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No 3 (Bomber) Group Personnel, units and locations 1936 - 1945


[Jul 1936 | Aug 1936 | Jul 1937 | Jul 1938 | Jan 1939 | Apr 1939 | May 1939 | Dec 1939 | Sep 1940 | Jun 1941 | Jul 1942 | Dec 1943 | Jun 1944 | Jun 1945]

[1920 - 1926 | 1946 - 1967]

It was reformed on 1 May 1936 by redesignating Western Area at RAF Andover and on 14 July was transferred to the control of the newly formed Bomber Command.

Personnel Movements May - Jul 1936

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr Henry K Thorold 18 Jun 1936 Posted in for Air Staff duties (Operations and Intelligence)
Wg Cdr Robert V Goddard  1 Jul 1936 Relinquished post of Air Staff (Operations and Intelligence)
Sqn Ldr N C Saward  2 Jul 1936 Reported for duty as Maintenance Liaison Officer
Sqn Ldr Cecil A Stevens  7 Jul 1936 Promoted to Wg Cdr wef 1 Jul 1936 and posted to HQ No 11 Group

Source - No 3 Group ORB

July 1936

Location Command  
RAF Andover Air Defence of Great Britain
  • SHQ Aldergrove

    • No 9 (Bomber) Squadron

    • No 502 (Ulster) (Bomber) Squadron

    • Armament Training Camp

  • SHQ Andover

    • No 12 (Bomber) Squadron

    • No 142 (Bomber) Squadron

    • No 214 (Bomber) Squadron

    • Station Flight

  • Staff College - Andover

  • No 101 (Bomber) Squadron  - Bicester

  • SHQ Boscombe Down

    • No 10 (Bomber) Squadron

    • No 97 (Bomber) Squadron

  • SHQ Mildenhall

    • No 38 (Bomber) Squadron

    • No 99 (Bomber) Squadron

  • No 58 (Bomber) Squadron - Upper Heyford

  • No 215 (Bomber) Squadron - Upper Heyford

  • SHQ Worthy Down

    • No 7 (Bomber) Squadron

    • No 102 (Bomber) Squadron

 

Rank Name Date Notes
AVM

Patrick H L Playfair

 1 May 1936 Air Officer Commanding, CB, MC; later AM
Personal Appointment
Fg Off William F Beckwith 27 Jul 1936 Personal Assistant to AOC; later AVM
Air Staff
Gp Capt

Charles O F Modin

 1 Aug 1935 Senior Air Staff Officer, DSC; llater A/Cdre
Wg Cdr Henry K Thorold 18 Jun 1936 Operations and Intelligence, DSC, DFC, AFC; later AVM
Sqn Ldr N C Saward 14 Jul 1936 Maintenance Liaison Officer (ORB states 2 Jul 1936)
Flt Lt John D Baker-Carr  1 May 1936 Training 2; later AM
Bt Maj E Hakewill-Smith   Royal Scots Fusiliers
Sqn Ldr E T Carpenter   Signals, AFC
Personnel Staff
Wg Cdr Edward G Hopcraft  1 May 1936 Senior Personnel Staff Officer, DSC
Hon Sqn Ldr (Flt Lt) J Everidge   'P' 2, MC, RAFO
Warrant Officers
WO I T E Pavitt 10 Sep 1935 Signals
WO I J Lovelock 14 Jul 1936 Administrative

Source - July 1936 Air Force List

Control transferred to HQ Bomber Command on 14 July 1936.

Unit Movements Jul 1936 - Jul 1937

Unit Date Notes
RAF Driffield 30 Jul 1936 Opened under the control of No 3 Group
RAF Finningley 30 Jul 1936 Opened under the control of No 3 Group
No 49 Sqn 10 Aug 1936 Moved from RAF Bircham Newton to RAF Worthy Down and transferred to No 3 Group
No 103 Sqn 10 Aug 1936 Formed at RAF Andover but no personnel yet posted in
No 107 Sqn 10 Aug 1936 Formed at RAF Andover but no personnel yet posted in
RAF Bicester 17 Aug 1936 Transferred from to No 1 Group
No 101 Sqn 17 Aug 1936 Transferred from to No 1 Group
No 12 Sqn 29 Aug 1936 Disembarked at Southampton on its return from the Middle East, proceeded to RAF Andover
No 35 Sqn 29 Aug 1936 Disembarked at Southampton on its return from the Middle East, proceeded to RAF Worthy Down
No 207 Sqn 29 Aug 1936 Disembarked at Southampton on its return from the Middle East, proceeded to RAF Worthy Down
No 7 Sqn  1 Sep 1936 Began to move from RAF Worthy Down to RAF Finningley
No 102 Sqn  1 Sep 1936 Began to move from RAF Worthy Down to RAF Finningley
No 214 Sqn  1 Sep 1936 Moved from RAF Andover to RAF Aldergrove via RAF Sealand for ATC
No 58 Sqn  3 Sep 1936 Move from RAF Upper Heyford to RAF Driffield completed
No 215 Sqn  3 Sep 1936 Move from RAF Upper Heyford to RAF Driffield completed
RAF Wyton  3 Sep 1936 Opened under the control of No 3 Group
RAF Scampton  3 Sep 1936 Opened under the control of No 3 Group
No 139 Sqn  3 Sep 1936 Began forming at RAF Wyton to be equipped with Blenheims but initially equipped with Hinds.
No 7 Sqn  7 Sep 1936 Move from RAF Worthy Down to RAF Finningley completed
No 102 Sqn  7 Sep 1936 Move from RAF Worthy Down to RAF Finningley completed
RAF Worthy Down  7 Sep 1936 Transferred to the control of No 2 Group
No 9 Sqn  6 Oct 1936 Moved from RAF Aldergrove to RAF Scampton
No 214 Sqn  6 Oct 1936 Moved from ATC Aldergrove to RAF Scampton
RAF Aldergrove  6 Oct 1936 Transferred to the control of Armament Group
RAF Andover  6 Oct 1936 Transferred to the control of No 2 Group
No 103 Sqn  6 Oct 1936 Transferred to the control of No 2 Group
No 107 Sqn  6 Oct 1936 Transferred to the control of No 2 Group
RAF Staff College  6 Oct 1936 Transferred to the control of No 2 Group
Andover Station Flight  6 Oct 1936 Transferred to the control of No 2 Group
No 78 Sqn  1 Nov 1936 Formed at RAF Boscombe Down from 'B' Flight of No 10 Sqn equipped with Heyfords
No 166 Sqn  1 Nov 1936 Formed at RAF Boscombe Down from 'B' Flight of No 97 Sqn equipped with Heyfords
No 142 Sqn  1 Dec 1936 Formed at RAF Wyton to be equipped with Blenheims
RAF Dishforth  3 Dec 1936 Opened under the control of No 3 Group but no units yet located there
RAF Leconfield  3 Dec 1936 Opened under the control of No 3 Group but no units yet located there
RAF Hemswell 31 Dec 1936 Opened under the control of No 3 Group but no units yet located there
Advance Party, No 3 Group 11 Jan 1937 Proceeded from Andover to RAF Mildenhall by rail
Main Party, No 3 Group 13 Jan 1937 Proceeded from Andover to RAF Mildenhall by rail and road
HQ, No 3 Group 20 Jan 1937 Move from Andover to RAF Mildenhall completed
RAF Boscombe Down  1 Feb 1937 Transferred to No 16 Group, Coastal Command
RAF Wyton  1 Mar 1936 Transferred to No 2 Group
No 139 Sqn  1 Mar 1936 Transferred to No 2 Group
No 114 Sqn  1 Mar 1936 Transferred to No 2 Group
No 44 Sqn  1 Mar 1936 Transferred to No 2 Group
RAF Feltwell 12 Mar 1937 Opened under the control of No 3 Group but no units yet located there
RAF Waddington 12 Mar 1937 Control transferred from No 6 Group to No 3 Group
No 51 Sqn 15 Mar 1937 Formed at RAF Driffield from 'B' Flight of No 58 Sqn
No 75 Sqn 15 Mar 1937 Formed at RAF Driffield from 'B' Flight of No 215 Sqn
HQ, No 4 Group  1 Apr 1937 Formed at RAF Mildenhall
No 149 Sqn 12 Apr 1937 Formed at RAF Mildenhall from 'B' Flight of No 99 Sqn
No 214 Sqn 19 Apr 1937 Moved from RAF Scampton to RAF Feltwell
No 37 Sqn 26 Apr 1937 Formed at RAF Feltwell from 'B' Flight of No 214 Sqn
RAF Honington  3 May 1937 Opened under the control of No 3 Group
No 38 Sqn  5 May 1937 Moved from RAF Mildenhall to RAF Marham
No 110 Sqn 18 May 1937 Formed at RAF Waddington
No 88 Sqn  7 Jun 1937 Formed at RAF Waddington
No 148 Sqn  7 Jun 1937 Formed at RAF Scampton
No 211 Sqn 14 Jun 1937 Formed at RAF Mildenhall
No 77 Sqn 14 Jun 1937 Formed at RAF Finningley from 'B' Flight of No 102 Sqn
No 115 Sqn 15 Jun 1937 Formed at RAF Marham from 'B' Flight of No 38 Sqn

Personnel Movements Jul 1936 - Jul 1937

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr Henry L Crichton 14 Jul 1936 Senior Equipment Staff Officer posted to HQ Bomber Command
Wg Cdr T Montgomery 14 Jul 1936 Principal Medical Officer posted to HQ Bomber Command
Wg Cdr R L Cox 14 Jul 1936 Armament Staff Officer posted to HQ Bomber Command
Wg Cdr P B Hunter 14 Jul 1936 Equipment (1) posted to HQ Bomber Command
Sqn Ldr W A Glasper 14 Jul 1936 Equipment (2) posted to HQ Bomber Command
Sqn Ldr Robert L Ragg 14 Jul 1936 Navigation Officer posted to HQ Bomber Command
Sqn Ldr S J Smetham 14 Jul 1936 Photographic Officer posted to HQ Bomber Command
Wg Cdr Warneford G W Prall 14 Jul 1936 Accountant Officer posted to HQ Bomber Command
Gp Capt

Lachlan L MacLean

25 Aug 1936 Reported for duty pending appointment as Senior Air Staff Officer
Gp Capt

Charles O F Modin

16 Sep 1936 Relinquished appointment of Senior Air Staff Officer
Capt C A Wigham  2 Jan 1937 Cheshire Regiment, reported for duty as Air Staff Officer (Organisation).
Bt Maj E Hakewill-Smith 15 Jan 1937 Royal Scots Fusiliers, returned to his regiment at Alldershot
Capt C A Wigham 15 Jan 1937 Assumed duties as Air Staff Officer (Organisation).
Wg Cdr G T Richardson 15 Apr 1937 Posted to No 97 Sqn to command
Wg Cdr H V Drew 26 Apr 1937 Posted to No 37 Sqn to command
Wg Cdr William Sowrey  3 May 1937 Posted to command RAF Honington
Wg Cdr

