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AHQ Western Desert/HQ Desert Air Force Command Personnel, locations and units


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

This Command was formed on 21 October 1941 from No 204 Group at Burg el Arab.  It was redesignated AHQ Libya  on 20 January 1942 by reverted back to AHQ Western Desert on 3 February.

July 1942

Location Command Controlled
  Middle East Command

Squadrons: -

  • No 3 (Fighter) Squadron RAAF

  • No 14 (Bomber) Squadron

  • No 33 (Fighter) Squadron

  • No 73 (Fighter) Squadron

  • No 80 (Fighter) Squadron

  • No 112 (Fighter) Squadron

  • No 145 (Fighter) Squadron

  • No 233 (Bomber) Squadron

  • No 250 (Fighter) Squadron

  • No 260 (Fighter) Squadron

  • No 274 (Fighter) Squadron

  • No 450 (Fighter) Squadron RAAF

Other Units

  • No 5 Supply and Transport Column - Abu Haggag

  • No 121 Maintenance Unit - Bardia

  • No 6 Supply and Transport Column - Bardia 

  • PAC Detachment - Bardia

  • No 21 Medical Receiving Station - El Daba

  • HQ No 211 Group - Gambut

  • No 22 Medical Receiving Station - Gambut

  • No 1 Armoured Car Company - Gambut

  • No 2 Armoured Car Company - Gambut

  • No 33 Air Stores Park - Gerawla

  • No 53 Repair and Salvage Unit - Gerawla

  • No 1 Australian Air Ambulance Unit - Gerawla

  • HQ No 249 Wing - Helwan*

  • No 25 Transit Camp - Maaten Bagush

  • No 1 Flying Control Station - Maaten BagushHQ

  • No 233 Wing - Maaten Bagush

  • No 1 R & R Party - Maaten Bagush

  • No 2 R & R Party - Maaten Bagush

  • No 31 Air Stores Park - Qasaba

  • No 51 Repair and Salvage Unit - Qasaba

  • MT Light Repair Unit - Qasaba

  • No 3 R & R Party - Sidi Barrani

  • No 25 Embarkation Unit - Tobruk

*Station under AHQ Egypt

 

Rank Name Date Notes
AVM Arthur Coningham 30 Jul 1941 Air Officer Commanding, CB, DSO, MC, DFC, AFC; later AM
A/Cdre Herbert B Russell 21 Oct 1941 Air Officer i/c Administration DFC, AFC; later AVM
Personal Appointment
Fg Off P D Squires 10 Apr 1941 Personal Assistant to AOC
Air Staff
Wg Cdr W P J Thompson  2 Jun 1941 DFC
Wg Cdr B J McGinn 11 Jun 1941  
Wg Cdr S G Birch 26 Mar 1942  
Fg Off A A D Sevastopulo  1 May 1941  
Fg Off E A Dennis 30 Aug 1941  
Fg Off J E Dunning 10 Apr 1941  
Plt Off A N Hoole 22 May 1941  
Administrative Staff
Wg Cdr V E Maxwell 27 Aug 1941  
Wg Cdr P Fleming  2 Feb 1942  
Fg Off A Houghton  2 May 1941  
Plt Off L G B Bentall 30 Apr 1941  
Staffs of the Services
Engineer
Fg Off W A Booth 24 Apr 1941  
Signals
Wg Cdr Harold F G Southey 15 July 1941 later A/Cdre
Flt Lt G H F hunt  1 Jun 1941  
Fg Off G W Grayson 26 May 1941  
Plt Off F J E Starkey  1 May 1941  
Plt Off R H Fluke  1 May 1941  
Armament
Sqn Ldr C H Mitchell  1 May 1941  
Fg Off J T lean 10 Apr 1941  
Fg Off W C Parsons 20 Apr 1941  
Photography
Fg Off D J Munro 25 Mar 1941  
Equipment
Flt Lt R S Burles 10 Apr 1941  
Flt Lt C R Clark  2 Jun 1941  
Flt Lt Duncan McD Jannaway  2 Jun 1941 MBE; later A/Cdre
Flt Lt P H Curtis 14 Mar 1942  
Fg Off Hon B S B Plunkett 23 Mar 1941  
Fg Off J D Blackford 10 Sep 1941  
Accountant
Flt Lt P W Hill  5 May 1941  
Plt Off G C Salisbury 8 May 1941  
Plt Off C K Stansfield 28 May 1941  
Medical
Wg Cdr C A Lindup  1 Mar 1942 Senior Medical Officer, MRCS, LRCP
Flt Lt M I Cookson  3 Jan 1942 MB, ChB
Fg Off J H D Wetherell 13 Oct 1941 MB, ChB
Fg Off F W Belford 20 Nov 1941 MB, ChB
Miscellaneous Appointments
Flt Lt T N S Harrower 27 May 1941  
Fg Off F R Oddy  8 May 1941  
Fg Off V V Green  9 May 1941  
Fg Off N W Boyce 14 May 1941  
Fg Off V Packer 23 Jul 1941  
Plt Off R A Wade  9 Apr 1941  
Plt Off H Simpson  9 Apr 1941  
Plt Off P A Townsend 10 Apr 1941  
Plt Off S J Busby 20 Apr 1941  
Plt Off J C Donnelly 27 Jun 1941  
Plt Off F P St Maur  2 Jul 1941  
Plt Off G A Grant 12 Jul 1941  
Plt Off R R Fenner 26 Jul 1941  
Plt Off J P Flood 17 Sep 1941  
Plt Off R W Green 27 Nov 1941  

