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HQ No 225 Group Personnel, locations and units


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

This was formed at Palembang, Sumatra on 17 January 1942 as No 225 (Bomber) Group from No 223 Group.  On 14 February it moved to P.2 (Parabumulih) but following the Japanese victory ceased to exist and was officially disbanded at Mingaladon on 28 March 1942

However the nucleus of a new group had begun to assemble at Padgate and West Kirby on 3 February 1942, departing from Liverpool on 12 February.  Arriving in Bombay on 12 April, an Advance Party moved to Bangalore on 14 April, and after five days was able to set up a base at Bangalore Racecourse, where the unit officially reformed as No 225 (Composite) Group on 20 April.  The remainder of the personnel arrived on 21 April, although they should have remained at Deolali until called forward by OC, Advance Party.  The Group's role was the defence of Southern India and the Indian coastline from Bengal to Karachi.

Officer allocations Feb 1942

Post Rank Name Notes
Senior Air Staff Officer Gp Capt Vacant  
Senior Officer Administration Wg Cdr R A Ford Gp Capt post
Operations - Army Co-operation Wg Cdr Vacant  
Operations - Bomber Wg Cdr W R Beaman  
Operations - Fighter Wg Cdr Vacant  
Operations - General Reconnaissance Wg Cdr Vacant  
Intelligence Wg Cdr Vacant  
Training Wg Cdr Vacant  
Organisation I Sqn Ldr D Nolan-Neylon Wg Cdr post
Engineer Sqn Ldr Steele Wg Cdr Post
Equipment Flt Lt O H Downing Wg Cdr post
Armament I Wg Cdr Knyvett  
Signals Wg Cdr Vacant  
Medical Wg Cdr Vacant  
Operations (Bomber) Sqn Ldr Vacant  
Operations (General Reconnaissance) Sqn Ldr Vacant  
Organisation II Sqn Ldr Vacant  
Senior Personnel Staff Officer Sqn Ldr R F A Williams  
Armament Flt Lt A R Hayes Sqn Ldr post
Defence Plt Off J N Briggs Sqn Ldr post
Signals Sqn Ldr Vacant  
Signals/Radio Sqn Ldr Vacant  
Navigation Sqn Ldr J P Hopkins  
Operations (Bomber) Flt Lt Vacant  
Operations - Army Co-operation Flt Lt Vacant  
Operations - Fighter Flt Lt Vacant  
Operations - General Reconnaissance Flt Lt Vacant  
Operations Room Flt Lt Morgan  
Operations Room Flt Lt Scott  
Operations Room Flt Lt West  
Operations Room Flt Lt Vacant  
Intelligence Flt Lt R C C Green  
Intelligence Fg Off Hutchins Flt Lt post
Intelligence Plt Off Dalley Flt Lt post
Organisation III Fg Off Ducane Flt Lt post
'P' Staff Flt Lt Grant  
'P' Staff Flt Lt Grieve  
'P' Staff Flt Lt Bamborough  
'P' Staff Plt Off Dixon Flt Lt post
Administration Flt Lt Vacant  
Codes and Cypher Flt Lt Vacant  
Armament Flt Lt Vacant  
Engineering Flt Lt Vacant  
Equipment Flt Lt Vacant  
Signals/Radio Flt Lt 3 x Vacancies  
Photography Flt Lt Vacant  
Assistant Navigation Officer Flt Lt N A Sellars  
Accounts Flt Lt Leather  
Medical Flt Lt Vacant  
PA to AOC Fg Off Vacant  
Codes and Cypher Fg Off 4 x Vacancies  
Signals Flt Lt Hunt Fg Off post
Signals/Radio Fg Off 2 x Vacancies  
Camp Commandant Plt Off Wallace  

