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No 165 Wing Personnel, units and locations


This was formed at Dum Dum on 1 October 1942 as No 165 (Tactical) Wing in No 224 Group, initially comprising Nos 27, 79 and 136 Squadrons, also No 3 PRU, No 39 ASP and No 60 RSU.  It was transferred to No 221 Group on 1 December then back to No 224 Group on 3 January 1943 and was redesignated RAF Wing HQ Comilla on 1 October 1944. 

Personnel Movements 1943

Rank Name

Date

Notes
Flt Lt Hope 15 Mar 1943 Moved to Maungdaw as Senior Admin Officer
Sqn Ldr Deighton 15 Mar 1943 Appointed OC, Operations at Ramu
Sqn Ldr Brabner 15 Mar 1943 Appointed OC, Operations at Feni
Flt Lt Lloyd-Davies 23 Mar 1943 Proceeded to No 60 Sqn at Dohazari for duty as Medical Officer
Fg Off Canham 30 Mar 1943 Posted to RAF Regiment School at Secunderabad for duty as an Instructor
Fg Off Simpon  2 May 1943 Wing Intelligence Officer, evacuated to Chittagong (ill?)
Plt Off J E Carter  2 May 1943 Arrived and assumed duty as Wing Intelligence Officer
Plt Off J E Carter  3 Jul 1943 Intelligence Officer, posted to No 67 Sqn
Fg Off R D H Francis 5-7 Jul 1943 Supernumerary, reposted to Wing for Codes and Cypher duties
Plt Off C I Clarke 5-7 Jul 1943 Posted to No 166 Wing
Fg Off D A G Paterson 29 Jul 1943 Posted in from No 261 Sqn for duty as Flt Lt - Intelligence
Fg Off R Douglas 18 Aug 1943 Posted in from No 322 MU for duty as Wing Catering Officer
Plt Off H Matty 23 Aug 1943 Accounts Officer, posted as supernumerary to HQ 224 Group
Plt Off W Mercer 31 Aug 1943 Posted in from No 224 Group for duty as Fg Off - Intelligence
Plt Off K L Cornwall  9 Sep 1943 Posted in from No 166 Wing for duty as Fg Off - MT
Wg Cdr P H M Richey xx xxx 1943 Assumed command of No 165 Wing
LAC D Jordan  4 Nov 1943 Accidentally drowned
Wg Cdr P H M Richey  7 Nov 1943 Relinquished command on proceeded to Calcutta for medical treatment
Sqn Ldr C M Crothers  7 Nov 1943 Assumed command of No 165 Wing
Sqn Ldr C M Crothers 14 Nov 1943 Relinquished command
Wg Cdr T A F Elsdon 14 Nov 1943 Assumed command of No 165 Wing
Maj Tyssen 24 Nov 1943 Attached for duty with Air Liaison Section
Sqn Ldr P H Lee 26 Dec 1943 Posted in for duty as Sqn Ldr - Flying

