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AHQ West Africa Command Personnel, locations and units


[Jul 1942 | Dec 1943 | Jun 1944 | Jun 1945]

This Command was formed on board the SS Manela on 23 September 1941, which arrived in Freetown, Sierra Leone on 21 October and assumed control of units in West Africa from Coastal Command the following day.

July 1942

Location   Controlled
Freetown, Sierra Leone Middle East Command

Squadrons: -

  • No 95 (Flying Boat) Squadron

  • No 128 (Fighter) Squadron

  • No 200 (General Reconnaissance) Squadron

  • No 204 (General Reconnaissance) Squadron

Other Units: -

  • SHQ RAF Bathurst

    • No 44 Embarkation Unit

  • No 26 Embarkation Unit - Freetown

  • SHQ RAF Hastings

    • No 176 Maintenance Unit

  • SHQ RAF Jui

  • No 38 Embarkation Unit - Lagos

  • No 295 Wing - Marina Camp

  • SHQ RAF Takoradi

    • No 33 Embarkation Unit

    • Fighter Flight

    • No 116 Maintenance Unit

    • Communications Flight

  • No 296 Wing - Wilberforce

 

Rank Name Date Notes
A/Cdre Edward A B Rice 21 Sep 1941 Air Officer Commanding, CBE, MC; later AVM
Personal Appointment
Plt Off J W Skillington 21 Sep 1941 Personal Assistant to AOC
Air Staff
Gp Capt R H Carter 21 Sep 1941 Senior Air Staff Officer, DSO, OBE, DFC
Wg Cdr R B Packenham 21 Sep 1941  
Wg Cdr H E R Nelson 22 Mar 1942  
Sqn Ldr G L Gandy 21 Sep 1941  
Flt Lt S W H Egan 21 Sep 1941  
Flt Lt G W Holey 21 Sep 1941  
Flt Lt D H Prosser 22 Mar 1942  
Flt Lt H M Newton 23 May 1942  
Flt Lt H G Keene 23 May 1942  
Fg Off W E McVicar 22 Mar 1942  
Plt Off H R Martin 21 Sep 1941  
Plt Off H E Chappell 21 Sep 1941  
Administrative Staff
Gp Capt Hugh H Brookes 21 Nov 1941 Senior Administrative Staff Officer; later AVM
Sqn Ldr E L Leader 22 Mar 1942  
Fg Off S NKing 21 Sep 1941  
Fg Off E V Cunliffe 12 Jan 1941  
Plt Off R Roberts 21 Sep 1941  
Plt Off E G Sewell 21 Sep 1941  
Staffs of the Services
Navigation
Flt Lt R B Wright 21 Sep 1941  
Engineer
Flt Lt A J Edmunds 21 Sep 1941  
Signals
Wg Cdr R R Richmond  7 Jan 1942  
Fg Off A Axe 21 Sep 1941  
Photography
Fg Off B E Catcheside 28 Jan 1942  
Plt Off J Fitzpatrick 21 Dec 1941  
Plt Off A Macdonald 21 Dec 1941  
Plt Off A McK Fisher 28 Jan 1942  
Plt Off W M Hodsman 28 Jan 1942  
Equipment
Wg Cdr F E R Dixon 16 Jun 1942 MC
Flt Lt P H Curtis 14 Mar 1942  
Flt Lt A Rutherford Jones 20 Feb 1942  
Fg Off V Heaton 22 Mar 1942  
Accountant
Wg Cdr F C Chalmers  1 Apr 1942  
Flt Lt R D White  1 Apr 1942  
Medical
Wg Cdr L M Corbet 24 Nov 1941 Senior Medical Officer, MB, BS
Flt Lt S F Robinson  1 Nov 1941 MD, MCP & S
Dental
Fg Off R D Astle 30 Jan 1942 LDS
Chaplain
Rev J H K Dagger  5 Dec 1941  
Rev H G Bear 14 Jun 1942  
Educational
Mr R T Griffiths 29 Dec 1941 Grade III, BSc, RAFVR
Works
Mr      
Meteorological
Fg Off K A Hirst 28 Jan 1942  

