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HQ No 5 Group Personnel, units and locations


[Jul 1937 | Jul 1938 | Jan 1939 | Apr 1939 | May 1939 | Dec 1939]

Reformed on 1 September 1937 at RAF Mildenhall from a nucleus provided by No 3 Group.

Station Sqn Notes
RAF Grantham

Sqn Ldr W J Daddo-Langlois (Wg Cdr from 1 Oct 1937)

No 113 (Bomber) Squadron Sqn Ldr Gilbert Bartholomew
No 211 (Bomber) Squadron Sqn Ldr R J A Ford
RAF Hemswell

Wg Cdr A O Lewis-Roberts

No 61 (Bomber) Squadron

Sqn Ldr C H Brill
No 144 (Bomber) Squadron Sqn Ldr C W L Trusk
RAF Waddington

Wg Cdr P Cummings

No 44 (Bomber) Squadron

Sqn Ldr J A Tindall
No 50 (Bomber) Squadron Sqn Ldr R B Sutherland
No 110 (Bomber) Squadron I McL Cameron

Its initial staffing was as follows: -

 

Rank Name Notes
A/Cdre

William B Callaway

Air Officer Commanding
Gp Capt

Horace Gordon-Dean

Senior Air Staff Officer
Wg Cdr

Herbert M Massey

Air 1
Sqn Ldr W H Poole Air 2
Flt Lt H S Laws Air 3
Sqn Ldr

Frederick L Pearce

Maintenance Liaison Officer
Flt Lt C M Champion de Crespigny Armament
Flt Lt Michael Watson Signals
Sqn Ldr V A Blackburn Senior Personnel Staff Officer
Flt Lt G E Gordon-Duff Flt L - 'P'

Unit Movements Sep 1937 - Jul 1938

Unit Date Notes
HQ No 5 Group Advance Party 30 Sep 1937 Moved from RAF Mildenhall to St Vincent's, Grantham
HQ No 5 Group  1 Oct 1937 Closed down at RAF Mildenhall
HQ No 5 Group  2 Oct 1937 Re-opened at St Vincent's, Grantham
RAF Scampton 10 Mar 1938 Transferred to No 5 Group from No 3 Group
No 49 Sqn 14 Mar 1938 Arrived at RAF Scampton on being transferred form No 2 Group to No 5 Group
No 83 Sqn 14 Mar 1938 Arrived at RAF Scampton on being transferred form No 2 Group to No 5 Group
No 113 Sqn 13 Apr 1938 Departed RAF Grantham for the Middle East
No 211 Sqn 13 Apr 1938 Departed RAF Grantham for the Middle East

Source - No 5 Group ORB

Personnel Movements Sep 1937 - Jul 1938

Rank Name Date Notes
Wg Cdr John A Boret 21 Oct 1937 Posted in for duty as Senior Personnel Staff Officer
Sqn Ldr V A Blackburn 21 Oct 1937 Posted to No 107 Sqn
Sqn Ldr John W F Merer 15 Jan 1938 Posted in for Navigation duties
Sqn Ldr E A Jones  8 Apr 1938 Posted in as supernumerary for Navigation duties
Sqn Ldr John W F Merer 15 Apr 1938 Posted to HQ Bomber Command
Sqn Ldr E A Jones 15 Apr 1938 Assumed the duties of Group Navigation Officer
Sqn Ldr W H Poole 21 Apr 1938 Posted to No 6 ATC, Woodsford to command
Wg Cdr

Meredith Thomas

 5 May 1938 Posted in as supernumerary for duties of SASO
Gp Capt Horace Gordon-Dean 16 May 1938 Placed on the Retired List at his own request
Wg Cdr

Meredith Thomas

16 May 1938 Assumed the duties of SASO
Flt Lt C M Champion de Crespigny  1 Jun 1938 Promoted to Sqn Ldr
Sqn Ldr J W Colquhoun  7 Jun 1938 Attached from HQ Bomber Command for Intelligence duties
Sqn Ldr J W Colquhoun 11 Jun 1938 Ceased to be attached from HQ Bomber Command for Intelligence duties

Source - No 5 Group ORB

July 1938

Location Command  
'St Vincents', Grantham Bomber Command
  • SHQ Grantham

  • SHQ Hemswell

    • No 61 (Bomber) Squadron

    • No 144 (Bomber) Squadron

    • Misson Bombing Range

  • SHQ Scampton

    • No 49 (Bomber) Squadron

    • No 83 (Bomber) Squadron

  • SHQ Waddington

    • No 44 (Bomber) Squadron

    • No 50 (Bomber) Squadron

    • No 110 (Bomber) Squadron

 

Rank Name Date Notes
A/Cdre

William B Callaway

17 Aug 1937 Air Officer Commanding, AFC; later AVM
Air Staff
Wg Cdr

Meredith Thomas

 6 May 1938 Senior Air Staff Officer, DFC, AFC; later AVM
Wg Cdr

Herbert M Massey

10 Jul 1937 DSO, MC; later A/Cdre
Sqn Ldr

Frederick L Pearce

 3 Aug 1937 later A/Cdre
Flt Lt H S Laws 31 Aug 1937  
Personnel Staff
Wg Cdr John A Boret 21 Oct 1937 Senior Personnel Staff Officer; MC,AFC; later AVM
Flt Lt G E Gordon-Duff RAFO
Attached to the Staff
Armament
Sqn Ldr C M Champion de Crespigny 14 Sep 1937  
Navigation
Sqn Ldr E A Jones  8 Apr 1938  
Services
Signals
Flt Lt Michael Watson  6 Jul 1937 later A/Cdre

Warrant Officer

WO I J H E Bailey 18 Oct 1937 Personnel Staff

Source - July 1938 Air Force List

Unit Movements Jul 1938 - Jan 1939

Unit Date Notes
RAF Grantham 15 Aug 1938 Transferred from No 5 Group to HQ Training Command
RAF Thornaby  1 Sep 1938 Executive control assumed by HQ No 5 Group
No 106 Sqn  1 Sep 1938 Executive control assumed by HQ No 5 Group
No 185 Sqn  1 Sep 1938 Executive control assumed by HQ No 5 Group
No 106 Sqn 27 Sep 1938 Moved from RAF Thornaby to RAF Grantham
No 185 Sqn 27 Sep 1938 Moved from RAF Thornaby to RAF Grantham
RAF Thornaby 28 Sep 1938 Executive control transferred from HQ No 5 Group to Coastal Command
RAF Grantham 28 Sep 1938 Transferred from No 23 Group to No 5 Group
RAF Thornaby 14 Oct 1938 Executive control transferred from Coastal Command to HQ No 5 Group
No 106 Sqn 14 Oct 1938 Moved from RAF Grantham to RAF Thornaby
No 185 Sqn 14 Oct 1938 Moved from RAF Grantham to RAF Thornaby

Source - No 5 Group ORB

Personnel Movements - Jul 1938 - Jan 1939

Rank Name Date Notes
Sqn Ldr R J Clare-Hunt  8 Jul 1938 Posted in for Intelligence duties
Flt Lt Michael Watson  1 Aug 1938 Promoted to Sqn Ldr
Sqn Ldr Frederick R Drew  2 Aug 1938 Posted in for Air Staff duties (Air 2)
Flt Lt D D Christie 23 Aug 1938 Attached for duties of Group Airmanship Examiner
Fg Off W B S Simpson 14 Sep 1938 Attached for duties as PA to AOC
Capt G Prior  3 Oct 1938 9th Lancers, posted in for Air Staff duties
Flt Lt D D Christie  5 Oct 1938 Promoted to Sqn Ldr and remained attached for duties of Group Airmanship Examiner
Capt G Prior  6 Oct 1938 Returned to his Regiment
A/Cdre

