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No 125 Airfield/Wing Personnel, units and locations


It was formed as No 125 Airfield at Gravesend on 24 June 1943 from personnel of Nos 3020 and 3036 Servicing Echelons in No 83 Group.  Initially, its squadrons operated alongside No 122 Airfield but on 11 August 1943 it received its own Wing Commander Flying and began operating on its own from 15 August.  Meanwhile on 1 August 1943 it had bee placed under No 15 Wing but was redesignated No 125 Wing on 12 May 1944 in No 15 Sector (No 15 Wing, renamed), No 83 Group, 2nd TAF. It moved to the Continent on 17 June 1944 to begin a nomadic existence through France, Belgium, Holland and finally into Germany, disbanding at Lubeck on 14 July 1945. 

Personnel Movements 1943

Rank Name

Date

Notes
Sqn Ldr E J Praill 24 Jun 1943 Arrived on posting for duty as Chief Technical Officer
Fg Off W J Watts 24 Jun 1943 Arrived on posting for duty as a Technical Officer
Fg Off K J D Young 24 Jun 1943 Arrived on posting for duty as a Technical Officer
Plt Off C R Curry 24 Jun 1943 Arrived on posting for duty as Adjutant
Plt Off E C Burkett 24 Jun 1943 Arrived on posting for duty as MT Officer
Sqn Ldr C H Hartley 24 Jun 1943 Arrived on posting for duty as Senior Administrative Officer
Flt Lt H L Humm 24 Jun 1943 Arrived on posting for duty as Equipment Officer
Act Flt Lt J H Salmon 25 Jun 1943 Arrived on posting for duty as Flying Control Officer
Sqn Ldr J H Lapsley 26 Jun 1943 Appointed as Officer Commanding and promoted to Act Wg Cdr
Act Flt Lt J A Byrne 26 Jun 1943 Arrived for duty as Catering Officer
Act Wg Cdr J H Lapsley 26 Jun 1943 Assumed command on arrival
Flt Lt T A Weise 28 Jun 1943 Posted in for Intelligence duties
Act Sqn Ldr R C S Grant  1 Jul 1943 Posted in for duty as Senior Medical Officer
Plt Off Taylor  2 Jul 1943 Posted in for Codes and Cypher duties
Fg Off Marler  2 Jul 1943 Posted in for Equipment duties
Fg Off Harrison  3 Jul 1943 Posted in for Signals duties
Capt Griffin  4 Jul 1943 Posted in for duty as Air Liaison Officer
Act Flt Lt J A Byrne  6 Jul 1943 Posted in for duty as Catering Officer
Act Capt J F Snow 12 Jul 1943 Posted in for duty as Air Liaison Officer
Act Flt Lt C R Curry 14 Jul 1943 Airfield Adjutant, posted to HQ Fighter Command
Fg Off Lee 19 Jul 1943 Posted in for duty as Airfield Adjutant
Fg Off A H Ashton 20 Jul 1943 Posted in for duty as Fire and Gas Officer
Fg Off D H Banks 21 Jul 1943 Posted in for Flying Control duties
Plt Off D Osborne 24 Jul 1943 Posted in for Flying Control duties
Act Wg Cdr J H Lapsley 24 Jul 1943 Detached to Rollestone Camp for Senior Officers' Anti-Gas Course
Maj A S Lockwood 29 Jul 1943 Posted in for duty as Commander, RAF Regiment
Sqn Ldr F C McNulty  1 Aug 1943 Posted in as supernumerary for duty as RC Padre
Plt Off R Davies  3 Aug 1943 Posted in for duty as PT Officer
Wg Cdr R D Yule 11 Aug 1943 Posted in for duty as Wg Cdr - Flying

