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No 337 Wing Personnel, units and locations


This was formed at Taranto on 15 November 1943 from No 286 Wing's satellite.  Between 18-22 November it arrived at Oran, where it took over the Oran Fighter Sector as No 337 (Fighter) Wing (later Combined Fighter/General Reconnaissance) in Northwest African Air Forces at La Senia.  It began operations on 10 December with GC.1/5 FFAF at Tafaraoui and GC.3/6 FFAF at La Passet and a detachment of No 32 Squadron, No 500 Squadron and the 417th NFS USAAF.  On 6 Jul 1944 it was transferred to No 210 Group, to Balkan Air Force on 3 September, then to AHQ Greece on 16 October and finally to Mediterranean Allied Coastal Air Force on 1 July 1945, disbanding on 15 June 1946. 

Personnel Movements 1943

Rank Name

Date

Notes
     1 Dec 1943 All Officers and Airmen, No 286 Wing Satellite transferred to HQ No 337 Wing
Wg Cdr K W Gough  6 Dec 1943 Arrived at Oran to assume command of the Wing on discharge from hospital wef 1 Dec 1943

Source - No 337 Wing ORB

Unit Composition and Movements 1943

Unit Date Notes
1st Advance Party, HQ, No 337 Wing 16 Nov 1943 Proceeded to Oran from Grottaglie by air
2nd Advance Party, HQ, No 337 Wing 18 Nov 1943 Proceeded to Oran from Grottaglie by air
1st Advance Party, HQ, No 337 Wing 18 Nov 1943 Arrived at Le Senia
2nd Advance Party, HQ, No 337 Wing 20 Nov 1943 Arrived at Le Senia
Main Party, HQ, No 337 Wing 29 Nov 1943 Disembarked at Bizerta (ex No 286 Wing)
1st Air Party, HQ, No 337 Wing 29 Nov 1943 Arrived at Le Senia (ex No 286 Wing)
2nd Air Party, HQ, No 337 Wing  4 Dec 1943 Arrived at Le Senia (ex No 286 Wing)
Main Party, HQ, No 337 Wing  8 Dec 1943 Arrived from Bizerta (ex No 286 Wing)
HQ, No 337 Wing 10 Dec 1943 Became operational and responsible for the Oran Sector
GC.1/5 FFAF 10 Dec 1943 Assumed operational control on Wing becoming operational, located at Tafaraoui
GC.3/6 FFAF 10 Dec 1943 Assumed operational control on Wing becoming operational, located at La Passet
417th NFS USAAF 10 Dec 1943 Assumed operational control on Wing becoming operational, located at Tafaraoui
No 286 AMES 10 Dec 1943 Assumed operational and administrative control on Wing becoming operational
No 381 AMES 10 Dec 1943 Assumed operational and administrative control on Wing becoming operational
No 8004 AMES 10 Dec 1943 Assumed operational and administrative control on Wing becoming operational
561st Signals A W Battalion detachments: - 10 Dec 1943 Assumed operational control on Wing becoming operational
SCR 270 US 1015 10 Dec 1943 Assumed operational control on Wing becoming operational
SCR 270 US 1014 10 Dec 1943 Assumed operational control on Wing becoming operational
SCR 270 US 1028 10 Dec 1943 Assumed operational control on Wing becoming operational
SCR 588 US 535 10 Dec 1943 Assumed operational control on Wing becoming operational
SCR 588 US 534 10 Dec 1943 Assumed operational control on Wing becoming operational
SCR 588 US 532 10 Dec 1943 Assumed operational control on Wing becoming operational
No 32 Sqn det 12 Dec 1943 Arrived to operate from Tafaraoui

