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RAF Blackpool Personnel, Units and Locations


Personnel Movements: Jul - Dec 1940

Rank Name Date Notes
A/Cdre C B Cooke 15 Jul 1940 Appointed Officer Commanding RAF Blackpool
Gp Capt C E Maitland 15 Jul 1940 Appointed Chief Training Officer
Gp Capt A S Thompson 15 Jul 1940 Posted in from No 9 Recruit Centre for duty as Chief Administrative Officer
Gp Capt A S Thompson 16 Sep 1940 Assumed command of SHQ (Unit)
Wg Cdr F H Bell by 1 Oct 1940 Wg Cdr - Administration
Wg Cdr W G Hayman by 1 Oct 1940 Officer i/c Technical Training

Source - RAF Blackpool ORB

Unit Movements: Jul - Dec 1940

Unit Date Notes
No 10 (Signals) Recruit Centre 11 Jul 1940 Formed at RAF Blackpool - see below for locations
No 3 School of Technical Training 15 Jul 1940 Control assumed by SHQ RAF Blackpool
No 9 Recruit Centre 15 Jul 1940 Control assumed by SHQ RAF Blackpool
Airmens Convalescent Depot 15 Jul 1940 Control assumed by SHQ RAF Blackpool
Polish Wing 26 Aug 1940 Reformed as RAF Polish Depot
SHQ RAF Blackpool 29 Sep 1940 Moved from Deacon's Bank Chambers to Lansdowne Hotel, North Promenade
Training Admin Staff 29 Sep 1940 Moved from Deacon's Bank Chambers to Norfolk Hotel, North Promenade
No 3 School of Technical Training  4 Oct 1940 Decision to move it to Squires Gate (Vickers Armstong Factory)
MT Training Section  7 Dec 1940 Transferred to No 8 SoTT, Weeton