Source - July 1942 Confidential Air Force List

December 1943

Location   Controlled
Freetown, Sierra Leone Middle East Command Unable to list units at present

 

Rank Name Date Notes
AVM John B Cole-Hamilton 25 Oct 1942 Air Officer Commanding, CB, CBE
Personal Appointment
Flt Lt A D Forster 18 Jun 1943 Personal Assistant to AOC
Air Staff
Gp Capt C H Brill 25 Jan 1943 Senior Air Staff Officer,
Wg Cdr B D Sellick 13 Dec 1942 DFC
Wg Cdr G Milner 13 Dec 1942 Command Intelligence officer
Sqn Ldr H M Newton 23 May 1942  
Sqn Ldr A H Dutton 27 Aug 1942  
Sqn Ldr D S Lindsay 25 Oct 1942 DFC
Sqn Ldr E R Playford  3 Mar 1943  
Sqn Ldr C Bardswell 14 Feb 1942  
Sqn Ldr P K Johnson 20 Apr 1942  
Maj R S Kinsey  6 Feb 1943  
Flt Lt H D Lyon xx May 1942  
Fg Off G Mold 25 Oct 1942  
Administrative Staff
Gp Capt R S Sugden 25 Oct 1942 Senior Administrative Staff Officer, AFC
Wg Cdr C G Gilthorpe 25 Oct 1942  
Wg Cdr K W Bransby  2 Jan 1943 Senior Personnel Staff Officer
Sqn Ldr A F Wearn  8 Nov 1942  
Sqn Ldr H L Birley  4 Oct 1942  
Flt Lt D Hughes 25 May 1942 Base Personnel Staff Officer
Flt Lt E J Wilson 12 Apr 1943  
Fg Off T T Roberts 27 Jul 1942  
Fg Off E O Cook 11 Mar 1943  
Fg Off N R King 13 Apr 1942  
Staffs of the Services
Engineer
Wg Cdr

Bryan Samson

27 Jul 1942 Command Engineer Officer; later A/Cdre
Sqn Ldr E Gallimore 27 Aug 1942  
Sqn Ldr S Spencer 27 Aug 1942  
Flt Lt H C Pimm 27 Aug 1942  
Flt Lt A F F West 27 Aug 1942  
Armament
Sqn Ldr N H Woodward 27 Aug 1942  
Signals
Wg Cdr Lawrence P Moore  2 Nov 1942 Chief Signals Officer; later A/Cdre
Sqn Ldr W C Proctor 27 Aug 1942  
Flt Lt A G Entwistle 27 Aug 1942  
Flt Lt C R Scott 13 Feb 1942  
Flt Lt C D Casey 26 Apr 1942  
Fg Off C A Wood 25 Oct 1942  
Fg Off P J F King  9 May 1942  
Photography
Flt Lt W D Fry 27 Jul 1942  
Equipment
Wg Cdr R W Ware 23 Feb 1943 Senior Equipment Staff Officer
Sqn Ldr T J Heath 23 Feb 1943  
Flt Lt H W Hale 13 Jul 1942  
Flt Lt F P Connolly 23 Feb 1943  
Plt Off F H Wiglesworth 17 May 1943  
Accountant
Wg Cdr J H S Richards 13 Dec 1942 Command Accountant
Sqn Ldr R F Gould  1 Sep 1942  
Flt Lt E F S Cocksedge xx Aug 1942  
Medical
Gp Capt J M Kilpatrick  9 Mar 1943 Principal Medical Officer, MB, BCh, DPH
Wg Cdr A M Weston  1 Jan 1943 Deputy Principal Medical Officer, MB, BCh, MRCS, LRCP
Educational
Mr M Douglas  2 Jun 1943 Command Education Officer, MA, RAFVR
Works
Mr W G M Anderson 31 Aug 1942 Chief Engineer, AMICE
Meteorological
Mr D E Smith   Chief Meteorological Officer
Aeronautical Inspection
Mr H Armstrong Command Inspector of Explosives - Assistant Inspector, AID
Miscellaneous Appointments
Sqn Ldr R J Debenham 11 Mar 1943 Command Catering Officer

