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No 169 Wing Personnel, units and locations


This was formed at Agartala on 3 October 1942 as No 169 (Tactical) Wing on a mobile basis in No 224 Group (later No 221 Group)  initially comprising Nos 5 and 155 Squadrons as well as No 92 ASP and No 130 RSU, returning to No 224 Group on 27 January 1944 and was redesignated RAF Wing HQ Chiringa on 1 October 1944. 

Personnel Movements 1942

Rank Name

Date

Notes
Sqn Ldr W Pitt-Brown 14 Oct 1942 Posted in for duty as Sqn Ldr - Flying (No 5 Sqn ORB)
Sqn Ldr E Renwick 16 Oct 1942 Arrived on posting from Dinjan
Air Party (Key Admin and Ops Staff) 16 Oct 1942 Arrived on posting from Dinjan
Advance Party (5 Officers and 44 ORs) 16 Oct 1942 Arrived on posting from Dinjan
Wg Cdr P E Meagher 18 Oct 1942 Posted in from HQ No 224 Group for duty as Officer Commanding
2nd Party (1 Officer and 143 ORs) 21 Oct 1942 Arrived on posting from Dinjan
Main Party (2 Officers and 118 ORs) 23 Oct 1942 Arrived on posting from Dinjan
Fg Off Smail 24 Oct 1942 Commenced duties as Wing Intelligence Officer
Flt Lt M W Edwards 12 Nov 1942 Posted in for Intelligence duties
Wg Cdr P E Meagher 19 Dec 1942 Proceeded to HQ No 224 Group for temporary duty as SASO
Sqn Ldr W Pitt-Brown 19 Dec 1942 Assumed temporary command of No 169 Wing
Wg Cdr P E Meagher 29 Dec 1942 Returned from HQ No 224 Group on completion of temporary duty as SASO
Sqn Ldr W Pitt-Brown 29 Dec 1942 Relinguished temporary command of No 169 Wing

Source - No 169 Wing ORB

Unit Composition and Movements 1942

Unit Date Notes
Ground element, No 5 Sqn  2 Oct 1942 Arrived at Agartala pending formation of No 169 Wing
Ground element, No 5 Sqn  3 Oct 1942 Taken over on formation
Air element, No 5 Sqn  3 Oct 1942 Taken over on formation but located at Jessore
No 7 Air Liaison Section  7 Oct 1942 Arrived on attachment to the Wing
No 268 LAA Battery RA 19 Oct 1942 Arrived on attachment to the Wing
No 23 HAA Battery RA 21 Oct 1942 Arrived on attachment to the Wing
2 Sections, No 607 Sqn 27 Oct 1942 Arrived from No 166 Wing to provide defensive cover at Agatala
1 Section, No 607 Sqn 28 Oct 1942 Arrived from No 166 Wing to provide defensive cover at Agatala
No 155 Sqn 24 Oct 1942 Allocated to the Wing but still located at Alipore
No 615 Sqn det 30 Oct 1942 Arrived from No 166 Wing to provide defensive cover at Agatala
Air element, No 5 Sqn  4 Nov 1942 Gradually began operating from Agartala
Air element, No 5 Sqn  9 Nov 1942 Now operating from Agartala
No 155 Sqn 24 Nov 1942 Moved to Agartala
No 60 RSU 13 Dec 1942 Arrived on attachment from Kanchrapara
2 Coys, 25th Sikh Regiment 31 Dec 1942 Attached for ground defence duties