Source - No 337 Wing ORB

Personnel Movements 1944

Rank Name

Date

Notes
Flt Lt G C T Hadrill  1 Jan 1944 Fighter Controller, posted to No 332 Wing
Act Flt Lt W C Ramsay  1 Jan 1944 Posted in from No 338 Wing for duty as Fighter Controller
Flt Lt H Robinson  4 Jan 1944 Arrived on posting from HQ MACAF for duty as AMES Administrative Officer wef 30 Nov 1943
Flt Lt C S Laven  6 Jan 1944 Arrived on posting from HQ No 242 Group for Intelligence duties wef 10 Dec 1943
Flt Lt G N Abercrombie 13 Jan 1944 Intelligence Officer, proceeded to No 242 Group wef 10 Dec 1943
Fg Off G F Clement 15 Jan 1944 Codes and Cypher Officer, detached to CAF La Senia
Fg Off A E Gould 15 Jan 1944 Codes and Cypher Officer, detached to CAF La Senia
Fg Off A Swann 15 Jan 1944 Fighter Controller, detached to Sector Controller School
Flt Lt R G P Heard 17 Jan 1944 Arrived on posting from No 51 RRP for duty as Wing Medical Officer wef 15 Dec 1943
Flt Lt W O Wood 17 Jan 1944 Arrived on posting from HQ MACAF and detached to CAF La Senia for Admin duties
Wg Cdr K W Gough 14 Feb 1944 Admitted to 151st Stationary Hospital
Wg Cdr K W Gough 21 Feb 1944 Discharged from 151st Stationery Hospital
Fg Off G W O'Connor  2 Feb 1944 Attached from HQ No 210 Group for Intelligence duties wef 1 Feb 1944
Fg Off A Swann 22 Feb 1944 Fighter Controller, ceased to be detached to Sector Controller School
Flt Lt L S Elwell 24 Feb 1944 Arrived on posting from No 286 Wing for duty as Maintenance Liaison Officer, wef 12 Feb 1944
Act Flt Lt E M Saunders 24 Feb 1944 Fighter Controller, ceased to be attached from No 286 Wing
Act Sqn Ldr A M Jamieson 24 Feb 1944 Sqn Ldr - Admin, ceased to be attached from No 338 Wing
Act Flt Lt D McLeod 29 Feb 1944 Maintenance Liaison Officer, proceeded to Regional and Flying Control Facilities wef 12 Feb 1944
Fg Off G W O'Connor  1 Mar 1944 Ceased to be attached from HQ No 210 Group for Intelligence duties
Fg Off A Morgan  7 Mar 1944 Equipment Officer, posted to HQ MACAF
Act Sqn Ldr J R Lloyd 12 Mar 1944 Arrived on posting from HQ MACAF for duty as Sqn Ldr - Admin wef 24 Feb 1944
Plt Off A J Hale 20 Mar1944 Filter Officer, posted to No 287 Wing
Flt Lt L S Elwell 22 Mar 1944 Maintenance Liaison Officer, posted to No 1 BPD
Flt Lt A Tustin 24 Mar 1944 Fighter Controller, detached to Sector Controller School
Flt Lt M E Wood 25 Mar 1944 Arrived on posting from AHQ Malta for duty as Maintenance Liaison Officer, wef  20 Mar 1944
Sgt E Labovitch  4 Apr 1944 Appointed to a Commission in the A & SD Branch for Codes and Cypher duties
Plt Off E Labovitch  6 Apr 1944 Codes and Cypher Officer, posted to HQ ACSEA
Flt Lt M C Cowen 10 Apr 1944 Dental Officer, posted in to set up dental facilities within the Wing
Flt Lt H S Bowmaker 11 Apr 1944 Posted in from HQ MACAF for duty as Senior Signals Officer
Gp Capt C H Cahill 17 Apr 1944 Posted in from CAF La Senia (on disbandment) and assumed command of the Wing
