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HQ No 72 Group Personnel, locations and units


This was formed at Farnborough Court, Farnborough on 16 September 1942 as No 72 (Army Co-Operation Training) Group within Army Co-operation Command to control the RAF Regiment training units, transferred for No 20 Group, Technical Training Command.

Unit Movements Sep 1942 - Aug 1943

Unit Date Notes
HQ No 72 Group 12 Oct 1942 Began to function at Farnborough Court, South Farnborough
RAF Regiment Depot, Londonthorpe Road, Grantham 12 Oct 1942 Control transferred from HQ No 20 Group to HQ No 72 Group
RAF Regiment Wing, Locking 12 Oct 1942 Control transferred from HQ No 20 Group to HQ No 72 Group (Lodger unit)
No 1 RAF Regiment School, RAF Filey Camp 12 Oct 1942 Control transferred from HQ No 20 Group to HQ No 72 Group
No 2 RAF Regiment School, RAF Whitley Bay 12 Oct 1942 Control transferred from HQ No 20 Group to HQ No 72 Group
No 3 RAF Regiment School, RAF Douglas 12 Oct 1942 Control transferred from HQ No 20 Group to HQ No 72 Group
RAF Artillery School, Eastchurch 12 Oct 1942 Control transferred from HQ No 20 Group to HQ No 72 Group
RAF Regiment Officer Cadet Training Unit, Sidmouth 12 Oct 1942 Control transferred from HQ No 20 Group to HQ No 72 Group
Central School of Aircraft Recognition 12 Oct 1942 TTC unit remained at RAF Douglas as a Lodger unit
Medical Training Depot 12 Oct 1942 TTC unit remained at RAF Sidmouth as a Lodger unit
No 2 RAF Regiment School 25 Jan 1943 Closed down and replaced by SHQ RAF Whitley Bay
SHQ RAF Whitley Bay 25 Jan 1943 Transferred to No 54 Group, FTC
No 1 RAF Regiment School  1 Feb 1943 Closed down
No 3 RAF Regiment School  1 Feb 1943 Closed down at Douglas and reformed at Filey
No 1 AA Practice Camp  7 Feb 1943 Opened at Locking
No 2 AA Practice Camp 16 Feb 1943 Opened at Langham
No 3 AA Practice Camp 16 Mar 1943 Opened at Felixstowe
SHQ RAF Sidmouth  1 Apr 1943 Transferred from No 72 Group to HQ No 54 Group, FTC
RAF Artillery School  1 Apr 1943 Departed from Eastchurch and moved to Filey
SHQ RAF Eastchurch  1 May 1943 Transferred from No 72 Group to HQ No 54 Group, FTC
No 9 AA Practice Camp  1 May 1943 Opened at Leysdown
RAF Artillery School  5 May 1943 Reopened at RAF Filey
HQ Army Co-Operation Command  1 Jun 1943 Disbanded
HQ No 72 Group  1 Jun 1943 Control transferred from HQ Army Co-operation Command to HQ Technical Training Command
Target Towing Flights, AA Practice Camps  1 Jun 1943 Redesignated AA Co-operation Flights and transferred to No 70 Group, Fighter Command
All units 31 Jul 1943 Transferred to No 22 Group
HQ No 72 Group  1 Aug 1943 Amalgamated with No 20 Group to form a new No 22 Group

Source - No 72 Group ORB

Personnel Movements Sep 1942 - Aug 1943

Rank Name Date Notes
Plt Off R Viccars 24 Sep 1942 Posted in for duty as Camp Commandant (A & SD Branch)
Sqn Ldr J G B O'Hagan 25 Sep 1942 Posted in for duty as Senior Equipment Officer (Equipment Branch)
A/Cdre G B Dacre 28 Sep 1942 Posted in for duty as Air Officer Commanding
Sqn Ldr J M Hunter 28 Sep 1942 Posted in for duty as Senior Personnel Staff Officer (A & SD Branch)
Wg Cdr R Wilson  2 Oct 1942 Posted in for duty as Air 1 (A & SD Branch)
Sqn Ldr E S Holford  2 Oct 1942 Posted in for duty as Air 2 (RAF Regiment)
Wg Cdr A R C Cooper  5 Oct 1942 Posted in for duty as SOA (GD Branch)
Wg Cdr J Heffernan  5 Oct 1942 Posted in for duty as Senior Armament Officer (Tech Branch)
Sqn Ldr W L Brewer  6 Oct 1942 Posted in for duty as Sqn Ldr - Organisation (A & SD Branch)
Plt Off L G Mitchell  9 Oct 1942 Posted in for duty as Group MT Officer (A & SD Branch)
Wg Cdr J E Howell 10 Oct 1942 Posted in for duty as Senior Medical Officer (Medical Branch)
Col J P Kellet 14 Oct 1942 Posted in from the Wiltshire Regiment for duty as SASO
Flt Lt R C Moody 19 Oct 1942 Posted in for 'P' Staff duties (A & SD Branch)
Flt Lt D Nicholson 19 Oct 1942 Posted in for duty as Group Physical Training Officer (A & SD Branch)
Flt Off G A Samuel  4 Nov 1942 Posted in for duty as Senior WAAF Staff Officer (WAAF (G))
Plt Off A Mitchell  5 Nov 1942 Posted in for duty as Group Signals Officer (Tech Branch)
Flt Lt J B Mutch 12 Nov 1942 Posted in for duty as Deputy Senior Medical Officer (Medical Branch)
Fg Off F MacFarlane 16 Nov 1942 Posted in for Air Staff duties (A & SD Branch)
A/Cdre G B Dacre  2 Dec 1942 Relinquished command of No 72 Group whilst on leave
A/Cdre T C R Higgins  2 Dec 1942 Assumed temporary command of No 72 Group
A/Cdre G B Dacre  7 Dec 1942 Resumed command of No 72 Group
A/Cdre T C R Higgins  7 Dec 1942 Relinquished command of No 72 Group
SO J Mullin  9 Dec 1942 Posted in for duty as WAAF Admin Officer (WAAF)
Flt Off J Telling 12 Dec 1942 Posted in for duty as Group Codes and Cypher Officer (WAAF)
Plt Off L G Mitchell 22 Dec 1942 Posted out on deletion of the post of Group MT Officer
Maj C N Parkinson  9 Jan 1943 Posted in for Air Staff duties (Queens Regiment)
Wg Cdr J L Jack 11 Feb 1943 Posted in for Air Staff duties (A & SD Branch)
Wg Cdr R Wilson 17 Feb 1943 Posted to HQ Army Co-operation Command for duty as Air 3(C)
Flt Off G A Samuel 10 May 1943 Posted out
Wg Cdr J E Howell  1 Jun 1943 Posted to No 70 Group

