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HQ RAF in Northern Ireland/RAF Northern Ireland Personnel, locations and units 1940 - 1946


[Jun 1941 | Jul 1942 | Dec 1943 | Jun 1944 | Jun 1945 | Apr 1946 | 1949 | 1950]

This Command was formed at Dunlambert Hotel, Fort William Park, Belfast from No 61 Group on 1 August 1940.

June 1941

Location Controlled
Dunlambert Hotel, Belfast
  • SHQ RAF Aldergrove

    • No 1402 Flight

    • No 8 Nobile Oxygen Plant

  • SHQ RAF Newtownards

    • No 231 Squadron

  • SHQ RAF Sydenham

    • HQ, No 31 Wing

    • No 88 Squadron

    • No 226 Squadron

    • No 7 Mobile Oxygen Plant

  • No 74 Air Stores Equipment Section - Holywood

  • No 75 Air Stores Equipment Section - Holywood

  • No 22 Wing Servicing Unit - Dromore

  • No 23 Wing Servicing Unit - Belfast

  • No 11 Repair and Salvage Centre - Belfast

  • No 2 Heavy Mobile W/T Section - Belfast

  • No 12 Wireless Intelligence Screen - Mallusk

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Act AVM Charles R Carr 26 Jun 1940 Air Officer Commanding, CBE, DFC, AFC; later AM
Personal Appointment
Fg Off N J T Holland  4 Jul 1940 Personal Assistant to AOC
Air Staff
Wg Cdr William A D Brook 28 Oct 1940 Senior Air Staff Officer, later AVM
Wg Cdr J Norwood 26 Jun 1940  
Sqn Ldr P Murgatroyd  9 Jul 1940  
Sqn Ldr W G Moseby 14 Oct 1940  
Flt Lt G E Cooper 24 Mar 1941  
Fg Off E S Farrand  7 Jul 1940  
Fg Off Lord Waleran 25 Sep 1940  
Plt Off J T Hunter 12 Jul 1940  
Plt Off T S Robinson 14 Jul 1940  
Administrative Staff
A/Cdre Harold S Kerby 30 Sep 1940 Senior Administrative Staff Officer, DSC, AFC; later AVM
Wg Cdr G R Montgomery  8 Jul 1940 Organisation
Sqn Ldr D F Fitz-Gibbon 10 Mar 1941 DSC
Flt Lt E P L Baker  3 Dec 1940  
Fg Off G J Holdccroft 26 Jul 1940  
Fg Off S H E Mitchell  1 Nov 1940  
Plt Off S A Bishop 23 Jan 1941  
Plt Off J P Ward 10 Feb 1941  
Staffs of the Services
Engineer
Wg Cdr A M Stevens  3 Sep 1940 Chief Technical Officer,
Sqn Ldr L E Goodman  1 Jan 1941  
Plt Off A E A Macdonald 19 Jul 1940  
Plt Off F Carlisle   MT
Signals
Wg Cdr F C Daubney  6 May 1941 Chief Signals Officer
Sqn Ldr D McLaren  8 Feb 1941  
Armament
Sqn Ldr A H Jarrand 21 Aug 1940  
Equipment
Wg Cdr H E Freeston  6 Jul 1940 Senior Equipment Staff Officer
Flt Lt J R Turnbull  4 Oct 1940  
Flt Lt C E Ball 21 Feb 1941  
Fg Off K A Madin 10 Jul 1940  
Fg Off H L Bray 10 Jul 1940  
Plt Off N W Pendleton 19 Mar 1941  
Accountant
Wg Cdr R A J Mullarkey 13 Jul 1940 Command Accountant
Fg Off N Booth  7 May 1941  
Medical
Wg Cdr R L C Fisher   Senior Medical Officer, MB, BCh, DOMS
Flt Lt D G Smith  3 Sep 1940 MB, ChB
Fg Off S Perry 24 Feb 1941 MB, BCh
Dental
Flt Lt I H Fleming  3 Feb 1941 LDS
Educational
  C E P Suttle 13 Jan 1941 Grade III, BSc, RAFVR
  J E Mills  4 Nov 1941 BEng, RAFVR
Physical Training
Plt Off L B Dickinson  8 Nov 1940  
Chaplain
Rev W E Woosnam-Jones  5 Nov 1940  
Rev A W Hopkins 18 Apr 1941  
Legal
Flt Lt E M Trounson 16 Jan 1941  
Flt Lt J W P Clements 17 Feb 1941  
Meteorological
Flt Lt A L Maidens   Senior Meteorological Officer
Miscellaneous
Flt Lt L C Prendergast  3 Sep 1940 Camp Commandant
Fg Off A E Alderton  7 Jul 1940  
Fg Off G J Evans 10 Jul 1940  
Fg Off H F T Jarvis 10 Jul 1940  
Fg Off P D Bailey 12 Jul 1940  
Fg Off W A Perkins 13 Jul 1940  
Fg Off D W Carlisle  8 Aug 1940  
Fg Off T F Davies 12 Aug 1940  
Fg Off K A Balmain 21 Sep 1940  
Fg Off A W D Cooper 15 Jan 1941  
Fg Off L C F Littlejohns 18 Feb 1941  
Fg Off J Field 28 Mar 1941  
Fg Off W J Elliott 17 May 1941  
Plt Off F A Walsh 12 Aug 1940  
Plt Off J O Barclay 19 Oct 1940  
Plt Off T A E Cairnes 17 Dec 1940  
Plt Off F W Cronne  1 Mar 1941  
Plt Off A J W Sanson  3 Mar 1941  