Source - No 165 Wing ORB

Unit Composition and Movements 1943

Unit Date Notes
No 136 Sqn det  2 May 1942 Joined the Wing
No 165 Wing  3 Jan 1943 Moved to Chittagong
No 79 Sqn 21 Jan 1943 Joined the Wing
No 165 Wing 1 Mar 1943 Moved from Chittagong to Ramu
No 5 Sqn xx Mar 1943 Joined the Wing
No 135 Sqn xx Mar 1943 Joined the Wing
No 261 Sqn det xx Mar 1943 Joined the Wing
No 146 Sqn det 16 Mar 1943 Joined the Wing
No 67 Sqn det  3 May 1943 Joined the Wing
No 146 Sqn det  5 May 1943 Joined the Wing
No 215 Sqn det 10 May 1943 Joined the Wing
No 215 Sqn det 13 May 1943 Left the Wing
No 215 Sqn 25 May 1943 Joined the Wing
No 215 Sqn xx May 1943 Left the Wing
No 5 Sqn xx May 1943 Left the Wing
HQ, No 165 Wing 30 May 1943 Departed Ramu and entrained at Dohazari for Comilla
HQ, No 165 Wing 31 May 1943 Arrived at Comilla
No 146 (whole) 1 Jun 1943 Joined the Wing at Feni
No 79 Sqn 18 Jul 1943 Left the Wing on moving to Ranchi
No 258 Sqn 31 Jul 1943 Joined the Wing
No 67 Sqn 1 Oct 1944 Left the Wing
Road Convoy No 1, No 165 Wing 27 Oct 1943 Departed Comilla to Chittagong (overnight stop)
Road Convoy No 1, No 165 Wing 28 Oct 1943 Departed Chittagong to Ramu
Road Convoy No 2, No 165 Wing 28 Oct 1943 Departed Comilla to Chittagong (overnight stop)
Rail Party, No 165 Wing 28 Oct 1943 Departed Comilla to Chittagong (overnight stop)
Rail Party, No 165 Wing 29 Oct 1943 Departed Chittagong to Dohazari
Road Convoy No 2, No 165 Wing 29 Oct 1943 Departed Chittagong to Dohazari, collecting Rail Party, then on to Ramu
No 258 Sqn  4 Nov 1943 Left the Wing
Advance Party, No 10 Operations Room 10 Nov 1943 Arrived at Ramu and accommodated at Wing HQ
Advance Party, No 607 Sqn 11 Nov 1943 Arrived at Ramu and accommodated at Wing HQ
Advance Party, No 136 Sqn 12 Nov 1943 Arrived at Ramu and accommodated at Wing HQ
Advance Party, No 126 RSU 12 Nov 1943 Arrived at Ramu and accommodated at Wing HQ
Advance Party, No 2942 Sqn, RAF Regiment 12 Nov 1943 Arrived at Ramu and accommodated at Wing HQ
No 22 AASC 14 Nov 1943 Arrived to join the Wing
No 2942 Sqn, RAF Regiment 18 Nov 1943 Located at Cox's Bazaar
No 4443 AA Flight, RAF Regiment 18 Nov 1943 Arrived at Cox's Bazaar
Main Party, No 10 Operations Room 23 Nov 1943 Arrived at Ramu and accommodated at Wing HQ
Air Liaison Section 24 Nov 1943 Arrived on attachment to the Wing
No 10 Operations Room 25 Nov 1943 Moved to its designated location
Advance Party, No 20 Sqn 24 Nov 1943 Arrived at Ramu and accommodated at Wing HQ
No 607 Sqn 30 Nov 1943 Arrived and joined the Wing
No 146 Sqn  1 Dec 1943 Left the Wing on moving to Calcutta
No 136 Sqn  1 Dec 1943 Joined the Wing
Advance Party, No 20 Sqn  7 Dec 1943 Moved from Ramu to 'George'
No 136 Sqn  7 Dec 1943 Left the Wing
Road Party, No 20 Sqn 10 Dec 1943 Arrived at Ramu and accommodated at Wing HQ
Rail Party, No 20 Sqn 11 Dec 1943 Arrived at Ramu and accommodated at Wing HQ
No 261 Sqn det 15 Dec 1943 Joined the Wing
No 4422 AA Flight, RAF Regiment 16 Dec 1943 Moved from Cox's Bazaar to 'Reindeer I'
No 136 Sqn 20 Dec 1943 Arrived from Alipore to join the Wing
No 20 24 Dec 1943 Joined the Wing
Advance Party, No 615 Sqn 29 Dec 1943 Arrived at Ramu and accommodated at Wing HQ

Source - No 165 Wing ORB and RAF Squadrons (Jefford)

