Air of Authority - A History of RAF Organisation
RAF Timeline 1918 - 1938
|January 1918||3 - Air Ministry and Air Council formed|
|April 1918||1 - Royal Air Force formed. No's 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5 Areas formed|
|May 1918||8 - South-Eastern,
South-Western, Midland, North-Eastern & North-Western Areas formed.
13 - Independent Force formed
|June 1918||DFC, AFC, DFM and AFM introduced.
RAF Nursing Service formed. RAF operations in North Russia
|October 1918||3 - RAF carried out first aerial supply drop to French and Belgium troops|
|November 1918||11 - Armistice declared. No 29 (Operations) Group formed with Command status|
|January 1919||11 - Trenchard re-appointed as CAS|
|June 1919||Northern & Southern Areas formed|
|July 1919||Vickers Vimy entered service|
|August 1919||4 - RAF ranks introduced|
|September 1919||15 - Coastal Area formed|
|October 1919||23 - Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund formed|
|January 1920||RAF Halton
'Z' Force begin operations in Somaililand againt the 'Mad Mullah'
|February 1920||RAF Cranwell
5 - RAF College opened.
'Z' Force complete operations.
|April 1920||Inland Area formed|
|July 1920||3 - First RAF Pageant held at RAF Hendon|
|October 1921||British Forces in Iraq placed under RAF control|
|February 1922||RAF Ireland formed, 9 RAF Reserve formed|
|April 1922||4 - Royal Air Force Staff College opened|
|September 1922||Chanak Crisis begins|
|February 1923||RAF Reserve of Officers formed|
|May 1923||Air Minister appointed to a seat on the Cabinet.
Armstrong Whitworth Siskin III entered service
|June 1923||RAF Nursing Service renamed Princess Mary's RAF Nursing Service|
|August 1923||Chanak Crisis ends|
|January 1924||Short Service Commissions introduced, Air Ministry start to recruit 400 officers|
|March 1924||24 - A & AEE formed from Aeroplane Experimental Establishment|
|April 1924||1 - Marine Aircraft Experimental Establishment formed.
1 - Fleet Air Arm of the RAF Formed
|May 1924||HQ Superintendent RAF Reserve formed.|
|October 1924||9 - Auxiliary Air Force formed
Gloster Grebe entered service.
|December 1924||Vickers Virginia entered service|
|January 1925||1 - Air Defence of Great Britain formed|
|February 1925||'Pink's War' begins|
|Mar 1925||'Pink's War' ends.|
|May 1925|| HQ Special Reserve and Auxiliary
Air Force formed.
Hawker Woodcock entered service
|September 1925||12 - First Auxiliary Air Force Squadron formed (No 602).
Supermarine Southampton entered service.
|October 1925|| 1 - First University Air Squadron formed
22 - No 1 Apprentices Wing formed (Halton).
27 - Cairo to Kano flight begun, led by Sqn Ldr A Coningham.
29 - Observer Corps formed.
|March 1926||Cairo-Cape Town flight begun led by Wg Cdr C W H Pulford|
|April 1926||Handley Page Hyderabad entered service|
|May 1926||Gloster Gamecock entered service|
|August 1926||Fairey Fox and Vickers Victoria entered service|
|January 1927||1 - Imperial Defence College formed.
1 - Trenchard became first MRAF
|March 1927||Armstrong Whitworth Siskin IIIA entered service|
|April 1927||HQ RAF China formed|
|May 1927||20-22 - Distance record set of 3,420 miles by Flt Lt L E M Gillman and Flt C R Carr.|
|September 1927||26 - Flt Lt S N Webster won Schneider Trophy in Venice|
|October 1927||Far East Flight left UK for Singapore under command of Gp
Capt H M Cave-Brown-Cave.
Armstrong Whitworth Atlas entered service
|January 1928||Fairey IIIF entered service|
|February 1928||Aden Command formed|
|April 1928||Boulton & Paul Sidestrand entered service.