William B Callaway

 8 Oct 1938 Admitted to RAF Hospital, Cranwell following a riding accident
Gp Capt

Meredith Thomas

 8 Oct 1938 Assumed temporary command of No 5 Group
A/Cdre

William B Callaway

 4 Dec 1938 Resumed command of No 5 Group

Source - No 5 Group ORB

January 1939

Location Command  
'St Vincents', Grantham Bomber Command
  • SHQ Hemswell

    • No 61 (Bomber) Squadron (Blenheims)

    • No 144 (Bomber) Squadron (Blenheims)

    • Misson Bombing Range

  • SHQ Scampton

    • No 49 (Bomber) Squadron (Hampdens)

    • No 83 (Bomber) Squadron (Hampdens)

  • SHQ Thornaby

    • No 106 (Bomber) Squadron (Battles)

    • No 185 (Bomber) Squadron (Battles)

  • SHQ Waddington

    • No 44 (Bomber) Squadron (Blenheims)

    • No 50 (Bomber) Squadron (Hampdens)

    • No 110 (Bomber) Squadron (Blenheims)

 

Rank Name Date Notes
A/Cdre

William B Callaway

17 Aug 1937 Air Officer Commanding, AFC; later AVM
Air Staff
Wg Cdr

Meredith Thomas

 6 May 1938 Senior Air Staff Officer, DFC, AFC; later AVM
Wg Cdr

Herbert M Massey

10 Jul 1937 DSO, MC; later A/Cdre
Sqn Ldr

Frederick L Pearce

 3 Aug 1937 later A/Cdre
Sqn Ldr R J Clare-Hunt  8 Jul 1938  
Sqn Ldr Frederick R Drew  2 Aug 1938  
Flt Lt H S Laws 31 Aug 1937  
Personnel Staff
Wg Cdr John A Boret 21 Oct 1937 Senior Personnel Staff Officer; MC,AFC; later AVM
Flt Lt G E Gordon-Duff RAFO
Attached to the Staff
Armament
Sqn Ldr C M Champion de Crespigny 14 Sep 1937  
Navigation
Sqn Ldr E A Jones  8 Apr 1938  
Services
Signals
Sqn Ldr Michael Watson  6 Jul 1937 later A/Cdre

Warrant Officer

WO J H E Bailey 18 Oct 1937 Personnel Staff
WO A E East 26 Sep 1938 Signals

Source - January 1939 Air Force List

Personnel Movements - Jan - Apr 1939

Rank Name Date Notes
Fg Off I S Williams  9 Jan 1939 Reported for duty as Air 3
Wg Cdr

Frederick L Pearce

16 Jan 1939 Posted to No 206 Sqn as OC
Flt Lt H S Laws 22 Jan 1939 Posted out on completion of his regular commission and appointed to the Indian Army

Source - No 5 Group ORB

April 1939

Location Command  
'St Vincents', Grantham Bomber Command
  • SHQ Finningley

    • No 7 (Bomber) Squadron

    • No 76 (Bomber) Squadron

  • SHQ Hemswell

    • No 61 (Bomber) Squadron

    • No 144 (Bomber) Squadron

    • Misson Bombing Range

  • SHQ Scampton

    • No 49 (Bomber) Squadron

    • No 83 (Bomber) Squadron

  • SHQ Thornaby

    • No 106 (Bomber) Squadron

    • No 185 (Bomber) Squadron

  • SHQ Waddington

    • No 44 (Bomber) Squadron

    • No 50 (Bomber) Squadron

    • No 110 (Bomber) Squadron

 

Rank Name Date Notes
A/Cdre

William B Callaway

17 Aug 1937 Air Officer Commanding, AFC; later AVM
Personal Appointment
Fg Off W B S Simpson  1 Nov 1938 Pilot and Personal Assistant to AOC
Air Staff
Wg Cdr

Meredith Thomas

 6 May 1938 Senior Air Staff Officer, DFC, AFC; later AVM
Wg Cdr

Herbert M Massey

10 Jul 1937 DSO, MC; later A/Cdre
Sqn Ldr R J Clare-Hunt  8 Jul 1938  
Sqn Ldr Frederick R Drew  2 Aug 1938  
Sqn Ldr D D Christie  9 Jan 1939  
Fg Off I S Williams  9 Jan 1939  
Personnel Staff
Wg Cdr John A Boret 21 Oct 1937 Senior Personnel Staff Officer; MC,AFC; later AVM
Flt Lt G E Gordon-Duff RAFO
Attached to the Staff
Armament
Sqn Ldr C M Champion de Crespigny 14 Sep 1937  
Navigation
Sqn Ldr E A Jones  8 Apr 1938  
Services
Signals
Flt Lt Michael Watson  6 Jul 1937 later A/Cdre

Warrant Officer

WO J H E Bailey 18 Oct 1937 Personnel Staff
WO A E East 26 Sep 1938 Signals

Source - April 1939 Confidential Air Force List

May 1939

Location Command  
'St Vincents', Grantham Bomber Command
  • SHQ Finningley

    • No 7 (Bomber) Squadron

    • No 76 (Bomber) Squadron

  • SHQ Hemswell

    • No 61 (Bomber) Squadron

    • No 144 (Bomber) Squadron

    • Misson Bombing Range

  • SHQ Scampton

    • No 49 (Bomber) Squadron

    • No 83 (Bomber) Squadron

  • SHQ Thornaby

    • No 106 (Bomber) Squadron

    • No 185 (Bomber) Squadron

  • SHQ Waddington

    • No 44 (Bomber) Squadron

    • No 50 (Bomber) Squadron

 

Rank Name Date Notes
A/Cdre

William B Callaway

17 Aug 1937 Air Officer Commanding, AFC; later AVM
Personal Appointment
Fg Off W B S Simpson  1 Nov 1938 Pilot and Personal Assistant to AOC
Air Staff
Wg Cdr

Meredith Thomas

 6 May 1938 Senior Air Staff Officer, DFC, AFC; later AVM
Wg Cdr

Herbert M Massey

10 Jul 1937 DSO, MC; later A/Cdre
Sqn Ldr R J Clare-Hunt  8 Jul 1938  
Sqn Ldr Frederick R Drew  2 Aug 1938  
Sqn Ldr D D Christie  9 Jan 1939  
Fg Off I S Williams  9 Jan 1939  
Personnel Staff
Wg Cdr John A Boret 21 Oct 1937 Senior Personnel Staff Officer; MC,AFC; later AVM
Flt Lt G E Gordon-Duff RAFO
Attached to the Staff
Armament
Sqn Ldr C M Champion de Crespigny 14 Sep 1937  
Navigation
Sqn Ldr E A Jones  8 Apr 1938  
Services
Signals
Flt Lt Michael Watson  6 Jul 1937 later A/Cdre

Miscellaneous

Lt C D Chapman   Code and Cypher duties, late RAF

Warrant Officer

WO J H E Bailey 18 Oct 1937 Personnel Staff
WO A E East 26 Sep 1938 Signals

Source - May 1939 Confidential Air Force List

Unit Movements Apr - Sep 1939

Unit Date Notes
RAF Thornaby 27 Aug 1939 Executive control transferred from HQ No 5 Group to Coastal Command
RAF Cottesmore 27 Aug 1939 Executive control transferred from HQ No 2 Group to HQ No 5 Group

