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AHQ East Africa/HQ RAF East Africa - Personnel, locations and units


[Dec 1943 | Jun 1944 | Jun 1945 | April 1946 | Jul 1947 | Jul 1948 | 1949 | 1950 | 1951 | 1962 | 1963 | 1964]

This was originally formed at Nairobi on 25 July 1940 (but was not listed in the June 1941 CAFL) and was redesignated No 207 Group on 15 December 1941.  It was reformed from No 207 Group on 16 November 1942.

December 1943

Location Command Controlled
Nairobi Middle East Command Unable to list units at present

 

Rank Name Date Notes
AVM Harold S Kerby  5 Mar 1943 Air Officer Commanding, CB, DSC, AFC
Personal Appointment
Flt Lt S W Pitt  4 May 1943 Personal Assistant to AOC
Air Staff
Gp Capt Arthur F Johnson 15 Mar 1943 Senior Air Staff Officer, DFC; later A/Cdre
Wg Cdr J E C G E Gyll-Murray 28 Feb 1943 DSO
Sqn Ldr W W Lewis-Jones 16 Nov 1942  
Sqn Ldr A Evans 27 Apr 1943  
Administrative Staff
Wg Cdr E B Green  8 Apr 1942 MC
Sqn Ldr J G Chester   Senior Personnel Staff Officer
Sqn Ldr O Hughes  1 Apr 1943 AFC
Sqn Ldr J Hartley-Smith 16 Nov 1942  
Staffs of the Services
Engineer
Wg Cdr H E Brushwood  4 Oct 1942 Senior Engineer Officer, OBE
Armament
Sqn Ldr J W Sim 12 Apr 1943 GM
Equipment
Wg Cdr Leonard C Dennis  5 Mar 1942 Senior Equipment Staff Officer; later A/Cdre
Accountant
Wg Cdr J R Ackers  1 May 1943  
Medical
Wg Cdr L Freeman 22 May 1943 Principal Medical Officer, LMSSA, DMRE
Educational
Mr G G Edwards  8 Jan 1942 Senior Education Officer, BA, RAFVR
Meteorological
Gp Capt A Walter 18 Jan 1943 Director, BEAMS, OBE
Wg Cdr A G Forsdyke 12 Jan 1943 Deputy Director, BEAMS
Sqn Ldr W A Grinsted 18 Jan 1943 Assistant Director, BEAMS
Works
Mr R M Creer 23 Oct 1940 Superintending Engineer, BSc (Eng)
Miscellaneous Appointments
Gp Capt Frederick R Drew 15 Jun 1943 Advanced Operational Section with C-in-C South Atlantic; later A/Cdre

Source - December 1943 Confidential Air Force List

June 1944

Location Command Controlled
Nairobi, Kenya Middle East Command

Wings: -

  • No 146 Wing - Port Reitz

  • No 258 Wing - Diego Suarez

Squadrons: -

  • No 209 (Flying Boat) Squadron

  • No 259 (Flying Boat) Squadron

  • No 262 (Flying Boat) Squadron

  • No 265 (Flying Boat) Squadron

Other Units: -

  • SHQ RAF Dar-es-Salaam

    • Marine Craft Unit

  • SHQ RAF Eastleigh

    • No 1414 (Meteorological) Flight

    • Anti Locust Flight

    • Communication Flight

    • No 133 Maintenance Unit

    • No 25 AACU

  • SHQ RAF Kisumu

    • No 41 Personnel Transit Centre

    • Flying Boat Repair Base

  • SHQ RAF Mauritius

    • Marine Craft Unit

  • SHQ RAF Port Reitz

    • Marine Craft Unit

  • SHQ  RAF Seychelles

    • Marine Craft Unit

  • No 1568 (Meteorological) Flight - Diego Suarez

  • No 1569 (Meteorological) Flight - Plaisance (Mauritius)

  • No 105 Maintenance Unit - Thika

  • No 165 Maintenance Unit - Gilgil

  • RAF Unit - Lindi

  • RAF Unit - Tulear

  • RAF Unit - Pamanzi

  • RAF Unit - Mogadishu

  • No 219 Air Sea Rescue Unit - Mombasa

  • Marine Craft Unit - Pananzl

  • Marine Craft Unit - Diego Suarez

  • Marine Craft Unit - Tulear

  • Marine Craft School - Kipevu

  • No 2 Anti Malarial Control Unit - Nairobi

  • No 10 Anti Malarial Control Unit - Nairobi

 