Source - June 1941 Confidential Air Force List

July 1942

Location Controlled
Dunlambert Hotel, Belfast
  • SHQ RAF Belfast

    • No 1494 Flight

    • No 2 Heavy Mobile W/T Section

  • SHQ RAF Long Kesh

    • No 231 Squadron

  • No 12 Wireless Intelligence Screen - Mallusk

  • No 11 Repair and Salvage Centre - Mallusk

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Act AVM John B Cole-Hamilton 21 Nov 1941 Air Officer Commanding, CBE
A/Cdre Harold S Kerby 30 Sep 1940 Air Officer i/c Administration, DSC, AFC; later AVM
Air Staff
Wg Cdr Selwyn H C Gray 20 Oct 1941 Senior Air Staff Officer, OBE; later A/Cdre
Sqn Ldr P Murgatroyd  9 Jul 1940  
Fg Off P Burrell  1 Dec 1940  
Administrative Staff
Flt Lt E P L Baker  3 Dec 1940  
Flt Lt C L Atkinson  3 Jun 1941  
Fg Off J P Ward 10 Feb 1941  
Plt Off W E McChesney 22 Aug 1941  
Plt Off E S Smith  3 Dec 1941  
Plt Off R T Golder 27 Nov 1941  
Staffs of the Services
Engineer
Sqn Ldr L E Goodman  1 Jan 1941  
Signals
Wg Cdr J G Western  3 Dec 1941 Chief Signals Officer, MBE
Sqn Ldr V G Macarie  1 Aug 1941  
Fg Off E T Tucker 14 Aug 1941  
Equipment
Wg Cdr H E Freeston  6 Jul 1940 Senior Equipment Staff Officer
Flt Lt H L Bray 10 Jul 1940  
Flt Lt K A Madin 10 Jul 1940  
Accountant
Fg Off E B Beck 14 Oct 1941  
Medical
Wg Cdr R L C Fisher  9 Jul 1940 Senior Medical Officer, MB, BCh, DOMS
Sqn Ldr N S Alcock 21 Jul 1941 MB, ChB, MECP (Lon)
Flt Lt P S Clouston 10 Feb 1941 MB, ChB
Fg Off J F S McKee 23 Feb 1942 MB, BCh
Physical Training
Fg Off H E Edwards  6 Mar 1942  
Legal
Flt Lt E M Trounson 16 Jan 1941  
Educational
Mr C E P Suttle 13 Jan 1941 Grade III, BSc, RAFVR
Meteorological
Flt Lt A L Maidens 10 Jul 1940 Senior Meteorological Officer
Flt Lt G J Evans 10 Jul 1940  
Flt Lt H F T Jarvis 10 Jul 1940  
Flt Lt L C F Littlejohns 18 Feb 1941  
Works
Mr F E Draddy   Superintending Engineer
Mr R R Hodgson   Works Liaison Officer
RAF Regiment
 Lt Col J R J MacNamara 28 Feb 1942 MP
 Fg Off T A E Cairnes 18 Aug 1941
 Fg Off T Doyle 10 Apr 1942
Miscellaneous Appointments
Flt Lt T P Williams  5 Aug 1941  
Flt Lt H Shackell 12 Jan 1941  
Fg Off S A Bishop 17 Sep 1940  
Fg Off A R Benbow 24 Nov 1941  

Source - July 1942 Confidential Air Force List

On 15 October 1942 the title was changed to RAF Northern Ireland and it moved to Parliament Buildings at Stormont.

