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Coastal Command - June 1944


[Command HQ | No 15 Group | No 16 Group | No 17 Group | No 18 Group | No 19 Group | No 106 Group | No 247 Group | RAF Gibraltar | RAF Iceland]

Command HQ - RAF Northwood, Middlesex

Units administered directly by Command HQ

Unit Location/Address Notes
HQ RAF Iceland
HQ RAF Gibraltar
No 152 (General Reconnaissance) Wing
No 153 (General Reconnaissance) Wing
No 154 (General Reconnaissance) Wing
No 155 (General Reconnaissance) Wing
No 156 (General Reconnaissance) Wing
No 157 (General Reconnaissance) Wing

No 15 (Reconnaissance) Group

HQ - Derby House, Exchange Buildings, Liverpool

 
Unit Location/Address Notes
RAF Station Ballykelly    
No 59 Sqn RAF Ballykelly  
No 8059 Servicing Echelon RAF Ballykelly  
No 120 Sqn RAF Ballykelly  
No 8120 Servicing Echelon RAF Ballykelly  
No 8086 Servicing Echelon RAF Ballykelly 86 Sqn in Iceland
RAF Station Castle Archdale    
No 422 Sqn RCAF RAF Castle Archdale  
No 8422 Servicing Echelon RAF Castle Archdale  
No 423 Sqn RCAF RAF Castle Archdale  
No 8423 Servicing Echelon RAF Castle Archdale  
RAF Station Tiree Isle of Tiree, Argyllshire  
No 281 Sqn RAF Tiree  
No 8281 Servicing Echelon RAF Tiree  
No 518 Sqn RAF Tiree  
No 8518Servicing Echelon RAF Tiree  
No 8 Mobile Oxygen Plant Dromore, Northern Ireland  
No 1 Armament Practice Camp RAF Aldergrove  
No 1402 Flt RAF Aldergrove  
No 15 Group Communication Flt RAF Speke  
No 51 ASR Marine Craft Unit Pwllheli, South Wales  
No 53 ASR Marine Craft Unit Fleetwood, Lancashire  
No 54 ASR Marine Craft Unit Douglas, Isle of Man  
Detachment Peel, Isle of Man  
Detachment Ramsey, Isle of Man  
No 55 ASR Marine Craft Unit Kirkcudbright  
No 56 ASR Marine Craft Unit Portaferry  
No 57 ASR Marine Craft Unit Donaghdee  
No 58 ASR Marine Craft Unit Larne  
No 61 ASR Marine Craft Unit Campeltown  
No 63 ASR Marine Craft Unit Menai Straits  
No 64 ASR Marine Craft Unit Drummore  
No 66 ASR Marine Craft Unit Stornoway  
No 67 ASR Marine Craft Unit Port Ellen  

No 16 (Reconnaissance) Group

HQ - Black Lion Fields, Gillingham, Kent

 
Unit Location/Address Notes
RAF Station Bircham Newton Bircham Newton, King's Lynn, Norfolk  
No 279 Sqn RAF Bircham Newton  
No 8279 Servicing Echelon RAF Bircham Newton  
No 415 Sqn RCAF RAF Bircham Newton  
No 8415 Servicing Echelon RAF Bircham Newton  
No 521 Sqn RAF Bircham Newton  
No 8521 Servicing Echelon RAF Bircham Newton  
No 3504 Servicing Unit RAF Bircham Newton  
No 2 Armament Practice Camp RAF Bircham Newton  
No 2743 Sqn RAF Regiment RAF Bircham Newton  
RAF Station Calshot Calshot Spit, Hampshire  
No 8330 Servicing Echelon RAF Calshot 330 Sqn was at Sullom Voe
No 6 Flying Boat Servicing Unit RAF Calshot  
No 32 ASR Marine Craft Unit RAF Calshot  
No 2793 Sqn RAF Regiment RAF Calshot  
RAF Station Felixstowe Felixstowe, Suffolk  
No 26 ASR Marine Craft Unit RAF Felixstowe  
RAF Station Gosport Gosport, Hampshire
Aircraft Torpedo Development Unit RAF Gosport
No 3502 Servicing Unit RAF Gosport
RAF Station Langham
No 455 Sqn RAAF RAF Langham
No 8455 Servicing Echelon RAF Langham  
No 489 Sqn RNZAF RAF Langham
No 8489 Servicing Echelon RAF Langham  
No 2820 Sqn RAF Regiment RAF Langham  
RAF Station North Coates North Coates, Grimsby, Lincolnshire
No 143 Sqn RAF North Coates  
No 8143 Servicing Echelon RAF North Coates  
No 236 Sqn RAF North Coates  
No 8236 Servicing Echelon RAF North Coates  
No 254 Sqn RAF North Coates  
No 8254 Servicing Echelon RAF North Coates  
No 22 Mobile Servicing Unit (Torpedo) RAF North Coates  
No 2705 Sqn RAF Regiment RAF North Coates  
RAF Station Thornaby Thornaby, North Yorkshire No units listed
RAF Station Thorney Island Thorney Island, Emsworth, Hampshire  
No 2821 Sqn RAF Regiment RAF Thorney Island  
No 280 Sqn RAF Strubby Station under the control of No 5 Group, Bomber Command
No 8280 Servicing Echelon RAF Strubby  
No 21 ASR Marine Craft Unit RAF Bridlington  
No 22 ASR Marine Craft Unit Grimsby  
No 24 ASR Marine Craft Unit Gorleston-on-Sea
No 27 ASR Marine Craft Unit Dover and Ramsgate  
No 28 ASR Marine Craft Unit Newhaven  
No 29 ASR Marine Craft Unit Littlehampton  
No 30 ASR Marine Craft Unit Cowes  
No 31 ASR Marine Craft Unit Sheerness  
No 16 Group Communication Flt RAF Detling  