Charles R Steele

 8 May 1937 Assumed duties of Air Staff Officer (Operations and Intelligence)
Wg Cdr Henry K Thorold  8 May 1937 Posted to RAF Mildenhall to command
Wg Cdr S L Quine 21 May 1937 Posted to No 215 Sqn to command
Sqn Ldr I McL Cameron  7 Jun 1937 Posted to command No 110 Sqn

Source - No 3 Group ORB

It moved to Mildenhall between 11-20 January 1937

July 1937

Location Command  
RAF Mildenhall Bomber Command
  • No 602 (City of Glasgow) (Bomber) Squadron - Abbotsinch

  • SHQ Feltwell

    • No 37 (Bomber) Squadron

    • No 214 (Bomber) Squadron

  • SHQ Hemswell

    • No 61 (Bomber) Squadron

    • No 144 (Bomber) Squadron

  • SHQ Honington

    • No 77 (Bomber) Squadron

    • No 102 (Bomber) Squadron

  • SHQ Marham

    • No 38 (Bomber) Squadron

    • No 115 (Bomber) Squadron

  • SHQ Mildenhall

    • No 99 (Bomber) Squadron

    • No149 (Bomber) Squadron

    • No 211 (Bomber) Squadron

    • Station Flight

    • Berners Heath Bombing Range

  • SHQ Scampton

    • No 9 (Bomber) Squadron

    • No 148 (Bomber) Squadron

  • SHQ Waddington

    • No 50 (Bomber) Squadron

    • No 110 (Bomber) Squadron

 

Rank Name Date Notes
AVM

Patrick H L Playfair

 1 May 1936 Air Officer Commanding, CB, MC; later AM
Personal Appointment
Fg Off William F Beckwith 27 Jul 1936 Personal Assistant to AOC; later AVM
Air Staff
Gp Capt

Lachlan L MacLean

25 Aug 1936 Senior Air Staff Officer, later A/Cdre
Wg Cdr

Charles R Steele

 6 May 1937 DFC; later AM
Sqn Ldr N C Saward 14 Jul 1936 Maintenance Liaison Officer
Sqn Ldr A H Love  4 Jan 1937  
Flt Lt John D Baker-Carr  1 May 1936 later AM
Capt C A Wigham 15 Jan 1937 Cheshire Regiment
Personnel Staff
Wg Cdr Edward G Hopcraft  1 May 1936 Senior Personnel Staff Officer
Hon Sqn Ldr (Flt Lt) J Everidge   MC, RAFO
Warrant Officers
WO I T E Pavitt 10 Sep 1935 Signals
WO I J Lovelock 14 Jul 1936 Administrative

Source - July 1937 Air Force List

Unit Movements Jun 1937 - Jul 1938

Unit Date Notes
HQ, No 4 Group  28 Jun 1937 Moved from RAF Mildenhall to RAF Linton-on-Ouse as an independent formation
RAF Driffield  1 Jul 1937 Control transferred from No 3 Group to No 4 Group
RAF Finningley  1 Jul 1937 Control transferred from No 3 Group to No 4 Group
RAF Dishforth  1 Jul 1937 Control transferred from No 3 Group to No 4 Group
RAF Leconfield  1 Jul 1937 Control transferred from No 3 Group to No 4 Group
RAF Linton-on-Ouse  1 Jul 1937 Control transferred from No 3 Group to No 4 Group
No 51 Sqn  1 Jul 1937 Control transferred from No 3 Group to No 4 Group
No 58 Sqn  1 Jul 1937 Control transferred from No 3 Group to No 4 Group
HQ, No 5 Group  1 Jul 1937 Formed at RAF Mildenhall
No 102 Sqn  7 Jul 1937 Moved from RAF Finningley to RAF Honington
No 77 Sqn  7 Jul 1937 Moved from RAF Finningley to RAF Honington
No 88 Sqn 17 Jul 1937 Moved from RAF Waddington to RAF Boscombe Down and transferred to No 4 Group
RAF Grantham 16 Aug 1937 Transferred to No 3 Group from No 23 Group
RAF Hemswell  1 Sep 1937 Executive control assumed by HQ, No 5 Group
RAF Waddington  1 Sep 1937 Executive control assumed by HQ, No 5 Group
RAF Grantham  1 Sep 1937 Executive control assumed by HQ, No 5 Group
No 211 Sqn 14 Jun 1937 Moved from RAF Mildenhall to RAF Waddington and transferred to No 5 Group
HQ, No 5 Group  1 Sep 1937 Moved from RAF Mildenhall to 'St Vincents', Grantham
RAF Stradishall  3 Feb 1938 Opened under the control of No 3 Group
RAF Scampton 10 Mar 1938 Transferred from No 3 Group to No 5 Group
No 9 Sqn 10 Mar 1938 Moved from RAF Scampton to RAF Stradishall
No 148 Sqn 10 Mar 1938 Moved from RAF Scampton to RAF Stradishall

Personnel Movements Jun 1937 - Jul 1938

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr Neill C Ogilvie-Forbes  1 Jun 1937 Posted in for Navigation Staff duties
Wg Cdr Edwin S Goodwin  5 Aug 1937 Posted to command No 38 Sqn at RAF Marham
Sqn Ldr R Menzies 11 Oct 1937 Posted in for Signals duties
Wg Cdr David F Lucking 18 Oct 1937 Posted from command of No 214 Sqn to the Home Aircraft Depot
Wg Cdr O C Bryson  5 Nov 1937 Assumed command of No 214 Sqn
Sqn Ldr Harold A Haines  4 Dec 1937 Posted to command No 148 Sqn
Fg Off William F Beckwith  2 Jan 1938 Posted to the School of Aeronautical Engineering
Flt Lt T R Vickers 10 Jan 1938 Posted to HQ No 3 Group from No 99 Sqn
A/Cdre

Arthur A B Thomson

14 Feb 1938 Posted in Supernumerary, pending assuming command
AVM

Patrick H L Playfair

18 Feb 1938 Relinquished command of the Group on posting to No 1 Group
A/Cdre

Arthur A B Thomson

18 Feb 1938 Assumed command of the Group
Gp Capt Henry K Thorold 28 Mar 1938 Posted from command of RAF Mildenhall to HQ, Maintenance Command
Sqn Ldr P G Scott 4 Apr 1938 Posted in for Air Staff (Intelligence) duties
Flt Lt T R Vickers 24 Apr 1938 Posted to Electrical and Wireless School
Fg Off P H Bragg 25 Apr 1938 Posted to HQ No 3 Group from No 115 Sqn as Camp Commandant
Gp Capt Francis H Coleman  9 May 1938 Posted to RAF Mildenhall to command
Wg Cdr Francis J Fogarty 26 May 1938 Posted to No 37 Sqn to command

Source - No 3 Group ORB

July 1938

Location Command  
RAF Mildenhall Bomber Command
  • SHQ Feltwell

    • No 37 (Bomber) Squadron

    • No 214 (Bomber) Squadron

  • SHQ Honington

    • No 77 (Bomber) Squadron

    • No 102 (Bomber) Squadron

  • SHQ Marham

    • No 38 (Bomber) Squadron

    • No 115 (Bomber) Squadron

  • SHQ Mildenhall

    • No 99 (Bomber) Squadron

    • No149 (Bomber) Squadron

    • Station Flight

    • Berners Heath Bombing Range

  • SHQ Stradishall

    • No 9 (Bomber) Squadron

    • No 148 (Bomber) Squadron

 

Rank Name Date Notes
A/Cdre

Arthur A B Thomson

14 Feb 1938 Air Officer Commanding,  MC, AFC; later A/Cdre
Personal Appointment
Fg Off P H Bragg 25 Apr 1938 Pilot and Personal Assistant to AOC
Air Staff
Gp Capt

Lachlan L MacLean

25 Aug 1936 Senior Air Staff Officer, later A/Cdre
Wg Cdr

Charles R Steele

 6 May 1937 DFC; later AM
Sqn Ldr P G Scott 4 Apr 1938  
Sqn Ldr N C Saward 14 Jul 1936 Maintenance Liaison Officer
Sqn Ldr A H Love  4 Jan 1937  
Flt Lt John D Baker-Carr  1 May 1936 later AM
Capt C A Wigham 15 Jan 1937 Cheshire Regiment
Personnel Staff
Wg Cdr Edward G Hopcraft  1 May 1936 Senior Personnel Staff Officer, DSC
Hon Sqn Ldr (Flt Lt) J Everidge   MC, RAFO
Attached to the Staff
Navigation
Sqn Ldr Neill C Ogilvie-Forbes  1 Jun 1937 later AVM
Services
Signals
Sqn Ldr R Menzies 11 Oct 1937 Chief Signals Officer
Warrant Officers
WO I J Fanning 26 Apr 1938 Personnel Staff

Source - July 1938 Air Force List

Unit Movements Jul 1938 - Jan 1939

Unit Date Notes
No 102 Sqn 11 Jul 1938 Moved from RAF Honington to RAF Driffield and transferred to No 4 Group
No 75 Sqn 11 Jul 1938 Moved from RAF Driffield to RAF Honington
No 77 Sqn 25 Jul 1938 Moved from RAF Honington to RAF Driffield and transferred to No 4 Group
No 215 Sqn 25 Jul 1938 Moved from RAF Driffield to RAF Honington
No 99 Sqn 10 Oct 1938 Began re-equipping with Wellingtons in place of Heyfords

Personnel Movements Jul 1938 - Jan 1939

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr R B Sutherland  4 Jul 1938 Reported for duty as Senior Personnel Staff Officer
Gp Capt Edward G Hopcraft 11 Jul 1938 Posted to RAF Dishforth to command
Flt Lt A H Jarand 25 Sep 1938 Posted in for Air Staff (Armament) duties
Sqn Ldr John D Baker-Carr 10 Oct 1938 Posted to Woolwich Arsenal
Sqn Ldr Andrew McKee 28 Oct 1938 Posted in for Air Staff (Training) duties
Sqn Ldr A H Love  1 Nov 1938 Placed on the Retired List
Gp Capt J K Summers 14 Nov 1938 Posted in to assume duties of Senior Air Staff Officer
Wg Cdr N C Saward  5 Dec 1938 Posted to RAF Aldergrove to command

