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HQ No 20 Group Personnel, locations and units 1939 - 1943


[Dec 1939 | Sep 1940 | Jun 1941 | Jul 1942]

This Group was reformed on 30 November 1939 to control various Schools of Technical Training and Recruit Receiving Centres.

December 1939

Location Command Controlled
Bruntingsdale Hall, Market Drayton, Shropshire Training Command
  • No 2 School of Technical Training - Blackpool

  • No 6 School of Technical Training - Hednesford

  • No 3 Recruit Receiving Centre - Padgate

  • No 4 Recruit Receiving Centre - Bridgnorth

Source - December 1939 Confidential Air Force List

This Group was transferred to the control of Technical Training Command on 27 May 1940.

June 1941

Location Command Controlled
Bruntingsdale Hall, Market Drayton, Shropshire Technical Training Command
  • SHQ RAF Blackpool

  • SHQ RAF Bridlington

  • SHQ RAF Cosford

  • Engineering Course (Officers) - Cosford

  • Equipment and Accountant Officers' School - Grange-over-Sands

  • Equipment Training School (Airmen) - Bridlington

  • No 1 Airmens' Convalescent Depot - Blackpool

  • No 2 Ground Armament School - Manby

  • No 3 Recruit Centre - Padgate

  • No 5 Recruit Centre - West Kirby

  • No 6 Recruit Centre - Wilmslow

  • No 7 Recruit Centre - Morecombe

  • No 8 Recruit Centre - Arbroath

  • No 9 Recruit Centre - Blackpool

  • No 17 Recruit Centre - Bridlington

  • No 2 School of Physical Training - Cosford

  • No 2 School of Technical Training - Cosford

  • No 3 School of Technical Training - Blackpool

  • No 8 School of Technical Training - Weeton

  • No 9 School of Technical Training - Morecombe

  • No 10 School of Technical Training - Kirkham

  • RAF Hospital - Cosford

  • RAF Hospital - Matlock

  • RAF Czechoslovak Depot - Wilmslow

  • RAF Polish Depot - Blackpool

  • Service Security School - Halton*

* Station in No 24 Group

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Act AVM Arthur J Capel 24 Mar 1941 Air Officer Commanding, DSO, DFC
Personal Appointment
Plt Off W G Torrance  7 Feb 1941 Personal Assistant to AOC
Air Staff
Gp Capt Seymour S Benson  5 Mar 1940 Senior Air Staff Officer, AFC; later A/Cdre
Sqn Ldr H A Michell  1 Aug 1940  
Flt Lt R Wilson  7 Feb 1941 OBE
Fg Off T Dootson 10 Mar 1941  
Administrative Staff
Gp Capt Sidney H Ware   Senior Administrative Staff Officer, later A/Cdre
Flt Lt G R C Brook 14 Dec 1939  
Fg Off P T Carden 17 Feb 1941 MC
Plt Off G W Jordon  9 Sep 1940  
Plt Off C E Beer  1 Feb 1941  
Plt Off H V Litchfield  1 Feb 1941  
Plt Off A A Baden-Fuller  5 Mar 1941  
Staffs of the Services
Engineer
Sqn Ldr W G E Hayman 14 Apr 1941  
Flt Lt W R Thomson    
Signals
Fg Off F A Boyce  3 Mar 1941  
Armament
Fg Off G N England 10 Mar 1941  
Physical Training
Fg Off E S Brown 10 Apr 1941  
Accountant
Plt Off J B Fleming 18 Mar 1941  
Medical
Gp Capt R H Knowles 25 Jun 1940 Senior Medical Officer, MD, ChB, DPH
Wg Cdr A J Brown  8 Aug 1940 MRCS, LRCP
Fg Off S H Warrilow   Quartermaster
       
Miscellaneous Appointments
Fg Off G L Chesney 17 Feb 1941  

Source - June 1941 Confidential Air Force List

July 1942

Location Command Controlled
Bruntingsdale Hall, Market Drayton, Shropshire Technical Training Command
  • SHQ RAF Blackpool