Wg Cdr K W Gough 17 Apr 1944 Reposted for duty as Wg Cdr - Flying
Fg Off Riley 18 Apr 1944 Filter Officer, posted to Home Establishment on compassionate grounds
Flt Lt R G P Heard  2 May 1944 Wing Medical Officer, posted to No 23 Sqn
Plt Off J E Hall  2 May 1944 Filter Officer, posted to No 338 Wing
Fg Off D H Brain  6 May 1944 Intelligence Officer, posted to No 332 Wing
Fg Off G W Riches  8 May 1944 Fighter Controller, posted to Rear HQ DAF
Sqn Ldr P H B Burgoyne  8 May 1944 Arrived on posting from No 338 Wing for duty as GR Controller wef 26 May 1944
Wg Cdr K W Gough 12 May 1944 Wg Cdr - Flying, posted to HQ MACAF
Sqn Ldr Hazelfoot 12 May 1944 Senior Fighter Controller, posted to Tunis Sector
Gp Capt M G F Pedley 12 May 1944 Attached from HQ MACAF pending assuming command of the Wing
Sqn Ldr J E Garner 13 May 1944 Posted in from No 287 Wing for duty as Senior Fighter Controller
Flt Lt Walker 15 May 1944 Posted in from RAF Bone for duty as Filter Officer
Flt Lt P L Fowler 15 May 1944 Filter Officer, posted to RAF Bone
Flt Lt Owens 18 May 1944 Filter Officer, posted to HQ No 338 Wing
Plt Off K H Elphinstone 25 May 1944 Posted in from HQ MACAF for Intelligence duties
Gp Capt C H Cahill  1 Jun 1944 Relinquished command of the Wing, pending repatriation to the UK
Gp Capt M G F Pedley  1 Jun 1944 Assumed command of the Wing
Act Wg Cdr E Tennant  1 Jun 1944 Arrived on posting from HQ MACAF for duty as Wg Cdr - Flying, wef 27 May 1944
Fg Off A Swann  3 Jun 1944 Fighter Controller, proceeded to HQ MACAF on posting, wef 17 May 1944
Fg Off W R Johnson  3 Jun 1944 Maintenance Liaison Officer, proceeded to No 332 Wing on attachment, wef 31 May 1944
Act Flt Lt D A Kellond  3 Jun 1944 Arrived on posting from No 287 Wing for Fighter Controller duties, wef 31 May 1944
Fg Off H H Howson  3 Jun 1944 Flying Control Officer, reposted from Flt Lt post to Fg Off post
Flt Lt M C Cowen  6 Jun 1944 Dental Officer, posted to No 163 MU
Gp Capt C H Cahill  9 Jun 1944 Posted to the UK
Plt Off J T T Harrison 13 Jun 1944 Arrived on posting from No 330 Wing for MT duties, wef 9 May 1944
Flt Lt T H F Gifford 16 Jun 1944 Meteorological Officer, proceeded to RAF Rabat Sale for temporary duty (4 weeks)
Fg Off P Radmilovic 16 Jun 1944 Attached from No 218 Group for Catering duties, wef 9 Jun 1944
Fg Off C Rosewall 16 Jun 1944 Catering Officer, attached to No 218 Group
Fg Off E B Mills 18 Jun 1944 Filter Officer, ceased to be attached on posting to No 332 Wing
Fg Off W R Johnson 18 Jun 1944 Maintenance Liaison Officer, ceased to be attached on posting to No 332 Wing
Sgt R L Raleigh 18 Jun 1944 Appointed to a Commission as a Flying Control Officer
Fg Off C Rosewall 19 Jun 1944 Catering Officer, posted to No 218 Group on ceasing to be attached
Act Flt Lt G A McLennan 19 Jun 1944 Arrived on posting from No 287 Wing for Fighter Controller duties, wef 14 Jun 1944