Source - No 3 Group ORB

January 1939

Location Command  
RAF Mildenhall Bomber Command
  • SHQ Feltwell

    • No 37 (Bomber) Squadron

    • No 214 (Bomber) Squadron

  • SHQ Honington

    • No 75 (Bomber) Squadron

    • No 215 (Bomber) Squadron

  • SHQ Marham

    • No 38 (Bomber) Squadron

    • No 115 (Bomber) Squadron

  • SHQ Mildenhall

    • No 99 (Bomber) Squadron

    • No149 (Bomber) Squadron

    • Station Flight

    • Berners Heath Bombing Range

  • SHQ Stradishall

    • No 9 (Bomber) Squadron

    • No 148 (Bomber) Squadron

 

Rank Name Date Notes
A/Cdre

Arthur A B Thomson

14 Feb 1938 Air Officer Commanding,  MC, AFC; later A/Cdre
Personal Appointment
Fg Off P H Bragg 25 Apr 1938 Pilot and Personal Assistant to AOC
Air Staff
Gp Capt

Lachlan L MacLean

25 Aug 1936 Senior Air Staff Officer, later A/Cdre
Gp Capt J K Summers 14 Nov 1938 MC
Wg Cdr

Charles R Steele

 6 May 1937 DFC; later AM
Sqn Ldr P G Scott 4 Apr 1938  
Sqn Ldr Andrew McKee 28 Oct 1938 later AM
Maj C A Wigham 15 Jan 1937 Cheshire Regiment
Personnel Staff
Wg Cdr R B Sutherland  4 Jul 1938 Senior Personnel Staff Officer, DFC
Hon Sqn Ldr (Flt Lt) J Everidge   MC, RAFO
Attached to the Staff
Armament
Flt Lt A H Jarand 25 Sep 1938  
Navigation
Sqn Ldr Neill C Ogilvie-Forbes  1 Jun 1937 later AVM
Services
Signals
Sqn Ldr R Menzies 11 Oct 1937 Chief Signals Officer
Warrant Officers
WO J Fanning 26 Apr 1938 Personnel Staff
WO J Edwards 27 Sep 1938 Signals

Source - January 1939 Air Force List

Unit Movements Jan - Mar 1939

Unit Date Notes
No 149 Sqn 18 Jan 1939 Began re-equipping with Wellingtons in place of Heyfords
No 9 Sqn 21 Jan 1939 Began re-equipping with Wellingtons in place of Heyfords
No 148 Sqn  4 Feb 1939 Began re-equipping with Wellingtons in place of Heyfords

Personnel Movements Jan - Mar 1939

Rank Name Date Notes
Gp Capt

Lachlan L MacLean

15 Jan 1939 Placed on the Retired List
Wg Cdr J A Elliott 16 Jan 1939 Reported for duty as Senior Personnel Staff Officer
Wg Cdr R B Sutherland  8 Feb 1939 Posted to RAF India
Sqn Ldr Neill C Ogilvie-Forbes 20 Jan 1939 Posted to the Special Duties List
Sqn Ldr

Henry R Graham

30 Jan 1939 Posted in for Navigation Staff duties
Capt J S Robinson 12 Mar 1939 Royal Artillery, assumed duties of Air Staff Officer (Organisation)
Maj C A Wigham 11 Mar 1939 Cheshire Regiment, returned to his regiment in Khartoum
Capt (Rtd) J H Willoughby 20 Mar 1939 Royal Marines, reported for Code and Cypher duties

Source - No 3 Group ORB

April 1939

Location Command  
RAF Mildenhall Bomber Command
  • SHQ Feltwell

    • No 37 (Bomber) Squadron

    • No 214 (Bomber) Squadron

  • SHQ Honington

    • No 75 (Bomber) Squadron

    • No 215 (Bomber) Squadron

  • SHQ Marham

    • No 38 (Bomber) Squadron

    • No 115 (Bomber) Squadron

  • SHQ Mildenhall

    • No 99 (Bomber) Squadron

    • No149 (Bomber) Squadron

    • Station Flight

    • Berners Heath Bombing Range

  • SHQ Stradishall

    • No 9 (Bomber) Squadron

    • No 148 (Bomber) Squadron

 

Rank Name Date Notes
A/Cdre

Arthur A B Thomson

14 Feb 1938 Air Officer Commanding,  MC, AFC; later A/Cdre
Personal Appointment
Plt Off K P Smales 29 Dec 1938 Pilot and Personal Assistant to AOC
Air Staff
Gp Capt J K Summers 14 Nov 1938 Senior Air Staff Officer, MC
Wg Cdr

Charles R Steele

 6 May 1937 DFC; later AM
Sqn Ldr P G Scott 4 Apr 1938  
Sqn Ldr Andrew McKee 28 Oct 1938 later AM
Sqn Ldr G L Menzies 15 Dec 1938  
Maj C A Wigham 15 Jan 1937 Cheshire Regiment
Personnel Staff
Wg Cdr J A Elliott 16 Jan 1939 Senior Personnel Staff Officer
Hon Sqn Ldr (Flt Lt) J Everidge   MC, RAFO
Attached to the Staff
Armament
Flt Lt A H Jarand 25 Sep 1938  
Navigation
Sqn Ldr

Henry R Graham

30 Jan 1939 later AVM
Services
Signals
Sqn Ldr R Menzies 11 Oct 1937 Chief Signals Officer
Warrant Officers
WO J Fanning 26 Apr 1938 Personnel Staff
WO J Edwards 27 Sep 1938 Signals

Source - April 1939 Confidential Air Force List

May 1939

Location Command  
RAF Mildenhall Bomber Command
  • SHQ Feltwell

    • No 37 (Bomber) Squadron

    • No 214 (Bomber) Squadron

  • SHQ Honington

    • No 75 (Bomber) Squadron

    • No 215 (Bomber) Squadron

  • SHQ Marham

    • No 38 (Bomber) Squadron

    • No 115 (Bomber) Squadron

  • SHQ Mildenhall

    • No 99 (Bomber) Squadron

    • No149 (Bomber) Squadron

    • Station Flight

    • Berners Heath Bombing Range

  • SHQ Stradishall

    • No 9 (Bomber) Squadron

    • No 148 (Bomber) Squadron

 

Rank Name Date Notes
A/Cdre

Arthur A B Thomson

14 Feb 1938 Air Officer Commanding,  MC, AFC; later A/Cdre
Personal Appointment
Plt Off K P Smales 29 Dec 1938 Pilot and Personal Assistant to AOC
Air Staff
Gp Capt J K Summers 14 Nov 1938 Senior Air Staff Officer, MC
Wg Cdr

Charles R Steele

 6 May 1937 DFC; later AM
Wg Cdr G L Menzies 15 Dec 1938  
Sqn Ldr P G Scott 4 Apr 1938  
Sqn Ldr Andrew McKee 28 Oct 1938 later AM
Capt J S Robinson 12 Mar 1939 Royal Artillery
Personnel Staff
Wg Cdr J A Elliott 16 Jan 1939 Senior Personnel Staff Officer
Hon Sqn Ldr (Flt Lt) J Everidge   MC, RAFO
Attached to the Staff
Armament
Flt Lt A H Jarand 25 Sep 1938  
Engineer
Sqn Ldr

Richard Kellett

27 Mar 1939 AFC; later A/Cdre
Navigation
Sqn Ldr

Henry R Graham

30 Jan 1939 later AVM
Services
Signals
Sqn Ldr R Menzies 11 Oct 1937 Chief Signals Officer
Miscellaneous
Capt (Rtd) J H Willoughby   Code and Cypher duties, Royal Marines
Warrant Officers
WO J Fanning 26 Apr 1938 Personnel Staff
WO J Edwards 27 Sep 1938 Signals

Source - May 1939 Confidential Air Force List

Unit Movements Mar - Sep 1939

Unit Date Notes
No 115 Sqn 30 Mar 1939 Began re-equipping with Wellingtons in place of Harrows
No 37 Sqn  6 May 1939 Began re-equipping with Wellingtons in place of Harrows

Personnel Movements May - Sep 1939

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr

Richard Kellett

27 Mar 1939 Reported  from No 1 RAF Depot for Engineer Staff duties
Sqn Ldr R Menzies  1 Apr 1939 Promoted to Wg Cdr
Sqn Ldr Peter H Holmes  1 May 1939 Posted in for Signals Staff duties
Wg Cdr G L Menzies  8 May 1939 Posted to No 228 Sqn
Wg Cdr R Menzies 15 May 1939 Posted to HQ, No 13 Group
Plt Off H G Muller  2 Jun 1939 Posted in from No 99 Sqn for Intelligence duties
Capt J S Sandford 22 Jun 1939 Reported for duty from RAF Honington as Flt Lt 'P'
WO J Edwards 23 Jun 1939 Appointed as a Commissioned Signals Officer in the rank of Fg Off
Capt J S Sandford  7 Jul 1939 Appointed to a commission in the RAFO Class 'CC' in the rank of Flt Lt
Wg Cdr J A Elliott 17 Jul 1939 Reposted as Senior Administrative Staff Officer
Plt Off H G Muller 12 Jul 1939 Promoted to Fg Off
Sqn Ldr B G Farrow 24 Aug 1939 Posted in from No 115 Sqn for Signals duties
Sqn Ldr Peter H Holmes 24 Aug 1939 Posted out
Sqn Ldr C C Crick 25 Aug 1939 Attached from RAF Stradishall for Intelligence duties
Sqn Ldr W H Foulstone 26 Aug 1939 RAFVR, posted in for Intelligence duties
Plt Off G C Haseltine 26 Aug 1939 RAFVR, posted in for Intelligence duties
Sqn Ldr F E Nuttall 26 Aug 1939 Recalled from retirement for Operations duties
Plt Off F W Lee 26 Aug 1939 RAFVR, posted in for Codes and Cypher duties
Plt Off W E Cutlan 26 Aug 1939 RAFVR, posted in for Codes and Cypher duties
Plt Off J F Grady 26 Aug 1939 Posted to HQ No 3 Group as Pilot and Personal Assistant to AOC
Fg Off K P Smales 27 Aug 1939 Posted to HQ No 1 Group
Sqn Ldr P G Scott 27 Aug 1939 Took up his War Appointment with HQ No 1 Group
A/Cdre

Arthur A B Thomson

28 Aug 1939 Died from injuries sustained in a propeller accident
Plt Off C W Carleton 29 Aug 1939 RAFVR, posted in for Operations duties
AVM John E A Baldwin 29 Aug 1939 Assumed duties of Air Officer Commanding
Flt Lt R de L Stedman 30 Aug 1939 Recalled from retirement for Operations duties

