J K Mellor 31 Dec 1942 Posted to No 36 Sqn as OC

Source - No 221 Group ORB

Unit Movements Aug - Dec 1942

Unit Date Notes
SHQ, RAF Salbani  7 Aug 1942 Opened
No 34 Sqn 10 Aug 1942 Moved from RAF Peshawar to RAF Ondal
No 353 Sqn 13 Aug 1942 Moved from RAF Dum Dum to RAF Cuttack
No 113 Sqn 16 Aug 1942 Returned to RAF Asansol from detachment at Tezpur
HQ, No 221 Group 16 Aug 1942 Commenced move from La Martiniere School, Calcutta to St Vincent de Paul's School, Asansol
No 215 Sqn 18 Aug 1942 Moved to Madras on attachment from Pandaveswar
HQ, No 221 Group 20 Aug 1942 Completed move from La Martiniere School, Calcutta to St Vincent de Paul's School, Asansol
No 123 RSU  2 Sep 1942 Moved from Calcutta to Pandaveswar
No 99 Sqn 15 Sep 1942 Moved from RAF Ambala to Pandaveswar
No 5 PRU 16 Sep 1942 Transferred to HQ No 224 Group
R & R Party, Agartala 16 Sep 1942 Transferred to HQ No 224 Group
R & R Party, Chittagong 16 Sep 1942 Transferred to HQ No 224 Group
R & R Party, Fenny 16 Sep 1942 Transferred to HQ No 224 Group
No 91 ASP 22 Sep 1942 Arrived at Asansol
SHQ, RAF Asansol 30 Sep 1942 Disbanded
SHQ RAF Cuttack 30 Sep 1942 Disbanded
SHQ, RAF Pandaveswar 30 Sep 1942 Disbanded
SHQ, RAF Salbani 30 Sep 1942 Disbanded
No 167 Wing  1 Oct 1942 Formed at RAF Asansol
No 170 Wing  1 Oct 1942 Formed at RAF Pandasveswar
No 175 Wing  1 Oct 1942 Formed at RAF Cuttack
Care & Maintenance Party  1 Oct 1942 Formed at RAF Asansol
Care & Maintenance Party  1 Oct 1942 Formed at RAF Pandasveswar
Care & Maintenance Party  1 Oct 1942 Formed at RAF Cuttack
No 99 Sqn  1 Oct 1942 Reforming at RAF Pandaveswar
No 159 Sqn  1 Oct 1942 Reforming at RAF Salbani
No 123 RSU  1 Oct 1942 Reforming at RAF Pandaveswar
HQ No 170 Wing 15 Oct 1942 Moved from RAF Pandasveswar to RAF Salbani
No 82 RSU 23 Oct 1942 Arrived at RAF Ondal to Bombay
No 96 ASP 24 Oct 1942 Arrived at RAF Ondal to Bombay
No 110 Sqn, Ground Party 24 Oct 1942 Arrived at RAF Ondal
No 99 Sqn 24 Oct 1942 Moved from RAF Pandaveswar to RAF Digri
HQ, No 168 Wing  1 Nov 1942 Formed at RAF Ondal
No 110 Sqn  1 Nov 1942 Moved from RAF Ondal to RAF Pandaveswar
HQ, No 168 Wing  4 Nov 1942 Moved from RAF Ondal to RAF Pandaveswar
No 123 RSU  5 Nov 1942 Moved from RAF Pandaveswar to RAF Salbani
No 82 RSU  8 Nov 1942 Moved from RAF Ondal to RAF Pandaveswar
No 96 ASP 11 Nov 1942 Moved from RAF Ondal to RAF Asansol
No 160 Sqn 15 Nov 1942 Moved to RAF Salbani from RAF Quetta to be equipped with Liberators
No 96 ASP 15 Nov 1942 Moved from RAF Asansol to Bombay
HQ, No 168 Wing  6 Dec 1942 Moved from RAF Pandaveswar to Madhaighanj
No 110 Sqn  6 Dec 1942 Moved from RAF Pandaveswar to Madhaighanj
No 2 Sqn IAF  8 Dec 1942 Moved from Arkonan to RAF Ranchi
No 2 Sqn IAF (Detchment)  8 Dec 1942 Moved from Risalpur to RAF Ranchi
No 34 Sqn  8 Dec 2942 Moved from RAF Ondal to RAF Baigachi
HQ No 221 Group 10 Dec 1942 Re-organised as a Composite Group comprising Nos 165, 170, 175, 274 and 293 Wing HQs
No 171 Wing 10 Dec 1942 Transferred to the direct control of AHQ Bengal
HQ No 221 Group 12 Dec 1942 Moved from RAF Asansol to Calcutta (including Comms Flt)
Care & Maintenance Party 14 Dec 1942 Moved from RAF Pandasveswar to Madhaighanj
No 176 Sqn 20 Dec 1942 Forming at Armada Road
HQ, No 167 Wing 20 Dec 1942 Moved from RAF Asansol to  Jessore
No 60 Sqn 20 Dec 1942 Moved from RAF Asansol to  Jessore
No 113 Sqn 20 Dec 1942 Moved from RAF Asansol to  Jessore
Care & Maintenance Party 21 Dec 1942 Moved from RAF Ondal to Baigachi
No 82 RSU 23 Dec 1942 Moved from Worli to Madhaighanj
No 136 Sqn 27 Dec 1942 Moved from Dum Dum to Chittagong
No 82 RSU 31 Dec 1942 Moved from Madhaighanj to Asansol