Personnel Movements 1944

Rank Name

Date

Notes
Maj Berry 27 Mar 1944 Attached for duty as Wing Air Liaison Officer
Maj Tyssen 30 Mar 1944 Ceased to  be attached on posting to 4 Corps
Wg Cdr T A F Elsdon  2 Apr 1944 Admitted to hospital
Sqn Ldr P H Lee  2 Apr 1944 Assumed command of No 165 Wing
Wg Cdr T A F Elsdon  7 Apr 1944 Discharged from hospital
Sqn Ldr P H Lee  7 Apr 1944 Relinquished command of No 165 Wing
Sqn Ldr P H Lee  2 May 1944 Posted to No 170 Wing for duty as Wg Cdr - Flying
Sqn Ldr I Bayles  3 May 1944 Attached for duty as Sqn Ldr - Flying
Wg Cdr T A F Elsdon 26 May 1944 Assumed command of RAF Comilla
Sqn Ldr I Bayles  1 Jun 1944 Ceased to be attached on returning to HQ No 224 Group as Sqn Ldr - Training
Sqn Ldr C M Crothers  5 Jun 1944 Assumed command of No 165 Wing (Unit)
Sqn Ldr C M Crothers  6 Jul 1944 Proceeded to Delhi by air to attend a course
Wg Cdr R E Drake 10 Jul 1944 Posted in from HQ EAC for duty as Officer Commanding
Wg Cdr T A F Elsdon 12 Jul 1944 Relinquished command of No 165 Wing and RAF Comilla
Wg Cdr R E Drake 12 Jul 1944 Assumed command of No 165 Wing and RAF Comilla
Sqn Ldr C M Crothers 30 Jul 1944 Returned from Delhi on completion of course
Sqn Ldr R W R Day 25 Aug 1944 Posted for duty as Sqn Ldr - Flying
Wg Cdr R E Drake  2 Sep 1944 Admitted to hospital
Sqn Ldr R W R Day  2 Sep 1944 Assumed temporary command of the Wing
Wg Cdr R E Drake 15 Sep 1944 Discharged from hospital and resumed command of the Wing
Sqn Ldr R W R Day 15 Sep 1944 Relinquished temporary command of the Wing

Source - No 165 Wing ORB

Unit Composition and Movements 1944

Unit Date Notes
No 165 Wing 28 Jan 1944 Moved from Ramu to Nazir by road
No 20 Sqn 20 Jan 1944 Left the Wing
No 261 Sqn det 22 Feb 1944 Left the Wing
No 165 Wing 23 Feb 1944 Moved from Nazir to Jaliapalong
No 10 Operations Room 23 Feb 1944 Moved from Ramu to Jaliapalong
No 615 Sqn 24 Feb 1944 Joined the Wing
No 20 Sqn 25 Feb 1944 Joined the Wing
No 136 Sqn  5 Mar 1944 Left the Wing for Tulihal
No 615 Sqn 19 Mar 1944 Detached to Silchar
No 152 Sqn 17 Apr 1944 Joined the Wing from Chittagong
No 607 Sqn 17 Apr 1944 Left the Wing for Wangjing
No 615 Sqn 30 Apr 1944 Left the Wing
No 10 Operations Room  7 May 1944 Left Wing on moving from Jaliapalong to Cox's Bazaar
Advance Party, No 165 Wing 15 May 1944 Moved from Jaliapalong to Comilla (via Chittagong?)
Main Party, No 165 Wing 23 May 1944 Moved from Jaliapalong to Chittagong (overnight stop)
Main Party, No 165 Wing 24 May 1944 Moved from Chittagong to Comilla
No 20 Sqn 25 May 1944 Left the Wing
No 9 Sqn IAF 29 May 1944 Arrived to join the Wing
No 152 Sqn 31 May 1944 Detached to Palel
Rear Party, No 165 Wing  1 Jun 1944 Moved from Jaliapalong to Chittagong (overnight stop)
Rear Party, No 165 Wing  2 Jun 1944 Moved from Chittagong to Comilla
Advance Party, No 67 Sqn  2 Jul 1944 Arrived to join the Wing
Rear Party, No 152 Sqn  3 Jul 1944 Departed on leaving the Wing for the Imphal area
Main Party, No 67 Sqn  5 Jul 1944 Arrived to join the Wing
No 9 Sqn IAF 10 Jul 1944 Detached to Singabil
No 9 Sqn IAF 22 Sep 1944 Transferred to the operational control of No 166 Wing
No 165 Wing  1 Oct 1944 Redesignated RAF Wing HQ Comilla

Source - No 165 Wing ORB and RAF Squadrons (Jefford)

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