Source - No 5 Group ORB

Personnel Movements - Apr - Sep 1939

Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt I S Williams  11 Apr 1939 Posted to No 21 Group
Fg Off W B S Simpson 16 Apr 1939 Posted out for attendance at a Specialist Course
Sqn Ldr J A P Owen 20 Apr 1939 Posted in as supernumerary for Navigation duties
Lt (late RAF) C D Chapman 21 Apr 1939 Arrived for Codes and Cypher duties
Sqn Ldr Eric S Butler 24 Apr 1939 Posted in as supernumerary for Armament duties
Sqn Ldr E A Jones  1 May 1939 Posted to No 76 Sqn
Sqn Ldr J A P Owen  1 May 1939 Assumed the duties of Group Navigation Officer
Sqn Ldr C M Champion de Crespigny  5 May 1939 Posted to No 61 Sqn
Sqn Ldr Eric S Butler  5 May 1939 Assumed duties of Group Armament Officer
Fg Off P Tomlinson  8 May 1939 Posted in for duty as PA to AOC
Sqn Ldr W A Tattersall 24 Apr 1939 Posted in for duty as Maintenance Liaison Officer
Maj R W Tobin  2 Jun 1939 Posted in for duty with 'P' Staff
Flt Lt G E Gordon-Duff  3 Jun 1939 Transferred to No 14 FTS
Flt Lt E Taylor 21 Jun 1939 Posted in as Assistant Signals Officer
Sqn Ldr G R Montgomery 26 Jun 1939 Posted in for duty with 'P' Staff
Flt Lt William S Gardner 21 Aug 1939 Attached from No 7 Sqn for duties of Flt Lt - Organisation
Wg Cdr J Hill 28 Aug 1939 Posted in as Group Medical Officer

Source - No 5 Group ORB

On 1 September 1939 the Officers on the strength of the Group HQ were as follows: -

Rank Name Notes
A/Cdre

William B Callaway

Air Officer Commanding
Wg Cdr

Meredith Thomas

Senior Air Staff Officer
Wg Cdr

Herbert M Massey

Air 1
Wg Cdr John A Boret Senior Officer Administration, AFC; later AVM
Sqn Ldr W A Tattersall Engineer
Sqn Ldr G R Montgomery 'P' 1
Sqn Ldr R J Clare-Hunt Intelligence
Sqn Ldr Frederick R Drew Air 2
Sqn Ldr Michael Watson Signals
Sqn Ldr D D Christie Organisation 1
Sqn Ldr Eric S Butler Armament
Sqn Ldr J A P Owen Navigation
Flt Lt William S Gardner Organisation 2 (attached)
Fg Off G C Close Intelligence
Fg Off P Tomlinson Personal Assistant to AOC (also OC Unit)
Flt Lt R W Tobin RAFO 'P' 2
Flt Lt E Taylor Signals
Wg Cdr J Hill Senior Medical Officer
Lt C D Chapman Code and Cypher duties, late RAF
Sqn Ldr F G B Reynolds RAFO, Intelligence
Sqn Ldr A G Bond Retired, Operations
Plt Off C M Maud DFC, RAFVR, Operations
Plt Off H M Morris DSC, RAFVR, Operations
Plt Off H E Hounsell RAFVR, Codes & Cypher
Plt Off F Allen RAFVR, Codes & Cypher
Plt Off J A Cooper RAFVR, Intelligence

The stations and squadrons (all equipped with Hampdens) controlled by the Group were as follows

Station Sqn Notes
RAF Scampton (Mobilizable squadrons)

Gp Capt E C Emmett

No 49 (Bomber) Squadron Wg Cdr John S Chick
No 83 (Bomber) Squadron Wg Cdr Richard B Jordan
RAF Hemswell (Mobilizable squadrons)

Gp Capt Edward A B Rice

No 61 (Bomber) Squadron

Wg Cdr C H Brill
No 144 (Bomber) Squadron Sqn Ldr J C Cunningham
RAF Waddington (Mobilizable squadrons)

Gp Capt Leonard H Cockey

No 44 (Bomber) Squadron

Wg Cdr John N Boothman
No 50 (Bomber) Squadron Wg Cdr L Young
RAF Finningley (Group Pool squadrons)

Gp Capt F O Soden

No 7 (Bomber) Squadron

Wg Cdr L G Nixon
No 76 (Bomber) Squadron Wg Cdr D S Allen
RAF Cottesmore (Non-mobilizable squadrons)

Gp Capt Leonard H Cockey

No 106 (Bomber) Squadron

Wg Cdr Eric B Grenfell
No 185 (Bomber) Squadron Wg Cdr Eric D Barnes

Source - No 5 Group ORB

Unit Movements Sep - Dec 1939

Unit Date Notes
SHQ RAF Finningley 23 Sep 1939 Moved to RAF Upper Heyford and transferred to the control of No 6 Group
No 7 Sqn 23 Sep 1939 Moved to RAF Upper Heyford and transferred to the control of No 6 Group
No 76 Sqn 23 Sep 1939 Moved to RAF Upper Heyford and transferred to the control of No 6 Group
RAF Finningley 23 Sep 1939 Placed under Care & Maintenance
No 106 Sqn  6 Oct 1939 Moved from RAF Cottesmore to RAF Finningley

Source - No 5 Group ORB

Personnel Movements  Sep - Dec 1939

Rank Name Date Notes
Plt Off B E Bishop  2 Sep 1939 Posted in to Intelligence (Interrogation) duties
Plt Off C E Roupell  5 Sep 1939 Posted in for Operations Room duties
AVM Arthur T Harris 10 Sep 1939 Posted in supernumerary pending assuming command
Sqn Ldr J B T Whitehead 12 Sep 1939 Posted in for Operations Room duties
Sqn Ldr A G Bond 14 Sep 1939 Posted to HQ No 42 Group
AVM Arthur T Harris 14 Sep 1939 Assuming command of the Group
A/Cdre