 

No 17 (Training) Group

HQ - 58 Melville Street, Edinburgh 3

 
Unit Location/Address Notes
RAF Station Alness    
No 4 OTU RAF Alness  
No 5 Flying Boat Servicing Unit RAF Alness  
RAF Station Crosby-on-Eden    
No 9 OTU RAF Crosby-on-Eden  
RAF Station East Fortune    
No 132 OTU RAF East Fortune  
RAF Station Haverfordwest    
No 4 Refresher Flying Unit RAF Haverfordwest  
RAF Station Killadeas    
No 131 OTU RAF Killadeas
RAF Station Long Kesh   No units listed
RAF Station Oban    
No 302 Ferry Training Unit RAF Oban  
No 4 Flying Boat Servicing Unit RAF Oban  
RAF Station Silloth Silloth, Carlisle, Cumberland  
No 6 OTU RAF Silloth  
RAF Station Squire's Gate Squire's Gate, Lytham St Annes, Lancashire  
No 3 School of General Reconnaissance RAF Squire's Gate  
RAF Station Turnberry    
No 5 OTU RAF Turnberry  
No 1674 Conversion Unit Longtown  
No 17 Group Communication Flt RAF Turnhouse  
No 12 (Observer) Flying Instructors School St Angelo  

 

No 18 (Reconnaissance) Group

HQ - Pitreavie Castle, Rosyth, Dunfermline

 
Unit Location/Address Notes
RAF Station Greenock    
No 2 Flying Boat Servicing Unit RAF Greenock  
RAF Station Helensburgh Helensburgh, Dunbartonshire  
Marine Aircraft Experimental Establishment RAF Helensburgh  
RAF Floating Dock RAF Helensburgh  
RAF Station Leuchars Leuchars, Fife  
No 333 (Norwegian) Sqn RAF Leuchars  
No 8333 Servicing Echelon RAF Leuchars  
No 3 Armament Practice Camp RAF Leuchars  
No 18 Group Communication Flt RAF Leuchars  
No 23 Mobile Servicing Unit (Torpedo) RAF Leuchars  
RAF Station Sullom Voe Sullon Voe, Shetlands  
No 210 Sqn RAF Sullom Voe  
No 8210 Servicing Echelon RAF Sullom Voe  
No 330 (Norwegian) Sqn RAF Sullom Voe Servicing echelon at Calshot
RAF Station Sumburgh Sumburgh, No units listed
RAF Station Vaagar   No units listed
RAF Station Wick Wick, Caithness  
No 618 Sqn RAF Wick  
No 8618 Servicing Echelon RAF Wick  
No 519 (Meteorological) Sqn RAF Wick  
No 8519Servicing Echelon RAF Wick  
No 1693 Flt RAF Wick  
No 1 ASR Marine Craft Unit Lerwick  
No 2 ASR Marine Craft Unit Kirkwall  
No 4 ASR Marine Craft Unit Wick  
No 7 ASR Marine Craft Unit Burghead  
No 8 ASR Marine Craft Unit Buckie  
No 9 ASR Marine Craft Unit Fraserburgh  
No 10 ASR Marine Craft Unit Aberdeen  
No 11 ASR Marine Craft Unit Montrose  
No 12 ASR Marine Craft Unit Tayport  
No 15 ASR Marine Craft Unit Blyth  
No 16 ASR Marine Craft Unit West Hartlepool  

