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HQ No 30 Group Personnel, units and locations


[Jul 1937 | Jul 1938 | Jan 1939 | Apr 1939 | May 1939 | Dec 1939 | Jun 1941 | Jul 1942 | Dec 1943 | Jun 1944]

Reformed as No 30 (Barrage Balloon) Group on 17 March 1937 within Fighter Command

July 1937

Location Command Controlled
33-34 Tavistock Place, London WC1 Fighter Command
  • No unit allocated yet

 

Rank Name Date Notes
A/Cdre (Ret)

John G Hearson

 1 May 1937 Air Officer Commanding, CB, CBE, DSO
Air Staff
Gp Capt W C Hicks  1 May 1937 Senior Air Staff Officer, AFC
Fg Off A Green  1 Jun 1937  

Source - July 1937 Air Force List

This Group HQ moved to Kelvin House, Cleveland Street, London W1 on 8 October 1937

July 1938

Location Command Controlled
Kelvin House, Cleveland Street, London W1 Fighter Command
  • No 1 Balloon Centre - Kidbrooke

  • No 901 (Balloon) Squadron

  • No 902 (Balloon) Squadron

  • No 903 (Balloon) Squadron

  • No 904 (Balloon) Squadron

  • No 907 (Balloon) Squadron

  • No 909 (Balloon) Squadron

 

Rank Name Date Notes
A/Cdre (Ret)

John G Hearson

 1 May 1937 Air Officer Commanding, CB, CBE, DSO
Air Staff
Gp Capt W C Hicks  1 May 1937 Senior Air Staff Officer, AFC
Sqn Ldr H F Luck  2 Apr 1938 Maintenance Liaison Officer
Flt Lt A Green  1 Jun 1937  
Sqn Ldr B E Harrison 21 Jun 1937 AFC, RAFO
Personnel Staff
Wg Cdr H Dawes 21 Jun 1937 Senior Personnel Staff Officer, MBE, RAFO
Flt Lt H A Anson   RAFO
Attached to the Staff
Balloons
Gp Capt F A Baldwin  5 Jul 1937  
Services
Signals
Flt Lt C A Gregory   RAFO
Warrant Officer
WO I E W Mason 30 Apr 1937 Personnel

Source - July 1938 Air Force List

Control of this Group was transferred to Balloon Command on 1 November 1938

January 1939

Location Command Controlled
Kelvin House, Cleveland Street, London W1 Balloon Command
  • No 1 Balloon Centre - Kidbrooke

  • No 2 Balloon Centre - Hook

  • No 3 Balloon Centre - Stanmore

  • No 4 Balloon Centre - Chigwell

  • No 901 (Balloon) Squadron

  • No 902 (Balloon) Squadron

  • No 903 (Balloon) Squadron

  • No 904 (Balloon) Squadron

  • No 905 (Balloon) Squadron

  • No 906 (Balloon) Squadron

  • No 907 (Balloon) Squadron

  • No 908 (Balloon) Squadron

  • No 909 (Balloon) Squadron

  • No 910 (Balloon) Squadron

 

Rank Name Date Notes
A/Cdre (Ret)

John G Hearson

 1 May 1937 Air Officer Commanding, CB, CBE, DSO
Air Staff
Gp Capt W C Hicks  1 May 1937 Senior Air Staff Officer, AFC
Sqn Ldr H F Luck  2 Apr 1938 Maintenance Liaison Officer
Sqn Ldr B E Harrison 21 Jun 1937 AFC, RAFO
Flt Lt H A Anson   RAFO
Brig (Ret) P W L Broke-Smith   CIE, DSO, OBE
Personnel Staff
Wg Cdr H Dawes 21 Jun 1937 Senior Personnel Staff Officer, MBE, RAFO
Services
Signals
Flt Lt C A Gregory   RAFO
Warrant Officer
WO E W Mason 30 Apr 1937 Personnel

Source - January 1939 Air Force List

April 1939

Location Command Controlled
Kelvin House, Cleveland Street, London W1 Balloon Command
  • No 1 Balloon Centre - Kidbrooke

  • No 2 Balloon Centre - Hook

  • No 3 Balloon Centre - Stanmore

  • No 4 Balloon Centre - Chigwell

  • No 901 (Balloon) Squadron

  • No 902 (Balloon) Squadron

  • No 903 (Balloon) Squadron

  • No 904 (Balloon) Squadron

  • No 905 (Balloon) Squadron

  • No 906 (Balloon) Squadron

  • No 907 (Balloon) Squadron

  • No 908 (Balloon) Squadron

  • No 909 (Balloon) Squadron

  • No 910 (Balloon) Squadron

 

Rank Name Date Notes
A/Cdre (Ret)