Source - No 3 Group ORB

Nominal Roll of Officers - 3 Sep 1939

Rank Name Notes
AVM John E A Baldwin Air Officer Commanding, CB, DSO, OBE; later AM
Gp Capt J K Summers Senior Air Staff Officer, MC
Wg Cdr

Charles R Steele

Air Staff - Operations, DFC; later AM
Wg Cdr J A Elliott Senior Administrative Staff Officer
Sqn Ldr Andrew McKee Air Staff - Training I, later AM
Sqn Ldr

Richard Kellett

Engineer, AFC; later A/Cdre
Sqn Ldr

Henry R Graham

Navigation, later AVM
Sqn Ldr A H Jarand Armament
Fg Off H G Muller Intelligence
Sqn Ldr B G Farrow Chief Signals Officer
Fg Off J Edwards Commissioned Signals Officer
Sqn Ldr J Everidge 'P' 1, MC, RAFO
Flt Lt J S Sandford 'P' 2
Capt J S Robinson Royal Artillery, Organisation Duties
Capt (Rtd) J H Willoughby Code and Cypher duties, Royal Marines
Wg Cdr F L White Senior Medical Officer, MRCS, LRCP
Sqn Ldr C C Crick Intelligence
Sqn Ldr F E Nuttall Operations
Sqn Ldr W H Foulstone Intelligence
Flt Lt R de L Stedman Operations
Plt Off G C Haseltine Intelligence
Plt Off F W Lee Codes and Cypher
Plt Off W E Cutlan Codes and Cypher
Plt Off J F Grady Camp Commandant
Plt Off C W Carleton Operations

Source - No 3 Group ORB

Unit Distribution - 3 Sep 1939

Station Sqn Notes
Mildenhall No 99 Sqn Mobilising
No 149 Sqn Mobilising
Feltwell No 37 Sqn Mobilising
No 214 Sqn Reserve squadron
Marham No 38 Sqn Mobilising
No 115 Sqn Mobilising
Honington No 9 Sqn Mobilising
No 215 Sqn Reserve squadron
Stradishall No 75 Sqn Group Pool squadron
No 148 Sqn Group Pool squadron

Source - No 3 Group ORB

Unit Movements Sep - Dec 1939

Unit Date Notes
No 148 Sqn 17 Sep 1939 Completed move from RAF Stradishall to RAF Harwell and transferred to No 6 Group
No 75 Sqn 17 Sep 1939 Completed move from RAF Stradishall to RAF Harwell and transferred to No 6 Group
RAF Stradishall 17 Sep 1939 Placed on Care & Maintenance
RAF Bassingbourn 22 Sep 1939 Transferred to No 3 Group from No 2 Group
No 215 Sqn 26 Sep 1939 Completed move from Nuneaton to RAF Bassingbourn
RAF Stradishall 1 Nov 1939 Ceased to be on Care & Maintenance

Personnel Movements Sep - Dec 1939

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr G J Spence  4 Sep 1939 Posted in for Organisation Duties
APO R L S Raffles  4 Sep 1939 Posted in for Intelligence Duties
Flt Lt A J Holmes  7 Sep 1939 Reported for duty
Sqn Ldr C F S Fraser 10 Sep 1939 Posted in for Armament Duties
Sqn Ldr P R Quayle 10 Sep 1939 Posted in for Intelligence duties
Sqn Ldr W H Foulstone 10 Sep 1939 Posted to No 6 School of Technical Training
Plt Off C L A Le Baron White 14 Sep 1939 Posted in for Signals duty and attached to RAF Honington for temporary duty
Sqn Ldr Andrew McKee 27 Sep 1939 Posted to No 99 Sqn as Flight Commander
Sqn Ldr R S Ryan 27 Sep 1939 Posted in for Operations duties
Fg Off D S Fisher 28 Sep 1939 Posted in for Signals duties
Flt Lt A J Holmes 29 Sep 1939 Posted to No 215 Sqn
Plt Off G C Haseltine  2 Sep 1939 Promoted to Act Fg Off
Plt Off C W Carleton  2 Sep 1939 Promoted to Act Fg Off
Fg Off G C Haseltine  6 Sep 1939 Promoted to Act Flt Lt
Fg Off C W Carleton  6 Sep 1939 Promoted to Act Flt Lt
Plt Off F W Lee  8 Sep 1939 Promoted to Act Fg Off
Plt Off W E Cutlan  8 Sep 1939 Promoted to Act Fg Off
Plt Off N J Allgood 12 Oct 1939 Posted in for Intelligence duties
Flt Lt J S Sandford 13 Oct 1939 Promoted to Act (unpaid) Sqn Ldr and posted to RAF Honington as Sqn Ldr Operations
Fg Off H G Muller 13 Oct 1939 Appointed Pilot and Personal Assistant to AOC
Plt Off G B F Cousens 13 Oct 1939 Posted in from No 119 Sqn as 'P' 2
Plt Off J F Grady 14 Oct 1939 Posted to No 149 Sqn
Plt Off A G C McLean 14 Oct 1939 Posted in from No 37 Sqn for Air Staff - Training duties
Gp Capt Malcolm L Taylor 16 Oct 1939 Assumed command of RAF Bassingbourn
Plt Off C L A Le Baron White 25 Oct 1939 Posted to Air Ministry, Directorate of Repair and Maintenance
Plt Lt G B F Cousens 25 Oct 1939 Promoted to Act Fg Off
Plt Off A G C McLean 25 Oct 1939 Promoted to Act Fg Off
Sqn Ldr P R Quayle 27 Oct 1939 Posted to RAF Bassingbourn as Station Intelligence Officer
Sqn Ldr R C V Ash 29 Oct 1939 Posted to No 10 Air Observer School, Warmwell
Sqn Ldr Thomas B Prickman  1 Nov 1939 Appointed to command RAF Stradishall
Sqn Ldr

Richard Kellett

 2 Nov 1939 Posted to No 149 Sqn as OC
Fg Off A J Green 17 Nov 1939 Posted in for Equipment duties
Gp Capt Edwin S Goodwin 23 Nov 1939 Posted from HQ Bomber Command as Senior Air Staff Officer
Plt Off Brady 23 Nov 1939 Attached from RAF Marham for Intelligence duties
Plt Off Brady 27 Nov 1939 Ceased to be attached from RAF Marham for Intelligence duties
Gp Capt Edwin S Goodwin 28 Nov 1939 Assumed duties of Senior Air Staff Officer
Wg Cdr Cyril D Adams  1 Dec 1939 Posted in from No 38 Sqn as Senior Administrative Staff Officer
Gp Capt J K Summers  6 Dec 1939 Posted to RAF Upwood as OC
APO R L S Raffles  6 Dec 1939 Attached to Directorate of Intelligence, Air Ministry
Plt Off G E Hillman  6 Dec 1939 Posted in for Operations Room duties
Com Ass A M Muir  6 Dec 1939 WAAF, posted in for Codes and Cypher duties
Com Ass C M Wells  6 Dec 1939 WAAF, posted in for Codes and Cypher duties
Wg Cdr J A Elliott 9 Dec 1939 Posted to AASF in France
Wg Cdr Cyril D Adams  9 Dec 1939 Assumed duties of Senior Administrative Staff Officer
Sqn Ldr A H Jarand 10 Dec 1939 Posted to RAF Jurby
Sqn Ldr R de L Stedman 10 Dec 1939 Posted to RAF Stradishall
Flt Lt G C Haseltine 12 Sep 1939 Ceased to be attached to Air Ministry, Wealdstone on completion of course
APO R L S Raffles 12 Sep 1939 Ceased to be attached to Air Ministry, Wealdstone on completion of course
Fg Off F W Lee 14 Dec 1939 Posted to the Air Ministry Codes and Cypher School
Lt Cdr Rotherham RN 14 Dec 1939 Attached as Naval Observer
Lt Cdr Chapman RN 14 Dec 1939 Attached as Naval Observer
Fg Off G B F Cousens 27 Dec 1939 Posted to No 2 Service Flying Training School
Plt Off A G C McLean 28 Dec 1939 Posted to No 9 Bombing and Gunnery School

Source - No 3 Group ORB

December 1939

Location Command  
RAF Mildenhall Bomber Command
  • SHQ Feltwell

    • No 37 (Bomber) Squadron

    • No 214 (Bomber) Squadron

  • SHQ Honington

    • No 9 (Bomber) Squadron

  • SHQ Marham

    • No 38 (Bomber) Squadron

    • No 115 (Bomber) Squadron

  • SHQ Mildenhall

    • No 99 (Bomber) Squadron

    • No149 (Bomber) Squadron

 

Rank Name Date Notes
AVM John E A Baldwin 29 Aug 1939 Air Officer Commanding, CB, DSO, OBE; later AM
Personal Appointment
Plt Off K P Smales 29 Dec 1938 Pilot and Personal Assistant to AOC
Air Staff
Gp Capt J K Summers 14 Nov 1938 Senior Air Staff Officer, MC
Wg Cdr

Charles R Steele

 6 May 1937 DFC; later AM
Sqn Ldr R S Ryan 27 Sep 1939  
Capt J S Robinson 12 Mar 1939 Royal Artillery, Organisation Duties
Plt Off H G Muller  2 Jun 1939  
Plt Off G C Haseltine  2 Sep 1939  
Plt Off T C McIlroy  4 Oct 1939  
Personnel Staff
Wg Cdr J A Elliott 16 Jan 1939 Senior Administrative Staff Officer
Sqn Ldr G J Spence  4 Sep 1939 Organisation Duties
Sqn Ldr J B Sims  4 Sep 1939 Organisation Duties
Hon Sqn Ldr (Flt Lt) J Everidge   Personnel Duties, MC, RAFO
Staffs of the Services
Armament
Sqn Ldr C F S Fraser  5 Sep 1939  
Engineer
Sqn Ldr

Richard Kellett

27 Mar 1939 AFC; later A/Cdre
Navigation
Sqn Ldr

Henry R Graham

30 Jan 1939 later AVM
Signals
Sqn Ldr B G Farrow 24 Aug 1939 Chief Signals Officer
Fg Off J Edwards 23 Jun 1939 Commissioned Signals Officer
Equipment
Flt Lt R C V Ash 18 Sep 1939 ORB shows him as a Sqn Ldr being posted out in Oct 1939
Medical
Wg Cdr F L White 13 Oct 1939 Senior Medical Officer, MRCS, LRCP
Meteorological
Mr G R Hay   Senior Meteorological Officer, MA
Miscellaneous
Capt (Rtd) J H Willoughby   Code and Cypher duties, Royal Marines