Rank Name Date Notes
AVM Harold S Kerby  5 Mar 1943 Air Officer Commanding, CB, DSC, AFC
Personal Appointment
Flt Lt S W Pitt  4 May 1943 Personal Assistant to AOC
Air Staff
Gp Capt Arthur F Johnson 15 Mar 1943 Senior Air Staff Officer, CBE, DFC; later A/Cdre
Wg Cdr H B Johnson   DFC
Sqn Ldr P J Coles 12 Oct 1943  
Administrative Staff
Gp Capt Lord G N Douglas-Hamilton 19 Sep 1943 Senior Officer i/c Administration, OBE, AFC
Sqn Ldr E J Carthew  4 Aug 1943 Senior Personnel Staff Officer
Sqn Ldr N E Gladwell  7 Dec 1943 Organisation
Staffs of the Services
Engineer
Wg Cdr H E Brushwood  4 Oct 1942 Senior Engineer Officer, OBE
Signals
Sqn Ldr T A Hislop 12 Apr 1944  
Equipment
Wg Cdr Leonard C Dennis  5 Mar 1942 Senior Equipment Staff Officer; later A/Cdre
Sqn Ldr N A Colledge  8 Apr 1944  
Accountant
Wg Cdr J R Ackers  1 May 1943  
Sqn Ldr W J Mather 14 Nov 1943  
Medical
Wg Cdr L Freeman 22 May 1943 Principal Medical Officer, LMSSA, DMRE
Sqn Ldr T W Branch  1 Mar 1944 MRCS, LRCP
Educational
Mr G G Edwards  8 Jan 1942 Senior Education Officer, BA, RAFVR
Meteorological
Gp Capt A Walter 18 Jan 1943 Director, BEAMS, OBE
Wg Cdr A G Forsdyke 12 Jan 1943 Deputy Director, BEAMS
Sqn Ldr W A Grinsted 18 Jan 1943 Assistant Director, BEAMS
Works
Mr R M Creer 23 Oct 1940 Superintending Engineer, BSc (Eng)
Miscellaneous Appointments
Sqn Ldr A O Babbington  3 Sep 1943  
Sqn Ldr J H Gurney   Assistant Provost Marshal

Source - June 1944 Confidential Air Force List

June 1945

Location Command Controlled
Nairobi, Kenya Middle East Command
  • ?

 

Rank Name Date Notes
  Vacant   Air Officer Commanding,
Air Staff
Gp Capt R H Carter 23 Nov 1944 Senior Air Staff Officer,
Wg Cdr G H Walker  8 Nov 1944  
Sqn Ldr P J Coles 12 Oct 1943  
Administrative Staff
Gp Capt Lord G N Douglas-Hamilton 19 Sep 1943 Senior Officer i/c Administration, OBE, AFC
Sqn Ldr F H DEan 12 Jul 1944 Senior Personnel Staff Officer
Sqn Ldr C R Bogle 12 Oct 1944 Organisation
Staffs of the Services
Engineer
Wg Cdr H E Brushwood  4 Oct 1942 Senior Engineer Officer, OBE
Sqn Ldr S J Wood 21 Feb 1944  
Signals
Sqn Ldr T A Hislop 12 Apr 1944  
Equipment
Wg Cdr G L W Boswell 14 Aug 1944 Senior Equipment Staff Officer
Sqn Ldr A J Bannister 16 Nov 1944  
Accountant
Wg Cdr J R Ackers  1 May 1943  
Sqn Ldr W J Mather 14 Nov 1943  
Medical
Wg Cdr J H Williams 27 Oct 1944 Principal Medical Officer, MRCS, LRCP
Sqn Ldr T W Branch  1 Mar 1944 MRCS, LRCP
Sqn Ldr A S Simpson  2 Jul 1944 MB, BS, MRCS, LRCP, DPH
Educational
Mr T W Hay  8 Sep 1944 BSc, RAFVR
Meteorological
Gp Capt A Walter 18 Jan 1943 Director, BEAMS, OBE
Wg Cdr A G Forsdyke 12 Jan 1943 Deputy Director, BEAMS
Sqn Ldr W A Grinsted 18 Jan 1943 Assistant Director, BEAMS
Works
Mr R M Creer 23 Oct 1940 Superintending Engineer, BSc (Eng)
Miscellaneous Appointments
Sqn Ldr J T C Hillman 20 Aug 1944  

Source - June 1944 Confidential Air Force List

April 1946

At the moment it is only possible to show the principal personnel from this point.