Source - December 1943 Confidential Air Force List

June 1944

Location Controlled
Freetown, Sierra Leone

Wings: -

  • No 295 Wing - Dakar

  • No 298 Wing - Lagos

Squadrons: -

  • No 95 (Flying Boat) Squadron

  • No 204 (General Reconnaissance) Squadron

  • No 270 (Flying Boat) Squadron

  • No 490 (Flying Boat) Squadron, RNZAF

Other Units: -

  • SHQ RAF Apapa

  • SHQ RAF Bathurst

    • No 201 ASR Unit

  • SHQ RAF Ikeja

    • No 1561 (Meteorological) Flight

  • SHQ RAF Jui

  • SHQ RAF Kano

  • SHQ RAF Maiduguri

    • No 1560 (Meteorological) Flight

  • SHQ RAF Takoradi

    • No 21 AACU

    • No 116 Maintenance Unit

    • No 178 Maintenance Unit

    • No 249 ASR Unit

    • Central Accounts Office

    • Communication Flight

    • RAF Hospital

  • SHQ RAF Yundum

  • No 1562 (Meteorological) Flight - Waterloo

  • No 202 ASR Unit - Freetown

  • No 176 Maintenance Unit - Kosso

  • No 36 Personnel Transit Centre - Freetown

  • No 37 Personnel Transit Centre - Accra

  • Transit Camp - Lagos

  • Base Post Office - Freetown

 

Rank Name Date Notes
AVM Ronald Graham 23 Jan 1944 Air Officer Commanding, CB, CBE, DSO, DSC, DFC
Personal Appointment
Flt Lt A D Forster 18 Jun 1943 Personal Assistant to AOC
Air Staff
Gp Capt C A Watt 20 Mar 1944 Senior Air Staff Officer,
Wg Cdr H P Burwood 15 Mar 1944  
Wg Cdr G Milner 13 Dec 1942  
Wg Cdr M F Eagleton 18 Aug 1943 DFC
Sqn Ldr E R Playford  3 Mar 1943  
Sqn Ldr C Bardswell 14 Feb 1942  
Sqn Ldr C H Denny  9 Oct 1943  
Sqn Ldr P G Rossel 12 Oct 1943  
Sqn Ldr E H Goodison  3 Nov 1943  
Sqn Ldr L H Sims  4 Sep 1943  
Sqn Ldr C G Dowson 18 Aug 1943  
Training
Gp Capt G A R Muschamp 21 Dec 1943  
Wg Cdr A C Gilmer  4 Jan 1944  
Sqn Ldr E D S Groome 11 Dec 1943  
Sqn Ldr F Farmer 11 Dec 1943  
Sqn Ldr H Beattie 11 Dec 1943  
Sqn Ldr T F Bullus 11 Dec 1943  
Administrative Staff
Gp Capt J C Barraclough  6 Sep 1943 Senior Administrative Staff Officer
Wg Cdr I C Jackson  1 Mar 1944 Organisation, DFC
Wg Cdr L W C Pearce-Gervis 11 Dec 1943 Senior Personnel Staff Officer
Sqn Ldr S P S Bartlett  3 Nov 1943  
Staffs of the Services
Engineer
Wg Cdr H Clarke  2 Dec 1943  
Sqn Ldr C H Collins  3 Nov 1943  
Signals
Wg Cdr G L S Griffith-Jones 22 Feb 1944  
Sqn Ldr L A G Satterly 13 Dec 1943  
Armament
Sqn Ldr G W B Lewis 12 Dec 1943  
Photography
Flt Lt E C Webb 12 Dec 1943  
Equipment
Wg Cdr R W Ware 23 Feb 1943 Senior Equipment Staff Officer
Wg Cdr R S Swanton 19 Jan 1943  
Sqn Ldr T J Heath 23 Feb 1943  
Sqn Ldr J Moors 30 Oct 1943  
Accountant
Wg Cdr J H S Richards 13 Dec 1942 Command Accountant
Sqn Ldr E B Beck  3 Nov 1943  
Medical
Gp Capt G S Strachan  9 Mar 1944 MB, ChB
Wg Cdr H E Bellringer 11 Dec 1943 MB, ChB
Educational
Mr M Douglas  2 Jun 1943 Command Education Officer, MA, RAFVR
Works
Mr E Schofield    
Meteorological
Mr D E Smith   Chief Meteorological Officer, MA
Aeronautical Inspection
Mr H Armstrong Command Inspector of Explosives - Assistant Inspector, AID
Miscellaneous Appointments
Sqn Ldr H E Sargant  2 Nov 1943 Assistant Provost Marshal
Sqn Ldr G W Trayler  3 Nov 1943  