Source - July 1942 Confidential Air Force List

It was redesignated HQ Desert Air Force on 10 July 1943.

December 1943

Location Command Controlled
Lentini, Sicily North-West African Tactical Air Forces Unable to list units at present

 

Rank Name Date Notes
AVM Harry Broadhurst 31 Jan 1943 Air Officer Commanding, DSO, DFC, AFC; later ACM
A/Cdre John Whitford  9 Dec 1942 Air Officer i/c Administration, CBE; later AVM
Personal Appointment
Flt Lt K G Allington  8 Jam 1943 Personal Assistant to AOC
Air Staff
A/Cdre Claude B R Pelly  7 Mar 1943 Senior Air Staff Officer, MC, later ACM
Wg Cdr F H L Searl 23 Jun 1943  
Wg Cdr G D L Hayson 16 Jun 1943  
Wg Cdr M J Loudon 29 Jun 1943  
Sqn Ldr D W Dobson  1 Jun 1942  
Sqn Ldr Sir R B Graham 13 Jan 1943  
Sqn Ldr H Ezekiel 23 Jun 1943  
Administrative Staff
Gp Capt Colin L Falconer  1 Jun 1943 Senior Administrative Staff Officer, OBE; later A/Cdre
Wg Cdr P D Finn 11 Feb 1942 Senior Personnel Staff Officer
Sqn Ldr W E Tollworthy  4 Aug 1942  
Sqn Ldr J Woods  3 May 1942  
Staffs of the Services
Signals
Wg Cdr J D S Huxley 10 Feb 1943 Chief Signals Officer
Sqn Ldr P H S Wood 26 Jun 1943  
Sqn Ldr J J Curnow 10 Apr 1943  
Engineer
Wg Cdr E G Woodberry  1 Jun 1942 Senior Engineer Officer, OBE
Sqn Ldr R J Rackham 18 Apr 1941  
Sqn Ldr T D Griffin  6 Feb 1943  
Armament
Wg Cdr A R F de Salis  2 Oct 1942 Command Armament Officer
Equipment
Wg Cdr A G Stratford-Tuke 21 Jan 1943 Senior Equipment Staff Officer
Sqn Ldr H E Rossiter 11 Aug 1943  
Sqn Ldr H G Belcher 13 Feb 1943  
Accountant
Wg Cdr K Fraser 22 Mar 1943 Command Accountant
Sqn Ldr H N C Cixon 31 May 1943  
Medical
Gp Capt C J S O'Malley 13 Aug 1942 Senior Medical Officer, MB, BS, MRCS, LRCP
Wg Cdr E B Harvey 13 Mar 1943 MRCS, LRCP
Sqn Ldr C F Hamilton-Turner 25 Mar 1943 DM, BCh, MRCS, LRCP
RAF Regiment
Lt Col C D Bowdery 15 Jun 1943 MC