William B Callaway

14 Sep 1939 Posted to HQ, No 18 Group
Sqn Ldr N Hope 18 Sep 1939 Posted in for Engineer duties
Sqn Ldr Roland G Seymour 19 Sep 1939 Posted in for Equipment Staff duties
Sqn Ldr W A Tattersall 20 Sep 1939 Posted to No 30 MU
Wg Cdr C T Anderson 22 Sep 1939 Posted in for duty as Senior Officer Administration
Plt Off C P Andrews 22 Sep 1939 Posted in for duties as Camp Commandant
Sqn Ldr E A Jones 22 Sep 1939 Posted in for duties as Group Navigation Officer
Sqn Ldr J A P Owen 23 Sep 1939 Posted to HQ Reserve Command
Wg Cdr John A Boret 26 Sep 1939 Proceeded on posting to HQ Fighter Command
Flt Lt S C Harker  5 Oct 1939 Posted in from RAF Catfoss for duties of 'P' 2
Sqn Ldr J B Sims  5 Oct 1939 Attached from RAF Hemswell for duties of Group Gunnery Officer
Plt Off F Allen  7 Oct 1939 Confirmed in his appointment and promoted to Fg Off wef 31 Aug 1939
Plt Off J A Cooper  7 Oct 1939 Confirmed in his appointment and promoted to Fg Off wef 31 Aug 1939
Plt Off H E Hounsell  7 Oct 1939 Confirmed in his appointment and promoted to Fg Off wef 31 Aug 1939
Plt Off H M Morris  7 Oct 1939 Confirmed in his appointment and promoted to Fg Off wef 31 Aug 1939
Plt Off C M Maud  7 Oct 1939 Confirmed in his appointment and promoted to Fg Off wef 5 Sep 1939
Plt Off W G M Money  9 Oct 1939 Posted in from No 2 Electrical and Wireless School for Signals duties
Sqn Ldr G R Montgomery 15 Oct 1939 Posted to No 106 Sqn as OC and promoted to Act Wg Cdr
Fg Off G C N Close 15 Oct 1939 Promoted to Act Flt Lt wef 6 Sep 1939
Fg Off J A Cooper 15 Oct 1939 Promoted to Act Flt Lt wef 6 Sep 1939
Fg Off C M Maud 15 Oct 1939 Promoted to Act Flt Lt wef 6 Sep 1939
Fg Off H M Morris 15 Oct 1939 Promoted to Act Flt Lt wef 9 Sep 1939
Flt Lt G C N Close 30 Oct 1939 Proceeded to the Air Ministry on posting
Fg Off B P Jones 30 Oct 1939 Posted in for Intelligence duties
Flt Lt S C Harker  2 Nov 1939 Promoted to Act Sqn Ldr
Fg Off B P Jones  2 Nov 1939 Promoted to Act Flt Lt wef 30 Oct 1939
Fg Off C E Roupell  4 Nov 1939 Promoted to Act Flt Lt wef 1 Nov 1939
Sqn Ldr R W Tobin 10 Nov 1939 Posted to HQ Bomber Command
Flt Lt William S Gardner 10 Nov 1939 Assumed duties of 'P' 1 and 'P' 2
Sqn Ldr S P Langston 10 Nov 1939 Posted in for 'P' Staff duties
Flt Lt C F M Rambaut 13 Sep 1939 Reported for duty
Sqn Ldr Michael Watson 15 Nov 1939 Promoted to Act Wg Cdr wef 31 Oct 1939
Fg Off P Tomlinson 15 Nov 1939 Promoted to Act Flt Lt wef 1 Nov 1939
Sqn Ldr N Hope 30 Nov 1939 Killed in a flying accident
Plt Off J de la P B Preston  2 Dec 1939 Posted in from No 12 SFTS for duty with No 5 Group Comms Flt
Plt Off J Jameson  2 Dec 1939 Posted in for duty as a Photographic Officer
Plt Off J de la P B Preston  2 Dec 1939 Promoted to Act Flt Lt
Sqn Ldr L D Dadswell  7 Dec 1939 Posted in for duty as Engineer Staff Officer
Flt Lt William S Gardner  7 Dec 1939 Ceased to be attached from No 7 Sqn and posted in for 'P' Staff duties
Flt Lt William S Gardner  7 Dec 1939 Promoted to Act Sqn Ldr
Sqn Ldr S P Langston 11 Dec 1939 Posted to HQ No 71 Wing, AASF
Plt Off T A K Aga 14 Dec 1939 Posted in for duty with No 5 Group Comms Flt
Flt Lt J R Stewart 22 Dec 1939 Posted in from RAF Hemswell for 'P' Staff duties

Source - No 5 Group ORB

December 1939

Location Command  
'St Vincents', Grantham Bomber Command
  • SHQ Finningley

    • No 106 (Bomber) Squadron

  • SHQ Hemswell

    • No 61 (Bomber) Squadron

    • No 144 (Bomber) Squadron

  • SHQ Scampton

    • No 49 (Bomber) Squadron

    • No 83 (Bomber) Squadron

  • SHQ Waddington

    • No 44 (Bomber) Squadron

    • No 50 (Bomber) Squadron

 

Rank Name Date Notes
AVM Arthur T Harris 11 Sep 1939 Air Officer Commanding, OBE, AFC; later MRAF
Personal Appointment
Fg Off P Tomlinson  8 May 1939 Pilot and Personal Assistant to AOC
Air Staff
Gp Capt

Meredith Thomas

 6 May 1938 Senior Air Staff Officer, DFC, AFC; later AVM
Wg Cdr

Herbert M Massey

10 Jul 1937 DSO, MC; later A/Cdre
Sqn Ldr R J Clare-Hunt  8 Jul 1938  
Sqn Ldr Frederick R Drew  2 Aug 1938 later A/Cdre
Sqn Ldr D D Christie  9 Jan 1939  
Sqn Ldr J Whitehead 11 Sep 1939  
Sqn Ldr J B T Whitehead 11 Sep 1939  
Fg Off J A Cooper  6 Sep 1939  
Fg Off C M Maud  9 Sep 1939 DFC
Fg Off H M Morris  9 Sep 1939 DSC
Personnel Staff
Gp Capt C T Anderson 21 Sep 1939 Senior Administrative Staff Officer; DFC
Flt Lt G E Gordon-Duff RAFO
Flt Lt S C Harker Personnel Duties, RAFO
Staffs of the Services
Armament
Sqn Ldr Eric S Butler 24 Apr 1939 later AVM
Engineer
Sqn Ldr W A Tattersall 24 Apr 1939  
Navigation
Sqn Ldr J A P Owen 20 Apr 1939  
Signals
Flt Lt Michael Watson  6 Jul 1937 later A/Cdre
Medical
Wg Cdr J Hill   Senior Medical Officer, MB, ChB, DPH
Meteorological
Mr R H Mathews   Senior Meteorological Officer, BA

Miscellaneous

Lt C D Chapman   Code and Cypher duties, late RAF

Source - December 1939 Confidential Air Force List

Unit Movements Jan - Dec 1940

Unit Date Notes
RAF Hatfield Woodhouse  3 Jun 1940 Opened under the control of No 5 Group
HQ No 75 Wing 15 Jun 1940 Attached to RAF Scampton on its return from France
No 12 Sqn 15 Jun 1940 Attached to RAF Finningley on its return from France
No 142 Sqn 15 Jun 1940 Attached to RAF Waddington on its return from France
HQ No 75 Wing 22 Jun 1940 Transferred from RAF Scampton to RAF Sydenham
RAF Newton  3 Jul 1940 Transferred to No 1 Group
RAF Binbrook  3 Jul 1940 Transferred to No 1 Group
No 12 Sqn  3 Jul 1940 Moved to RAF Binbrook and transferred to No 1 Group
No 142 Sqn  3 Jul 1940 Moved to RAF Binbrook and transferred to No 1 Group
Target Towing Flt 12 Jul 1940 Struck off the strength of the Group and transferred to RAF Waddington
Target Towing Flt 25 Oct 1940 Transferred from RAF Waddington to RAF Driffield and No 4 Group
No 207 Sqn 1 Nov 1940 Formed at RAF Waddington with Manchesters (6 IE aircraft)
No 207 Sqn 13 Dec 1940 Expanded to full squadron strength