Fg Off E J Heath 20 Jun 1944 Arrived on attachment from HQ MACAF for duty as Radar Supervisory Officer, wef 20 May 1944
Act Flt Lt W C Ramsay 20 Jun 1944 Fighter Controller, posted to No 332 Wing, wef 14 Jun 1944
Fg Off W Sheffield 20 Jun 1944 Filter Officer, arrived on posting from No 335 Wing Satellite, wef 14 Jun 1944
Sqn Ldr W Pollock 21 Jun 1944 Arrived on posting from No 328 Wing for duty as RC Chaplain
Sqn Ldr J P Lewis 22 Jun 1944 RC Chaplain, posted to No 322 Wing, wef 12 Jun 1944
Flt Lt A Tustin 22 Jun 1944 Fighter Controller, posted to No 287 Wing, wef 14 Jun 1944
Gp Capt M G F Pedley 22 Jun 1944 OC, No 337 Wing, appointed Garrison Commander, Oran
Fg Off C O Hook 24 Jun 1944 Signals Officer, posted to HQ MACAF, wef 25 Jun 1944
Fg Off J O Muncaster 28 Jun 1944 Navigator 'B', posted to No 328 Wing, wef 26 Jun 1944
Flt Lt G A MacSween  1 Jul 1944 Arrived on posting from HQ MACAF for duty as Flying Control Officer, wef 3 Jun 1944
Fg Off H H Howson  3 Jul 1944 Flying Control Officer, posted to No 244 Wing, wef 18 Jun 1944
Plt Off B Orson-Jones  4 Jul 1944 Arrived on posting in from No 328 Wing for Electrical Engineering duties, wef 29 Jun 1944
Plt Off R L Raleigh  4 Jul 1944 Flying Control Officer, posted to HQ MACAF, wef 28 Jun 1944
Flt Lt M E Wood  6 Jul 1944 Maintenance Liaison Officer, proceeded to No 1 BPD pending posting to the UK
Flt Lt H Robinson 11 Jul 1944 Radar Administrative Officer, attached to No 3 RSS (28 days), wef 8 Jul 1944
Act Flt Lt R W White 14 Jul 1944 Armament Officer, posted to Rear HQ DAF, wef 30 Jul 1944
Fg Off J T Shelborne 15 Jul 1944 Arrived on attachment from HQ MACAF for Catering duties, wef 3 Jun 1944
Fg Off P Radmilovic 18 Jul 1944 Catering Officer, ceased to be attached from No 218 Group on posting to No 155 MU
Wg Cdr E Tennant 19 Jul 1944 Wg Cdr Flying, proceeded to HQ 63rd Fighter Wing
Flt Lt Stewart 22 Jul 1944 Arrived on posting from HQ MACAF for Flying Control duties, wef 14 Jun 1944
Fg Off W R Woodhams 28 Jul 1944 Arrived on attachment from No 6 RASS for Admin duties, wef 14 Jul 1944
Fg Off D A Stewart 29 Jul 1944 Arrived on posting from No 500 Sqn for Signals - Radar duties, wef 5 Jul 1944
Act Flt Lt M F Hatton 31 Jul 1944 Arrived on posting from No 335 Wing for Armament duties, wef 27 Jul 1944
Sqn Ldr C E Porter 10 Aug 1944 Arrived on posting to assume duties of Senior Admin Officer
Act Sqn Ldr J R Lloyd 21 Aug 1944 Senior Admin Officer, proceeded to HQ No 210 Group by air on posting
Gp Capt M G F Pedley 30 Aug 1944 Officer Commanding, attached to HQ Balkan Air Force, wef 29 Aug 1944
Wg Cdr P H Woodruff 19 Sep 1944 Arrived on posting in for duty as Wg Cdr - Flying
Gp Capt M G F Pedley xx Sep 1944 Ceased to be attached to HQ Balkan Air Force and reassumed command of the Wing
Wg Cdr J F Newman xx Nov 1944 Appointed OC of No 337 Wing (Advanced) at Sedes