Source - No 125 Wing ORB

Unit Composition and Movements 1943

Unit Date Notes
No 19 Sqn 24 Jun 1943 arrived on formation
No 132 Sqn 24 Jun 1943 arrived on formation
No 125 Airfield  2 Jul 1943 Moved from RAF Gravesend to Newchurch ALG
No 101 Mobile Dental Unit 11 Jul 1943 Attached for temporary duty
No 101 Mobile Dental Unit 12 Jul 1943 Moved from Lympne to No 125 Airfield
No 3 Flight, No 2879 Sqn RAF Regiment 15 Jul 1943 Moved from Newchurch ALG to Kingscliffe
No 1 Flight, No 2880 Sqn RAF Regiment 15 Jul 1943 Moved from Newchurch ALG to Kingscliffe
No 3 Flight, No 2881 Sqn RAF Regiment 15 Jul 1943 Moved from Newchurch ALG to Kingscliffe
No 3209 Servicing Commando Unit 22 Jul 1943 Moved from RAF Zeals to No 125 Airfield
No 2878 Sqn RAF Regiment 24 Jul 1943 Moved from RAF Upavon to No 125 Airfield
No 3205 Servicing Commando Unit  2 Aug 1943 Advance party, arrived at No 125 Airfield
No 3205 Servicing Commando Unit  3 Aug 1943 Main party, arrived at No 125 Airfield to service No 19 Sqn's aircraft
No 175 Sqn  5 Aug 1943 Transferred from No 121 Airfield
No 2878 Sqn RAF Regiment  4 Aug 1943 Possibly moved to RAF Filey
No 2834 Sqn RAF Regiment  4 Aug 1943 Arrived to take over local defence
No 175 Sqn 12 Aug 1943 Returned to No 121 Airfield
No 602 Sqn 13 Aug 1943 Transferred from No 121 Airfield
No 19 Sqn 18 Aug 1943 Transferred to No 122 Airfield
No 3205 Servicing Commando Unit 18 Aug 1943 Probably transferred to No 122 Airfield
No 184 Sqn 18 Aug 1943 Transferred from No 122 Airfield
No 2878 Sqn RAF Regiment 24 Aug 1943 Moved from RAF Filey to No 125 Airfield
No 5056 (C) MSU 27 Aug 1943 Moved from No 125 Airfield to No 129 Airfield
1 Flight, No 3205 Servicing Commando Unit 13 Sep 1943 Arrived at No 125 Airfield from No 128 Airfield
'B' Section, No 3205 Servicing Commando Unit 26 Sep 1943 Moved to No 129 Airfield
'A' Section, No 3206 Servicing Commando Unit 26 Sep 1943 Arrived at No 125 Airfield
'B' Section, No 3206 Servicing Commando Unit 26 Sep 1943 Arrived at No 125 Airfield
Advance Party, No 125 Airfield 10 Oct 1943 Moved from Newchurch ALG to RAF Detling
Main Party, No 125 Airfield 12 Oct 1943 Moved from Newchurch ALG to RAF Detling

Source - No 125 Wing ORB

Personnel Movements 1944

Rank Name

Date

Notes
Act Wg Cdr J H Lapsley 23 Jan 1944 Detached to Largs for Combined Operations Course
Act Wg Cdr J H Lapsley 31 Jan 1944 Ceased to be detached to Largs for Combined Operations Course
Wg Cdr R D Yule 13 Mar 1944 Posted to Group Control Centre
Flt Lt H L Humm xx Apr 1944 Posted to HQ, No 15 Wing as Senior Equipment Officer (Sqn Ldr post)
Sqn Ldr E J Praill xx Apr 1944 Posted to HQ, No 15 Wing as Chief Technical Officer
Flt Lt K Hitchins xx Apr 1944 Appointed Airfield Chief Technical Officer
Flt Lt J H Salmon 24 May 1944 Reposted to Sqn  Ldr post in Flying Control
Flt Lt Moreland 25 May 1944 Posted in from No 123 Wing as Flt Lt - Flying Control
Sqn Ldr R C S Grant  6 Jun 1943 Killed in action
Sqn Ldr D Elphick xx xxx 1944 Posted in as Senior Medical Officer
Sqn Ldr E H E Cross 28 Jun 1944 Posted in as Senior Medical Officer
Sqn Ldr D Elphick 28 Jun 1944 Attached to No 2 Beach Unit
Wg Cdr A C Stewart  7 Jul 1944 Posted out
Sqn Ldr A G Page  7 Jul 1944 Promoted to Act Wg Cdr for duty as Wg Cdr - Flying
Flt Lt B D Clarke 11 Jul 1944 Posted in for duty as Dental Officer
Wg Cdr J H Lapsley 14 Jul 1944 Posted to Home Establishment
Gp Capt J Rankin 14 Jul 1944 Posted in from No 15 Sector (disbanded), as OC
Sqn Ldr E J Praill 16 Jul 1944 Attached for duty as Chief Technical Officer
Sqn Ldr K Hitchins 16 Jul 1944 Detached to Rear HQ No 83 Group, pending posting
Flt Lt O Lee  2 Oct 1944 Killed in action
Wg Cdr A G Page  6 Oct 1944 Completed his tour and posted to Home Establishment
Wg Cdr J Wray  6 Oct 1944 Posted in for duty as Wg Cdr - Flying
Wg Cdr G C Keefer 13 Nov 1944 Posted in for duty as Wg Cdr - Flying