Source - RAF Blackpool ORB

Unit Locations: Jul - Dec 1940

Address/Location Date Unit/Section
Clark & Heaps Restaurant  1 Jul 1940 Requisitioned for Pay and Stores Accounts
60 Tyldesley Road  4 Jul 1940 Requisitioned for Polish Depot
Deauville Hotel, North Promenade 10 Jul 1940 Requisitioned for HQ, No 10 (Signals) Recruit Centre
50 Dickson Road 10 Jul 1940 Requisitioned for HQ, No 1 Wing, No 10 (Signals) Recruit Centre
First Floor, Nutbrown's Cafe 10 Jul 1940 Requisitioned for HQ, No 2 Wing, No 10 (Signals) Recruit Centre
Silver Grill, 45 Talbot Road 10 Jul 1940 Requisitioned for 'Buzzer Instruction', No 10 (Signals) Recruit Centre
Tootall's Bazaar, Promenade 10 Jul 1940 Requisitioned for 'Buzzer Instruction', No 10 (Signals) Recruit Centre
Alexandra Cafe, Victoria Street 10 Jul 1940 Requisitioned for 'Buzzer Instruction', No 10 (Signals) Recruit Centre
Nutbrown Arcade 10 Jul 1940 Requisitioned for 'Buzzer Instruction', No 10 (Signals) Recruit Centre
Broom's Cafe (Room attached) 10 Jul 1940 Requisitioned for 'Buzzer Instruction', No 10 (Signals) Recruit Centre
Palm Court Cafe 10 Jul 1940 Requisitioned for 'Buzzer Instruction', No 10 (Signals) Recruit Centre
Burton's Ballroom 10 Jul 1940 Requisitioned for 'Buzzer Instruction', No 10 (Signals) Recruit Centre
Corporation Paint Shop, Rigby Street 10 Jul 1940 Requisitioned for 'Buzzer Instruction', No 10 (Signals) Recruit Centre
Olympia, Winter Gardens 10 Jul 1940 Requisitioned for use as Morse Instructional Centre, No 10 (Signals) Recruit Centre
Blackpool Football Club 16 Jul 1940 Requisitioned for use as Parade Ground, No 4 Wing, No 9 Recruit Centre
41 Church Street 20 Jul 1940 Requisitioned for use as Police HQ
Rossall Rifle Range 20 Jul 1940 Requisitioned for use by RAF Blackpool
St Peter's Church Hall, Lytham Road 22 Jul 1940 Requisitioned for use as No 5 (Polish) M I Room
46 & 83 Warbreck Hill Road 24 Jul 1940 Requisitioned for use as HQ, No 1 Wing, No 10 (Signals) Recruit Centre
162 North Promanade 27 Jul 1940 Requisitioned for use as the Armoury, No 10 (Signals) Recruit Centre
Claremont Congregational Hall, Warley Road 27 Jul 1940 Requisitioned for use as M I Room, No 10 (Signals) Recruit Centre
Royal Oak Buildings, Waterloo Road  5 Aug 1940 Requisitioned for use as No 3 (Polish) Workshops and Lecture Hall
53a/b/c Albert Road 12 Aug 1940 Requisitioned for use as Dental Centre
Brighton Hydro 12 Aug 1940 Occupied on 24 hours notice for use as HQ No 9 Recruit Centre
18 Cookson Street & 2b/c George Street 15 Aug 1940 Requisitioned for use as HQ, No 5 Wing, No 10 (Signals) Recruit Centre
Alexandra Congregational Church Hall 18 Aug 1940 Requisitioned for use as M I Room, No 9 Recruit Centre
St John's Market, King Street 18 Aug 1940 Requisitioned for use as Clothing Store
Britannia Court Flats, Shaw Road 18 Aug 1940 Requisitioned for use as HQ No 9 Recruit Centre
Open Air Car Park, Rigby Road 18 Aug 1940 Requisitioned for use as Parade Ground, No 9 Recruit Centre
22 Alexandra Road 18 Aug 1940 Requisitioned for use as HQ, Nos 1 and 2 Wings, No 9 Recruit Centre
North Shore Methodist Church Hall 18 Aug 1940 Requisitioned for use as M I Room, No 10 (Signals) Recruit Centre
Christ Church Memorial Institute 30 Aug 1940 Requisitioned for use as Morse Instructional Centre, No 10 (Signals) Recruit Centre
Floral Pavilion, South Pier  2 Sep 1940 Requisitioned for use as a Drill and Lecture Hall for No 9 Recruit Centre
53 Queen Street  2 Sep 1940 Requisitioned for use as Offices, No 4 Wing, No 10 (Signals) Recruit Centre
82 Topping Street  3 Sep 1940 Requisitioned for use as Science Lecture Rooms, No 10 (Signals) Recruit Centre
Blundell Street Conveniences 11 Sep 1940 Requisitioned for use by No 10 (Signals) Recruit Centre
Blackpool Cricket Club 16 Sep 1940 Requisitioned for use as Rifle Range and Lecture Room by No 10 (Signals) Recruit Centre
28 Topping Street (first and ground floors) 16 Sep 1940 Requisitioned for use as Science Lecture Rooms, No 10 (Signals) Recruit Centre
Woolworth's Cafeteria 18 Sep 1940 Requisitioned for use as Morse Instructional Centre, No 10 (Signals) Recruit Centre
Goodwood Hotel 24 Sep 1940 Requisitioned for use as HQ, Polish Depot
Deacon's Bank Chambes 29 Sep 1940 Transferred to Nos 17 and 18 Aviation Candidate Selection Boards
Carlton Hotel 29 Sep 1940 Taken over for use as additional Station Sick Quarters
Parker's Hotel 29 Sep 1940 Taken over for use as HQ Aviation Candidate Selection Boards
Goodwood Hotel 29 Sep 1940 Taken over for use as HQ, Polish Depot
Imperial Garage, Dickson Road  2 Oct 1940 Requisitioned for use by the MT Section
307 Lytham Road  3 Oct 1940 Requisitioned for use as No 5 Medical Inspection Room (Polish)
Corporation Car Park  4 Oct 1940 To be transferred to Ministry of Aircraft Production for FMR (Basic) Training
Marton Tram Depot  4 Oct 1940 To be transferred to Ministry of Aircraft Production for FR Training
Stanley Park Aerodrome  4 Oct 1940 To be transferred to Ministry of Aircraft Production for FM Training
Ribble's Garage  4 Oct 1940 To be transferred to Ministry of Aircraft Production for MT School
Luna Park, fronting Central Beach  8 Oct 1940 Requisitioned for use as Polish Depot Workshops
37 Whitegate Drive  9 Oct 1940 Requisitioned for use as PT and Lecture Room, No 9 Recruit Centre
Methodist Hall, Raikes Parade 10 Oct 1940 Requisitioned for use as Reception Unit, No 3 SoTT
Holy Trinity Methodist Hall 21 Oct 1940 Requisitioned for use as Lecture Room, Club and Canteen, No 9 Recruit Centre
164 Church Street 22 Oct 1940 Requisitioned for use as Science Training, No 10 (Signals) Recruit Centre
Marks & Spencers (eastern half, ground floor) 22 Oct 1940 Requisitioned for use by the Accounts Section
Social Centre Hall, Castlegate 26 Oct 1940 Requisitioned for use for PT, Polish Depot
Flat One, Britannia Court 26 Oct 1940 Requisitioned for use as Unit Store, No 9 Recruit Centre
89 Coronation Street  6 Nov 1940 Requisitioned for use by No 6 (Pool) Wing, No 10 (Signals) Recruit Centre
76 Bolton Street 14 Nov 1940 Requisitioned for use as Intelligence Department, Polish Depot
Garage, rear of Harrowside Hotel 14 Nov 1940 Requisitioned for use as extra accommodation for Airmens Convalescent Depot
88 Central Drive 18 Nov 1940 Requisitioned for use as Squadron Offices, RAF Polish Depot
Revill's Hotel, North Promenade 19 Nov 1940 Requisitioned for use as New Officers' Mess
Corporation Car Park  9 Dec 1940 Handed over to Ministry of Aircraft Production
Marton Tram Depot  9 Dec 1940 Handed over to Ministry of Aircraft Production
35 & 35a Tyldesley Road 11 Dec 1940 Requisitioned for use as Squadron Offices, RAF Polish Depot
60 Tyldesley Road 16 Dec 1940 Formerly Squadron Offices, RAF Polish Depot, reliquished

Source - RAF Blackpool ORB

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