Source - No 337 Wing ORB

Unit Composition and Movements 1944

Unit Date Notes
GC 1/5 FFAF  7 Jan 1944 Moved from Tafaraoui to Le Senia
No 32 Sqn det  7 Jan 1944 Moved from Le Senia to Marrakesh and left the Wing
417th NFS USAAF  9 Jan 1944 Moved from Tafaraoui to Le Senia
No 256 Sqn  7 Apr 1944 Arrived at La Senia and joined to the Wing
CAF La Senia 17 Apr 1944 Absorbed into No 337 Wing
2S Aeronavale 17 Apr 1944 Taken over on amalgamation of CAF La Senia with No 337 Wing
No 500 Sqn 17 Apr 1944 Taken over on amalgamation of CAF La Senia with No 337 Wing
No 36 Sqn detachment by 23 Apr 1944 Attached
Fighter Ops Room, No 337 Wing, Oran 25 Apr 1944 Work transferred to New Fighter and GR Operations Room at La Senia
417th NFS USAAF 25 Apr 1944 Stood down from operations pending transfer to 63rd Fighter Wing, USAAF
GC 3/6 FFAF 25 Apr 1944 Moved from La Passet to Taher
Rear Party, No 337 Wing 26 Apr 1944 Completed move from Oran to La Senia
417th NFS USAAF 27 Apr 1944 Transfered to 63rd Fighter Wing, USAAF
GC 1/7 FFAF detachment 28 Apr 1944 Arrived at Taher for duty with the Wing
Advance Party, Gibraltar Defence Flight  4 May 1944 Arrived at La Senia pending arrival of remainder of Flight
Air Party, Gibraltar Defence Flight  5 May 1944 Arrived at La Senia to provide high altitude interception in La Senia and Reghaia Sectors
No 17 SAAF  5 May 1944 Arrived to participate in Operation 'Swamp'
No 36 Sqn  5 May 1944 Arrived to participate in Operation 'Swamp'
Main Party, Gibraltar Defence Flight  9 May 1944 Arrived at La Senia
Gibraltar Defence Flight 11 May 1944 Became 'C' Flight of No 256 Sqn
Ground Party, No 27 Sqn SAAF 13 Jun 1944 Arrived at La Senia
Ground Party, No 256 Sqn detachment 28 Jun 1944 Departed by air for Alghero, Sardinia
No 256 Sqn detachment (6 x Mosquitos)  1 Jul 1944 Departed for Alghero, Sardinia
2nd Party, No 27 Sqn SAAF  6 Jul 1944 Arrived at La Senia
No 27 Sqn SAAF 11 Jul 1944 Took over operational commitments of No 500 Sqn
No 500 Sqn 11 Jul 1944 Stood down pending reforming on Baltimores
Aircrew, No 27 Sqn SAAF 14 Jul 1944 Arrived from Cairo West by air
Ground Party, No 22 Sqn SAAF 18 Jul 1944 Arrived at La Senia to service No 22 Sqn SAAF aircraft from Gibraltar
No 17 Sqn SAAF 28 Jul 1944 to No 340 Wing
No 286 Sqn 13 Aug 1944 Moved to Alghero and left the Wing
Ground Party, No 27 Sqn SAAF 16 Aug 1944 Conveyed to RAF Hal Far by air for a month's detachment
Ground Personnel, No 500 Sqn 19 Aug 1944 Departed La Senia for Maison Carre, Algiers by rail
MT, No 500 Sqn 21 Aug 1944 Departed La Senia for Algiers by road
'C' Flight (ex 256 Sqn) 27 Aug 1944 Moved to Reghaia to join No 153 Sqn
HQ, No 337 Wing  1 Sep 1944 Moved from La Senia and embarked on SS Orontes and set sail for Naples
 HQ, No 337 Wing  4 Sep 1944 Arrived in Naples and disembarked to No 3 BPD Portici
HQ, No 337 Wing  7 Sep 1944 Moved to No 53 PTC, San Spirito