Source - No 125 Wing ORB

Unit Composition and Movements 1944

Unit Date Notes
No 132 Sqn 17 Jan 1944 to RAF Castletown
No 602 Sqn 17 Jan 1944 to RAF Skaebrae
No 453 Sqn 19 Jan 1944 arrived
No 118 Sqn 20 Jan 1944 arrived
No 453 Sqn 21 Jan 1944 Detached to RAF Hutton Cranswick for Gunnery course
No 118 Sqn 23 Jan 1944 Detached to RAF Peterhead (Combined Operations Course?)
No 453 Sqn  4 Feb 1944 Returned from RAF Hutton Cranswick on completion of Gunnery course
No 118 Sqn  5 Feb 1944 Ceased to be detached to RAF Peterhead (Combined Operations Course?)
No 184 Sqn  5 Mar 1944 Moved to RAF Redhill to convert to Typhoons
No 118 Sqn  9 Mar 1944 Moved to RAF Skaebrae
No 132 Sqn 11 Mar 1944 Returned from RAF Castletown
No 602 Sqn 11 Mar 1944 Returned from RAF Skaebrae
No 132 Sqn 12 Mar 1944 Detached to RAF Fairwood Common for Bombing and Gunnery course
No 453 Sqn 12 Mar 1944 Detached to RAF Peterhead for Bombing and Gunnery course
No 602 Sqn 13 Mar 1944 Detached to RAF Llanbedr for Bombing and Gunnery course
No 453 Sqn 19 Mar 1944 Ceased to be detached to RAF Peterhead for Bombing and Gunnery course
No 132 Sqn 19 Mar 1944 Ceased to be detached to RAF Fairwood Common for Bombing and Gunnery course
No 602 Sqn 20 Mar 1944 Ceased to be detached to RAF Llanbedr for Bombing and Gunnery course
'A' Party, No 125 Airfield 15 Apr 1944 Moved to RAF Ford
'B' Party, No 125 Airfield 18 Apr 1944 Moved to RAF Ford
Ground elements, No 125 Airfield 30 Apr 1944 Practice move to the Concentration Area (Old Sarum)
Ground elements, No 125 Airfield  3 May 1944 Returned to RAF Ford
No 125 Airfield 12 May 1944 Redesignated No 125 Wing
'A' & 'B' Sections, No 125 Wing 12 Jun 1944 Moved to the Concentration Area at Old Sarum
No 505 (C) MSU 12 Jun 1944 Moved to the Concentration Area at Old Sarum
'A' Section, No 125 Wing 15 Jun 1944 Moved to the Marshalling Area
'B' Section, No 125 Wing 17 Jun 1944 Moved to the Marshalling Area
'A' Section, No 125 Wing 20 Jun 1944 Began loading (at Gosport?)
'A' Section, No 125 Wing 22 Jun 1944 Sailed for the continent
'B' Section, No 125 Wing 22 Jun 1944 Moved to Gosport to begin embarking
'A' Section, No 125 Wing 23 Jun 1944 Arrived off Normandy, disembarked and misdirected to B.9
'B' Section, No 125 Wing 23 Jun 1944 Arrived off Normandy
'B' Section, No 125 Wing 24 Jun 1944 Disembarked and proceeded to B.11
'A' Section, No 125 Wing 24 Jun 1944 Moved to B.11
Airlift Party and Sqns 25 Jun 1944 Moved from RAF Ford to Airfield B.11
No 441 (RCAF) Sqn 14 Jul 1944 Transferred from No 144 Wing
No 125 Wing 2 Sep 1944 Moved from B.11 to B.2 Beauvais/Nivillers
'A' Party, No 125 Wing 14 Sep 1944 Moved from B.2 Beauvais/Nivillers to B.70 Antwerp/Deurne
'B' Party, No 125 Wing 17 Sep 1944 Moved from B.2 Beauvais/Nivillers to B.70 Antwerp/Deurne
No 125 Wing 27 Sep 1944 Moved from B.70 Antwerp/Deurne to B.82 Grave
No 132 Sqn 28 Sep 1944 Transferred to ADGB
No 441 Sqn 28 Sep 1944 Transferred to ADGB
No 453 Sqn 28 Sep 1944 Transferred to ADGB
No 602 Sqn 28 Sep 1944 Transferred to ADGB
No 80 Sqn 28 Sep 1944 Transferred from No 126 Wing
No 130 Sqn 28 Sep 1944 Transferred from No 126 Wing
No 274 Sqn 28 Sep 1944 Transferred from No 126 Wing
No 402 Sqn 28 Sep 1944 Transferred from No 126 Wing
No 80 Sqn  1 Oct 1944 Transferred to No 123 Wing
No 274 Sqn  7 Oct 1944 Transferred to No 122 Wing
No 125 Wing 3 Nov 1944 Moved from B.82 Grave to B.64 Diest
No 41 Sqn 8 Nov 1944 Transferred from UK
No 350 Sqn 8 Nov 1944 Transferred from UK
No 610 Sqn 8 Nov 1944 Transferred from UK
No 402 Sqn 27 Dec 1944 Transferred to No 126 Wing
No 610 Sqn 31 Dec 1944 Transferred from No 127 Wing
No 610 Sqn 31 Dec 1944 Transferred from No 127 Wing
No 125 Wing 31 Dec 1944 Moved from B.64 Diest to Y.32 Ophoven