RAF High Speed Flight formed by Flt Lt D D'A Greig.
|October 1928||Westland Wapiti entered service|
|December 1928||23 - Kabul Legation evacuation begins|
|February 1929||25 - Kabul Legation evacuation ends|
|April 1929||24/25 - Cranwell - Karachi flight by Sqn Ldr A G Jones-Williams and Flt Lt N H Jenkins (4.130 miles non stop in 50hr 48min)|
|May 1929||Bristol Bulldog entered service|
|September 1929||Schneider Trophy won by RAF High Speed Flight.|
|October 1929||Handley Page Hinaidi entered service|
|January 1930||1 - MRAF Sir Hugh Trenchard retires.
1 - Far East Command formed.
Blackburn Iris III entered service.
Hawker Hart entered service
|October 1930||5 - R101 crashes in France on way to India|
|April 1931||Short Rangoon entered service|
|May 1931||Hawker Fury entered service|
|September 1931||13 - High Speed Flight won Schneider Trophy outright|
|December 1931||Hawker Audax entered service|
|October 1932?||Fighting Area & Wessex Bombing Area raised to Command status|
|November 1932||Vickers Vildebeest entered service|
|February 1933||Distance record set by Sqn Ldr O R Gayford and Flt Lt G E Nicholetts of 5,309 miles in 52hr 25min (Cranwell to Walvis Bay)|
|April 1933||Hawker Demon entered service|
|July 1933||Handley Page Heyford entered service|
|October 1933||Western & Central Areas formed with Command status|
|July 1934||Air Raid Precautions begun.
RAF Expansion Programme (Scheme A) instituted.
|December 1934||Cierva C30A entered service (RAF's first rotary-winged aircraft)|
|February 1935||Vickers Vincent and Valentia entered service|
|April 1935||Short Singapore III entered service|
|May 1935||Gloster Gauntlet entered service.
RAF Expansion Programme (Scheme C)
|July 1935||6 - Royal Review of the RAF at Mildenhall and Duxford by King George V|
|October 1935||Italy declares war on Abbyssinia|
|November 1935||18 - 12 RAF squadrons transferred to East Africa|
|December 1935||Hawker Hind entered service|
|February 1936||RAF Expansion Programme (Scheme F)|
|March 1936||Avro Anson entered service (RAF's first operational monoplane).|
|April 1936||Saro London entered service|
|May 1936||Training Command formed.
First official squadron badges authorised.
|July 1936||14 - Bomber,
Fighter & Coastal Commands formed.
30 - RAF Volunteer Reserve formed
|September 1936||28 - Altitude record of 49,944ft set by Sqn Ldr F R D Swain.|
|November 1936||Plans to establish Balloon Barrage announced|
|December 1936||Supermarine Stranraer entered service|
|January 1937||Bristol Blenheim entered service|
|February 1937||Hawker Hector entered service.
RAF Expansion Programme (Scheme H)
|March 1937||Gloster Gladiator entered service (RAF's last biplane
Armstrong Whitworth Whitley entered service.
|April 1937||Handley Page Harrow and Vickers Wellesley entered service|
|May 1937||Fairey Battle entered service|
|June 1937||30 - New altitude record set of 53,937ft by Flt Lt M J Adams,|
|November 1937||.Airspeed Oxford entered service.|
|December 1937||Hawker Hurricane entered service (RAF's first eight-gun
RAF Expansion Programme (Scheme J)
|March 1938||RAF Expansion Programme (Scheme K)|
|April 1938||1 - Maintenance
RAF Expansion Programme (Scheme L)
|May 1938||Short Sunderland entered service|
|June 1938||Supermarine Spitfire and Westland Lysander entered service.
Lockheed Hudsons and North American Harvards ordered from the USA.
|September 1938||24 - Munich Crisis begins, camouflage and code letters introduced.|
|October 1938||Handley Page Hampden entered service|
RAF Expansion Programme (Scheme M)
|December 1938||New distance record of 7,162 miles in 48hrs set by RAF Long Range Development Unit led Sqn Ldr R G Kellett (Ismailia to Darwin)|
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