December 1943

Location Controlled
Parliament Buildings, Stormont, Belfast
  • SHQ RAF Ballyhalbert

    • No 303 Squadron

    • No 1494 (Target Towing) Flight

  • SHQ RAF Maghaberry

  • SHQ RAF Mullaghmore

  • SHQ RAF Newtownards

  • RAF Detachment - Cluntoe

  • RAF Section - Eglinton

  • RAF Detachment - Greencastle

  • RAF Detachment - Toome

  • No 5019 Airfield Construction Squadron

  • Northern Ireland Training School - Kirkiston

 

Rank Name Date Notes
A/Cdre William H Primrose  7 Dec 1943 Air Officer Commanding, CBE, DFC
Air Staff
Gp Capt K S Brake 18 Oct 1943 Senior Air Staff Officer, OBE; later A/Cdre
Col T A Dillon 15 Oct 1942 OBE
Wg Cdr I Kirkpatrick 15 Oct 1942  
Wg Cdr C J H Riddle 15 Oct 1942  
Wg Cdr A E Cairnes 15 Oct 1942  
Wg Cdr G R M Knox 15 Oct 1942  
Wg Cdr H F Fry 15 Oct 1942  
Wg Cdr J M Watson 29 Jun 1943  
Lt Col C G Chaytor 28 Apr 1943  
Sqn Ldr C H MacLean 15 Oct 1942  
Sqn Ldr A C Lamb 15 Oct 1942  
Sqn Ldr F G C Catling 15 Oct 1942  
Sqn Ldr T J Gardiner 15 Oct 1942  
Sqn Ldr D W Bridge 15 Oct 1942  
Sqn Ldr A Cains 27 Feb 1943  
Sqn Ldr P Roger 19 Nov 1942  
Sqn Ldr E Richardson  5 Mar 1943 DFC
Administrative Staff
Gp Capt W B Farrington  1 Jul 1943 Staff Officer i/c Administration, DSO
Wg Cdr E P L Baker 15 Oct 1942  
Wg Cdr O D Norwood 15 Oct 1942  
Sqn Ldr J P Ward 15 Oct 1942  
Sqn Ldr J L Williamson  9 Jul 1943  
Sqn Ldr A R Benbow 15 Oct 1942  
Staffs of the Services
Engineer
Sqn Ldr R L St G Saunders 15 Oct 1942 Command Engineer Officer
Signals
Wg Cdr G G D Gammack 15 Oct 1942 Command Signals Officer, MBE
Sqn Ldr R Cook 17 Feb 1943  
Armament
Sqn Ldr A A Leslie 26 May 1943 Command Armament Officer
Equipment
Wg Cdr C J Poldenn 15 Oct 1942 Senior Equipment Staff Officer
Sqn Ldr G W Stoddard 15 Oct 1942  
Accountant
Sqn Ldr H J Binder 13 Aug 1943 Command Accountant
Medical
Wg Cdr T Montgomery 15 Oct 1942 Principal Medical Officer, MD, BCh, DPH
Sqn Ldr W Leslie 15 Oct 1942 MB, BS, FRCS
Dental
Sqn Ldr P J C Keane 15 Oct 1942 Inspecting Dental Officer
Educational
Mr H E Beardshaw  5 Jul 1943 Command Education Officer, RAFVR
Legal
Sqn Ldr G B H Currie 13 Feb 1943  
Meteorological
Sqn Ldr H F T Jarvis  8 May 1943 Senior Meteorological Officer
Works
Mr F E Draddy  7 Oct 1940 Superintending Engineer, MSc (Eng), AGCI, AMICE, DIC
WAAF Staff Officers
Sqn Off J L A Conan-Doyle 24 Nov 1943 WAAF

Source - December 1943 Confidential Air Force List

June 1944

Location Controlled
Parliament Buildings, Stormont, Belfast
  • SHQ RAF Ballyhalbert

    • No 1494 (Target Towing) Flight

  • RAF Detachment - Maghaberry

  • RAF Detachment - Mullaghmore

  • SHQ RAF Newtownards

    • Communication Flight

  • RAF Detachment - Cluntoe

  • RAF Section - Eglinton

  • RAF Detachment - Greencastle

  • RAF Detachment - Toome

  • Northern Ireland Training School - Kirkiston

 