Location Command Controlled
Nairobi, Kenya RAF Mediterranean and Middle East

 

 

Rank Name Date Notes
A/Cdre Selwyn H C Gray 29 Sep 1945 Air Officer Commanding, OBE
Personal Appointment
Fg Off W D Armstrong 27 Dec 1945 Personal Assistant to AOC
Personnel Staff
Sqn Ldr I S Findlay 26 Nov 1945 Senior Personnel Staff Officer

Engineer

Wg Cdr W J Scrivener 26 Nov 1945 Senior Engineer Officer

Equipment

Wg Cdr G L W Boswell 14 Aug 1944 Senior Equipment Staff Officer

Accountant

Sqn Ldr F S Stewart 29 Jan 1946  

Medical

Sqn Ldr L H McGrath 27 Dec 1945 MB, ChB

Educational

Mr T W Hay  8 Sep 1944 BSc, RAFVR

Meteorological

Gp Capt A Walter 18 Jan 1943 Director, BEAMS, OBE

Works

Wg Cdr J Halloran 18 Feb 1946  

Source - April 1946 Air Force List

July 1947

Location Command Controlled
Nairobi, Kenya RAF Mediterranean and Middle East

 

 

Rank Name Date Notes
A/Cdre Norman A P Pritchett 17 Dec 1946 Air Officer Commanding, OBE
Personal Appointment
Flt Lt R M Martin  3 Apr 1947 Personal Assistant to AOC
Air Staff
Wg Cdr W A Richardson  1 Nov 1946 Senior Air Staff Officer
Personnel Staff
Sqn Ldr I S Findlay 26 Nov 1945 Senior Personnel Staff Officer

Engineer

Sqn Ldr C H C Down  8 Jul 1947 MBE

Equipment

Wg Cdr E H Broad 20 Jan 1947 Senior Equipment Staff Officer

Accountant

Sqn Ldr F S Stewart 29 Jan 1946  

Provost

Flt Lt E W Bird 18 Mar 1946 Deputy Assistant Provost Marshal

Medical

Wg Cdr J C Blair 12 Mar 1947 MB, ChB

Educational

Sqn Ldr T S Preston 26 Jul 1946 Senior Education Officer, BSc

Meteorological

Gp Capt A Walter 18 Jan 1943 Director, BEAMS, OBE

Works

Wg Cdr E P C Neill    

Source - July 1947 Air Force List

July 1948

Location Command Controlled
Nairobi, Kenya RAF Mediterranean and Middle East

 

 

Rank Name Date Notes
A/Cdre Alan G Bishop 17 Nov 1947 Air Officer Commanding, CBE, AFC
Personal Appointment
Flt Lt R M Martin  3 Apr 1947 Personal Assistant to AOC
Air Staff
Wg Cdr W A Richardson  1 Nov 1946 Senior Air Staff Officer
Personnel Staff
Sqn Ldr P N Jennings 23 Feb 1948 Senior Personnel Staff Officer, DFC

Engineer

Sqn Ldr C H C Down  8 Jul 1947 MBE

Equipment

Sqn Ldr T H Martin 15 Nov 1947 Senior Equipment Staff Officer

Accountant

Sqn Ldr F S Stewart 29 Jan 1946  

Medical

Wg Cdr J C Blair 12 Mar 1947 MB, ChB

Educational

Sqn Ldr A T Mathews   Senior Education Officer, BSc, AFRAeS

Meteorological

Mr W A Grinsted    

Works

Wg Cdr E P C Neill    

Source - July 1948 Air Force List

1949

Location Command Controlled
Nairobi, Kenya Middle East Air Force

 

 