Source - No 5 Group ORB

Personnel Movements  Jan - Dec 1940

Rank Name Date Notes
Act Flt Lt B P Jones  1 Jan 1940 Posted to RAF Cranwell
Wg Cdr C T Anderson  1 Jan 1940 Promoted to Act Gp Capt
Plt Off J R Jenkins  4 Jan 1940 Posted to RAF Hemswell for Meteorological duties
Plt Off T F Davies  4 Jan 1940 Posted in from RAF Sutton Bridge for Meteorological duties
Plt Off F Carr 12 Jan 1940 Posted in for Intelligence duties
Plt Off L R Morey 15 Jan 1940 Posted in from Meteorological Training School for Meteorological duties
Act Sqn Ldr E M Wright 15 Jan 1940 Posted in from RAF Wyton for Intelligence duties
Sqn Ldr T C Lovell-Gregg 15 Jan 1940 Posted in from RAF Finningley
Plt Off B A H Hitching 24 Jan 1940 Posted in from No 106 Sqn for duty with No 5 Group Comms Flt
Sqn Ldr Frederick R Drew 26 Jan 1940 Posted to RAF Finningley
Flt Lt E Taylor 31 Jan 1940 Posted to No 2 Electrical and Wireless School
Fg Off F C Stibbard  5 Feb 1940 Attached from No 144 Sqn for Gunnery duties
Sqn Ldr R J Clare-Hunt  5 Feb 1940 Posted to the Air Ministry
Flt Off C Woodhead  8 Feb 1940 Posted from RAF Leighton Buzzard for Group (WAAF) Office duties
Flt Lt H M Morris 22 Feb 1940 Posted to RAF Church Fenton
Sqn Ldr J B T Whitehead  1 Mar 1940 Posted to No 2 RAF Component
Sqn Ldr Roland G Seymour  1 Mar 1940 Posted to No 150 Base, RAF Henlow
Wg Cdr Hugh S P Walmsley  1 Mar 1940 Promoted to Temporary Gp Capt
Plt Off T N C Burrough  2 Mar 1940 Posted in for duty with No 5 Group Comms Flt
Plt Off A N David  4 Mar 1940 Posted in from RAF Honington for Operations duties
ASO C M Moor 18 Mar 1940 Posted in for Codes and Cypher duties
Plt Off J B Leno  1 Apr 1940 Posted in from RAF Bassingbourn for Meteorological duties
Wg Cdr C E Horrox  5 Apr 1940 Posted in for duty as SOA
Sqn Ldr J S French  9 Apr 1940 Posted in for Equipment duties
Sqn Ldr Walter C Sheen 11 Apr 1940 Posted in from No 49 Sqn for duty as Air 2
Act Flt Lt H A May 12 Apr 1940 Posted in from RAF Scampton for Equipment duties
Fg Off J H Lewis 16 Apr 1940 Posted in from the Air Ministry for Intelligence duties
Sqn Ldr J B T Whitehead 17 Apr 1940 Posted in from the Air Ministry for Operations duties
Wg Cdr Walter J M Akerman 18 Apr 1940 Posted in from the No 44 Sqn for Air 1 duties
Wg Cdr G H Huxham 22 Apr 1940 Posted in from No 78 Sqn for duty as Group Signals Officer
Fg Off R A Smith 22 Apr 1940 Posted in from RAF Staff College for duty as Sqn Ldr - Org
Sqn Ldr J S French 23 Apr 1940 Posted to No 1 Air Stores Park, CFF
Wg Cdr C F Toogood 23 Apr 1940 Posted in from No 97 Sqn for Operations duties
Gp Capt Hugh S P Walmsley 24 Apr 1940 Posted to RAF Scampton
Plt Off R B Rawson 30 Apr 1940 Posted in from RAF Bircham Newton for Operations duty
Plt Off J B Leno  1 May 1940 Posted to HQ AASF for Meteorological duties
Sqn Ldr H P Burwood  1 May 1940 Posted to No 10 OTU for operational training
Fg Off F Allen  8 May 1940 Posted to No 40 Sqn for Codes and Cypher duties
Wg Cdr G H Huxham  9 May 1940 Posted to No 60 Group for Signals duty
Plt Off R C Udall 14 May 1940 Posted in from RAF Service Police School for duty as DAPM
Plt Off Sir L Twiston-Davies 14 May 1940 Posted in on appointment to a Temporary Commission as Camp Commandant
Fg Off V J B Lambert 17 May 1940 Posted in on appointment to a Permanent Commission for Signals duties
Flt Lt C D Chapman 18 May 1940 Admitted to RAF Hospital, Cranwell
Act Flt Lt A W Sawyer 18 May 1940 Posted in from RAF Waddington for Operations duties
Plt Off C P Andrews 19 May 1940 Posted to RAF Finningley for duty as Assistant Adjutant
Flt Lt C D Chapman 20 May 1940 Transferred from RAF Hospital, Cranwell to RAF Convalescent Hospital, Torquay
Plt Off W H Collander-Brown 22 May 1940 Posted in from RAF Tangmere for Committee of Adjustment duties
Plt Off B A H Hitching 24 May 1940 Posted to No 20 MU for flying duties
Plt Off Lord Allerton 24 May 1940 Posted in from No 504 Sqn for duty as OC, No 5 Group Comms Flt
Plt Off A N David 25 May 1940 Posted to No 238 Sqn as Adjutant
Sqn Ldr T C Lovell-Gregg 27 May 1940 Posted to No 6 OTU for operational training
Plt Off R B Rawson 29 May 1940 Posted to RAF Waddington for Operations duty
Fg Off E F Wilde 29 May 1940 Posted in on appointment to a Temporary Commission as Camp Commandant
Plt Off T N C Burrough 31 May 1940 Posted to No 14 OTU for operational training
Fg Off J H Lewis  1 Jun 1940 Posted in from the Air Ministry on ceasing to being attached for Intelligence duties
Flt Lt H D Rayham  2 Jun 1940 Posted in for 'P'1 duties
Plt Off Sir L Twiston-Davies  3 Jun 1940 Posted to RAF Newton
Plt Off L C Edwards 14 Jun 1940 Posted in for duty with Target Towing Flt detached to Waddington
Plt Off H Lee 15 Jun 1940 Posted in for duty with Target Towing Flt detached to Waddington
Plt Off H D Rankine 17 Jun 1940 Posted in for Operations duty
Wg Cdr R T Taaffe 17 Jun 1940 Posted in for Operations and Training duty
Plt Off T A K Aga 21 Jun 1940 Posted to No 1 Ferry Pilots Pool, Filton
Plt Off C D Hutchinson 22 Jun 1940 Posted in for Chemical Warfare duties
Sqn Ldr William S Gardner 23 Jun 1940 Posted to No 106 Sqn
ASO E M Ryan  3 Jul 1940 Posted in for Codes and Cypher duties
Act Sqn Ldr R A Smith 15 Jul 1940 Promoted to Act (paid) Sqn Ldr wef 3 Jun 1940
Act Flt Lt W T Bennett 15 Jul 1940 Posted in for Intelligence duties
Act Sqn Ldr J S F Hood 16 Jul 1940 Posted in for Intelligence duties
Act Sqn Ldr E M Wright 19 Jul 1940 Posted to HQ No 7 Group on formation for Intelligence duties
ASO H E Collett 19 Jul 1940 Posted in from RAF Scampton for WAAF Admin duties
Flt Lt J B Stewart 19 Jul 1940 Appointed to a commission in the RAFVR
Plt Off R C Udall 24 Jul 1940 Promoted to Act Fg Off
ASO J Sales 27 Jul 1940 Posted in for Codes and Cypher duties
Gp Capt Alan P Ritchie  1 Aug 1940 Posted in as supernumerary for duty as SASO
Plt Off S Beecroft  2 Aug 1940 Posted in on appointment to a Commission for Committee of Adjustment duties
Gp Capt