Rank Name Date Notes
A/Cdre William H Primrose  7 Dec 1943 Air Officer Commanding, CBE, DFC
Air Staff
Col T A Dillon 15 Oct 1942 OBE
Wg Cdr C J H Riddle 15 Oct 1942  
Wg Cdr H F Fry 15 Oct 1942  
Wg Cdr J M Watson 29 Jun 1943  
Lt Col C G Chaytor 28 Apr 1943  
Sqn Ldr C H MacLean 15 Oct 1942  
Sqn Ldr A C Lamb 15 Oct 1942  
Sqn Ldr F G C Catling 15 Oct 1942  
Sqn Ldr T J Gardiner 15 Oct 1942  
Sqn Ldr D W Bridge 15 Oct 1942  
Sqn Ldr A Cairns 27 Feb 1943  
Sqn Ldr L V G Barrow 15 Dec 1943  
Sqn Ldr B J Thomas 30 Dec 1943  
Sqn Ldr W R Tope 15 Dec 1943  
Sqn Ldr W P Endersby 30 Dec 1943  
Sqn Ldr C M Rounding 28 Jan 1944  
Administrative Staff
Gp Capt G R Montgomery 31 Jan 1944 Staff Officer i/c Administration
Wg Cdr E P L Baker 15 Oct 1942  
Wg Cdr O D Norwood 15 Oct 1942 Senior Personnel Staff Officer
Sqn Ldr J P Ward 15 Oct 1942  
Sqn Ldr A Phillips  1 Nov 1943  
Sqn Ldr J L Williamson  9 Jul 1943  
Sqn Ldr A R Benbow 15 Oct 1942  
Sqn Ldr M W B Bladon 17 Jul 1943  
Staffs of the Services
Engineer
Sqn Ldr R L St G Saunders 15 Oct 1942 Command Engineer Officer
Signals
Wg Cdr G G D Gammack 15 Oct 1942 Command Signals Officer, MBE
Sqn Ldr R Cook 17 Feb 1943  
Armament
Sqn Ldr A A Leslie 26 May 1943 Command Armament Officer
Equipment
Wg Cdr C J Polden 15 Oct 1942 Senior Equipment Staff Officer
Sqn Ldr G W Stoddard 15 Oct 1942  
Sqn Ldr J P Usher 17 Jul 1943  
Accountant
Sqn Ldr H J Binder 13 Aug 1943 Command Accountant
Medical
Wg Cdr T Montgomery 15 Oct 1942 Principal Medical Officer, MD, BCh, DPH
Sqn Ldr M H Harmer 29 Mar 1944 MB, BCh, FRCS, LRCP
Dental
Sqn Ldr P J C Keane 15 Oct 1942 Inspecting Dental Officer
Educational
Mr H E Beardshaw  5 Jul 1943 Command Education Officer, RAFVR
Legal
Sqn Ldr G B H Currie 13 Feb 1943  
Meteorological
Sqn Ldr H F T Jarvis  8 May 1943 Senior Meteorological Officer
Works
Mr F E Draddy  7 Oct 1940 Superintending Engineer, MSc (Eng), AGCI, AMICE, DIC
WAAF Staff Officers
Sqn Off J L A Conan-Doyle 24 Nov 1943 WAAF

Source - June 1944 Confidential Air Force List

June 1945

Location Controlled
Parliament Buildings, Stormont, Belfast
  • SHQ RAF Long Kesh

  • RAF Section - Eglinton

  • RAF Detachment - Greencastle

  • Communication Flight - Belfast

  • Northern Ireland Training School - Ballyhalbert

 