Rank Name Date Notes
A/Cdre Edward D H Davies  6 Sep 1949 Air Officer Commanding, CBE
Personal Appointment
Fg Off R F Fisher  8 Jul 1949 Personal Assistant to AOC
Air Staff
Sqn Ldr F A Plinston  1 Apr 1949 Senior Air Staff Officer, DFC
Administrative Staff
Wg Cdr G M Robinson 22 Aug 1948 Senior Officer i/c Administration, DFC
Personnel
Sqn Ldr C A Basket 15 Jun 1949 DFC
Equipment
Sqn Ldr T H Martin 15 Nov 1947 Senior Equipment Staff Officer
Accountant
Sqn Ldr W J Mather 10 Aug 1948
Medical
Sqn Ldr T A Evershed  5 Jul 1949 MB, BCh, MRCS, LRCP
Educational
Flt Lt P Rose 22 May 1949  
Chaplain
Rev D M Harper 28 Sep 1947 C of E
Works
Wg Cdr E P C Neill  9 Aug 1947  

Technical Staff

Engineer

Sqn Ldr G W Price 17 Nov 1948  

Aeronautical Inspection

Flt Lt S S Dobbs 27 Nov 1948  

Source - October 1949 Air Force List

It moved to RAF Eastleigh on 7 September 1949.

1950

Location Command Controlled
Eastleign, Kenya Middle East Air Force

 

 

Rank Name Date Notes
A/Cdre Edward D H Davies  6 Sep 1949 Air Officer Commanding, CBE
Personal Appointment
Fg Off R F Fisher  8 Jul 1949 Personal Assistant to AOC
Air Staff
Sqn Ldr B V Kervin  1 Nov 1949 Senior Air Staff Officer, DFC
Signals
Flt Lt G M Millar
Administrative Staff
Wg Cdr G M Robinson 22 Aug 1948 Senior Officer i/c Administration, DFC
Personnel
Sqn Ldr C A Basket 15 Jun 1949 DFC
Equipment
Sqn Ldr T H Martin 15 Nov 1947 Senior Equipment Staff Officer
Accountant
Sqn Ldr W J Mather 10 Aug 1948
Medical
Sqn Ldr T A Evershed  5 Jul 1949 MB, BCh, MRCS, LRCP
Educational
Flt Lt P Rose 22 May 1949  
Chaplain
Rev D M Harper 28 Sep 1947 C of E
Works
Wg Cdr E P C Neill  9 Aug 1947  

Technical Staff

Engineer

Sqn Ldr G W Price 17 Nov 1948  

Aeronautical Inspection

Flt Lt S S Dobbs 27 Nov 1948  

Source - January 1950 Air Force List

1951

Location Command Controlled
Eastleign, Kenya Middle East Air Force

 

 

Rank Name Date Notes
A/Cdre Leonard T Pankhurst 19 Apr 1950 Air Officer Commanding, CBE; later AVM
Personal Appointment
Fg Off R G S Wyborn 21 Apr 1950 Personal Assistant to AOC
Air Staff
Wg Cdr G M Robinson 22 Aug 1948 Senior Air Staff Officer, DFC
Ground Defence
Flt Lt A Roberts  6 Jan 1950
Administrative Staff
Personnel
Sqn Ldr G M Howard-Jones 16 Aug 1949 DFC
Medical
Sqn Ldr T A Evershed  5 Jul 1949 MB, BCh, MRCS, LRCP
Educational
Flt Lt P Rose 22 May 1949  
Works
Sqn Ldr J D Oates 12 Apr 1948 BSc (Eng)

Source - January 1951 Air Force List

It disbanded on 15 September 1951.

It was reformed on 1 February 1961 at Eastleigh, Kenya.

1962

Location Command Controlled
RAF Eastleigh, Nairobi, Kenya Air Forces Middle East

 

 

Rank Name Date Notes
A/Cdre John C MacDonald  1 Jan 1961 Commander, CBE, DFC*, AFC

Intelligence/Plans

Wg Cdr H D Archer 11 Dec 1961 DFC

Source - January 1962 Air Force List

1963

Location Command Controlled
RAF Eastleigh, Nairobi, Kenya Air Forces Middle East

 

 

Rank Name Date Notes
A/Cdre John C MacDonald  1 Jan 1961 Commander, CBE, DFC*, AFC

Intelligence/Plans

Wg Cdr H D Archer 11 Dec 1961 DFC

Source - Spring 1963 Air Force List

1964

The listings for this year are currently unavailable

Source - 1964 Air Force List

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