Source - No 221 Group ORB

By March 1943 it had been redesignated No 221 (Bomber) Group.

December 1943

Location Command Controlled
St Vincent de Paul's School, Asansol Air Forces in India
  • Unable to list units at present

 

Rank Name Date Notes
A/Cdre Herbert V Rowley  1 May 1943 Air Officer Commanding,
Air Staff
Gp Capt R C Wilson 20 Sep 1942 Senior Air Staff Officer,
Wg Cdr H S Darley  8 Feb 1943 DSO
Wg Cdr G N Warrington  2 Feb 1943  
Sqn Ldr W Dougall  7 Aug 1942  
Administrative Staff
Wg Cdr A T G James 26 Jan 1942  
Sqn Ldr J C Fitzgeorge-Parker 20 Nov 1942  
Staffs of the Services
Navigation
Sqn Ldr P E Dodson  1 Nov 1942 DFC
Signals
Wg Cdr John A Robinson 25 Jan 1942 later A/Cdre
Wg Cdr N F Simpson 15 Mar 1943  
Medical
Sqn Ldr R S B McLean 16 Jun 1941 Senior Medical Officer
Aeronautical Inspection
Sqn Ldr F G Hammond   Senior Aeronautical Inspection Officer, AFM

Source - December 1943 Confidential Air Force List

It moved to Imphal on 15 December 1943 as No 221 (Tactical) Group and sometime this month it came under the control of 3rd Tactical Air Force.

June 1944

Location Command Controlled
St Vincent de Paul's School, Asanso Eastern Air Command

Wings: -

  • No 168 Wing - Kumbhirgram

  • No 170 Wing - Imphal

  • No 181 Wing - Imphal

  • No 189 Wing - Silchar

  • No 293 Wing -

Squadrons: -

  • No 5 Squadron

  • No 11 Squadron

  • No 28 Squadron

  • No 34 Squadron

  • No 42 Squadron

  • No 81 Squadron

  • No 84 Squadron

  • No 110 Squadron

  • No 113 Squadron

  • No 123 Squadron

  • No 2943 Squadron, RAF Regiment -Palel

Other Units: -

  • No 1582 (Calibration) Flight - Silchar

  • No 8 Operations Room - Silchar

  • No 9 Operations Room - Imphal

  • No 4 Bomb Disposal Squad - Kumbhirgram

  • No 6 Bomb Disposal Squad - Imphal

  • No 17 Meteorological Forecast Centre - Kumbhirgram

  • No 76 Refuelling and Re-Arming Party - Tulihal

  • No 77 Refuelling and Re-Arming Party - Palel

  • No 60 Mobile Field Hospital - Imphal

  • No 63 Mobile Field Hospital - Kalaura

  • No 23 Air Support Control - Imphal

 