  • SHQ RAF Bridlington

  • SHQ RAF Cosford

  • SHQ RAF Eastchurch

  • SHQ RAF Ronaldsway

  • Air Ministry Unit - Harrogate

  • Accountant Officers' School - Grange-over-Sands

  • Engineering Course (Officers) - Cosford

  • Equipment Officers' School - Grange-over-Sands

  • Equipment Training School (Airmen) - Bridlington

  • No 1 Airmens' Convalescent Depot - Blackpool

  • No 2 Airmens' Convalescent Depot - Hoylake

  • No 3 Airmens' Convalescent Depot - Cosford

  • No 3 Recruit Centre - Padgate

  • No 8 Recruit Centre - Arbroath

  • No 9 Recruit Centre - Blackpool

  • No 10 (Signals) Recruit Centre - Blackpool*

  • No 15 Recruit Centre - Blackpool

  • No 18 Recruit Centre - Redcar

  • No 20 Recruit Centre - Filey

  • No 1 Personnel Despatch Centre - West Kirby

  • No 2 Personnel Despatch Centre - Wilmslow

  • No 5 Personnel Despatch Centre - Padgate

  • No 4 Personnel Transit Centre - Liverpool

  • No 2 School of Physical Training - Cosford

  • No 2 School of Technical Training - Cosford

  • No 3 School of Technical Training - Blackpool

  • No 8 School of Technical Training - Weeton

  • No 9 School of Technical Training - Morecombe

  • No 10 School of Technical Training - Kirkham

  • No 21 School of Technical Training - Burtonwood

  • RAF Regiment Depot - Grantham

  • No 1 RAF Regiment School - Filey

  • No 2 RAF Regiment School - Whitley Bay

  • No 3 RAF Regiment School - Ronaldsway

  • RAF Hospital - Cosford

  • RAF Neurological Hospital - Matlock

  • RAF Polish Depot - Blackpool

  • No 1 MT School - Blackpool

  • No 3 MT School - Pwllheli

  • No 4 MT School -Morecombe

  • Medical Training Establishment & Depot - Harrogate

  • MT Instructors' School - Weeton

  • No 3 WAAF Depot - Morecombe

  • No 2 Officers' School - Cosford

  • School of Torpedo maintenance - Carlisle

 

Rank Name Date Notes
AVM Sir Christopher J Q Brand 25 Jul 1941 Air Officer Commanding, KBE, DSO, MC, DFC
Air Staff
Gp Capt Seymour S Benson  5 Mar 1940 Senior Air Staff Officer, AFC; later A/Cdre
Sqn Ldr H A Michell  1 Aug 1940  
Sqn Ldr W G E Hayman 14 Apr 1941  
Sqn Ldr E J Bradbury  7 Jan 1942  
Administrative Staff
Wg Cdr J Norwood 24 Jun 2941 Senior Administrative Staff Officer, later A/Cdre
Flt Lt H V Litchfield  1 Feb 1941  
Fg Off D A W Batchelor 10 Jul 1941  
Fg Off C E Beer  1 Feb 1941  
Plt Off H G Bentley 22 Aug 1941  
Plt Off E J Welson 11 Feb 1942  
Staffs of the Services
Engineer
Flt Lt W R Thomson    
Fg Off W G Torrance  7 Feb 1941  
Signals
Fg Off F A Boyce  3 Mar 1941  
Fg Off W J de Salisa  3 Mar 1942  
Armament
Fg Off G N England 10 Mar 1941  
Physical Training
Fg Off E S Brown 10 Apr 1941  
Medical
Gp Capt R H Knowles 25 Jun 1940 Senior Medical Officer, MD, ChB, DPH
Flt Lt C R Jenkins 12 Oct 1941 MRCS, LRCP, DA
Flt Lt L H Bagley 18 Nov 1941 Quartermaster
       
WAAF Staff Officers
Sqn Off M H Wardle 19 Jan 1942 WAAF
RAF Regiment
Lt Col G Baker 23 Feb 1942
Sqn Ldr R Wilson 23 Apr 1942
Miscellaneous Appointments
Plt Off G H de B Wyllys  8 Sep 1942  

Source - July 1942 Confidential Air Force List

The Group was disbanded into No 22 Group on 1 August 1943

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