Source - December 1939 Confidential Air Force List

Unit Movements Jan - Dec 1940

Unit Date Notes
New Zealand Sqn 15 Jan 1940 Advance moved to RAF Stradishall and placed under the control of No 3 Group
New Zealand Sqn 18 Jan 1940 Completed the move to RAF Stradishall
New Zealand Sqn 12 Feb 1940 Commenced the move from RAF Stradishall to RAF Feltwell
No 214 Sqn 12 Feb 1940 Commenced the move from RAF Methwold to RAF Stradishall
New Zealand Sqn 13 Feb 1940 Completed the move from RAF Stradishall to RAF Feltwell
Target Towing Flt 14 Feb 1940 Moved from Mildenhall to Marham
No 214 Sqn 15 Feb 1940 Completed the move from RAF Methwold to RAF Stradishall
No 115 Sqn  2 Apr 1940 Moved from RAF Marham to RAF Kinloss on detachment
No 9 Sqn  2 Apr 1940 Moved from RAF Honington to RAF Lossiemouth on detachment
No 9 Sqn 14 Apr 1940 Returned to RAF Marham from RAF Kinloss on detachment
No 115 Sqn 14 Apr 1940 6 aircraft returned to RAF Marham from RAF Kinloss on detachment
No 57 Sqn 20 Nov 1940 Moved from RAF Wyton to RAF Feltwell
No 37 Sqn 23 Nov 1940 Completed the move to the Middle East
No 38 Sqn 23 Nov 1940 Completed the move to the Middle East
No 3 PRU 27 Nov 1940 Formed at RAF Oakington
No 218 Sqn 27 Nov 1940 Completed its move to RAF Marham

Personnel Movements Jan - Dec 1940

Rank Name Date Notes
Plt Off J H L Musker  2 Jan 1940 Posted in for duty as Personal Assistant to AOC
APO R L S Raffles  3 Jan 1940 Confirmed in his appointment and promoted to Fg Off
Flt Lt F W Floyd  7 Jan 1940 Posted in for Operations Room duties
Plt Off J Hogan  7 Jan 1940 Posted in for Codes and Cypher duties
Plt Off L J M Coleby  7 Jan 1940 Posted in for Meteorological duties
Plt Off H G Robinson  7 Jan 1940 Posted in for Meteorological duties
Plt Off W P Osmond  7 Jan 1940 Posted from HQ No 3 Group to RAF Honington for Meteorological duties
Plt Off J B Leno  7 Jan 1940 Posted from HQ No 3 Group to RAF Bassingbourn for Meteorological duties
Sqn Ldr R S Ryan  7 Jan 1940 Attached to RAF Harwell
Fg Off H G Muller 12 Jan 1940 Relinquished post of Personal Assistant to AOC and attached to No 214 Sqn
Plt Off J H L Musker 12 Jan 1940 Assumed duties of Personal Assistant to AOC
Plt Off N J Allgood 14 Jan 1940 Promoted to Act (unpaid) Fg Off
Plt Off G E Hillman 14 Jan 1940 Promoted to Act (unpaid) Fg Off
Plt Off J Hogan 14 Jan 1940 Promoted to Act (unpaid) Fg Off
Fg Off A J Green 14 Jan 1940 Promoted to Act (unpaid) Flt Lt
Fg Off F W Lee 14 Jan 1940 Promoted to Act (unpaid) Flt Lt
Fg Off W E Cutlan 14 Jan 1940 Promoted to Act (unpaid) Flt Lt
Sqn Ldr G F Wistondale 15 Jan 1940 Posted in for Operations Room duties
Flt Lt G C Haseltine 15 Jan 1940 Admitted to RAF Hospital, Littleport
Plt Off R E Jones-Humphreys 15 Jan 1940 Posted in for Photographic duties
Act Fg Off N J Allgood 21 Jan 1940 Promoted to Act (paid) Fg Off
Act Fg Off G E Hillman 21 Jan 1940 Promoted to Act (paid) Fg Off
Act Fg Off J Hogan 21 Jan 1940 Promoted to Act (paid) Fg Off
Fg Off A J Green 21 Jan 1940 Promoted to Act (paid) Flt Lt
Fg Off F W Lee 21 Jan 1940 Promoted to Act (paid) Flt Lt
Fg Off W E Cutlan 21 Jan 1940 Promoted to Act (paid) Flt Lt
Fg Off H G Muller 21 Jan 1940 Ceased to be attached to No 214 Sqn and posted to No 99 Sqn
Wg Cdr Montagu D Ommanney 21 Jan 1940 Posted from Air Ministry as Wing Commander - Operations
Wg Cdr

Charles R Steele

25 Jan 1940 Posted to HQ, British Air Forces in France
Flt Lt F W Floyd  2 Feb 1940 Posted to No 1 RAF Depot
Plt Off H R E Rumsey  2 Feb 1940 Attached form RAF Mildenhall
Plt Off S E Rowley  2 Feb 1940 Posted in for Codes and Cypher duties
Plt Off S J Sibley  2 Feb 1940 Posted in
Lt Cdr Rotherham RN  2 Feb 1940 Attached as Naval Observer and Group Naval Liaison Officer
Plt Off L J M Coleby  2 Feb 1940 Attached to No 30 Group, Balloon Command
Fg Off J Edwards  2 Feb 1940 Promoted to Act (unpaid) Flt Lt
Sqn Ldr R S Ryan 10 Feb 1940 Ceased to be attached to RAF Harwell on posting to No 75 Sqn
ASO Lady J Chetwynd 14 Feb 1940 Posted in
Sqn Ldr N C Pleasance 16 Feb 1940 Posted in for Engineering duties
Plt Off A K Montague-Beart 18 Feb 1940 Posted in
Act Flt Lt J Edwards 23 Feb 1940 Promoted to Act (paid) Flt Lt
Act Fg Off G E Hillman 27 Feb 1940 Confirmed in his appointment and promoted to Fg Off wef 7 Dec 1939
Fg Off G E Hillman 27 Feb 1940 Promoted to Act Flt Lt wef 1 Jan 1940
Act Flt Lt G C Haseltine 27 Feb 1940 Relinquished rank of Act Flt on posting wef 14 Jan 1940
Flt Lt P G Heath 27 Feb 1940 Posted to HQ No 2 Group
Sqn Ldr J Everidge 27 Feb 1940 Appointed to a Commission in the RAFVR wef the date he was posted to HQ No 3 Group
Plt Off L J M Coleby 28 Feb 1940 Ceased to be attached to No 30 Group on posting to HQ Air Component
Plt Off S E Rowley  4 Mar 1940 Promoted to Act (unpaid) Fg Off
Plt Off J H L Musker  4 Mar 1940 Promoted to Act (unpaid) Fg Off
Act Sqn Ldr C J S Dickins 4 Mar 1940 Posted in for Operations duties
Sqn Ldr F E Nuttall 4 Mar 1940 Posted to No 214 Sqn
Plt Off J Duncan 19 Mar 1940 Posted in for Intelligence duties
Sqn Ldr P I Harris 21 Mar 1940 Posted in for Operations Room duties
Sqn Ldr W R Beaman 29 Mar 1940 Posted in from No 10 Sqn as Supernumerary
Plt Off G H Jones  1 Apr 1940 Posted in from the Anti-Gas School, supernumerary, for Meteorological duties
Act Flt Lt A J Green  1 Apr 1940 Promoted to Act (unpaid) Sqn Ldr
Sqn Ldr P I Harris  3 Apr 1940 Posted to No 149 Sqn
Sqn Ldr W R Beaman  4 Apr 1940 Posted to No 214 Sqn, Supernumerary, for flying refresher course
Sqn Ldr D J Alvey  4 Apr 1940 Posted in from No 1 RAF Depot (Non-effective, sick) for Operations Room duties
Fg Off V Yonge  5 Apr 1940 Posted in Supernumerary for Photographic duties
Flt Lt C J S Dickins  8 Apr 1940 Posted to No 11 OTU, supernumerary for flying duties
Fg Off R L S Raffles  9 Apr 1940 Promoted to Act (paid) Flt Lt
Fg Off G E J Hackett 13 Apr 1940 Posted in as Assistant Signals Officer on appointment as a Commissioned Signals Officer
Plt Off A D Pate 14 Apr 1940 Posted in Supernumerary for Operations duties
Sqn Ldr Hugh A Constantine 15 Apr 1940 Posted in as Air Staff - Operations and Training
Fg Off J Fanning 19 Apr 1940 Posted in as Camp Commandant on appointment as a Commissioned Administrative Officer
Act Flt Lt A J Green 22 Apr 1940 Promoted to Act (paid) Sqn Ldr
Plt Off J R Robertson 25 Apr 1940 Reported for duty with the Committee of Adjustment
Plt Off T B Norgate 29 Apr 1940 Attached to HQ No 3 Group for Equipment duties
Plt Off S J Sibley 30 Apr 1940 Promoted to Act (unpaid) Fg Off wef 11 Apr 1940
Plt Off J Duncan 30 Apr 1940 Promoted to Act (unpaid) Fg Off wef 3 Apr 1940
Plt Off A D Pate  6 May 1940 Commission terminated on cessation of duties
Sqn Ldr Hugh A Constantine  7 May 1940 Promoted to Act (unpaid) Wg Cdr
Fg Off L G Brown 14 May 1940 Posted in for duty as Deputy Assistant Provost Marshal
Lt P E Fanshawe RN 14 May 1940 Ceased to be attached to HQ No 3 Group and returned to RNAS Lee-on-Solent
Maj R B Burton-Giles 15 May 1940 Royal Artillery, attached to HQ No 3 Group as Army Liaison Officer
Plt Off R S P Boby 21 May 1940 Posted in for Operations Room duty
Fg Off S J Sibley 25 May 1940 Attached to RAF Mildenhall
Act Wg Cdr Hugh A Constantine 28 May 1940 Promoted to Act (paid) Wg Cdr
Plt Off R S P Boby 28 May 1940 Promoted to Act (unpaid) Fg Off
Act Wg Cdr Hugh A Constantine  1 Jun 1940 Promoted to Temporary Wg Cdr
Sqn Ldr N C Pleasance  1 Jun 1940 Promoted to Temporary Wg Cdr
Sqn Ldr B G Farrow  1 Jun 1940 Promoted to Temporary Wg Cdr wef 1 Apr 1940
Plt Off W S Chaney  1 Jun 1940 Posted in from the Air Ministry
Act Fg Off S E Rowley  4 Jun 1940 Relinquished acting (paid) rank of Fg Off on amendment of the establishment
Plt Off M T Stevens  6 Jun 1940 Posted in from No 9 Sqn and promoted to Act (unpaid) Flt Lt
Wg Cdr E A Healey  7 Jun 1940 Posted in as supernumerary
Flt Lt J Briggs 10 Jun 1940 Posted in from No 1 RAF Depot for Meteorological duties
Act Fg Off J Hogan 10 Jun 1940 Promoted to Act (unpaid) Flt Lt
Plt Off J R Robertson 10 Jun 1940 Promoted to Act (unpaid) Fg Off
Wg Cdr N C Pleasance 15 Jun 1940 Posted to No 21 OTU
ASO B Morris 20 Jun 1940 Posted in from No 14 Balloon Centre
Plt Off H R Healey 22 Jun 1940 Posted in
Flt Off M Forbes-Semphill 27 Jun 1940 Posted in from WAAF Depot
Plt Off M T Stevens 27 Jun 1940 Promoted to Act (paid) Flt Lt wef 6 Jun 1940
Act Flt Lt J Hogan  1 Jul 1940 Promoted to Act (paid) Flt Lt
Act Fg Off J R Robertson  1 Jul 1940 Promoted to Act (paid) Fg Off
ASO Lady J Chetwynd  1 Jul 1940 Posted to HQ, No 10 Group
Act Fg Off J Duncan  3 Jul 1940 Promoted to Act (unpaid) Flt Lt
Act Fg Off N J Allgood 10 Jul 1940 Promoted to Act (unpaid) Flt Lt
Act Fg Off R S P Boby 18 Jun 1940 Promoted to Act (paid) Fg Off
Act Flt Lt J Hogan  6 Jul 1940 Relinquished acting (paid) rank of Flt Lt on amendment of the establishment
Act Wg Cdr N W Wadham  7 Jul 1940 Posted out
Act Wg Cdr N W Wadham  8 Jul 1940 Reverted to the rank of Sqn Ldr on posting
Wg Cdr J F Griffiths 11 Jul 1940 Reported for duty from No 99 Sqn wef 15 Jun 1940
Fg Off S J Sibley 11 Jul 1940 Promoted to Act (unpaid) Flt Lt
Flt Lt R C A Brooke Beer 15 Jul 1940 Posted in from RAF Mildenhall
Act Flt Lt J H L Dillon Trenchard 15 Jul 1940 Posted in from RAF Mildenhall
Act Flt Lt J H L Dillon Trenchard 15 Jul 1940 Relinquished the Acting paid rank of Flt Lt, reverting to the rank of Plt Off
Flt Lt P R J Leborgue 15 Jul 1940 Posted in from RAF Abingdon
Fg Off L G Brown 16 Jul 1940 Promoted to Act (unpaid) Flt Lt
ASO D Y Delius 24 Jul 1940 Posted in from RAF Stradishall
Wg Cdr E A Healey 24 Jul 1940 Posted to No 9 Sqn
Act Fg Off W S Chaney 25 Jul 1940 Promoted to Act (unpaid) Flt Lt
Act Flt Lt J C Claydon 27 Jul 1940 Reported for duty from No 37 Sqn wef 25 Jul 1940
Plt Off G H Jones 27 Jul 1940 Posted to HQ, No 1 Group
Wg Cdr J F Griffiths 27 Jul 1940 Posted to No 311 (Czech) Sqn
Act Fg Off N J Allgood 31 Jul 1940 Promoted to Act (paid) Flt Lt
Wg Cdr Andrew McKee 31 Jul 1940 Posted in from No 9 Sqn
Fg Off S J Sibley  1 Aug 1940 Promoted to Act (paid) Flt Lt
Fg Off J O'Leary  1 Aug 1940 Posted in from No 3 Recruit Centre as Medical Officer
Sqn Ldr