John G Hearson

 1 May 1937 Air Officer Commanding, CB, CBE, DSO
Air Staff
Gp Capt W C Hicks  1 May 1937 Senior Air Staff Officer, AFC
Sqn Ldr H F Luck  2 Apr 1938 Maintenance Liaison Officer
Sqn Ldr B E Harrison 21 Jun 1937 AFC, RAFO
Brig (Ret) P W L Broke-Smith   CIE, DSO, OBE
Personnel Staff
Wg Cdr H Dawes 21 Jun 1937 Senior Personnel Staff Officer, MBE, RAFO
Services
Signals
Flt Lt C A Gregory   RAFO
Warrant Officer
WO E W Mason 30 Apr 1937 Personnel

Source - April 1939 Confidential Air Force List

May 1939

Location Command Controlled
Kelvin House, Cleveland Street, London W1 Balloon Command
  • No 1 Balloon Centre - Kidbrooke

  • No 2 Balloon Centre - Hook

  • No 3 Balloon Centre - Stanmore

  • No 4 Balloon Centre - Chigwell

  • No 901 (Balloon) Squadron

  • No 902 (Balloon) Squadron

  • No 903 (Balloon) Squadron

  • No 904 (Balloon) Squadron

  • No 905 (Balloon) Squadron

  • No 906 (Balloon) Squadron

  • No 907 (Balloon) Squadron

  • No 908 (Balloon) Squadron

  • No 909 (Balloon) Squadron

  • No 910 (Balloon) Squadron

 

Rank Name Date Notes
A/Cdre (Ret)

John G Hearson

 1 May 1937 Air Officer Commanding, CB, CBE, DSO
Air Staff
Gp Capt W C Hicks  1 May 1937 Senior Air Staff Officer, AFC
Sqn Ldr H F Luck  2 Apr 1938 Maintenance Liaison Officer
Sqn Ldr B E Harrison 21 Jun 1937 AFC, RAFO
Brig (Ret) P W L Broke-Smith   CIE, DSO, OBE
Personnel Staff
Wg Cdr H Dawes 21 Jun 1937 Senior Personnel Staff Officer, MBE, RAFO
Services
Signals
Flt Lt C A Gregory   RAFO
Armament
Flt Lt S A Turner   MBE, RAFO
Warrant Officer
WO E W Mason 30 Apr 1937 Personnel

Source - May 1939 Confidential Air Force List

December 1939

Location Command Controlled
Kelvin House, Cleveland Street, London W1 Balloon Command
  • No 1 Balloon Centre - Kidbrooke

    • No 901 (Balloon) Squadron

    • No 902 (Balloon) Squadron

    • No 903 (Balloon) Squadron

    • No 952 (Balloon) Squadron

  • No 2 Balloon Centre - Hook

    • No 904 (Balloon) Squadron

    • No 905 (Balloon) Squadron

  • No 3 Balloon Centre - Stanmore

    • No 906 (Balloon) Squadron

    • No 907 (Balloon) Squadron

  • No 4 Balloon Centre - Chigwell

    • No 908 (Balloon) Squadron

    • No 909 (Balloon) Squadron

    • No 910 (Balloon) Squadron

  • No 928 (Balloon) Squadron - Felixstowe

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Gp Capt William J M Guilfoyle  1 Nov 1939 Officer Commanding, OBE, MC; later A/Cdre
Air Staff
Sqn Ldr H F Luck  2 Apr 1938 Maintenance Liaison Officer
Flt Lt P S V Smith   RAFO
Personnel Staff
Wg Cdr H Dawes 21 Jun 1937 Senior Personnel Staff Officer, MBE, RAFO
Sqn Ldr A M Lyons 25 Aug 1939 Personnel (AAF) Duties, KC, MP, JP
Services
Signals
Flt Lt C A Gregory   RAFO
Flt Lt F J Andrews   MSM, RAFO
Armament
Flt Lt S A Turner   MBE, RAFO
Engineer
Sqn Ldr R W Baird 20 Oct 1939  

Source - December 1939 Confidential Air Force List

June 1941

Location Command Controlled
Kelvin House, Cleveland Street, London W1 Balloon Command
  • No 1 Balloon Centre - Kidbrooke