Source - December 1943 Confidential Air Force List

June 1944

Location Command Controlled
Vasto Mediterranean Allied Air Forces

Wings: -

  • No 232 Wing - Celone

  • No 239 Wing - Cutella

  • No 244 Wing - Venafro

  • No 251 Wing - Poretta

  • No 285 Wing - Trigno

  • No 322 Wing - Alto

  • No 324 Wing - Lago

Squadrons: -

  • No 3 (Fighter) Squadron RAAF

  • No 13 (Bomber) Squadron

  • No 18 (Bomber) Squadron

  • No 43 (Fighter) Squadron

  • No 55 (Bomber) Squadron

  • No 72 (Fighter) Squadron

  • No 92 (Fighter) Squadron

  • No 93 (Fighter) Squadron

  • No 111 (Fighter) Squadron

  • No 112 (Fighter) Squadron

  • No 114 (Bomber) Squadron

  • No 145 (Fighter) Squadron

  • No 154 (Fighter) Squadron

  • No 208 (Fighter) Squadron

  • No 223 (Bomber) Squadron

  • No 225 (Fighter) Squadron

  • No 233 (Bomber) Squadron

  • No 232 (Fighter) Squadron

  • No 237 (Fighter) Squadron

  • No 241 (Army Co-operation) Squadron

  • No 242 (Fighter) Squadron

  • No 243 (Fighter) Squadron

  • No 208 (Fighter) Squadron

  • No 250 (Fighter) Squadron

  • No 260 (Fighter) Squadron

  • No 274 (Fighter) Squadron

  • No 417 (Fighter) Squadron RCAF

  • No 450 (Fighter) Squadron RAAF

  • No 451 (Fighter) Squadron RAAF

  • No 600 (Fighter) Squadron

  • No 601 (Fighter) Squadron

  • No 651 (Air Observation Post) Squadron

  • No 654 (Air Observation Post) Squadron

  • No 655 (Air Observation Post) Squadron

  • No 657 (Air Observation Post) Squadron

  • No 2856 Squadron, RAF Regiment - San Vito Chietino

  • No 2857 Squadron, RAF Regiment - Cutella

  • No 2858 Squadron, RAF Regiment - Celone

  • No 2862 Squadron, RAF Regiment - Trigno

Other Units: -

  • Communication Flight - Trigno

  • No 121 Maintenance Unit - Montenero

  • No 31 Air Stores Park - Campo Marino

  • No 36 Air Stores Park - Capua

  • No 40 Air Stores Park - Petacciato

  • No 135 Air Stores Park - Capua

  • No 12 Meteorological Forecast Unit - Vasto

  • No 38 Personnel Transit Centre - Vasto

  • No 2 Repair and Salvage Unit - Madna

  • No 51 Repair and Salvage Unit - Madna

  • No 59 Repair and Salvage Unit - Cutella

  • No 59 Repair and Salvage Unit - Venafro

  • No 108 Repair and Salvage Unit - Alto

  • No 109 Repair and Salvage Unit - Biterno

  • No 113 Repair and Salvage Unit - Lago

  • No 310 Supply and Transport Column - Montenero

  • No 311 Supply and Transport Column - Petacciato

  • No 1 Anti Malarial Control Unit - Lago

  • No 4 Anti Malarial Control Unit - Biferno

  • No 11 Anti Malarial Control Unit - Trigno

  • No 21 RAF Mobile Field Hospital - Serra Capriola

  • No 22 RAF Mobile Field Hospital - Foggia

  • No 25 RAF Mobile Field Hospital - Casamozza

  • No 30 RAF Mobile Field Hospital - Foggia

  • No 31 RAF Mobile Field Hospital - Italy

  • No 1 (Middle East) Field Hygiene Unit - Vasto

  • No 3 (Middle East) Field Hygiene Unit - Naples

  • No 4 (Middle East) Field Hygiene Unit - Madra

  • No 3 Light Repair Unit - Vasto

  • No 10 MT Light Repair Unit - Cancello

  • No 304 Mobile Signals Servicing Unit - Frattaaggiore

  • No 305 Mobile Signals Servicing Unit - Campo Marino

  • No 306 Mobile Signals Servicing Unit - Penna Point

 

Rank Name Date Notes
AVM William F Dickson  6 Apr 1944 Air Officer Commanding, CB, CBE, DSO, AFC; later MRAF
A/Cdre John Whitford  9 Dec 1942 Air Officer i/c Administration, CBE; later AVM
Personal Appointment
Flt Lt E Galatzine  6 Apr 1944 Personal Assistant to AOC
Air Staff
A/Cdre Thomas G Pike 21 Feb 1944 Senior Air Staff Officer, CBE, DFC; later MRAF
Gp Capt G D L Hayson 16 Jun 1943  
Wg Cdr H S L Dundas 20 Jan 1944  
Wg Cdr C N Overton 14 Sep 1943  
Sqn Ldr Sir R B Graham 13 Jan 1943  
Administrative Staff
Gp Capt W P J Thomson 13 Feb 1944 Senior Administrative Staff Officer, DFC
Wg Cdr D W Dobson 28 Dec 1943 Senior Personnel Staff Officer
Wg Cdr W E Tollworthy  4 Aug 1942  
Sqn Ldr J Woods  3 May 1942  
Sqn Ldr H G Weston  9 Sep 1943  
Sqn Ldr G F Simpson 21 Apr 1944  
Sqn Ldr B S Bridges 15 Feb 1944  
Staffs of the Services
Engineer
Wg Cdr E G Woodberry  1 Jun 1942 Senior Engineer Officer, OBE
Sqn Ldr T D Griffin  6 Feb 1943  
Sqn Ldr K V Mason  3 Mar 1944  
Signals
Sqn Ldr P H S Wood 26 Jun 1943  
Sqn Ldr I V Newman 12 Nov 1943  
Armament
Sqn Ldr W A Wargent 25 Apr 1944  
Equipment
Wg Cdr A G Stratford-Tuke 21 Jan 1943 Senior Equipment Staff Officer
Sqn Ldr B B Johnson 20 Sep 1943  
Sqn Ldr C J Van den Bergh 17 Dec 1943  
Sqn Ldr W D Symes 13 Apr 1944  
Accountant
Wg Cdr B Chadwell  2 Sep 1943  
Sqn Ldr V O M'Quillan  8 Mar 1944  
Medical
Gp Capt G A M Knight 28 Nov 1943 Senior Medical Officer, MB, BS, DLO
Wg Cdr K B Redmond 28 Dec 1943 MB, BS
Sqn Ldr C F Hamilton-Turner 25 Mar 1943 DM, BCh, MRCS, LRCP
Works
Mr W J Cozens  3 Feb 1944 BSc (Eng)