Henry R Graham

 3 Aug 1940 Posted to No 311 (Czech) Sqn
Fg Off J O'Leary  4 Aug 1940 Posted to RAF Marham as Medical Officer
Fg Off E W Melvin  4 Aug 1940 Posted in from RAF Marham as Medical Officer
Sqn Ldr G Heather  4 Aug 1940 Posted in from No 77 Sqn
Fg Off E W Melvin  4 Aug 1940 Promoted to Act (unpaid) Flt Lt
Fg Off L G Brown  6 Aug 1940 Promoted to Act (paid) Flt Lt wef 16 Jul 1940
Plt Off J H L Dillon Trenchard  9 Aug 1940 Promoted to Act (unpaid) Flt Lt
Flt Lt L C Prendergast 13 Aug 1940 Posted in from RAF Convalescence Home, Torquay for Organisation duties
Flt Lt C A M Kyrke-Smith 15 Aug 1940 Posted in from RAF Mildenhall
Act Flt Lt W S Chaney 15 Aug 1940 Promoted to Act (paid) Flt Lt
Sqn Ldr G Heather  7 Aug 1940 Posted to No 214 Sqn
Flt Lt P R J Leborgue  9 Aug 1940 Promoted to Act (unpaid) Sqn Ldr
Fg Off F W H Simpson 20 Aug 1940 Attached from No 99 Sqn
Flt Lt E L McGrath 20 Aug 1940 Posted in for Technical duties
Act Flt Lt E W Melvin 25 Aug 1940 Promoted to Act (paid) Flt Lt
ASO A A Melhuish 27 Aug 1940 Posted in from RAF Feltwell for Admin duties
Act Fg Off R S P Boby 28 Aug 1940 Promoted to Act (unpaid) Flt Lt
Act Flt Lt J H L Dillon Trenchard 30 Aug 1940 Promoted to Act (paid) Flt Lt
Act Sqn Ldr P R J Leborgue 30 Aug 1940 Promoted to Act (paid) Sqn Ldr
Act Sqn Ldr A J Green 31 Aug 1940 Relinquished acting (paid) rank of Sqn Ldr and reverted to Act Flt Lt
Sqn Ldr A Wall  1 Sep 1940 Posted in from Equipment Officers' School
Flt Lt L C Prendergast  3 Sep 1940 Posted to HQ, RAF Northern Ireland
Act Flt Lt W S Chaney  5 Sep 1940 Relinquished acting (paid) rank of Flt Lt on posting to Air Ministry, reverting to Plt Off
Sqn Ldr H J Bartlett  5 Sep 1940 Posted to RAF Feltwell
Fg Off Faulkener  5 Sep 1940 Posted in from HQ Fighter Command
Act Sqn Ldr Faulkener  5 Sep 1940 Attached to HQ Maintenance Command
Sqn Ldr S S Bertram  7 Sep 1940 Posted in from No 99 Sqn
Sqn Ldr H J Bartlett  8 Sep 1940 Posted in from PMU
Wg Cdr Hugh A Constantine  9 Sep 1940 Posted to No 11 OTU
Act Flt Lt A J Green 10 Sep 1940 Relinquished acting (paid) rank of Flt Lt, reverting to Fg Off on posting to West Freugh
Sqn Ldr Baird 10 Sep 1940 Embarked for Rhodesia on posting to No 21 SFTS
Plt Off J E Day 14 Sep 1940 Posted in from RAF Loughborough as supernumerary
Plt Off Rowley 14 Sep 1940 Posted to No 11 OTU for Catering duties
Fg Off A H Brown 15 Sep 1940 Posted in from RAF Feltwell
Sqn Ldr A Wall 15 Sep 1940 Posted to No 4 MU
Plt Off H S Maxwell 16 Sep 1940 Posted in
Plt Off H R Healey 16 Sep 1940 Commission terminated
Fg Off Fenton 17 Sep 1940 Posted in
Fg Off F W H Simpson 18 Sep 1940 Posted to No 2 School of General Reconnaissance
Act Flt Lt R S P Boby 18 Sep 1940 Promoted to Act (paid) Flt Lt
Plt Off Scorer 18 Sep 1940 Posted in on appointment to a commission
Plt Off Thompson 18 Sep 1940 Posted in
Plt Off Loveday 19 Sep 1940 Posted in on appointment to a commission
Flt Lt Scott 20 Sep 1940 Attached from HQ Bomber Command
ASO Williamson 22 Sep 1940 Posted in
Plt Off Aitken 23 Sep 1940 Posted in on appointment to a commission
Plt Off Pengeley 27 Sep 1940 Posted in on appointment to a commission
Plt Off I R McDairmid 27 Sep 1940 Posted from No 9 Sqn to No 3 Group Flight, Mildenhall
Wg Cdr Cyril D Adams 28 Sep 1940 Attached to RAF Stradishall for temporary duty
Act Flt Lt Freeman 29 Sep 1940 Posted in from RAF Feltwell
Flt Lt W A Harris  1 Oct 1940 Posted to No 214 Sqn
Flt Lt J C Claydon  1 Oct 1940 Posted to No 115 Sqn
Act Flt Lt L G Brown  1 Oct 1940 Promoted to Act (unpaid) Sqn Ldr
Plt Off Sinner  4 Oct 1940 Posted in from RAF Calshot
Wg Cdr G H Loughman  4 Oct 1940 Posted in from No 15 OTU pending posting to a station
Sqn Ldr Sutcliffe  7 Oct 1940 Posted in from HQ Bomber Command
Wg Cdr R H Carter  8 Oct 1940 Posted in from No 240 Sqn for duty as SAO
Plt Off Cobb  9 Oct 1940 Posted in from RAF Mildenhall
Act Sqn Ldr Faulkener 12 Oct 1940 Ceased to be attached to HQ Maintenance Command for special duty
Act Flt Lt E W Melvin 21 Oct 1940 Relinquished acting rank of Flt Lt, reverting to Fg Off
Flt Lt C A M Kyrke-Smith 21 Oct 1940 Posted to RAF Mildenhall
Flt Lt Brewerton 21 Oct 1940 Posted in from RAF Mildenhall
Fg Off E W Melvin 21 Oct 1940 Posted to RAF Feltwell
Fg Off D D Reid 21 Oct 1940 Posted in from RAF Feltwell as Medical Officer
Plt Off Rogers 21 Oct 1940 Posted to No 51 Group Pool for flying duties with No 16 EFTS
Act Sqn Ldr L G Brown 22 Oct 1940 Promoted to Act (paid) Sqn Ldr
ASO Richardson 25 Oct 1940 Posted in from RAF Cranfield
Plt Off Considius 25 Oct 1940 Posted in
Wg Cdr Cyril D Adams 26 Oct 1940 Posted to RAF Kemble
Act Fg Off J H L Musker 28 Oct 1940 Relinquished acting rank of Fg Off, reverting to Plt Off on posting
Flt Off M Forbes-Semphill 28 Oct 1940 Posted to HQ Bomber Command
Plt Off Thompson 29 Oct 1940 Posted to No 214 Sqn Reserve Flight
Flt Lt Brewerton 30 Oct 1940 Posted to RAF Mildenhall
Sqn Ldr A F R Bennett xx Nov 1940 Posted in from RAF Penrhos for Armament duties
Plt Off R J Bailey xx Nov 1940 Posted to No 11 OTU for Wellington conversion course
Fg Off D D Reid xx Nov 1940 Promoted to Flt Lt
Act Flt Lt N J Allgood 24 Dec 1940 Confirmed in the rank of Fg Off wef 26 Sep 1940

It moved to Harraton House, Exning, near Newmarket in Cambridgeshire on 29 March 1940.