Meredith Thomas

 7 Aug 1940 Posted to Air Ministry as Director of Technical Training
Gp Capt Alan P Ritchie  7 Aug 1940 Assumed the duties of SASO
Plt Off M A Tomlinson  7 Aug 1940 Posted in on appointment to a Commission  in the RAFVR
Fg Off N J W Thompson 10 Aug 1940 Posted in for Medical duties
Plt Off C D Hutchinson 11 Aug 1940 Promoted to Act Fg Off
Plt Off G E Pearson 12 Aug 1940 Posted in as supernumerary for Intelligence duties
Plt Off G F DeSausmarez 12 Aug 1940 Posted in as supernumerary for Intelligence duties
Plt Off J A French 12 Aug 1940 Posted in as supernumerary for Intelligence duties
Wg Cdr C F Toogood 16 Aug 1940 Posted to RAF Detling
Sqn Ldr J B T Whitehead 17 Aug 1940 Promoted to Act Wg Cdr (Operations duties)
ASO M Power 18 Aug 1940 Posted in for Codes and Cypher duties
Flt Lt C Wollaston 19 Aug 1940 Posted in for Medical duties
Act Sqn Ldr F G B Reynolds 27 Aug 1940 Posed to No 13 OTU as Assistant Station Intelligence Officer
Sqn Ldr J B Sims  7 Sep 1940 Posed to HQ No 9 Group
Fg Off A A Taylor 11 Sep 1940 Posted in from RAF Harwell as PT Officer
Flt Lt D D Christie 14 Sep 1940 Posted to No 14 OTU for operational training
Fg Off V W L Stanion 15 Sep 1940 Posted in from No 83 Sqn for duties as Group Gunnery Leader
ASO Jenson 23 Sep 1940 Posted in from WAAF Officers School, Reading for Codes and Cypher duties
Plt Off S R Evans 25 Sep 1940 Posted in for Operations Room training on appointment to a Commission in the RAFVR
Plt Off G D Britton 25 Sep 1940 Posted in for Operations Room training on appointment to a Commission in the RAFVR
Flt Lt A De Lavison 25 Sep 1940 Posted in from the Air Ministry as supernumerary for Intelligence duties
Sqn Ldr A D Grace 25 Sep 1940 Posted in from No 1 RAF Depot for Operations and Training duties
Flt Lt C D Chapman 28 Sep 1940 Posted to RAF Sydenham for Codes and Cypher duties
Plt Off N C Mackenzie 30 Sep 1940 Posted in for Operations Room training on appointment to a Commission in the RAFVR
Plt Off B F Eyston  2 Oct 1940 Posted in on appointment to a Commission in the RAFVR
Plt Off E J Windows 18 Oct 1940 Posted in on appointment to a Commission in the RAFVR
Plt Off W H Collander-Brown 20 Oct 1940 Posted to the Crew Training School, Finningley
Plt Off S B S Fowler 25 Oct 1940 Posted in from the Air Ministry and attached to RAF Scampton
Plt Off H I Willis  9 Nov 1940 Posted in from RAF Pembroke Dock as supernumerary for Operations Room duties
AVM Norman H Bottomley 22 Nov 1940 Posted in from HQ Bomber Command and assumed command of the Group
AVM Arthur T Harris 22 Nov 1940 Posted to Air Ministry for duty as Deputy Chief of the Air Staff
Plt Off T H C Wardlow 25 Nov 1940 Posted in from HQ Bomber Command for Intelligence duties
Flt Lt J G Bate  2 Dec 1940 Posted in from RAF Lindholme for Medical duties
Flt Lt C Wollaston  2 Dec 1940 Posted to RAF Lindholme for Medical duties
Plt Off H A Argenti  2 Dec 1940 Posted in from the Officers' School, Loughborough
Plt Off H A Matthews  2 Dec 1940 Posted to No No 1 Group for Meteorological duties
Fg Off H E Hounsell  3 Dec 1940 Posted to RAF Ringway
Act Flt Lt F L Barrow  3 Dec 1940 Posted in from RAF Bramcote as supernumerary for Intelligence duties
Sqn Ldr J A L Pettit  4 Dec 1940 Posted in from No 15 OTU for Navigation duties
Wg Cdr E A Jones  4 Dec 1940 Posted to HQ Flying Training Command
Flt Lt A W Sawyer  5 Dec 1940 Posted to RAF Waddington
Maj E R T Holmes  9 Dec 1940 Attached for AA Liaison duties
Act Fg Off C D Hutchinson 16 Dec 1940 Posted to HQ No 7 Group as Chemical Warfare Officer
Fg Off S M Girling 20 Dec 1940 Posted in from No 2 Installation Unit for Signals duties

Source - No 5 Group ORB

June 1941

Location Command  
'St Vincents', Grantham Bomber Command
  • SHQ Coningsby

    • No 97 Squadron

    • No 106 Squadron

    • No 5 Group Training Flight

  • SHQ Hemswell

    • No 61 Squadron

    • No 144 Squadron

  • SHQ Lindholme

    • No 50 Squadron

  • SHQ Scampton

    • No 49 Squadron

    • No 83 Squadron

  • SHQ Waddington

    • No 44 Squadron

    • No 207 Squadron

    • No 6 Blind Approach Training Flight

 

Rank Name Date Notes
AVM John C Slessor 12 May 1941 Air Officer Commanding, DSO, MC, later MRAF
Air Staff
Gp Capt Alan P Ritchie  7 Aug 1940 Senior Air Staff Officer, AFC; later AVM
Wg Cdr J Whitehead 11 Sep 1939  
Wg Cdr L R Stokes 11 Mar 1941 DFC
Sqn Ldr A D Grace 24 Sep 1940  
Sqn Ldr P S Jackson-Taylor  1 May 1940  
Flt Lt E M Wright 15 Jan 1940  
Flt Lt J S F Hood 15 Jul 1940  
Flt Lt A M N de Lavison 14 Nov 1940  
Flt Lt G E E Singleton 13 Jan 1941  
Flt Lt W H Forbes-Mitchell 24 Feb 1941  
Fg Off C Roupell  5 Sep 1939  
Fg Off C M Maud  9 Sep 1939 DFC
Fg Off W T Bennett 15 Jul 1940  
Plt Off R B Rawson 18 Apr 1940  
Plt Off H I Willis  6 Nov 1940  
Plt Off G D Britton  4 Dec 1940  
Plt Off E C A Wing  1 Feb 1941  
Plt Off J A Crook  4 Mar 1941  
Plt Off A Gardner 31 Mar 1941  
Personnel Staff
Flt Lt J R Stewart 21 Sep 1939
Fg Off E S Bishop 21 Jan 1941  
Plt Off S Beecroft  2 Aug 1940  
Plt Off E J Windows 18 Oct 1940  
Plt Off M J Fenwick 12 Feb 1941  
Staffs of the Services
Navigation
Sqn Ldr K A K Pe_t  4 Dec 1940  
Engineer
Sqn Ldr John W Bayley 21 Apr 1941 MBE; later A/Cdre
Signals
Wg Cdr J S French  8 Apr 1940  
Fg Off J F Brown 12 Mar 1941  
Armament
Wg Cdr Eric S Butler 24 Apr 1939 later AVM
Photography
Plt Off J Jameson 23 Nov 1939  
Medical
Wg Cdr J Hill  1 Nov 1939 Senior Medical Officer, MB, ChB, DPH
Fg Off J G Bate  1 Dec 1940 MB, ChB,
Physical Training
Fg Off A A Taylor  3 Sep 1940  
Meteorological
Mr R H Mathews   Senior Meteorological Officer, BA

Miscellaneous Appointments

Fg Off P E Thomas 26 Apr 1940  
Fg Off E F Wilde 29 May 1940  
Fg Off V W L Stanion 15 Sep 1940  
Plt Off T F Daniel  4 Jan 1940  
Plt Off T N C Burrough  2 Mar 1940  
Plt Off H E Sargent 13 Mar 1941  

Source - June 1941 Confidential Air Force List

July 1942

Location Command  
'St Vincents', Grantham Bomber Command
  • SHQ Bottesford

    • No 207 Squadron

  • SHQ Coningsby

    • No 97 Squadron

    • No 106 Squadron

    • No 1514 (Beam Approach Training) Flight

  • SHQ North Luffenham

  • SHQ Ossington

  • SHQ Scampton

    • No 49 Squadron

    • No 83 Squadron

    • No 1485 (Gunnery) Flight

    • No 1518 (Beam Approach Training) Flight

  • SHQ Swinderby

  • SHQ Syerston

    • No 61 Squadron

    • No 408 Squadron RCAF

  • SHQ Waddington

    • No 44 Squadron

    • No 50 Squadron

    • No 420 Squadron RCAF

    • No 1506 (Beam Approach Training) Flight

  • SHQ Wing

 

