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HQ No 33 Group Personnel, locations and units 1939 - 1945


[Dec 1939 | Sep 1940 | Jun 1941 | Jul 1942 | Dec 1943 | Jun 1944 | Jun 1945]

It was formed on 1 March 1939 at Kelvin House, Cleveland Street, London W1 but moved to its operational base at 3 Windsor Terrace, Newcastle upon Tyne on 22 May 1939.

December 1939

Location Command Controlled
3 Windsor Terrace, Newcastle upon Tyne Balloon Command
  • No 15 Balloon Centre - Newcastle

    • No 936 (Balloon) Squadron

    • No 937 (Balloon) Squadron

    • No 938 (Balloon) Squadron

  • No 16 Balloon Centre - Sheffield

    • No 939 (Balloon) Squadron

    • No 940 (Balloon) Squadron

    • No 941 (Balloon) Squadron

  • No 17 Balloon Centre - Hull

    • No 942 (Balloon) Squadron

    • No 943 (Balloon) Squadron

    • No 944 (Balloon) Squadron

  • No 18 Balloon Centre - Glasgow

    • No 945 (Balloon) Squadron

    • No 946 (Balloon) Squadron

    • No 947 (Balloon) Squadron

  • No 19 Balloon Centre - Dunfermline

    • No 927 (Balloon) Squadron

    • No 929 (Balloon) Squadron

    • No 948 (Balloon) Squadron

 

Rank Name Date Notes
A/Cdre Henry R Busteed   Air Officer Commanding, OBE, AFC, RAFO
Personal Appointment
      Personal Assistant to AOC
Air Staff
Wg Cdr J A Ferguson   Senior Air Staff Officer, OBE
Sqn Ldr C W Harrison 14 Aug 1939  
Sqn Ldr J W Martin    
Plt Off K E Kidd 29 Sep 1939  
Personnel Staff
Wg Cdr A C Bayley 22 May 1939 Senior Personnel Staff Officer,
Sqn Ldr W B Hellard    
Services
Armament
Fg Off J J Burton  2 Oct 1939  
Miscellaneous
Lt (Ret) A C Teesdale   Code and CypherDuties

Source - December 1939 Confidential Air Force List

It moved to Newland House, Beverley Road, Kingston-upon-Hull on 3 April 1940 and to Parkhead House, Parkhead, Sheffield 11 on 4 July 1940

June 1941

Location Command Controlled
Parkhead House, Parkhead, Sheffield 11 Balloon Command
  • No 8 Balloon Centre - Liverpool

    • No 919 (Balloon) Squadron

    • No 921 (Balloon) Squadron

  • No 9 Balloon Centre - Warrington

    • No 922 (Balloon) Squadron

    • No 923 (Balloon) Squadron

    • No 949 (Balloon) Squadron

  • No 10 Balloon Centre - Manchester

    • No 925 (Balloon) Squadron

    • No 926 (Balloon) Squadron

    • No 963 (Balloon) Squadron

  • No 16 Balloon Centre - Sheffield

    • No 939 (Balloon) Squadron

    • No 940 (Balloon) Squadron

  • No 17 Balloon Centre - Hull

    • No 942 (Balloon) Squadron

    • No 943 (Balloon) Squadron

    • No 944 (Balloon) Squadron

 