June 1941

Location Command  
Harraton House, Exning, near Newmarket, Cambridgeshire Bomber Command
  • SHQ Feltwell

    • No 57 (Bomber) Squadron

    • No 75 (New Zealand) Squadron

  • SHQ Honington

    • No 9 (Bomber) Squadron

    • No 311 (Czech) Squadron

    • No 5 Blind Approach Training Flight

  • SHQ Marham

    • No 115 (Bomber) Squadron

    • No 218 (Bomber) Squadron

  • SHQ Mildenhall

    • No149 (Bomber) Squadron

    • No 3 Blind Approach Training Flight

    • No 1401 Flight

  • SHQ Oakington

    • No 7 (Bomber) Squadron

    • No 3 Photographic Reconnaissance Unit

  • SHQ Stradishall

    • No 214 (Bomber) Squadron

    • No 1419 Flight

    • No 3 Group Training Flight

  • SHQ Waterbeach

    • No 99 (Bomber) Squadron

  • SHQ Wyton

    • No XV (Bomber) Squadron

    • No 40 (Bomber) Squadron

    • No 4 Blind Approach Training Flight

 

Rank Name Date Notes
AVM John E A Baldwin 29 Aug 1939 Air Officer Commanding, CB, DSO, OBE; later AM
Personal Appointment
Plt Off G E Fletcher  4 Feb 1941 Personal Assistant to AOC
Air Staff
Wg Cdr Montagu D Ommanney 25 Aug 1941 Senior Air Staff Officer, later A/Cdre
Sqn Ldr C C Crick 25 Aug 1939 OBE
Sqn Ldr N W Wadham  8 Jul 1940  
Sqn Ldr R D B Macfadden 21 Feb 1941  
Sqn Ldr N W D Marwood-Elton 16 Apr 1941 DFC
Flt Lt E Brewerton 23 Oct 1940 DFC
Flt Lt G F Moody  2 Dec 1940  
Flt Lt E G Reed 24 Feb 1941  
Fg Off E E Colquhoun 15 Oct 1940 MBE
Plt Off J Duncan 19 Mar 1940  
Plt Off N J Allgood 14 Mar 1940  
Plt Off J H L Dillon-Trenchard 15 Jul 1940  
Plt Off S B Boby 21 May 1940  
Plt Off J E Day 14 Sep 1940  
Plt Off D L Doyle 14 Nov 1940  
Plt Off E C Forsyth 16 Dec 1940  
Plt Off F L Fox 23Feb 1941  
Plt Off S P Evans 28 Feb 1941  
Plt Off R A de B Saunderson 17 Feb 1941  
Plt Off D Carver 17 Feb 1941  
Plt Off H H Loveday 17 Mar 1941  
Plt Off E St John 17 Mar 1941  
Plt Off G C Bennett 21 Mar 1941  
Plt Off J T Angelo 26 Apr 1941  
Plt Off H G Litchfield 29 Apr 1941  
Plt Off R L Ford  1 May 1941  
Administrative Staff
Wg Cdr F C B Saville 21 Feb 1941 Senior Administrative Staff Officer
Gp Capt Cyril D Adams  1 Dec 1939  
Sqn Ldr J Everidge   MC, RAFO
Plt Off R W Salmon 13 Jan 1941  
Plt Off F F Tattam 12 Feb 1941  
Plt Off R B Hodgkinson 28 Mar 1941  
Staffs of the Services
Navigation
Fg Off F O Freeman 23 Sep 1940  
Engineer
Sqn Ldr E L Magrath 29 Aug 1940 MBE
Fg Off F W Page  6 Jan 1941 MBE
Signals
Wg Cdr B G Farrow 24 Aug 1939 Chief Signals Officer
Fg Off J Edwards 23 Jun 1939  
Plt Off N I B Harrison    
Armament
Wg Cdr D I P MacNair 28 Mar 1941  
Fg Off A Chambers 20 Dec 1940  
Plt Off H J Tagent 16 Dec 1940  
Photography
Fg Off R Hall  5 Mar 1940  
Equipment
Fg Off A H Brown 15 Sep 1940  
Plt Off T B Norgate 24 Feb 1941  
Medical
Wg Cdr F L White 13 Oct 1939 Senior Medical Officer, MRCS, LRCP
Fg Off J N Loring  8 May 1941 MRCS, LRCP
Meteorological
Sqn Ldr R C Sutcliffe   Senior Meteorological Officer, BSc, PhD
Miscellaneous Appointments
Capt (Rtd) J H Willoughby   Code and Cypher duties, Royal Marines
Fg Off L G Brown 14 May 1940  
Fg Off M T Stephens  6 Jun 1940  
Fg Off W A Harris  1 Oct 1940  
Plt Off W E Cutlen 26 Aug 1939  
Plt Off A J Strachen 23 May 1940  
Plt Off H R Healey 28 Jun 1940  
Plt Off S A Sinner  4 Oct 1940  
Plt Off P B Taylor 24 Mar 1941  

Source - June 1941 Confidential Air Force List

July 1942

Location Command  
Harraton House, Exning, near Newmarket, Cambridgeshire Bomber Command
  • SHQ Feltwell

    • No 57 Squadron

    • No 75 Squadron

    • No 1519 (Beam Approach Training) Flight

  • SHQ Honington

    • No 9 Squadron

    • No 1505 (Beam Approach Training) Flight

    • No 1513 (Beam Approach Training) Flight

  • SHQ Marham

    • No 115 Squadron

    • No 218 Squadron

  • SHQ Mildenhall

    • No 149 Squadron

    • No 419 Squadron RCAF

    • No 1503 (Beam Approach Training) Flight

  • SHQ Oakington

    • No 7 Squadron

    • No 101 Squadron

    • No 3 Photographic Reconnaissance Unit

  • SHQ Stradishall

    • No 109 Squadron

    • No 214 Squadron

    • No 1483 (Gunnery) Flight

    • No 1521 (Beam Approach Training) Flight

  • SHQ Tempsford

    • No 138 Squadron

    • No 161 Squadron

    • No 1418 Flight

  • SHQ Waterbeach

  • SHQ Wyton

    • No XV Squadron

    • No 156 Squadron

    • No 1504 (Beam Approach Training) Flight

    • No 1429 Flight

 

Rank Name Date Notes
AVM John E A Baldwin 29 Aug 1939 Air Officer Commanding, CB, DSO, OBE; later AM
Air Staff
Gp Capt John A Gray  1 Nov 1941 Senior Air Staff Officer, DFC, GM; later AVM
Wg Cdr Herbert J Kirkpatrick  5 Jan 1942 later AVM
Wg Cdr K M M Wasse 12 Jan 1942  
Sqn Ldr L V James 14 Nov 1941  
Flt Lt H L Price 19 Nov 1941  
Flt Lt A P Walsh  8 Mar 1942  
Flt Lt E E Colquhoun 15 Oct 1940 MBE
Flt Lt N J Allgood 14 Mar 1940  
Fg Off W B H Eaton 31 Oct 1941  
Fg Off B B Smith  9 Nov 1941  
Fg Off W M F Wingate  7 Nov 1941  
Fg Off M Blower 18 Nov 1941  
Fg Off H M Carpenter 15 Feb 1942  
Fg Off A Marsden  8 Apr 1942  
Fg Off D Carver 17 Feb 1941  
Fg Off I Munro 27 Feb 1942  
Plt Off G C Bennett 21 Mar 1941  
Plt Off C L Yalland  6 Oct 1941  
Plt Off R L Ford  4 Dec 1941  
Plt Off S Jarvis  4 Apr 1942  
Plt Off C F R Ward  4 Apr 1942  
Administrative Staff
Wg Cdr H E Hills 30 Aug 1941 Senior Administrative Staff Officer
Sqn Ldr C E Harvey 24 Sep 1941  
Sqn Ldr H C Todd  1 Jul 1941  
Fg Off J R Thompson 28 Jan 1942  
Fg Off J E Day 14 Sep 1940  
Fg Off H H Loveday 17 Mar 1941  
Fg Off F L Fox 23Feb 1941  
Fg Off J I Williamson 11 Dec 1941  
Plt Off R B Hodgkinson 28 Mar 1941  
Plt Off G H C Rawley  1 Oct 1941  
Plt Off A F Simmons 27 Apr 1942  
Staffs of the Services
Navigation
Flt Lt G H Fowler 19 Mar1942  
Engineer
Sqn Ldr P Hall 16 Jul 1941 MBE
Signals
Wg Cdr L J Crosbie 12 May 1942 Chief Signals Officer
Fg Off J Edwards 23 Jun 1939  
Plt Off N I B Harrison  1 Mar 1942  
Armament
Wg Cdr C F S Fraser  1 Dec 1939  
Photography
Flt Lt R Hall  5 Mar 1940  
Equipment
Sqn Ldr E Banister 15 Jan 1942  
Sqn Ldr A H Brown 20 Feb 1942  
Accountant
Plt Off B D Helmore  8 Aug 1941  
Medical
Wg Cdr R Thorpe 16 Jul 1941 Senior Medical Officer, MRCS, LRCP
Flt Lt E E Philipp 12 Oct 1941 MRCS, LRCP
Meteorological
Sqn Ldr R C Sutcliffe   Senior Meteorological Officer, BSc, PhD
WAAF Staff Officers
Flt Off H C Gray 13 Oct 1941 WAAF
RAF Regiment
 Lt Col M S Burgess 23 Feb 1942 TD
Miscellaneous Appointments
Wg Cdr L Young  2 Feb 1942  
Sqn Ldr J Adams 21 Nov 1941 AFC
Flt Lt D L Doyle 19 Dec 1941  
Flt Lt D W Donaldson  3 Mar 1942  
Flt Lt H M Eldridge  6 Mar 1942  
Flt Lt N Scott 12 Dec 1941  
Capt (Ret) J H Willoughby   Code and Cypher duties, Royal Marines
Fg Off C O Bastian  6 Jan 1941  
Fg Off H McL Ferguson 27 Jan 1942  
Plt Off D C Barnett  6 Feb 1942 DFM
Plt Off F J Hill 17 Nov 1941  

Source - July 1942 Confidential Air Force List

December 1943

Location Command  
Harraton House, Exning, near Newmarket, Cambridgeshire Bomber Command