Source - No 169 Wing ORB

Personnel Movements 1943

Rank Name

Date

Notes
Sqn Ldr Durham 11 Jan 1943 Assumed duties of Senior Administrative Officer
Sqn Ldr E Renwick 11 Jan 1943 Senior Administrative Officer, posted to RAF Ambala
Wg Cdr P E Meagher 18 Oct 1942 Posted in from HQ No 224 Group for duty as Officer Commanding
Wg Cdr T A F Elsdon 10 Feb 1943 Posted in for duty as Officer Commanding
Gp Capt P E Meagher 10 Feb 1943 Returned from sick leave pending posting to No 151 OTU
Fg Off Smail 19 Feb 1943 Intelligence Officer, attached to No 165 Wing
Fg Off Simpson 19 Feb 1943 Intelligence Officer, taken ill with Malaria
Sqn Ldr W Pitt-Brown 11 Mar 1943 Posted out for repatriation to the UK
Fg Off Smail 16 Mar 1943 Intelligence Officer, ceased to be attached to No 165 Wing
Flt Lt M W Edwards 21 Apr 1943 Wing Intelligence Officer, proceeded to Delhi for Medical board
Plt Off Kerswell 23 May 1943 Detached to RAF Regiment Training School, Secunderabad
Flt Lt Corfe  3 Oct 1943 Arrived on posting for duty as Wing Intelligence Officer
Flt Lt Smail  3 Oct 1943 Wing Intelligence Officer, posted out
Gp Capt C M Champion de Crispigny  8 Oct 1943 Posted in for duty as Officer Commanding
Wg Cdr T A F Elsdon  8 Oct 1943 Posted to No 185 Wing for duty as Officer Commanding

Source - No 169 Wing ORB

Unit Composition and Movements 1943

Unit Date Notes
No 155 Sqn  1 Feb 1943 Detached to Rajyespur and Imphal - under operational control of No 170 Wing, admin control of No 169 Wing
No 27 Sqn 8 Feb 1943 Joined the Wing
No 5 Sqn 28 Mar 1943 Detached to Ramu to operate under No 165 Wing
No 113 Sqn det 20 Apr 1943 Joined the Wing
No 23 HAA Battery RA 23 Apr 1943 Departed on ceasing to be attached to the Wing
No 5 Sqn 21 Apr 1943 Returned from Ramu but continued to use it as a forward base on a daily basis
No 5 Sqn 29 May 1943 Left the Wing
No 17 Sqn 29 May 1943 Arrived from Alipore and joined the Wing
No 113 Sqn det 3 Jun 1943 Left the Wing
No 268 LAA Battery RA 13 Jun 1943 Departed on ceasing to be attached to the Wing
10th (Indian) LAA Battery IA 13 Jun 1943 Arrived on attachment to the Wing
No 155 Sqn  6 Jul 1943 Administrative control assumed by No 169 Wing but operational control remained with No 170 Wing
No 28 Sqn det  7 Jul 1943 Administrative control assumed by No 169 Wing but operational control remained with No 170 Wing
No 17 Sqn 26 Aug 1943 Left the Wing on moving to Ceylon
No 28 Sqn det 1 Sep 1943 Left the Wing
No 155 Sqn 5 Sep 1943 Left the Wing
No 177 Sqn 25 Oct 1943 Joined the Wing
No 60 Sqn 11 Nov 1943 Joined the Wing
No 60 Sqn 18 Dec 1943 Left the Wing

Source - No 169 Wing ORB

Personnel Movements 1944

Rank Name

Date

Notes
Flt Lt Scilley  2 Feb 1944 Posted from No 177 Sqn for duty as Wing Engineer Officer
Fg Off Kay 18 Mar 1944 Arrived on posting from Delhi for Catering duties
Sqn Ldr  G S Woodwark 24 Mar 1944 Ceased to be attached from Feni Fighter Operations on posting to No 231 Group
Plt Off Fielding 27 Mar 1944 Intelligence Officer, posted to No 177 Wing
Flt Lt L Rattenbury 28 Mar 1944 Attached from HQ 3rd TAF for Accountant duties
Fg Off Cumming  4 Apr 1944 Proceeded to No 221 Group on posting
Plt Off E H Gaskell 17 Apr 1944 Posted to No 62 Sqn
Flt Lt G G Maxwell 10 May 1944 Adjutant, posted to No 308 MU
Gp Capt C M Champion de Crispigny  xx xxx 1944 Relinquished command of No 169 Wing
Gp Capt J B Lynch  xx xxx 1944 Posted in for duty as Officer Commanding
Flt Lt F C Turham 14 May 1944 Posted in for duty as Adjutant
Sqn Ldr Jenkins xx xxx 1944 Wing Medical Officer, posted out for repatriation to UK
Flt Lt Latcham 17 Jul 1944 Arrived on posting for duty as Wing Medical Officer
Flt Lt Crocker  5 Aug 1944 Wing Signals Officer, posted to No 5 Base Signals Depot
Gp Capt J B Lynch  xx xxx 1944 Relinquished command of No 169 Wing
Wg Cdr P E Meagher xx xxx 1944 Posted in for duty as Officer Commanding
Flt Lt Jones 19 Aug 1944 Wing Armament Officer, indisposed through illness?
Flt Lt Patteson 19 Aug 1944 Posted in from No 224 Group for duty as Wing Armament Officer
Flt Lt Wrentmore 10 Sep 1944 Posted in for duty as Wing Signals Officer
Sqn Ldr C Buckley 11 Sep 1944 Arrived on posting for duty as Senior Intelligence Officer
Sqn Ldr Harper xx Sep 1944 Padre, posted out for repatriation to UK
Sqn Ldr McCulloch 13 Sep 1944 Arrived on posting for duty as Padre

