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No 903 Wing Personnel, units and locations


RAF Wing HQ Comilla was formed on 1 October 1944 by redesignating No 165 (Tactical) Wing in No 224 Group and on 1 December 1944 was itself redesignated No 903 (Tactical) Wing.  On 30 June 1945 it was placed under HQ RAF Malaya, which on 1 October was renamed AHQ Malaya, into which it disbanded on 31 October 1945. 

The ORB currently available does not give details of personnel movements in 1944, so these cannot be shown at present

Unit Composition and Movements 1944

Unit Date Notes
No 67 Sqn  1 Dec 1944 Taken over on formation of the Wing
Road Party, HQ, No 903 Wing  1 Dec 1944 Departed Comilla for Patenga
Rail Party, HQ, No 903 Wing  1 Dec 1944 Departed Comilla for Patenga
No 67 Sqn  1 Dec 1944 Departed Comilla for Double Moorings
No 7067 Servicing Echelon  1 Dec 1944 Departed Comilla for Double Moorings
No 5886 MSU  1 Dec 1944 Departed Comilla for Double Moorings
Advance Party, No 2966 Sqn, RAF Regiment  6 Dec 1944 Arrived at Patenga from Dohazri
Advance Party, No 2967 Sqn, RAF Regiment  6 Dec 1944 Arrived at Patenga from Chiringa
Advance Party, No 2959 Sqn, RAF Regiment  6 Dec 1944 Arrived at Patenga from Cox's Bazaar
Advance Party, HQ No 1327 Wing, RAF Regiment  6 Dec 1944 Arrived at Patenga from Chittagong
HQ, 'A' & 'B' Flts, No 2959 Sqn, RAF Regiment  8 Dec 1944 Arrived at Patenga from Cox's Bazaar
Main Party, No 2966 Sqn, RAF Regiment  8 Dec 1944 Arrived at Patenga from Dohazri
Main Party, No 2967 Sqn, RAF Regiment  8 Dec 1944 Arrived at Patenga from Chiringa
Main Party, HQ No 1327 Wing, RAF Regiment  8 Dec 1944 Arrived at Patenga from Chittagong
Rear Party, No 2959 Sqn, RAF Regiment  8 Dec 1944 Arrived at Patenga from Cox's Bazaar
Rear Party, No 2966 Sqn, RAF Regiment  9 Dec 1944 Arrived at Patenga from Dohazri
Rear Party, No 2967 Sqn, RAF Regiment  9 Dec 1944 Arrived at Patenga from Chiringa
Rear Party, HQ No 1327 Wing, RAF Regiment  9 Dec 1944 Arrived at Patenga from Chittagong
1 Rifle Flt, No 2959 Sqn, RAF Regiment 12 Dec 1944 Arrived at Patenga from Chittagong
No 5827 (P) MSU 16 Dec 1944 Arrived at Patenga from Chittagong
1 x Flight, No 2837 Sqn, RAF Regiment 21 Dec 1944 Arrived at Patenga from Cox's Bazaar
1 x Flight, No 2706 Sqn, RAF Regiment 21 Dec 1944 Arrived at Patenga from Maungnama

Source - No 903 Wing ORB

Personnel Movements 1945

Rank Name

Date

Notes
Wg Cdr R E Drake xx Feb 1945 Relinquished command of the Wing
Gp Capt D C Yorke xx Feb 1945 Assumed command of the Wing
Act Flt Lt J R Rowe xx May 1945 Posted in form HQ No 901 Wing for MT duties
Flt Lt W G Henderson xx May 1945 Catering Officer, posted to HQ BAFSEA
Fg Off L J Pearse xx May 1945 Posted in from HQ No 902 Wing for duty as Anti-Gas and Fire Officer
Flt Lt J W Caswell 26 May 1945 Accountant Officer, posted in from SHQ Cuttack
Wg Cdr R H G Riggall  8 Jun 1945 Wg Cdr - Flying, proceed to CFE in the UK for Fighter Leaders Course
Flt Lt J W Caswell 11 Jun 1945 Assumed duties of Wing Accountant Officer
Flt Lt H R Lloyd 11 Jun 1945 Accountant Officer, posted to HQ No 904 Wing
Fg Off L A Bayley xx Jun 1945 Flying Control Officer, posted to No 4 AFCC (Flt Lt post)
Sqn Ldr J Sutcliffe xx Sep 1945 Senior Medical Officer, posted out
Sqn Ldr D O Bowes xx Sep 1945 Posted in for duty as Senior Medical Officer
Gp Capt C Ryley 18 Aug 1945 Posted in for duty as Officer Commanding and joined Advance Party at Mingaladon