Source - No 125 Wing ORB

Personnel Movements 1945

Rank Name

Date

Notes
Flt Lt Cripps 13 Jan 1945 Senior Intelligence Officer, posted out
Flt Lt Harrison 13 Jan 1945 Signals Officer, posted out
Flt Lt Anderton 13 Jan 1945 Electrical Section, posted out
Fg Off D Osborne 13 Jan 1945 Flying Control, posted out
Flt Lt S E Jeffreys 30 Jan 1945 Posted in for duty as Senior Intelligence Officer
Gp Capt J Rankin 28 Mar 1945 Posted to Home Establishment
Wg Cdr J E Johnson 28 Mar 1945 Posted in from No 127 Wing, promoted Act Gp Capt and assumed command

Source - No 125 Wing ORB

Unit Composition and Movements 1945

Unit Date Notes
No 41 Sqn 25 Jan 1945 Transferred to No 127 Wing
No 125 Wing 27 Jan 1945 Moved from Y.32 Ophoven to B.78 Eindhoven
No 130 Sqn  1 Feb 1945 Detached to No 17 APC, Warmwell
No 130 Sqn  1 Feb 1945 Returned from No 17 APC, Warmwell
No 610 Sqn 21 Feb 1945 Detached to No 17 APC, Warmwell
No 41 Sqn 21 Mar 1945 returned to No 127 Wing
No 125 Wing 8 Apr 1945 Moved from B.78 Eindhoven to B.106 Twente-Enschede
No 125 Wing 16 Apr 1945 Moved from B.106 Twente-Enschede to B.118 Celle
No 137 Sqn 7 May 1945 Transferred from No 124 Wing
No 414 Sqn  7 May 1945 arrived
No 486 Sqn  7 May 1945 arrived
No 125 Wing 10 May 1945 Moved from B.118 Celle to B.160 Kastrup
No 130 Sqn 10 May 1945 Transferred to UK
No 125 Wing 12 May 1945 Moved from B.118 Celle to B.160 Kastrup
No 125 Wing 21 Jun 1945 Moved from B.160 Kastrup to B.172 Husum
No 137 Sqn 21 Jun 1945 Moved from B.160 Kastrup to B.172 Husum
No 350 Sqn 21 Jun 1945 Moved from B.160 Kastrup to B.172 Husum
No 41 Sqn 21 Jun 1945 Moved from B.160 Kastrup to B.172 Husum
No 486 Sqn 21 Jun 1945 Transferred to No 122 Wing
No 125 Wing 11 Jul 1945 Moved from B.172 Husum to B.158 Lubeck

Source - No 125 Wing ORB

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