Rank Name Date Notes
A/Cdre Herbert V Rowley  1 May 1943 Air Officer Commanding,
Air Staff
Gp Capt G N Warrington  2 Feb 1943 Senior Air Staff Officer,
Wg Cdr P K Devitt  2 Oct 1943  
Wg Cdr J L Beck 27 Dec 1943  
Wg Cdr W Dougall  7 Aug 1942  
Sqn Ldr J H Stevens 28 Sep 1943  
Sqn Ldr H L leedham-Green 26 Apr 1942  
Sqn Ldr E Swan 26 Apr 1942  
Administrative Staff
Wg Cdr I W Mitchum  5 Jan 1944  
Sqn Ldr C H Gladwell  8 May 1941  
Sqn Ldr F T Bishop  7 Jul 1943  
Staffs of the Services
Engineer
Sqn Ldr T Vaughan-Edmunds  3 Apr 1944  
Signals
Wg Cdr John A Robinson 25 Jan 1942 later A/Cdre
Wg Cdr D W Dowson 16 Dec 1943  
Armament
Sqn Ldr E F Price  5 Sep 1943  
Equipment
Sqn Ldr J C Cracroft-Rice 21 Aug 1943  
Accountant
Sqn Ldr D F Allen 18 Oct 1943  
Medical
Wg Cdr C R Jenkins 25 Jul 1943 MRCS, LRCP, DA
RAF Regiment
Sqn Ldr F W J Last 16 Mar 1943

Source - June 1944 Confidential Air Force List

It moved to Kalemyo on 13 January 1945, Monywa on 15 February and Meiktile on 12 April and by June was located in Rangoon where it disbanded on 30 September 1945.

June 1945

Location Command Controlled
(still listed at)

Monywa

AHQ Burma
  • Unable to list units at present

 

Rank Name Date Notes
AVM Stanley F Vincent 17 Feb 1944 Air Officer Commanding, CB, DFC, AFC
A/Cdre Reginald L Mills  9 Nov 1944 Air Officer i/c Administration, OBE
Air Staff
A/Cdre Gordon H Vasse 9 Nov 1944 Senior Air Staff Officer,
Wg Cdr S N Norris 15 Mar 1944 DFC
Sqn Ldr V K Jacobs  6 Jun 1944  
Sqn Ldr S A Hargrove 12 May 1944  
Sqn Ldr G Kerr  1 Apr 1944  
Administrative Staff
Sqn Ldr C H Gladwell  8 May 1941  
Sqn Ldr F T Bishop  7 Jul 1943 Personnel
Staffs of the Services
Engineer
Sqn Ldr T Vaughan-Edmunds  3 Apr 1944  
Signals
Wg Cdr John A Robinson 25 Jan 1942 later A/Cdre
Wg Cdr D W Dowson 16 Dec 1943  
Equipment
Sqn Ldr J C Cracroft-Rice 21 Aug 1943  
Accountant
Sqn Ldr P Nuttall  2 Feb 1944  
Medical
Wg Cdr L V McNabb 26 Apr 1944 MB, BS
Sqn Ldr S S Brown 26 Apr 1944 MB, BXh
Educational
Mr W A Bristow 15 Dec 1942 BQ, RAFVR
RAF Regiment
Sqn Ldr R H A Garner 26 Jun 1944

Source - June 1945 Confidential Air Force List

[Jul 1942 | Dec 1943 | Jun 1944 | Jun 1945]

This page was last updated on 06/05/20 using FrontPage 2003

         [Top of Page]