Source - No 169 Wing ORB

Unit Composition and Movements 1944

Unit Date Notes
No 60 Sqn 20 Jan 1944 Joined the Wing
No 30 Sqn 21 Jan 1944 Joined the Wing
No 211 Sqn  4 Feb 1944 Joined the Wing
Advance Party, No 169 Wing  9 Feb 1944 Departed Agartala for Feni
Main Party, No 169 Wing 10 Feb 1944 Departed Agartala for Feni
HQ, No 169 Wing 17 Feb 1944 Move from Agartala for Feni completed
No 27 Sqn 15 Mar 1944 Left the Wing
No 30 Sqn  9 Apr 1944 Moved to Comilla
No 4 Sqn IAF xx xxx 1944 Joined the Wing
Fighter Ops 17 May 1944 Left No 169 Wing and transferred to No 9 Operations Room
No 30 Sqn 27 May 1944 Left the Wing
No 177 Sqn 28 May 1944 Left the Wing
16th Combat Cargo Sqn USAAF  6 Jun 1944 Joined the Wing
12th Combat Cargo Sqn USAAF  9 Jun 1944 Joined the Wing
12th Combat Cargo Sqn USAAF 28 Jun 1944 Left the Wing
Advance Party, No 4 Sqn IAF 19 Jun 1944 Proceeded to Dohazari
No 4 Sqn IAF  4 Jul 1944 Proceeded to Cox's Bazaar
Advance Party, No 211 Sqn  6 Jul 1944 Departed Feni for Chiringa
Advance Party, No 169 Wing  7 Jul 1944 Departed Feni for Chiringa
Main Party, No 169 Wing  9 Jul 1944 Departed Feni for Chiringa
Main Party, No 211 Sqn 10 Jul 1944 Departed Feni for Chiringa
Air Party, No 211 Sqn 10 Jul 1944 Departed Feni for Chiringa
Main Party, No 169 Wing 12 Jul 1944 Entered transit at Chittagong owning to bridges being down en-route to Chiringa
Advance Party, No 169 Wing 12 Jul 1944 Arrived at Chiringa
Small Party, No 169 Wing 16 Jul 1944 1 Officer and 40 men, Arrived at Dohazari
Small Party, No 169 Wing 18 Jul 1944 1 Officer plus few men and equipment, sailed from Bengal for Cox's Bazaar
Small Party, No 169 Wing 21 Jul 1944 24 men and equipment, sailed from Bengal for Cox's Bazaar
Small Party, No 169 Wing 25 Jul 1944 10 men and equipment, sailed from Bengal for Cox's Bazaar
Main Party, No 169 Wing 28 Jul 1944 Moved from Chittagong to Chiringa by air
Rear Party, No 169 Wing 30 Jul 1944 Moved from Chittagong to Chiringa by air
Advance Party, No 177 Sqn  1 Aug 1944 Arrived at Chiringa and joined the Wing
Main Party, No 177 Sqn 10 Aug 1944 Moved from Chittagong to Chiringa and joined the Wing
No 177 Sqn 30 Sep 1944 Left the Wing
No 211 Sqn 30 Sep 1944 Left the Wing
No 60 Sqn 30 Sep 1944 Left the Wing

The ORB records the 4th and 35th Squadrons USAAF being assigned but so far no such units have been identified, so have been omitted from the above list

Source - No 169 Wing ORB

This page was last updated on 10/06/20

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