Source - No 225 Group ORB

Personnel Movements Apr - Jul 1942

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr R A Ford 12 Apr 1942 Departed Bombay by rail for Bangalore as member of Advance Party
Sqn Ldr R F A Williams 12 Apr 1942 Departed Bombay by rail for Bangalore as member of Advance Party
Sqn Ldr Nolan-Neylon 12 Apr 1942 Departed Bombay by rail for Bangalore as member of Advance Party
Flt Lt Hunt 12 Apr 1942 Departed Bombay by rail for Bangalore as member of Advance Party
Flt Lt Downing 12 Apr 1942 Departed Bombay by rail for Bangalore as member of Advance Party
Fg Off Douglas 12 Apr 1942 Departed Bombay by rail for Bangalore as member of Advance Party
Plt Off J N Briggs 12 Apr 1942 Departed Bombay by rail for Bangalore as member of Advance Party
Plt Off Wallace 12 Apr 1942 Departed Bombay by rail for Bangalore as member of Advance Party
  30 x Airmen 12 Apr 1942 Departed Bombay by rail for Bangalore as member of Advance Party
Wg Cdr R A Ford 14 Apr 1942 Arrived in Bangalore as member of Advance Party
Sqn Ldr R F A Williams 14 Apr 1942 Arrived in Bangalore as member of Advance Party
Sqn Ldr Nolan-Neylon 14 Apr 1942 Arrived in Bangalore as member of Advance Party
Flt Lt Hunt 14 Apr 1942 Arrived in Bangalore as member of Advance Party
Flt Lt Downing 14 Apr 1942 Arrived in Bangalore as member of Advance Party
Fg Off Douglas 14 Apr 1942 Arrived in Bangalore as member of Advance Party
Plt Off J N Briggs 14 Apr 1942 Arrived in Bangalore as member of Advance Party
Plt Off Wallace 14 Apr 1942 Arrived in Bangalore as member of Advance Party
  30 x Airmen 14 Apr 1942 Arrived in Bangalore as member of Advance Party
Wg Cdr R C Crawford 21 Apr 1942 Posted in for duty as Chief Signals Officer
Gp Capt J Macfarlane 22 Apr 1942 Posted in and assumed command of the Group
Sqn Ldr P A Wilkinson  7 May 1942 Posted in for duty as Senior Medical Officer (Wg Cdr post)
AC2 R C Jacobs  9 May 1942 Killed in a motor accident
AC1 T Colley 10 May 1942 Killed in a motor accident
Plt Off H D G Barson 12 May 1942 Posted in for Defence duties
Plt Off A E Hobbis 12 May 1942 Posted in for Defence duties
Gp Capt G V Howard 16 May 1942 Posted in for duty as SOA
Wg Cdr R A Ford 16 May 1942 Relinquished duties of SOA and assumed duties of Org I
Act Sqn Ldr N A Smith 20 May 1942 Posted in for Signals duties
Plt Off R A Reilly 29 May 1942 Posted in for duty as Armament II
Wg Cdr F P Smythies 30 May 1942 Posted in for duty as Air Operations (GR) I
A/Cdre P H Mackworth  2 Jun 1942 Posted in an assumed command of No 225 Group
Gp Capt J Macfarlane  2 Jun 1942 Relinquished command of the Group and appointed SASO

Source - No 225 Group ORB

Unit Movements Feb - Jul 1942

Unit Date Notes
No 240 Sqn  1 Jul 1942 Placed under the control of No 225 Group
No 155 Sqn  4 Jul 1942 Moved from Peshawar to Madras and placed under the control of No 225 Group
Operations and Intelligence Staff  6 Jul 1942 Moved from Bangalore Racecourse to Kumara Park
No 82 Sqn  6 Jul 1942 Placed under the control of No 225 Group
Air Staff & Codes and Cypher Section 10 Jul 1942 Moved from Bangalore Racecourse to Kumara Park
No 82 Sqn 12 Jul 1942 Moved from Karachi and Quetta to Madras

Source - No 225 Group ORB

July 1942

Location Command Controlled
Bangalore, India Air Forces in India
  • Unable to list units at present

 

Source - July 1942 Confidential Air Force List

From this point most personnel and unit movements were recorded in the Appendices to the ORB, which are currently unavailable.

Personnel Movements Aug - Dec 1942

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr G A V Knyvett 31 Aug 1942 Returned to HQ No 225 Group as Group Armament Officer
Sqn Ldr E M Rule  5 Sep 1942 Posted in for duty as Group Chaplain
Sqn Ldr J P Hopkins  5 Sep 1942 Posted out
Sqn Ldr N A Sellars  5 Sep 1942 Assumed temporary command of Training Section
Flt Lt R T Bevan  9 Sep 1942 Reported for duty as Deputy Senior Medical Officer
Flt Lt Radik 17 Sep 1942 Assumed duties of Camouflage Staff Officer
Capt Runnicles RE 17 Sep 1942 Relinquished duties of Camouflage Staff Officer
Sqn Ldr M W Kimpton 20 Sep 1942 Posted in for duty as Group Training Officer
Plt Off R W Mackenzie  3 Nov 1942 Posted in to the Armament Section from No 11 MSU (T)
Gp Capt J E W Bowles  1 Dec 1942 Arrived on posting in for duty as SASO
Sqn Ldr O R Hammerbeck  5 Dec 1942 Arrived on posting in for duty as Air I/Army Co-op

