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HQ No 242 Group Personnel, locations and units


[Dec 1943 | Jun 1944]

This Group was formed as a nucleus in the Air Ministry on 24 August 1942 to support the planned Allied landings in North Africa, Operation Torch, in November 1942.

This nucleus arrived in Algiers on 13 November and moved to Phillipeville on 19 November, Jemappes on 20 November, Constantine on 22 November and Guelma on 26 November, before establishing itself at Ain Seymour Holiday Camp at Bizerta on 28 November.  It was raised to full group status on 6 December but on 25 December was split into two echelons, one being at Souk-el-Arba and the second at Ghardimaou.  Its location continued to change as the Allied forces advanced.

Control was transferred to North-West African Tactical Air Force on 18 February 1943 and then to North-West African Coastal Air Force on 26 May 1943.

December 1943

Location Command Controlled
Palermo, Sicily/ Taranto, Italy* North-West African Tactical Air Force

(North-West African Air Forces)

  • Unable to list units at present

 

Rank Name Date Notes
A/Cdre Kenneth B B Cross 22 Feb 1942 Air Officer Commanding, DSO, DFC; later ACM
Air Staff
Wg Cdr K W Gough 26 Sep 1942 AFC
Wg Cdr H S L Dundas  1 Mar 1942 DFC
Administrative Staff
Wg Cdr G L Thomson  9 Apr 1942 DSC, DFC
Sqn Ldr N D Barratt  1 Mar 1943  
Staffs of the Services
Signals
Wg Cdr H W Berry 16 Feb 1943 Chief Signals Officer
Medical
Sqn Ldr R M Outfin  7 Sep 1942 LMSSA

Source - December 1943 Confidential Air Force List

* The CAFL states Palermo but other sources state Taranto

June 1944

Location Command Controlled
Palermo, Sicily/ Taranto, Italy* Mediterranean Allied Tactical Air Force

(Mediterranean Allied Air Forces)

Wings: -

  • No 286 Wing - Grottaglie

  • No 323 Wing - Foggia

  • No 325 Wing - Monte Corvino

Squadrons: -

  • No 6 Squadron

  • No 73 Squadron

  • No 221 Squadron

  • No 249 Squadron

  • No 253 Squadron

  • No 255 Squadron

  • No 608 Squadron

  • No 975 (Barrage Balloon) Squadron

  • No 985 (Barrage Balloon) Squadron

  • No 1435 Squadron

  • No 2864 Squadron, RAF Regiment - Taranto

  • No 2865 Squadron, RAF Regiment - Grottaglie

  • No 2867 Squadron, RAF Regiment - Cape Dichino

Other Units: -

  • No 242 Group Communication Flight - San Vito

  • No 1 General Reconnaissance Operations Room - Naples

  • No 136 Air Stores Park - Foggia

  • No 253 Air Sea Rescue Unit - Bari

  • No 110 Repair and Salvage Unit - Grottaglie

  • No 16 Supply and Transport Column - Taranto

 

Rank Name Date Notes
A/Cdre

Gilbert Harcourt-Smith

24 Feb 1944 Air Officer Commanding, CBE, MVO; later AVM
Personal Appointment
Flt Lt D Giles  5 Mar 1944 Personal Assistant to AOC, DFC
Air Staff
Gp Capt R W M Clark 10 Feb 1944 Senior Air Staff Officer
Wg Cdr G Williams 12 Mar 1944  
Sqn Ldr A R de L Inniss 28 Jul 1943 DFC
Sqn Ldr P Meston 19 Feb 1944  
Sqn Ldr L G Honisett 11 Mar 1944  
Sqn Ldr D N Lansdown 11 Mar 1944  
Sqn Ldr F C Seldon 18 Apr 1944  
Sqn Ldr M S Hards 11 Apr 1944 DFC, DFM
Sqn Ldr W G Eager 29 Mar 1944  
Administrative Staff
Wg Cdr J T Phelan 26 May 1943 Senior Officer i/c Administration
Sqn Ldr A N Glover 26 May 1943 Personnel, MC
Sqn Ldr A M Jamison 24 Feb 1944 Organisation
Staffs of the Services
Engineer
Sqn Ldr R J Alderson  1 Aug 1943  
Signals
Wg Cdr G E Walker 24 Jun 1943  
Sqn Ldr J A Browning 26 May 1943  
Sqn Ldr R G Poole 10 Apr 1944  
Equipment
Sqn Ldr P G Tyler 19 Jul 1943  
RAF Regiment
Sqn Ldr J Rosie 15 Sep 1943

Source - June 1944 Confidential Air Force List

It disbanded on 14 September 1944

[Dec 1943 | Jun 1944]

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