Advance Party, No 337 Wing 20 Sep 1944 Proceeded to No 186 Transit Camp, Taranto
Main Party, No 337 Wing 29 Sep 1944 Proceeded to No 186 Transit Camp, Taranto
Advance Party, No 337 Wing 11 Oct 1944 Embarked at Taranto for Piraeus
Advance Signals Party, No 337 Wing 14 Oct 1944 Embarked on HMS Ajax at Taranto for Piraeus
Advance Party, No 337 Wing 15 Oct 1944 Disembarked at Piraeus and moved to Kalamaki/Hassani airfield
Advance Signals Party, No 337 Wing 16 Oct 1944 Disembarked at Piraeus and moved to Kalamaki/Hassani airfield
Main Party, No 337 Wing 18 Oct 1944 Embarked at Taranto
No 919 AMES 18 Oct 1944 Arrived at Kalamaki/Hassani airfield to join the Wing
No 6072 AMES 18 Oct 1944 Arrived at Kalamaki/Hassani airfield to join the Wing
No 8038 AMES 18 Oct 1944 Arrived at Kalamaki/Hassani airfield to join the Wing
No 5 FFCU 18 Oct 1944 Arrived at Kalamaki/Hassani airfield to join the Wing
No 32 Sqn 18 Oct 1944 Arrived at Kalamaki/Hassani airfield to join the Wing
No 94 Sqn 19 Oct 1944 Arrived at Kalamaki/Hassani airfield to join the Wing
Advance Party, No 108 Sqn 19 Oct 1944 Arrived at Kalamaki/Hassani airfield to join the Wing
Main Party, No 337 Wing 23 Oct 1944 Disembarked at Piraeus and moved to Kalamaki/Hassani airfield
No 221 Sqn 23 Oct 1944 Arrived at Kalamaki/Hassani airfield to join the Wing
No 283 Sqn det 24 Oct 1944 Arrived at Kalamaki/Hassani airfield to join the Wing
No 5 FFCU 30 Oct 1944 Closed down
Ground Staff, Greek Sqns  8 Nov 1944 Arrived from Alexandria
No 372 RSU  9 Nov 1944 Arrived from Alexandria
No 373 ASP  9 Nov 1944 Arrived from Alexandria
No 32 Sqn 13 Nov 1944 Moved from Kalamaki/Hassani airfield to Sedes
Ground Personnel No 32 Sqn 14 Nov 1944 Embarked for Sedes via Salonika
Ground Personnel No 5 FFCU 14 Nov 1944 Embarked for Sedes via Salonika
No 13 Sqn RHAF 14 Nov 1944 Arrived at Kalamaki/Hassani airfield from Italy to join the Wing
No 335 Sqn 14 Nov 1944 Arrived at Kalamaki/Hassani airfield from Italy to join the Wing
No 336 Sqn 14 Nov 1944 Arrived at Kalamaki/Hassani airfield from Italy to join the Wing
No 38 Sqn 19 Nov 1944 Arrived at Kalamaki/Hassani airfield to join the Wing
No 8038 AMES 26 Nov 1944 Returned to Hassani en-route to Italy
No 38 Sqn 28 Nov 1944 Departed to the docks to embark for Taranto
Nos 294 Sqn det by 28 Nov 1944 Attached
No 73 Sqn det 8 Dec 1944 Attached
No 40 Sqn SAAF 10 Dec 1944 Attached
No 39 Sqn det 16 Dec 1944 Attached
No 680 Sqn det 25 Dec 1944 Attached
No 40 Sqn SAAF 14 Jan 1945 left
No 39 Sqn det 18 Jan 1945 left
No 73 Sqn det 21 Jan 1945 left
HQ, No 337 Wing Feb 1945 Adv HQ to Sedes
No 32 Sqn 25 Feb 1945 left
No 108 Sqn 2 Mar 1945 left
No 221 Sqn 8 Apr 1945 left
HQ, No 337 Wing 8 Apr 1945 detachment to Rosignano
No 94 Sqn 20 Apr 1945 disbanded
HQ, No 337 Wing 21 Sep 1945 Sedes

Source - No 337 Wing ORB

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