    • No 901 (Balloon) Squadron

    • No 902 (Balloon) Squadron

    • No 952 (Balloon) Squadron

    • No 961 (Balloon) Squadron

  • No 2 Balloon Centre - Hook

    • No 903 (Balloon) Squadron

    • No 904 (Balloon) Squadron

    • No 905 (Balloon) Squadron

    • No 954 (Balloon) Squadron

  • No 3 Balloon Centre - Stanmore

    • No 906 (Balloon) Squadron

    • No 907 (Balloon) Squadron

    • No 956 (Balloon) Squadron

  • No 4 Balloon Centre - Chigwell

    • No 908 (Balloon) Squadron

    • No 909 (Balloon) Squadron

    • No 910 (Balloon) Squadron

  • No 928 (Balloon) Squadron - Felixstowe

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Gp Capt William J M Guilfoyle  1 Nov 1939 Officer Commanding, OBE, MC; later A/Cdre
Air Staff
Wg Cdr H E Hills 23 Nov 1940 Senior Air Staff Officer
Sqn Ldr C D Kershaw 15 Jan 1940  
Flt Lt A J Beard 15 Jan 1940 MC
Flt Lt A G Birch 21 Jan 1941  
Flt Lt W H Stangroom 29 Jan 1941  
Fg Off C L L A de Beaumont 15 Jul 1940  
Fg Off T G M Weldon  1 Oct 1940  
Administrative Staff
Flt Lt J G Links 14 Feb 1941 Senior Administrative Staff Officer
Sqn Ldr F T McElwee  9 Jan 1939 Personnel
Sqn Ldr R A Hodgson 16 Feb 1941 Organisation
Flt Lt T A Huson 29 Jan 1941 Organisation
Flt Lt R Lutyens 15 Jul 1940  
Plt Off E W Joseph  1 Oct 1940  
Personnel Staff
Wg Cdr H Dawes 21 Jun 1937 Senior Personnel Staff Officer, MBE, RAFO
  A M Lyons 25 Aug 1939 Personnel (AAF) Duties, KC, MP, JP
Services
Engineer
Fg Off L G Mobsby 20 Feb 1941  
Fg Off A A Whorton 28 Mar 1941  
Signals
Flt Lt F W French 15 May 1940  
Fg Off G Lynch 25 Nov 1940  
Equipment
Flt Lt E F Tanner 17 Jun 1940  
Physical Training
Fg Off G W Murray  5 Sep 1940  
Medical
Sqn Ldr R E W Fisher  6 Nov 1940 Senior Medical Officer, MB, BCh
Flt Lt J H P Gauvain 30 Nov 1930 MRCS, LRCP
Miscellaneous Appointments
Plt Off G B Rose  4 Mar 1941  

Source - June 1941 Confidential Air Force List

It moved to Hook in Surrey on 4 October 1941.

July 1942

Location Command Controlled
Chessington, near Surbiton, Surrey Balloon Command
  • SHQ RAF Chessington

    • No 954 (Balloon) Squadron

  • No 1 Balloon Centre - Kidbrooke

    • No 901 (Balloon) Squadron

    • No 902 (Balloon) Squadron

    • No 903 (Balloon) Squadron

    • No 904 (Balloon) Squadron

    • No 952 (Balloon) Squadron

  • No 2 Mobile Balloon Unit

  • No 3 Balloon Centre - Stanmore

    • No 905 (Balloon) Squadron

    • No 906 (Balloon) Squadron

    • No 956 (Balloon) Squadron

  • No 4 Balloon Centre - Chigwell

    • No 907 (Balloon) Squadron

    • No 908 (Balloon) Squadron

    • No 909 (Balloon) Squadron

    • No 928 (Balloon) Squadron

  • No 12 Balloon Centre - Titchfield

    • No 924 (Balloon) Squadron

    • No 930 (Balloon) Squadron

    • No 932 (Balloon) Squadron

    • No 933 (Balloon) Squadron

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Gp Capt (Act A/Cdre?) William C C Gell  1  Jul 1941 Air Officer Commanding, DSO, MC, TD; later  AVM
Air Staff
Wg Cdr W T Barnes 30 Aug 1941 Senior Air Staff Officer, OBE
Sqn Ldr L P Bonnet  1 Oct 1941  
Flt Lt C W Botham  6 Sep 1941  
Administrative Staff
Wg Cdr H G C Laird 24 Nov 1941 Senior Administrative Staff Officer, DSO
Sqn Ldr F T McElwee  9 Jan 1939 Personnel
Sqn Ldr A Blande 26 Jun 1941 DSO
Flt Lt S E Mann 15 Dec 1941  
Flt Lt W R Kells  9 Mar 1942  
Flt Lt A R Bewes 18 May 1942  
Fg Off F L Darke 18 May 1942  
Fg Off G B Earle 18 May 1942  
Fg Off G C T Richards 18 May 1942  
Fg Off A J Gregory 10 Feb 1942  
Fg Off E W Joseph 16 Jan 1941  
Services
Engineer
Flt Lt L G Mobsby 20 Feb 1941  
Flt Lt G W Robinson    
Signals
Flt Lt G Lynch 25 Nov 1941  
Plt Off L J P Checkemain 21 Nov 1941  
Equipment
Flt Lt T C Boyes 15 Sep 1941  
Medical
Sqn Ldr R E W Fisher  6 Nov 1940 Senior Medical Officer, MB, BCh
WAAF Staff Officers
SO M Ballantyne 21 Nov 1941 WAAF