Rank Name Date Notes
A/Cdre Sydney W Smith 19 Feb 1940 Air Officer Commanding, OBE
Personal Appointment
Fg Off Lord Cavendish Bentinek 14 Jun 1940 Personal Assistant to AOC
Air Staff
Sqn Ldr W R Collins 30 Jun 1940  
Flt Lt M V Moloney  8 Mar 1940  
Flt Lt V L Benson 27 Nov 1940  
Fg Off E J C Smither 14 Apr 1941  
Administrative Staff
Wg Cdr H W Tait 17 Aug 1940 Senior Administrative Officer, DFC
Flt Lt H C Radcliffe  1 Mar 1940  
Flt Lt F L Clark 25 Oct 1939  
Fg Off R H Mais  3 Mar 1941  
Plt Off W N Pomphrey 10 Aug 1940  
Plt Off L C Lake 13 Aug 1940  
Services
Engineer
Flt Lt G G Simpson  7 Mar 1940 DSC
Fg Off A A Bell 20 Apr 1940  
Signals
Fg Off N S Lott 25 Nov 1940  
Plt Off Gordon M McMinn   later A/Cdre
Armament
Flt Lt E E Page  8 Jul 1940  
Fg Off F J Greenacre 15 Mar 1941  
Equipment
Sqn Ldr E D Galloway  1 Jun 1940  
Medical
Sqn Ldr W J Hutchinson  7 Nov 1940 Senior Medical Officer, MB, BCh, DPH
Fg Off M Walton  7 Dec 1940 MB, BS, DPH, BHy
Physical Training
Fg Off E J Bowes  8 Nov 1940  
Miscellaneous Appointments
Plt Off R A Wilton    
Plt Off K W Malkin    

Source - June 1941 Confidential Air Force List

July 1942

Location Command Controlled
Parkhead House, Parkhead, Sheffield 11 Balloon Command
  • No 5 Balloon Centre - Birmingham

    • No 911 (Balloon) Squadron

    • No 913 (Balloon) Squadron

    • No 933 (Balloon) Squadron

  • No 6 Balloon Centre - Wythall

    • No 914 (Balloon) Squadron

    • No 915 (Balloon) Squadron

    • No 916 (Balloon) Squadron

    • No 917 (Balloon) Squadron

  • No 8 Balloon Centre - Liverpool

    • No 919 (Balloon) Squadron

    • No 921 (Balloon) Squadron

    • No 970 (Balloon) Squadron

  • No 9 Balloon Centre - Warrington

    • No 922 (Balloon) Squadron

    • No 923 (Balloon) Squadron

    • No 949 (Balloon) Squadron

  • No 10 Balloon Centre - Manchester

    • No 925 (Balloon) Squadron

    • No 926 (Balloon) Squadron

    • No 931 (Balloon) Squadron

    • No 963 (Balloon) Squadron

  • No 16 Balloon Centre - Sheffield

    • No 918 (Balloon) Squadron

    • No 939 (Balloon) Squadron

    • No 940 (Balloon) Squadron

  • No 17 Balloon Centre - Hull

    • No 943 (Balloon) Squadron

 

Rank Name Date Notes
Act A/Cdre (Wg Cdr) John G Murray 15 Aug 1941 Air Officer Commanding
Air Staff
Wg Cdr J T Chorlton  5 Jan 1942 MC
Sqn Ldr F K R Coldstream  1 Dec 1941  
Sqn Ldr V L Benson 27 Nov 1940  
Flt Lt E J C Smither 14 Apr 1941  
Flt Lt C R M Clarke  1 Oct 1941  
Fg Off L C Lake 13 Aug 1940  
Administrative Staff
Sqn Ldr J S Padmore 29 May 1942 Senior Administrative Officer, MC
Flt Lt H C Radcliffe  1 Mar 1940  
Flt Lt R H Mais  3 Mar 1941  
Flt Lt E S Riley  5 Jan 1942  
Flt Lt R Musgrave  1 May 1942  
Flt Lt G Smith 15 May 1942  
Flt Lt H H Tarrant 15 May 1942  
Flt Lt G A Wright 15 May 1942  
Flt Lt H W Bennett 15 May 1942  
Flt Lt P K B Steadman 15 May 1942  
Flt Lt R R Smith 15 May 1942  
Fg Off A E Webb 15 May 1942  
Fg Off A Kenworthy 15 May 1942  
Fg Off W N Pomphrey 10 Aug 1940  
Fg Off C H Smith  1 Oct 1941  
Services
Engineer
Flt Lt G G Simpson  7 Mar 1940 DSC
Flt Lt R G A Colley  3 Jan 1942  
Signals
Fg Off J F Mortimer 31 Oct 1941  
Plt Off G B Buchan 14 Feb 1942  
Armament
Flt Lt F J Greenacre  1 Mar 1942  
Equipment
Sqn Ldr C R Moseley 21 Aug 1941  
Fg Off L Woodhead  1 Apr 1942  
Medical
Sqn Ldr W J Hutchinson  7 Nov 1940 Senior Medical Officer, MB, BCh, DPH
WAAF Staff Officers
Sqn Off E A M Llewellyn 18 Apr 1941 WAAF