No 31 Base - Stradishall

  • Station HQ

  • No 1657 Conversion Unit

  • SHQ RAF Chedburgh

    • No 214 Squadron

    • No 620 Squadron

  • SHQ RAF Wratting Common

    • No 1651 Conversion Unit

    • No 1678 Flight

No 32 Base - Mildenhall

  • Station HQ

  • No XV Squadron

  • No 622 Squadron

  • No 3 Group Servicing Section

  • No 3 Group Communication Flight

  • SHQ Newmarket

    • No 1483 Flight

    • Bombing Development Unit

  • SHQ Lakenheath

    • No 149 Squadron

    • No 199 Squadron

  • SHQ Tuddenham

    • No 90 Squadron

No 33 Base - Waterbeach

  • Station HQ

  • SHQ Mepal

    • No 75 Squadron

  • SHQ Witchford

    • No 513 Squadron

  • SHQ RAF Feltwell

    • No 1519 (Beam Approach Training) Flight

    • Satellite - Methwold

  • SHQ RAF Foulsham

    • No 514 Squadron

    • Satellite - Little Snoring

      • No 115 Squadron

    • Satellite - Oulton

  • SHQ RAF Downham Market

    • No 218 Squadron

    • No 623 Squadron

  • SHQ RAF Tempsford

    • No 138 Squadron

    • No 161 Squadron

  • SHQ RAF West Raynham

    • Satellite - Great Massingham

  • SHQ RAF Woolfox Lodge

    • No 1665 Conversion Unit

 

Rank Name Date Notes
AVM Richard Harrison 27 Feb 1943 Air Officer Commanding, DFC, AFC later AVM
Air Staff
A/Cdre Herbert J Kirkpatrick  5 Mar 1943 Senior Air Staff Officer, DFC; later AVM
Wg Cdr Wilfred J Burnett 19May 1943 DFC; later A/Cdre
Wg Cdr M Wyatt 30 Aug 1943  
Wg Cdr W D G Watkins  5 Aug 1943 DFM
Sqn Ldr E E Colquhoun 15 Oct 1940 MBE
Sqn Ldr F L Fox 23 Feb 1941  
Sqn Ldr I C K Swales 19 Jun 1943 DFC, DFM
Administrative Staff
Gp Capt H E Hills 30 Aug 1941 Senior Administrative Staff Officer, OBE
Sqn Ldr J E Day 14 Sep 1940  
Sqn Ldr E F Goater 12 May 1942  
Staffs of the Services
Navigation
Sqn Ldr E H McCaffery 27 Feb 1943 DFC
Engineer
Wg Cdr H P Matthews 12 Sep 1942 OBE
Signals
Wg Cdr L J Crosbie 12 May 1942 Chief Signals Officer
Sqn Ldr C E G Tomkins 18 Feb 1943  
Armament
Sqn Ldr W J Macken 19 Nov 1942  
Equipment
Wg Cdr C N Scott  8 Aug 1943 Senior Equipment Staff Officer
Photography
Sqn Ldr L Hardy  4 Mar 1943  
Medical
Wg Cdr R Thorpe 16 Jul 1941 Senior Medical Officer, MRCS, LRCP
Meteorological
Dr R C Sutcliffe   Senior Meteorological Officer, BSc, PhD
WAAF Staff Officers
Sqn Off H C Gray 13 Oct 1941 WAAF
Miscellaneous Appointments
Lt Col C E Jewels 23 Nov 1942 DSO, MC
Sqn Ldr A C Barton 14 Jun 1942  
Sqn Ldr F Rostron 15 Jul 1943 Electrical Engineer
Sqn Ldr D H Keary  6 Jul 1943 DFC
Sqn Ldr R R Stowe 17 Jun 1943  

Source - December 1943 Confidential Air Force List

June 1944

Location Command  
Harraton House, Exning, near Newmarket, Cambridgeshire Bomber Command

No 31 Base - Stradishall

  • Station HQ

    • No 1657 Conversion Unit

  • RAF Station - Chedburgh

    • No 1653 Conversion Unit

  • RAF Station - Wratting Common

    • No 1651 Conversion Unit

No 32 Base - Mildenhall

  • Station HQ

  • No XV Squadron

  • No 622 Squadron

  • No 3 Group Servicing Section

  • RAF Station - Newmarket

    • No 1688 Flight

    • Bombing Development Unit

    • No 3 Group Communication Flight

  • RAF Station - Lakenheath

  • RAF Station - Tuddenham

    • No 90 Squadron

No 33 Base - Waterbeach

  • Station HQ

  • No 514 Squadron

  • No 1678 Flight

  • RAF Station - Mepal

    • No 75 Squadron

  • RAF Station - Witchford

    • No 115 Squadron

  • RAF Station - Feltwell

    • No 3 Lancaster Finishing School

    • Satellite - Methwold

      • No 149 Squadron

  • RAF Station - Tempsford

    • No 138 Squadron

    • No 161 Squadron

  • RAF Station - Woodbridge

  • RAF Station - Woolfox Lodge

    • No 218 Squadron

 

Rank Name Date Notes
AVM Richard Harrison 27 Feb 1943 Air Officer Commanding, DFC, AFC later AVM
Air Staff
A/Cdre Herbert J Kirkpatrick  5 Mar 1943 Senior Air Staff Officer, DFC; later AVM
Wg Cdr Wilfred J Burnett 19May 1943 DFC; later A/Cdre
Wg Cdr M Wyatt 30 Aug 1943  
Wg Cdr W D G Watkins  5 Aug 1943 DFM
Sqn Ldr E E Colquhoun 15 Oct 1940 MBE
Sqn Ldr F L Fox 23 Feb 1941  
Sqn Ldr I C K Swales 19 Jun 1943 DFC, DFM
Administrative Staff
Gp Capt H E Hills 30 Aug 1941 Senior Administrative Staff Officer, OBE
Sqn Ldr J E Day 14 Sep 1940  
Sqn Ldr E F Goater 12 May 1942  
Staffs of the Services
Navigation
Sqn Ldr E H McCaffery 27 Feb 1943 DFC
Engineer
Wg Cdr H P Matthews 12 Sep 1942 OBE
Signals
Wg Cdr L J Crosbie 12 May 1942 Chief Signals Officer
Sqn Ldr C E G Tomkins 18 Feb 1943  
Armament
Sqn Ldr W J Macken 19 Nov 1942  
Equipment
Wg Cdr C N Scott  8 Aug 1943 Senior Equipment Staff Officer
Photography
Sqn Ldr L Hardy  4 Mar 1943  
Educational
Mr E T Lewis  8 Apr 1944 BSc
Meteorological
Dr R E Watson   BSc, PhD
Miscellaneous Appointments
Lt Col C E Jewels 23 Nov 1942 DSO, MC
Sqn Ldr A C Barton 14 Jun 1942  
Sqn Ldr F Rostron 15 Jul 1943 Electrical Engineer
Sqn Ldr D H Keary  6 Jul 1943 DFC
Sqn Ldr R R Stowe 17 Jun 1943  

Source - June 1944 Confidential Air Force List

June 1945

Location Command  
Harraton House, Exning, near Newmarket, Cambridgeshire Bomber Command

No 31 Base - Stradishall

  • Station HQ

  • No 186 Squadron

  • RAF Station - Chedburgh

    • No 218 Squadron

  • RAF Station - Wratting Common

    • No 195 Squadron

No 32 Base - Mildenhall

  • Station HQ

  • No XV Squadron

  • No 622 Squadron

  • RAF Station - Methwold

    • No 149 Squadron

  • RAF Station - Tuddenham

    • No 90 Squadron

    • No 138 Squadron

No 33 Base - Waterbeach

  • Station HQ

  • No 514 Squadron

  • RAF Station - Mepal

    • No 75 Squadron

  • RAF Station - Witchford

    • No 115 Squadron

  • RAF Station - Feltwell

    • Bombing Development Unit

    • Bombing Command Radar School

    • GH Training Flight

    • No 1688 Flight

  • RAF Station - Woodbridge

  • No 3 Group Communication Flight - Snailwell

 

Rank Name Date Notes
AVM Richard Harrison 27 Feb 1943 Air Officer Commanding, DFC, AFC later AVM
Air Staff
A/Cdre Herbert J Kirkpatrick  5 Mar 1943 Senior Air Staff Officer, DFC; later AVM
Wg Cdr Frederick M Milligan 15 Jun 1944 AFC; later A/Cdre
Wg Cdr I C K Swales 19 Jun 1943 DSO, DFC, DFM
Wg Cdr D J H Lay 16 Feb 1944 DSO, DFC
Wg Cdr G E Bould  1 Feb 1945 DFC
Sqn Ldr F L Fox 23 Feb 1941  
Sqn Ldr MK B Blower 15 May 1944  
Sqn Ldr A J L Craig 12 Jan 1945 DSO, DFC
Sqn Ldr A R Scott 12 Jan 1945 DFC
Administrative Staff
Gp Capt H E Hills 30 Aug 1941 Senior Administrative Staff Officer, OBE
Sqn Ldr J E Day 14 Sep 1940  
Sqn Ldr E F Goater 12 May 1942  
Staffs of the Services
Engineer
Wg Cdr H P Matthews 12 Sep 1942 OBE
Sqn Ldr G C Lillicrap  1 May 1944  
Sqn Ldr F Rostron 15 Jul 1943  
Signals
Wg Cdr J A Chorlton 16 Oct 1943  
Sqn Ldr F J S Culley 23 Apr 1944  
Sqn Ldr A W Ray 18 Jan 1945  
Armament
Wg Cdr W J Macken 19 Nov 1942  
Equipment
Wg Cdr A E Haes  3 Dec 1943  
Photography
Sqn Ldr W F Thompson  1 Jun 1944  
Educational
Mr W Walker 30 Jan 1945 BA, RAFVR
Meteorological
Wg Cdr R E Watson 11 Sep 1944 BSc, PhD
Miscellaneous Appointments
Sqn Off A Crossley  9 Nov 1944 MBE
Miscellaneous Appointments
Lt Col C E Jewels 23 Nov 1942 DSO, MC
Wg Cdr E G B Reid 15 May 1944 DFC
Sqn Ldr A C Barton 14 Jun 1942  
Sqn Ldr R R Stowe 17 Jun 1943 DFM
Sqn Ldr K Brierley  1 Apr 1944 DFC
Sqn Ldr A J Putt  1 Jun 1944 DFC
Sqn Ldr H J Morrison  6 Dec 1944 DFC
Maj R R Burton-Gyles 13 Mar 1940  
Lt R P Goodden  1 Dec 1944 RN

Source - June 1945 Confidential Air Force List

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