Source - July 1942 Confidential Air Force List

December 1943

Location Command Controlled
Chessington, near Surbiton, Surrey Balloon Command
  • No 1 Balloon Centre - Kidbrooke

    • No 901 (Balloon) Squadron

    • No 902/3 (Balloon) Squadron

    • No 909/10 (Balloon) Squadron

    • No 952 (Balloon) Squadron

    • No 961 (Balloon) Squadron

    • No 994 (Balloon) Squadron

  • No 3 Balloon Centre - Stanmore

    • No 904/5 (Balloon) Squadron

    • No 906 (Balloon) Squadron

    • No 907/8 (Balloon) Squadron

    • No 928 (Balloon) Squadron

    • No 954 (Balloon) Squadron

    • No 956 (Balloon) Squadron

    • No 992 (Balloon) Squadron

    • No 993 (Balloon) Squadron

  • No 1 Mobile Balloon Flight - Norwich

  • No 12 Balloon Centre - Titchfield

    • No 924/30 (Balloon) Squadron

    • No 932/33 (Balloon) Squadron

    • No 995 (Balloon) Squadron

  • 'M' Balloon Unit - Dover

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Act A/Cdre William C C Gell  1  Jul 1941 Air Officer Commanding, DSO, MC, TD; later  AVM
Air Staff
Wg Cdr J L Padmore 11 Dec 1942 Senior Air Staff Officer, MC
Sqn Ldr C W Botham  1 Feb 1943  
Sqn Ldr C L L A de Beaumont 15 Jul 1940  
Sqn Ldr C W James  3 Jul 1943  
Administrative Staff
Sqn Ldr G P Brutton 20 Dec 1942 Personnel
Sqn Ldr E W Joseph 16 Jan 1941  
Sqn Ldr A W Fowles 16 Jun 1943 Organisation
Services
Engineer
Sqn Ldr J Bailey  9 Aug 1943  
Equipment
Sqn Ldr G H Butler 19 Jul 1943 Senior Equipment Staff Officer
Medical
Wg Cdr N R Smith 24 Jul 1942 Senior Medical Officer, MRCS, LRCP
WAAF Staff Officers
Wg Off L E Swatton 29 Apr 1943 WAAF

Source - December 1943 Confidential Air Force List

June 1944

Location Command Controlled
Chessington, near Surbiton, Surrey Balloon Command
  • No 1 Balloon Centre - Kidbrooke

    • No 901 (Balloon) Squadron

    • No 902/3 (Balloon) Squadron

    • No 909/10 (Balloon) Squadron

    • No 952 (Balloon) Squadron

    • No 960 (Balloon) Squadron

    • No 961 (Balloon) Squadron

  • No 3 Balloon Centre - Stanmore

    • No 904/5 (Balloon) Squadron

    • No 906 (Balloon) Squadron

    • No 907/8 (Balloon) Squadron

    • No 911/13/15 (Balloon) Squadron

    • No 928 (Balloon) Squadron

    • No 951 (Balloon) Squadron

    • No 954 (Balloon) Squadron

    • No 956 (Balloon) Squadron

    • No 969 (Balloon) Squadron

  • No 12 Balloon Centre - Titchfield

    • No 924/30 (Balloon) Squadron

    • No 932/33 (Balloon) Squadron

    • No 995 (Balloon) Squadron

  • No 22 Balloon Centre - Biggin Hill

  • No 23 Balloon Centre - Gravesend

  • 'M' Balloon Unit - Walmer

 

Rank Name Date Notes
A/Cdre Philip L Lincoln  1 Feb 1944 Air Officer Commanding, DSO, MC
Air Staff
Wg Cdr J L Padmore 11 Dec 1942 Senior Air Staff Officer, MC
Sqn Ldr C W Botham  1 Feb 1943  
Sqn Ldr C W James  3 Jul 1943  
Sqn Ldr L R Last 15 Mar1944  
Administrative Staff
Sqn Ldr G P Brutton 20 Dec 1942 Personnel
Sqn Ldr E W Joseph 16 Jan 1941  
Sqn Ldr A W Fowles 16 Jun 1943 Organisation
Services
Engineer
Sqn Ldr J Bailey  9 Aug 1943  
Equipment
Sqn Ldr G H Butler 19 Jul 1943 Senior Equipment Staff Officer
Medical
Wg Cdr W W Walker 15 Oct 1943 Senior Medical Officer, MB, ChB
WAAF Staff Officers
Wg Off L E Swatton 29 Apr 1943 WAAF
Miscellaneous Appointments
Sqn Ldr A D Proudfoot  1 Feb 1944  

Source - June 1944 Confidential Air Force List

It disbanded on 7 January 1945

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