Rank Name Date Notes
A/Cdre Allan R Churchman 20 Aug 1944 Air Officer Commanding, DFC
Personal Appointment
SO J Shoesmith 16 Oct 1944 Personal Assistant to AOC, WAAF
Air Staff
Wg Cdr E J Brooks 28 Dec 1944 Senior Air Staff Officer, DFC
Wg Cdr S G Beer 10 Nov 1944  
Sqn Ldr A C Lamb 15 Oct 1942  
Sqn Ldr T J Gardiner 15 Oct 1942  
Sqn Ldr D W Bridge 15 Oct 1942  
Administrative Staff
Gp Capt G R Montgomery 31 Jan 1944 Staff Officer i/c Administration
Wg Cdr E P L Baker 15 Oct 1942 OBE
Wg Cdr O D Norwood 15 Oct 1942 Senior Personnel Staff Officer
Sqn Ldr J P Ward 15 Oct 1942  
Sqn Ldr E S Bishop 19 May 1945  
Sqn Ldr J L Williamson  9 Jul 1943  
Sqn Ldr A R Benbow 15 Oct 1942  
Staffs of the Services
Engineer
Sqn Ldr R L St G Saunders 15 Oct 1942 Command Engineer Officer
Signals
Sqn Ldr R Cook 17 Feb 1943  
Armament
Sqn Ldr A A Leslie 26 May 1943 Command Armament Officer
Equipment
Wg Cdr H W Newstead 20 Mar 1945 Senior Equipment Staff Officer
Sqn Ldr G W Stoddard 15 Oct 1942  
Sqn Ldr H L Bray 25 Jul 1944  
Accountant
Sqn Ldr H J Binder 13 Aug 1943 Command Accountant
Medical
Wg Cdr T Montgomery 15 Oct 1942 Principal Medical Officer, MD, BCh, DPH
Dental
Sqn Ldr R H Marthews   Inspecting Dental Officer, LDS
Chaplains
Rev A C Gates   Church of England
Rev C W Mann   PMUB
Rev G J Corboy   Roman Catholic
Educational
Mr R L Saunders 25 Sep 1944 Command Education Officer, MA, RAFVR
Legal
Sqn Ldr G B H Currie 13 Feb 1943  
Works
Mr F E Draddy  7 Oct 1940 Superintending Engineer, MSc (Eng), AGCI, AMICE, DIC
Aeronautical Inspection
Mr L W Biggins   Assistant Inspector, AID
WAAF Staff Officers
Sqn Off J L A Conan-Doyle 24 Nov 1943 WAAF

Source - June 1945 Confidential Air Force List

It moved to Wilmont & Ballydrain at Dunmurry in County Antrim on 1 August 1945.

From this point it is only possible to shown the Principal Personnel at the moment.

April 1946

Location Controlled
Ballydrain House, Dunmurry, Belfast N1  

 

Rank Name Date Notes
A/Cdre Allan R Churchman 20 Aug 1944 Air Officer Commanding, DFC
Air Staff
Wg Cdr R L C Branson 11 Mar 1946 Senior Air Staff Officer
Engineer
Sqn Ldr C S Read 12 Dec 1945 Command Engineer Officer

Equipment

Sqn Ldr H L Bray 25 Jul 1944 Senior Equipment Staff Officer

Medical

Wg Cdr T Montgomery 15 Oct 1942 Principal Medical Officer, MD, BCh, DPH

Dental

Sqn Ldr R H Marthews 18 Apr 1945 Inspecting Dental Officer, LDS

Educational

Mr R L Smith 22 Jan 1946 Command Education Officer, BSc, RAFVR

Meteorological

Wg Cdr A Walters 11 Sep 1944  

Works

Mr A G Gullan 30 Jun 1945 Superintending Engineer, BSc (|Elec Eng), AGCI, MICE, AMIEE

Source - April 1946 Air Force List

It was reduced from Command to Group status after this date but before July 1947

It moved to RAF Aldergrove on 12 February 1947

October 1949

Location Controlled
RAF Aldergrove  

 

Rank Name Date Notes
A/Cdre Bryan V Reynolds 13 Oct 1948 Air Officer Commanding, CBE; later AM

Personal Appointment

Flt Lt T M Gethings  1 Oct 1948 Personal Assistant to AOC
Air Staff
Gp Capt S L Blunt 24 Jan 1949 Senior Air Staff Officer

Administrative Staff

Wg Cdr

William S Gardner

29 Dec 1949 Senior Officer i/c Administration, OBE, DFC, AFC; later A/Cdre
Technical Staff
Sqn Ldr W D Browne 21 Jan 1949 MBE

Source - October 1949 Air Force List

1950

Location Controlled
RAF Aldergrove  

 

Rank Name Date Notes
A/Cdre Bryan V Reynolds 13 Oct 1948 Air Officer Commanding, CBE; later AM

Personal Appointment

Flt Lt T M Gethings  1 Oct 1948 Personal Assistant to AOC
Air Staff
Gp Capt S L Blunt 24 Jan 1949 Senior Air Staff Officer

Administrative Staff

Wg Cdr

William S Gardner

29 Dec 1949 Senior Officer i/c Administration, OBE, DFC, AFC; later A/Cdre
Technical Staff
Sqn Ldr W D Browne 21 Jan 1949 MBE

Source - January 1950 Air Force List

It disbanded on 31 March 1950 to form the basis of No 67 (Northern Ireland Reserve) Group the following day.

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