Rank Name Date Notes
AVM William A Coryton 25 Apr 1942 Air Officer Commanding, CB, MVO; later ACM
Air Staff
Wg Cdr Harold V Satterley  7 May 1942 DFC; later AVM
Sqn Ldr P S Jackson-Taylor  1 May 1940  
Sqn Ldr A L T Naish 22 Sep 1941  
Sqn Ldr S D Tudor 14 Apr 1942 DFC
Sqn Ldr J S F Hood 15 Jul 1940  
Sqn Ldr G E E Singleton 13 Jan 1941  
Sqn Ldr R P Nelms    
Sqn Ldr D G Ogilvie   DFC
Flt Lt C M Maud  9 Sep 1939 DFC
Flt Lt R Anderson 31 Dec 1941 DFC
Flt Lt C Roupell  5 Sep 1939  
Flt Lt H W H Fisher 28 Oct 1941 DFC
Flt Lt F Carr 10 Jan 1940  
Fg Off J L Hayward  4 Sep 1941  
Fg Off G D Britton  4 Dec 1940  
Fg Off J H Lewis  4 Dec 1940  
Fg Off R C Alabaster  2 Sep 1940 DFC
Plt Off E W D Roy    
Personnel Staff
Sqn Ldr R A Smith 25 May 1941 Senior Administrative Staff Officer
Flt Lt W W Lendon
Fg Off J J Mumford 26 Oct 1941  
Fg Off R M Broadhead 12 Jan 1942  
Fg Off J Whattam 19 Jan 1942  
Fg Off H J Willis  6 Nov 1940  
Fg Off K R Upright 17 Jan 1942  
Fg Off E J Windows  7 Apr 1942  
Fg Off G M Thackrak    
Fg Off A W Trotter    
Plt Off M M Berman 11 Oct 1941  
Plt Off J S Cartwright 30 Mar 1942  
Plt Off M Carty    
Plt Off F X Erdozain    
Plt Off J M Greenstock    
Plt Off F J Hardy    
Plt Off E C Rees    
APO G H E Stening    
Staffs of the Services
Engineer
Fg Off P Brown 27 Oct 1941  
Plt Off R Wilson    
Signals
Wg Cdr Michael Watson  6 Jul 1939 later A/Cdre
Fg Off J F Brown 12 Mar 1941  
Plt Off T Patten 22 Feb 1942  
Armament
Flt Lt G A Worth  4 Mar 1942  
Fg Off J M Bousfield 29 Mar 1942  
Photography
Flt Lt J Jameson 23 Nov 1939  
Equipment
Sqn Ldr H A May 12 Apr 1940 MBE
Medical
Wg Cdr J Hill  1 Nov 1939 Senior Medical Officer, MB, ChB, DPH
Flt Lt A J Nimmo  1 Sep 1941 MB, BS, MRCS, LRCP
Fg Off H Coates   MRCS, LRCP
Meteorological
Mr R H Mathews   Senior Meteorological Officer, BA
WAAF Staff Officers
Flt Off M H Perkin  8 Jun 1942 WAAF
RAF Regiment
 Lt Col C V Seagrim 23 Feb 1942

Miscellaneous Appointments

Fg Off P E Thomas 26 Apr 1940  
Fg Off E F Wilde 29 May 1940  
Fg Off V W L Stanion 15 Sep 1940  
Plt Off T F Daniel  4 Jan 1940  
Plt Off T N C Burrough  2 Mar 1940  
Plt Off H E Sargent 13 Mar 1941  

Source - July 1942 Confidential Air Force List

December 1943

Location Command  
Morton Hall, Swinderby Bomber Command

No 51 Base -  Swinderby

  • Station HQ

  • No 1660 Conversion Unit

  • No 5 Group Communication Flight

  • SHQ Wigsley

    • No 1654 Conversion Unit

  • SHQ Winthorpe

    • No 1661 Conversion Unit

No 52 Base -  Scampton

  • Station HQ

  • No 5 Group Servicing Section

  • SHQ Dunholme Lodge

    • No 44 Squadron

  • SHQ Fiskerton

    • No 49 Squadron

No 53 Base -  Waddington

  • Station HQ

  • No 467 Squadron RAAF

  • SHQ Bardney

    • No 9 Squadron

    • No 1485 Flight

  • SHQ Skellingthorpe

    • No 50 Squadron

    • No 61 Squadron

  • SHQ Coningsby

    • No 617 Squadron

    • No 1514 (Beam Approach Training) Flight

    • Satellite - Woodhall Spa

      • No 619 Squadron

    • Satellite - Metheringham

      • No 106 Squadron

  • SHQ East Kirkby

    • No 57 Squadron

    • No 630 Squadron

    • Satellite - Spilsby

      • No 207 Squadron

    • Satellite - Strubby

  • SHQ Syerston

    • Satellite - Balderton

      • No 1668 Conversion Unit

 

Rank Name Date Notes
AVM Hon Ralph A Cochrane 28 Feb 1943 Air Officer Commanding, CB, CBE, AFC; later ACM
Air Staff
A/Cdre Harold V Satterley  7 May 1942 DFC; later AVM
Wg Cdr B R W Hallows 12 Apr 1943 DFC
Wg Cdr P R C Fowle 21 Sep 1943  
Wg Cdr C W Poulter 24 May 1943  
Sqn Ldr P M B Pitt 19 Dec 1942 MBE
Sqn Ldr J J Mumford 23 Feb 1942  
Sqn Ldr T B L Webb 21Feb 1943  
Sqn Ldr David A Green 17 Jun 1943 DSO, DFC; later A/Cdre
Sqn Ldr G W Gilpin  9 Aug 1943 DFC
Sqn Ldr G Hipkin 11 Sep 1943 DFC
Sqn Ldr J A G Skinner 23 Sep 1943 DFC
Sqn Ldr E K Sinclair 11 Sep 1943 DFC
Sqn Ldr S H Mansbridge 25 Oct 1943 DFC
Personnel Staff
Gp Capt W A B Savile 12 Aug 1943 Senior Administrative Staff Officer
Sqn Ldr E J Windows  7 Apr 1942  
Sqn Ldr H C Radcliffe  1 Nov 1943  
Staffs of the Services
Navigation
Sqn Ldr J H Evans 26 May 1943 DFC
Engineer
Wg Cdr P Brown 27 Oct 1941  
Sqn Ldr P C Finucane 15 Jul 1943 Electrical Engineer
Signals
Wg Cdr W E Dunn 25 Mar 1943 Chief Signals Officer
Sqn Ldr L D Adams  1 Jun 1943  
Armament
Sqn Ldr E A Goodwin 10 Aug 1942  
Equipment
Wg Cdr H A May 12 Apr 1940 Senior Equipment Staff Officer, MBE
Photography
Sqn Ldr L A Eades 10 May 1943  
Medical
Wg Cdr G B Macgibbon 13 Jul 1942 Senior Medical Officer, MB, ChB
Meteorological
Mr R H Mathews   Senior Meteorological Officer, OBE, BA
WAAF Staff Officers
Sqn Off J M Entwisle  1 Aug 1943 WAAF
RAF Regiment
 Lt Col K Horan  1 Sep 1943