Source - June 1944 Confidential Air Force List

June 1945

Location Controlled
Freetown, Sierra Leone
  • ?

 

Rank Name Date Notes
AVM George R M Reid 14 Dec 1944 Air Officer Commanding, CB, DSO, MC
Personal Appointment
Flt Lt J D Davies 27 Mar 1944 Personal Assistant to AOC
Air Staff
Gp Capt C A Watt 20 Mar 1944 Senior Air Staff Officer,
Wg Cdr H P Burwood 15 Mar 1944  
Wg Cdr T Q Horner 18 Jan 1945  
Wg Cdr J L Hilary 29 Apr 1944  
Sqn Ldr W J Beeston 30 Sep 1944  
Sqn Ldr I V Paterson 15 Jul 1944  
Sqn Ldr E H Goodison  3 Nov 1943  
Sqn Ldr H W Turton  8 Jan 1945  
Sqn Ldr G T S Reekie 27 Jul 1944  
Sqn Ldr L J Fry 20 Dec 1944  
Administrative Staff
Gp Capt M B Hamilton  5 Mar 1945 Senior Administrative Staff Officer
Wg Cdr I C Jackson  1 Mar 1944 Organisation, DFC
Wg Cdr F J Watts 20 Dec 1944 Senior Personnel Staff Officer
Sqn Ldr H F Griffiths  1 Mar 1944  
Sqn Ldr G A Farey  5 Feb 1945  
Sqn Ldr L L N Vinall  2 May 1944  
Staffs of the Services
Engineer
Wg Cdr W S Reed 10 Feb 1945 BEM
Signals
Wg Cdr S Conway  2 Nov 1944  
Sqn Ldr L T Wright  6 Dec 1944  
Armament
Sqn Ldr D G Perry  4 Dec 1944  
Photography
Flt Lt C H Cornell 10 Jan 1945  
Equipment
Wg Cdr A R Williams  5 Apr 1944 Senior Equipment Staff Officer
Wg Cdr P A M Goudge 10 May 1944  
Sqn Ldr C H Keeble  5 Apr 1944  
Sqn Ldr G C Stonley 25 Apr 1944  
Accountant
Wg Cdr C F Goatcher 29 Apr 1944  
Sqn Ldr S V Pearce 24 Nov 1944  
Medical
Gp Capt F E Lipscomb 30 Sep 1944 MRCS, LRCP
Wg Cdr H E Bellringer 11 Dec 1943 MB, ChB
Chaplains
Rev E T Killick   C of E, MA
Rev J Kerrigan   PMUB, MA
Rev A Tunn   RC
Educational
Mr M Douglas  2 Jun 1943 Command Education Officer, MA, RAFVR
Works
Mr W J Glenn 15 Feb 1944 BAI
Meteorological
Mr D E Smith   Chief Meteorological Officer, MA
Local Audit (under Director of Accounts - Air Ministry)
Mr G W Wallis   Financial Adviser and Chief Auditor to AOC, MBE
Aeronautical Inspection
Flt Lt W T Cresswell  
Miscellaneous Appointments
Sqn Ldr A A Jacka 27 Oct 1944 Assistant Provost Marshal

Source - June 1945 Confidential Air Force List

It was redesignated No 500 Wing on 1 August 1946.

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