Source - June 1944 Confidential Air Force List

June 1945

Location Command Controlled
San Arcangelo AHQ Italy
  • ?

 

Rank Name Date Notes
AVM Robert M Foster  3 Dec 1944 Air Officer Commanding, CBE, DFC; later ACM
A/Cdre Colin L Falconer  1 Nov 1944 Air Officer i/c Administration, OBE
Personal Appointment
Flt Lt A P Buxton  1 Dec 1944 Personal Assistant to AOC
Air Staff
A/Cdre Thomas G Pike 21 Feb 1944 Senior Air Staff Officer, CBE, DFC; later MRAF
Wg Cdr P L Parrott 23 Feb 1945  
Wg Cdr J S Streater  8 Jun 1944  
Wg Cdr M V Spurway 24 Jul 1944  
Sqn Ldr R G E Diamont  1 Jul 1944  
Sqn Ldr A C Rogers  8 Oct 1944  
Administrative Staff
Gp Capt D I P Macnair 19 Jun 1944 Senior Officer i/c Administration
Wg Cdr P C W Disney 16 Jul 1944 Organisation, OBE
Wg Cdr W A Cole 10 Jan 1945 Senior Personnel Staff Officer
Sqn Ldr W F Le Petit  1 Jan 1945  
Sqn Ldr G W Gibson  1Feb 1945  
Sqn Ldr G T Bell 31 Jan 1945  
Sqn Ldr G A Davidson  5 Jan 1945  
Staffs of the Services
Engineer
Wg Cdr E R Paley 20 Dec 1944  
Sqn Ldr K V Mason  3 Mar 1944  
Signals
Wg Cdr P H S Woods 26 Jun 1943  
Sqn Ldr W H Trickett 18 Sep 1944  
Armament
Wg Cdr W E Olesem  3 Oct 1944  
Equipment
Wg Cdr William J Maggs 28 Dec 1944 Senior Equipment Staff Officer, OBE; later AVM
Sqn Ldr A C Leeson  2 Nov 1944  
Accountant
Wg Cdr E Bowman 12 Oct 1944  
Sqn Ldr W G Nicholson  4 Dec 1944  
Medical
Gp Capt H C S Pinblett 24 Jun 1944 Senior Medical Officer, MD, BS, DCOG
Sqn Ldr P F Barwood 28 Jul 1944 MB, BCh, MRCS, LRCP
Meteorological
Sqn Ldr G Thornton Smith    
Works
Mr W J Cozens  3 Feb 1944 BSc (Eng)
RAF Regiment
Wg Cdr Francis J A Tanner 11 Nov 1944 later A/Cdre
Miscellaneous Appointments
Sqn Ldr G M Hall  1 Aug 1944  
Sqn Ldr H J Ketchen 21 Jan 1945  
Sqn Ldr R W Turkington  1 Feb 1945 DSO, DFC
Sqn Ldr J E Clayton 22 Feb 1945  
Sqn Ldr R A Michaelson  5 Oct 1944  

Source - June 1945 Confidential Air Force List

The advanced and Rear HQs merged at Udine on 1 October 1945.

April 1946

Location Command Controlled
Udine RAF Mediterranean and Middle East

 

Rank Name Date Notes
A/Cdre Colin L Falconer  1 Nov 1944 Air Officer Commanding, CBE, DFC; later ACM
Personnel Staff
Sqn Ldr R J E High  1 Oct 1945 Senior Personnel Staff Officer
Engineer
Wg Cdr E R Paley 20 Dec 1944 Senior Engineer Officer
Equipment
Sqn Ldr R J Tilley  4 Feb 1946  
Accountant
Wg Cdr E Bowman 12 Oct 1944  
Works
Mr W J Cozens  3 Feb 1944 BSc (Eng)

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