Source - July 1942 Confidential Air Force List

December 1943

Location Command Controlled
Parkhead House, Abbey Lane, Sheffield 11 Balloon Command
  • No 10 Balloon Centre - Manchester

    • No 919/23 (Balloon) Squadron

    • No 925/26 (Balloon) Squadron

    • No 949 (Balloon) Squadron

  • No 15 Balloon Centre - Newcastle

    • No 929 (Balloon) Squadron

    • No 936/7 (Balloon) Squadron

    • No 938 (Balloon) Squadron

    • No 941 (Balloon) Squadron

  • No 942/3 (Balloon) Squadron - Sutton-on-Hull

  • No 939/40 (Balloon) Squadron - Sheffield

  • No 945/47 (Balloon) Squadron - Glasgow

  • No 950 (Balloon) Squadron - Orkneys

  • SHQ RAF Sheffield

 

Rank Name Date Notes
A/Cdre John G Murray 15 Aug 1941 Air Officer Commanding
Air Staff
Wg Cdr J T Chorlton  5 Jan 1942 Senior Staff Officer, MC
Sqn Ldr V L Benson 27 Nov 1940  
Sqn Ldr F J Grenaccre  1 Mar 1942  
Sqn Ldr L C Lake 13 Aug 1940  
Administrative Staff
Sqn Ldr W N Pomphrey 10 Aug 1940  
Sqn Ldr J L Addleshaw 30 Dec 1942  
Sqn Ldr R R Piggott  1 May 1943  
Services
Engineer
Sqn Ldr R G A Colley 22 Sep 1943  
Equipment
Sqn Ldr W J Amlot  1 May 1943  
Medical
Wg Cdr W N Montgomery 11 Oct1943 Senior Medical Officer, MD, BCh, DPH
WAAF Staff Officers
Wg Off L M Turner 16 Sep 1943 WAAF

Source - December 1943 Confidential Air Force List

June 1944

Location Command Controlled
Parkhead House, Abbey Lane, Sheffield 11 Balloon Command
  • No 15 Balloon Centre - Newcastle

    • No 929 (Balloon) Squadron

    • No 936/7 (Balloon) Squadron

    • No 938 (Balloon) Squadron

    • No 941 (Balloon) Squadron

  • No 942/3 (Balloon) Squadron - Sutton-on-Hull

  • No 950 (Balloon) Squadron - Kirkwall

  • No 1 Balloon Repair Unit - Bowlee

 

Rank Name Date Notes
A/Cdre John G Murray 15 Aug 1941 Air Officer Commanding
Air Staff
Wg Cdr J T Chorlton  5 Jan 1942 Senior Staff Officer, MC
Sqn Ldr F J Grenaccre  1 Mar 1942  
Sqn Ldr E P Whitehorn    
Sqn Ldr E J C Smither    
Administrative Staff
Sqn Ldr J L Addleshaw 30 Dec 1942 Personnel
Sqn Ldr F J Kershaw    
Sqn Ldr R R Piggott  1 May 1943 Organisation
Services
Engineer
Sqn Ldr R G A Colley 22 Sep 1943  
Equipment
Sqn Ldr C R Pottinger 13 Dec 1943  
Medical
Wg Cdr W N Montgomery 11 Oct1943 Senior Medical Officer, MD, BCh, DPH
WAAF Staff Officers
Wg Off L M Turner 16 Sep 1943 WAAF

Source - June 1944 Confidential Air Force List

It disbanded into No 30 Group on 4 September 1944

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