(a) Station under the control of No 16 Group,

No 19 (Reconnaissance) Group

HQ - Mount Wise, Plymouth

 
Unit Location/Address Notes
RAF Station Chivenor Chivenor, Barnstable, Devon  
No 172 Sqn RAF Chivenor  
No 8172 Servicing Echelon RAF Chivenor  
No 304 (Polish) Sqn RAF Chivenor  
No 8304 Servicing Echelon RAF Chivenor  
No 407 Sqn RCAF RAF Chivenor  
No 8407 Servicing Echelon RAF Chivenor  
No 612 Sqn RCAF RAF Chivenor  
No 8612 Servicing Echelon RAF Chivenor  
No 2852 Sqn RAF Regiment RAF Chivenor  
RAF Station Davidstow Moor    
No 21 Mobile Servicing Unit (Torpedo) RAF Davidstow Moor  
No 144 Sqn RAF Davidstow Moor  
No 8144 Servicing Echelon RAF Davidstow Moor  
No 404 Sqn RCAF RAF Davidstow Moor  
No 8404 Servicing Echelon RAF Davidstow Moor  
No 524 Sqn RAF Davidstow Moor  
No 8524 Servicing Echelon RAF Davidstow Moor  
No 282 Sqn RAF Davidstow Moor  
No 8282 Servicing Echelon RAF Davidstow Moor  
RAF Station Mount Batten    
No 10 Sqn RAAF RAF Mount Batten  
RAF Station Pembroke Dock Pembroke Dock, Pembrokeshire  
No 3 Flying Boat Servicing Unit RAF Pembroke Dock  
No 201 Sqn RAF Pembroke Dock  
No 8201 Servicing Echelon RAF Pembroke Dock  
No 461 Sqn RAAF RAF Pembroke Dock  
No 8461 Servicing Echelon RAF Pembroke Dock  
No 228 Sqn RAF Pembroke Dock  
No 8228 Servicing Echelon RAF Pembroke Dock  
RAF Station St Davids  
No 58 Sqn RAF St David  
No 8058 Servicing Echelon RAF St David  
No 502 Sqn RAF St David  
No 8502 Servicing Echelon RAF St David  
No 517 Sqn RAF St David  
No 8517 Servicing Echelon RAF St David  
RAF Station St Eval St Eval, nr Wadebridge, Cornwall  
No 224 Sqn RAF St Eval  
No 8224 Servicing Echelon RAF St Eval  
No 53 Sqn RAF St Eval  
No 8053 Servicing Echelon RAF St Eval  
No 547 Sqn RAF St Eval  
No 8547 Servicing Echelon RAF St Eval  
No 206 Sqn RAF St Eval  
No 8206 Servicing Echelon RAF St Eval  
No 179 Sqn Predanneck  
No 8179 Servicing Echelon Predanneck  
No 311 Sqn Predanneck  
No 8311 Servicing Echelon Predanneck  
No 235 Sqn Portreath  
No 8235 Servicing Echelon Portreath  
No 248 Sqn Portreath  
No 8248 Servicing Echelon Portreath  
No 37 ASR Marine Craft Unit Lyme Regis  
No 39 ASR Marine Craft Unit Torquay  
No 40 ASR Marine Craft Unit Weymouth  
No 41 ASR Marine Craft Unit Salcombe  
No 42 ASR Marine Craft Unit Falmouth  
No 43 ASR Marine Craft Unit Mount Batten  
No 44 ASR Marine Craft Unit Padstow  
No 45 ASR Marine Craft Unit Barry  
No 46 ASR Marine Craft Unit Porthcawl  
No 48 ASR Marine Craft Unit Tenby  
Coastal Command Development Unit Angle  
No 4 Armament Practice Camp Talbenny  
No 19 Group Communication Flt Roborough, Plymouth, Devon  
No 2778 Sqn RAF Regiment Dunkeswell  
No 2822 Sqn RAF Regiment RAF Gosport  

 

No 106 (Photographic Reconnaissance) Group

HQ - Benson, Oxfordshire

 
Unit Location/Address Notes
RAF Station Benson Benson, Oxfordshire  
Photographic Reconnaissance Development Unit RAF Benson  
No 540 Sqn RAF Benson  
No 541 Sqn RAF Benson
No 542 Sqn RAF Benson
No 543 Sqn RAF Benson  
No 309 Ferry training Unit RAF Benson
RAF Station Dyce    
No 8 OTU RAF Dyce
Central Interpretation Unit Medmenham Operationally controlled by the Air Ministry (ACAS (I) through AD Ph I)

 

No 247 Group

HQ - Lagens, Azores

 
Unit Location/Address Notes
Repair and Salvage Unit Lagens
No 242 Maintenance Unit Lagens

RAF Gibraltar

HQ -

 
Unit Location/Address Notes
RAF Station New Camp    
No 202 Sqn RAF New Camp
No 8202 Servicing Echelon RAF New Camp  
HSL 142 RAF New Camp
HSL 181 RAF New Camp  
HSL 2853 RAF New Camp
RAF Station North Front
No 520 Sqn RAF North Front  
No 8520 Servicing Echelon RAF North Front  
No 351 Signals Unit  
No 4866 Airfield Construction Flt
No 40 Embarkation Unit    
No 27 AD & R Unit   Controlled by HQ Transport Command
No 237 Maintenance Unit
Repair and Servicing Unit    
No 71 ASR Unit    
No 1403 (Meteorological) Flt  
No 1500 (Target Towing) Flt

 

RAF Iceland

HQ -

 
Unit Location/Address Notes
RAF Station Reykjavik    
No 86 Sqn   Servicing echelon at Ballykelly
No 162 Sqn
Transport Command Unit    
No 1407 Flt  
No 70 ASR Marine Craft Unit
No 9 MT Company    
RAF Hospital  
No 5021 Airfield Construction Sqn
No 13 Embarkation Unit    
Ferry Control Unit   Controlled by HQ Transport Command

Source - June 1944 Confidential Air Force List

County names used are those in use at the time

[Command HQ | No 15 Group | No 16 Group | No 17 Group | No 18 Group | No 19 Group | No 106 Group | RAF Gibraltar | RAF Iceland]

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