Source - December 1943 Confidential Air Force List

June 1944

Location Command  
Morton Hall, Swinderby Bomber Command

No 51 Base -  Swinderby

  • Station HQ

  • No 1660 Conversion Unit

  • No 5 Group Communication Flight

  • No1690 Flight

  • RAF Station - Wigsley

    • No 1654 Conversion Unit

  • RAF Station - Winthorpe

    • No 1661 Conversion Unit

No 52 Base -  Scampton

  • Station HQ

  • No 5 Group Servicing Section

  • RAF Station - Dunholme Lodge

    • No 44 Squadron

    • No 619 Squadron

  • RAF Station - Fiskerton

    • No 49 Squadron

No 53 Base -  Waddington

  • Station HQ

  • No 463 Squadron RAAF

  • No 467 Squadron RAAF

  • RAF Station - Bardney

    • No 9 Squadron

  • RAF Station - Skellingthorpe

    • No 50 Squadron

    • No 61 Squadron

No 54 Base - Coningsby

  • Station HQ

  • No 97 Squadron

  • No 83 Squadron

  • RAF Station - Woodhall Spa

    • No 617 Squadron

    • No 627 Squadron

  • RAF Station - Metheringham

    • No 106 Squadron

  • RAF Station - East Kirkby

    • No 57 Squadron

    • No 630 Squadron

    • Satellite - Spilsby

      • No 207 Squadron

    • Satellite - Strubby

  • RAF Station - Syerston

    • No 5 Lancaster Finishing School

 

Rank Name Date Notes
AVM Hon Ralph A Cochrane 28 Feb 1943 Air Officer Commanding, CB, CBE, AFC; later ACM
Air Staff
A/Cdre Harold V Satterley  7 May 1942 DFC; later AVM
Wg Cdr K H P Beauchamp 21 Dec 1943 DSO, DFC
Wg Cdr G W Gilpin  9 Aug 1943 DFC
Wg Cdr E K Sinclair 11 Sep 1943 DFC
Wg Cdr P M B Pitt 19 Dec 1942 MBE
Sqn Ldr David A Green 17 Jun 1943 DSO, DFC; later A/Cdre
Sqn Ldr G Hipkin 11 Sep 1943 DFC
Sqn Ldr J A G Skinner 23 Sep 1943 DFC
Sqn Ldr S H Mansbridge 25 Oct 1943 DFC
Sqn Ldr R Aytoun 28 Feb 1944 DFC
Sqn Ldr B A Gottwaltz 20 Feb 1944 DFM
Sqn Ldr W F Wilson 17 Mar 1944  
Sqn Ldr R G Churcher  1 Apr 1944 DFC
Sqn Ldr J H Lewis 22 Apr 1944  
Personnel Staff
Gp Capt D D Christie  7 Feb 1944 Senior Officer i/c Administrative, AFC
Wg Cdr G E Ford 29 Feb 1944  
Sqn Ldr H C Radcliffe  1 Nov 1943  
Sqn Ldr M M Berman 27 Jan 1944  
Staffs of the Services
Navigation
Sqn Ldr J Vivian  6 Feb 1944 DSO, DFC
Engineer
Wg Cdr P Brown 27 Oct 1941  
Sqn Ldr P Condon-Finucane 15 Jul 1943  
Signals
Wg Cdr W E Dunn 25 Mar 1943 Chief Signals Officer
Sqn Ldr L D Adams  1 Jun 1943  
Armament
Sqn Ldr T C Weir 12 Mar 1944  
Equipment
Wg Cdr H A May 12 Apr 1940 Senior Equipment Staff Officer, MBE
Photography
Sqn Ldr L Mant 18 Dec 1943  
Medical
Wg Cdr P A Wilkinson  7 Dec 1943 Senior Medical Officer, MRCS, LRCP
Educational
Mr M Unwin  8 Apr 1944  
Meteorological
Mr R H Mathews   Senior Meteorological Officer, OBE, BA
WAAF Staff Officers
Sqn Off J M Entwisle  1 Aug 1943 WAAF
RAF Regiment
Lt Col F Russell 14 Dec 1943
Sqn Ldr P T Bowcock 30 Nov 1943
Miscellaneous Appointments
Sqn Ldr T C L Branson 10 Jan 1944  

Source - June 1944 Confidential Air Force List

June 1945

Location Command  
Morton Hall, Swinderby Bomber Command

No 53 Base -  Waddington

  • Station HQ

  • No 463 Squadron RAAF

  • No 467 Squadron RAAF

  • RAF Station - Bardney

    • No 9 Squadron

    • No 189 Squadron

  • RAF Station - Skellingthorpe

    • No 50 Squadron

    • No 61 Squadron

No 54 Base - Coningsby

  • Station HQ

  • No 97 Squadron

  • No 83 Squadron

  • RAF Station - Woodhall Spa

    • No 617 Squadron

    • No 627 Squadron

  • RAF Station - Metheringham

    • No 106 Squadron

    • No 1690 Flight

No 55 Base -  East Kirkby

  • Station HQ

  • No 57 Squadron

  • No 630 Squadron

  • RAF Station - Spilsby

    • No 44 Squadron

    • No 207 Squadron

  • RAF Station - Strubby

    • No 227 Squadron

    • No 619 Squadron

  • RAF Station - Syerston

    • No 49 Squadron

    • Bomber Command Film Flight Unit

  • RAF Station - North Witham

  • No 5 Group Communication Flight - Swinderby

 

Rank Name Date Notes
AVM Hugh A Constantine 16 Jan 1945 Air Officer Commanding, CBE, DSO; later ACM
Air Staff
A/Cdre Samuel C Elworthy 22 Aug 1944 Senior Air Staff Officer, DSO, DFC, AFC; later MRAF
Wg Cdr K H P Beauchamp 21 Dec 1943 DSO, DFC
Wg Cdr G W Gilpin  9 Aug 1943 DFC
Wg Cdr E K Sinclair 11 Sep 1943 DFC
Wg Cdr P M B Pitt 19 Dec 1942 MBE
Wg Cdr R T Frogley 11 Mar 1945 DFC
Sqn Ldr B A Gottwaltz 20 Feb 1944 DFM
Sqn Ldr W F Wilson 17 Mar 1944  
Sqn Ldr J H Lewis 22 Apr 1944  
Sqn Ldr E M Undery 30 Jun 1944 MBE
Sqn Ldr H L Creeth 19 Mar 1945  
Sqn Ldr C J Ginder  6 Aug 1944 DFC
Sqn Ldr J Gilmore 20 Jun 1944 DFM
Sqn Ldr S J Abbott  4 Oct 1944  
Sqn Ldr C B Owen 17 Oct 1944 DSO, DFC
Personnel Staff
Gp Capt D D Christie  7 Feb 1944 Senior Officer i/c Administrative, AFC
Sqn Ldr H H Loveday 15 Feb 1945  
Sqn Ldr A C Bradbury  2 Oct 1944  
Staffs of the Services
Navigation
Sqn Ldr J Vivian  6 Feb 1944 DSO, DFC
Sqn Ldr W T Haxby 18 Jan 1945 DFC
Engineer
Wg Cdr R L Bloodworth 23 Apr 1945  
Sqn Ldr M R A Schofield  1 Jul 1944  
Sqn Ldr P Condon-Finucane 15 Jul 1943  
Signals
Wg Cdr W E Dunn 25 Mar 1943 Chief Signals Officer, OBE
Sqn Ldr D M Farqharson  9 Jun 1944  
Sqn Ldr D S Perrin  1 Nov 1944  
Armament
Wg Cdr A T Jones  7 Feb 1945  
Equipment
Wg Cdr J P M Woolley 26 Sep 1944  
Photography
Sqn Ldr J E Brown 14 Apr 1945 BEM
Medical
Wg Cdr P A Wilkinson  7 Dec 1943 Senior Medical Officer, MRCS, LRCP
Educational
Mr G G Edwards 30 Jun 1943 OBE, RAFVR
Meteorological
Wg Cdr R H Mathews 20 Jan 1944 OBE, BA
Aeronautical Inspection
Mr W C Thomson 10 Mar 1944 Assistant Inspector, AID
WAAF Staff Officers
Sqn Off M I de C Taudevin  5 Jun 1943 WAAF
RAF Regiment
Lt Col F Russell 14 Dec 1943
Sqn Ldr P T Bowcock 30 Nov 1943

Source - June 1945 Confidential Air Force List

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