Source - No 72 Group ORB

Courses/Organisation changes run by No 72 Group

Date Notes
16 Nov 1942 Air Ministry advised No 72 Group: -
  1. Recruit intakes to RAF Regiment to be reduced from 1,000 to 250 per week
  2. There would be greater expansion with the Regiment for AA Flights
  3. That a Central Weapons Training School would be established for the benefit of the Regiment
30 Nov 1942 Air Ministry decided to close down the OCTU at RAF Sidmouth for training RAF Regiment cadets and was to began training cadets for the A & SD Branch instead.  Course to last 8 weeks with cadets being training in weapons and fieldcraft.
 2 Dec 1942 First intake of 1,000 aircrew cadets began 3 week course at RAF Whitley Bay in Weapons Training and Fieldcraft.  This was brought about due to a bottleneck in training at OTUs.
 7 Dec 1942 Station Personnel (Comabtant) Instructors Course transferred from No 20 Group, TTC to No 72 Group, ACC.

Courses at Arbroath and RAF Skegness were transferred to No 1 RAF Regiment School, RAF Filey and those at RAF Hereford to RAF Eastchurch.

18-31 Jan 1943 Advanced Gunnery Wing transferred from Ronaldsway to No 1 RAF Regiment School, RAF Filey
20 Jan 1943 No 1 Station Personnel (Comabtant) Instructors Course commenced at RAF Filey
27 Jan 1943 Aircrew (Officers) Course comprising 400 officers commenced at RAF Filey
17 Feb 1943 3" Mortar and 2-Pounder Initial Training Course (No 1) commenced at RAF Eastchurch
22 Feb 1943 Following Policy changes announced: -
  1. Reduction in the number of Field Squadrons - certain squadrons to go overseas
  2. Remainder to be converted to AA duties, either at home or overseas.  Extensive AA training of units at RAF Filey to be planned
24 Feb 1943 Weapon Instructor Training Course (No 1) commenced at RAF Filey (98 trainees for six weeks)
 1 Mar 1943 The RAF Regiment OCTU was replaced by the Air Crew Officers' School at RAF Sidmouth and transferred to No 54 Group
 2 Mar 1943 Last six RAF Regiment squadrons completed training at RAF Regiment Depot
 3 Mar 1943 First course at No 1 AA Practice Camp commenced with Nos 4085, 4108 and 4192 AA Flights
24 Mar 1943 No 3 Station Personnel (Comabtant) Instructors Course closed down at RAF Filey prior to being transferred to RAF Regiment Depot
 1 Apr 1943 RAF Regiment Instructors Course (Hispano and Browning) opened at RAF Filey
 1 Apr 1943 A four week course commenced at RAF Regiment Depot for 12 A & SD Officers recommended for transfer to the RAF Regiment
12 Apr 1943 Weapon Instructor Training Course re-opened at RAF Regiment Depot on transfer from Filey
14 Apr 1943 Station Personnel (Comabtant) Instructors Course re-opened at RAF Regiment Depot on transfer from RAF Filey and RAF Eastchurch
21 Apr 1943 Support Flight Course re-opened at RAF Filey on transfer fromRAF Eastchurch
21 Apr 1943 Recruit Centre Instructors' Course opened at the RAF Regiment Depot
26 Apr 1943 RAF Regiment AA Flight Basic Course (Bofor) opened at RAF Filey
26 Apr 1943 RAF Regiment AA Flight Instructors' Course (Bofor) opened at RAF Filey
28 Apr 1943 RAF Regiment AA Squadron Course (Hispano and Browning) opened at RAF Filey (4 Squadrons)
21 May 1943 Four AA Squadron formed from 12 existing AA Flights at the RAF Regiment Depot

Source - No 72 Group ORB

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