Source - No 225 Group ORB

Unit Movements Aug - Dec 1942

Unit Date Notes
General Reconnaissance School  5 Aug 1942 Opened at Juhu
No 1 Company, No 3 (Indian) AFS  7 Sep 1942 Allocated to HQ No 225 Group
No 7 Wireless Unit  9 Sep 1942 Arrived at Vizagapatam
HQ No 172 Wing 18 Oct 1942 Formed at Madras
No 36 Sqn 22 Oct 1942 Moved to Tanjore
No 984 Sqn 22 Oct 1942 Reformed at Bombay
No 42 Sqn  1 Nov 1942 Arrived at Yelahanka
No 45 Sqn  1 Nov 1942 Arrived at Cholovarum
No 84 Sqn  6 Nov 1942 Arrived at Cholovarum (flying element) and Vizagapatum (ground element) from No 221 Group
HQ No 172 Wing 19 Nov 1942 Moved from Madras to Avadi

Source - No 225 Group ORB

December 1943

Location Command Controlled
Bangalore, India Air Forces in India
  • Unable to list units at present

 

Rank Name Date Notes
A/Cdre Philip H Mackworth  2 Jun 1942 Air Officer Commanding, DFC; later AVM
Personal Appointment
Fg Off D A P Woodward  4 Feb 1943 Personal Assistant to AOC
Air Staff
Gp Capt J E W Bowles  3 Dec 1942 Senior Air Staff Officer
Wg Cdr F P Smythies 30 May 1942  
Wg Cdr W R Beaman 20 Apr 1943  
Sqn Ldr P R W Hammerbeck 11 Nov 1943  
Sqn Ldr T A Vigors 23 Jan 1943  
Administrative Staff
Gp Capt C V Howard 12 May 1942 Senior Administrative Staff Officer, DFC
Wg Cdr R A Ford 20 Apr 1942  
Staffs of the Services
Engineer
Wg Cdr C N Carpenter  9 Jul 1942  
Armament
Wg Cdr G A V Knyvett 20 Apr 1943  
Equipment
Sqn Ldr O H Downing 20 Apr 1943  
Accountant
Sqn Ldr C R Griffiths 21 Oct 1942  
Medical
Sqn Ldr P A Wilkinson  7 May 1942 Senior Medical Officer, MRCS, LRCP

Source - December 1943 Confidential Air Force List

June 1944

Location Command Controlled
Bangalore, India Air Command, South East Asia

Wings: -

  • No 172 Wing - St Thomas Mount

  • No 173 Wing - Cuttack

Stations: -

  • SHQ RAF Cholavaram

  • SHQ RAF Kolar

  • SHQ RAF Korangi Creek

  • SHQ RAF Red Hills Lake

  • SHQ RAF Vizagapatam

  • SHQ RAF Yelahanka

Squadrons: -

  • No 27 Squadron

  • No 45 Squadron

  • No 47 Squadron

  • No 146 Squadron

  • No 191 Squadron

  • No 200 Squadron

  • No 203 Squadron

  • No 212 Squadron

  • No 240 Squadron

  • No 261 Squadron

  • No 354 Squadron

  • No 628 Squadron

Other Units: -

  • No 1580 (Calibration) Flight - Yelahanka

  • No 225 Group Communication Flight - Yelahanka

  • No 1302 Flight - St Thomas Mount

  • No 4 Operations Room - St Thomas Mount

  • No 336Maintenance Unit - Kajamalal

  • No 230 Air Sea Rescue Unit - Vizagapatam

  • No 231 Air Sea Rescue Unit - Madras

  • No 233 Air Sea Rescue Unit - Bombay

  • No 234 Air Sea Rescue Unit - Bombay

  • No 8 Bomb Disposal Squad - St Thomas Mount

  • No 9 Bomb Disposal Squad - Trinhinopoly

  • No 14 Bomb Disposal Squad - Vizagapatam

  • No 6 Hill Depot - Munnar

  • No 8 Hill Depot - Wellington

  • No 87 Refuelling and Re-Arming Party - Ulunderpet

  • No 51 Radio School - Bangalore

  • No 2 Recruit Training Centre - Jallahalli

  • No 4 School of Technical Training - Madras

  • No 11 School of Technical Training - Cochin

  • No 21 Air Support Control - Yelahanka

  • No 25 Air Support Control - Yelahanka

  • No 21 Armament Practice Camp - Yelahanka

  • No 3 Base Postal Unit - Bangalore

  • No 9 Base Postal Unit - Madras

  • No 5 Base Signals Unit - Sambre

  • No 1673 Heavy Conversion Unit - Kolar

  • No 3 Hydrogen Compressor Station - Bangalore

  • No 11 Mobile Servicing Unit (Torpedo) - Cholavaram

  • No 12 Mobile Servicing Unit (Torpedo) - Cuttack

 