Source - No 903 Wing ORB

Unit Composition and Movements 1945

Unit Date Notes
Advance Party, HQ, No 903 Wing  3 Jan 1945 Departed Patenga for Maungdaw (overnight stop)
No 3205 Servicing Commando  3 Jan 1945 Departed Patenga for Maungdaw (overnight stop)
Advance Party, HQ, No 903 Wing  5 Jan 1945 Departed Maungdaw for Indin beach (overnight stop)
No 3205 Servicing Commando  5 Jan 1945 Departed Maungdaw for Indin beach (overnight stop)
Advance Party, HQ, No 903 Wing  6 Jan 1945 Departed Indin beach by LST and landed at Akyab
No 3205 Servicing Commando  6 Jan 1945 Departed Indin beach by LST and landed at Akyab
No 67 Sqn (aircraft)  8 Jan 1945 Arrived at Akyab
No 292 Sqn det 16 Jan 1945 Arrived at Akyab and attached to the Wing
Main Party, HQ No 903 Wing 20 Jan 1945 Arrived at Akyab
No 8 Sqn IAF 20 Jan 1945 Arrived at Akyab for patrol duties
No 2 Sqn IAF det 21 Jan 1945 Arrived at Akyab and joined the Wing
No 176 Sqn det 21 Jan 1945 Arrived at Akyab for night readiness
No 8 Sqn IAF 23 Jan 1945 Left Akyab
No 9 Sqn IAF  7 Feb 1945 Arrived at Akyab and joined the Wing
No 2 Sqn IAF 18 Feb 1945 Arrived at Akyab and joined the Wing
No 4 Sqn IAF 20 Feb 1945 Arrived at Akyab and joined the Wing
No 4 Sqn IAF  4 Mar 1945 Left the Wing
No 3 Sqn IAF  7 Mar 1945 Arrived at Akyab and joined the Wing
No 27 Sqn det  5 Apr 1945 Arrived at Akyab and joined the Wing as an Jungle Air Rescue Unit
No 3 Sqn IAF 18 Apr 1945 Left the Wing
No 273 Sqn 23 Apr 1945 Joined the Wing
No 30 Sqn 24 Apr 1945 Flew in from Cox's Bazaar to use Akyab all-weather strip
No 135 Sqn 24 Apr 1945 Flew in from Cox's Bazaar to use Akyab all-weather strip
No 273 Sqn 28 Apr 1945 Left the Wing
20th TRS USAAF 30 Apr 1945 Joined the Wing
No 9 Sqn IAF  1 May 1945 Left the Wing
Air Party, No 30 Sqn 17 May 1945 Left the Wing
Air Party, No 135 Sqn 17 May 1945 Left the Wing
No 2 Sqn IAF 24 May 1945 Left the Wing on moving to Quetta
No 292 Sqn det 24 May 1945 Left the Wing on moving to Rangoon
Ground Party, No 30 Sqn 24 Jun 1945 Left the Wing
Ground Party, No 135 Sqn 24 Jun 1945 Left the Wing
HQ, No 903 Wing 30 Jun 1945 Control transferred to HQ RAF Burma
No 2966 Sqn, RAF Regiment xx Jun 1945 Departed Akyab and left the Wing
No 2706 Sqn, RAF Regiment xx Jun 1945 Departed Akyab and left the Wing
Advance Party, HQ, No 903 Wing 18 Aug 1945 Departed Akyab for Mingaladon by air
Advance Party, HQ, No 903 Wing 21 Aug 1945 Embarked at Rangoon for transit to Singapore
Advance Party, HQ, No 903 Wing (Dhubalia) 25 Aug 1945 Rejoined main unit at Mingaladon
Main Party, HQ, No 903 Wing 27 Aug 1945 Completed move from Akyab to Mingaladon
1st Party, HQ, No 903 Wing 29 Aug 1945 Embarked on SS Corfu at Rangoon for transit to Singapore
Rear Party, HQ, No 903 Wing 29 Aug 1945 Embarked on SS Moreton Bay at Rangoon for transit to Singapore
HQ, No 903 Wing  9 Sep 1945 Completed the move from Akyab to Kallang via Rangoon
No 31 Sqn 25 Sep 1945 Joined the Wing
No 31 Sqn 31 Oct 1945 Left the Wing
HQ, No 903 Wing 31 Oct 1945 Disbanded

Source - No 903 Wing ORB

This page was last updated on 28/06/20

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