Rank Name Date Notes
A/Cdre Philip H Mackworth  2 Jun 1942 Air Officer Commanding, DFC; later AVM
Personal Appointment
Fg Off D A P Woodward  4 Feb 1943 Personal Assistant to AOC
Air Staff
Gp Capt J E W Bowles  3 Dec 1942 Senior Air Staff Officer
Wg Cdr W R Beaman 20 Apr 1943  
Wg Cdr T A Vigors 23 Jan 1943  
Sqn Ldr N S Harms 14 Jan 1943  
Sqn Ldr R C C Green 15 Apr 1942  
Sqn Ldr K A Perkin 15 Aug 1943  
Sqn Ldr C D C Dunford-Wood  8 Aug 1943 DFC
Administrative Staff
Gp Capt C V Howard 12 May 1942 Senior Administrative Staff Officer, DFC
Wg Cdr R A Ford 20 Apr 1942 Organisation
Sqn Ldr G P Grieve 20 Apr 1942  
Sqn Ldr H J Hyde 18 Oct 1943 Personnel
Staffs of the Services
Engineer
Wg Cdr T E Bond 30 Sep 1943  
Wg Cdr T L Mann    
Signals
Wg Cdr R W Williams 13 Feb 1943  
Sqn Ldr N A Smith 20 May 1942  
Sqn Ldr W J Floyd  6 Oct 1943  
Armament
Wg Cdr G A V Knyvett 20 Apr 1943  
Equipment
Sqn Ldr H R E Rumsey 28 Oct 1943  
Accountant
Sqn Ldr D H Mortimore 19 Oct 1943  
Medical
Wg Cdr J G Stewart  3 Jul 1943 MC, MB, ChB
Sqn Ldr A J Nimmo 21 May 1943 MB, BS, MRCS, L?RCP
Sqn Ldr J B Coltman 11 May 1943 MB, ChB
RAF Regiment
Sqn Ldr J N Briggs 20 Apr 1943
Miscellaneous Appointments
Sqn Ldr A H I Fraser   Assistant Provost Marshal

Source - June 1944 Confidential Air Force List

June 1945

Location Command Controlled
Bangalore, India Air Command South East Asia
  • Unable to list units at present

 

Rank Name Date Notes
AVM Henry N Thornton  4 May 1945 Air Officer Commanding, MBE
Personal Appointment
Fg Off D J Humberstone  6 Mar1944 Personal Assistant to AOC
Air Staff
Gp Capt W R Beaman 20 Apr 1943 Senior Air Staff Officer, OBE
Wg Cdr T A Vigors 23 Jan 1943  
Sqn Ldr N S Harms 14 Jan 1943  
Sqn Ldr R C C Green 15 Apr 1942  
Sqn Ldr I L S Aitkens  2 Mar 1944  
Sqn Ldr R M Pimm 25 Feb 1944  
Administrative Staff
Gp Capt R A Ford 20 Apr 1942 Senior Administrative Staff Officer, OBE
Wg Cdr A R Tooke 10 Apr 1944 Organisation
Wg Cdr L Young 12 May 1944  
Sqn Ldr G P Grieve 20 Apr 1942  
Sqn Ldr H J Hyde 18 Oct 1943 Personnel
Sqn Ldr A Johnstone 26 Apr 1944  
Staffs of the Services
Engineer
Sqn Ldr H L Formby 28 Mar 1944  
Signals
Wg Cdr A G Strutt 13 Apr 1944  
Sqn Ldr W J Floyd  6 Oct 1943  
Armament
Wg Cdr J E Davies  7 Jun 1944  
Equipment
Sqn Ldr H R E Rumsey 28 Oct 1943  
Accountant
Sqn Ldr D H Mortimore 19 Oct 1943  
Medical
Wg Cdr J G Stewart  3 Jul 1943 MC, MB, ChB
Sqn Ldr V P Geoghegan 26 Apr 1944  
Sqn Ldr J B Coltman 11 May 1943 MB, ChB
Educational
Mr N Gibson 12 Aug 1943 BSc, RAFVR
RAF Regiment
Sqn Ldr J N Briggs 20 Apr 1943
Miscellaneous Appointments
Sqn Ldr A H I Fraser   Assistant Provost Marshal
Sqn Ldr J P Mitchell  5 Mar 1944  
Sqn Ldr G S Sumner 10 Mar 1944  
Sqn Ldr V D Carr 15 May 1944  

Source - June 1945 Confidential Air Force List

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